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Tenipuri episodes 33-35
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Note: There may be mild spoilers for future episodes in these write-ups. Previous: memories or tagged.

Not a lot pairing-wise, but a bit of TezuRyo and of course Fuji's brother-complex.


33. Tiebreak

Tezuka gives this boring mini-speech about how losing the lead is difficult psychologically. Inui and Fuji barely refrain from rolling their eyes. If they had been next to each other, instead of on either side of Tezuka, they would have exchanged a glance.

Lalala. D1 goes into a tiebreak and everyone is confident that the Golden Pair will win. Everyone except Inui.

And Inui is right. They lose. It's sad. Oishi carries Eiji off the court. The whole tournament is abuzz with the tragic news!

Ryoma is off again, but at least this time he has the excuse of warming up for S3.

Mizuki is getting spooked by all the unpredictable things happening. He doesn't adjust well. It looks like his stomach hurts. Then Inui comes up and takes him roughly by the shoulders... Oh, wait, he doesn't. Darn.

Ah, the Fuji brothers meeting. Yuuta gets another Musical Sting of Doom and some Rays of Intense Frustration streaming off his head like the beams of a cranky sun. He's just so darling. And Fuji is so worried about him. Bad news for Mizuki.

There's a kind of weird exchange between Inui and Tezuka where Inui wonders if Ryoma finished preparing and Tezuka says that Ryoma said he wanted to "create his own mood". Whatever that means. I suspect that could have been better translated. Or Tezuka is getting confused between the tennis talk and the bedroom talk.

Ryoma is warming up like mad. I guess he must care about his senpais' loss after all. Or maybe he's just trying to drown out Sakuno's babbling.

But no! He's thinking about playing Tezuka. Ah, the golden-hued flashback of their match. Then Tezuka talks to Ryoma from inside the tennis ball. Seriously, Tezuka's face appears in it, like it's a crystal ball. (I wonder if Ryoma hallucinates this with every tennis ball now.) Ryoma catches the ball and squeezes it, just like he squeezes Tezuka at night.

Obviously, Tezuka has had quite an effect on Ryoma. He's working harder, he's switched his focus. He's ready to prove himself.

Then he meets Yuuta on the court.



34. Twist Spin Shot

Do I even need to write down that Ryoma provokes Yuuta?

We get a long explanation from Inoue about how left-handers are at an advantage in tennis. Inui regrets not making Ryoma practice against Tezuka. Oh, Inui, if you ever find out, you'll be devastated that you your spying failed you.

Tezuka watches Ryoma impassively. Horio watches somewhat less impassively.

We get a long explanation from Inui about how the Rising Shot works.

Tezuka comments to Fuji that this is a "complicated situation" for him. Wow, Tezuka, keep that up and people might think you're interested in something besides tennis! Oh, wait, the complicated situation is about tennis. Well, scratch that.

There's a shot of Fuji and Tezuka standing together watching as Yuuta and Ryoma cross in front of them while changing sides. I wonder if there's meant to be a Fuji-Yuuta, Tezuka-Ryoma parallel.

We get a long internal monologue from Mizuki about Ryoma and Yuuta. And afterwards, Mizuki will beat the person Yuuta hates most. Mizuki really seems to want to bind Yuuta to him.

There are some brief flashbacks of Yuuta at Seigaku, but sadly they omit any wacky hijinks he gets up to with Momo and Kaidoh.

Ryoma boasts to Yuuta that he's played much stronger lefties. Tezuka muses that Ryoma is much faster now than when they played. Ryoma is showing off for daddy Tezuka.

You know, after all the mention I made about Ryoma lazing under a tree while his teammates played, Kaidoh is doing the same thing now. He's beside the court, but he's sitting against a tree and facing away. I wonder why. Did he and Yuuta have a brief but bitter affair and now he can't bear to look at him?

Oh, but he just turned around and showed us his pretty face. *sigh*

Flashback to Yuuta's tennis school days and the fateful meeting with Mizuki. Oh, Mizuki ensnares him with his honeyed voice and the rays of mesmerising light flowing off of him.

And behold! The Twist Spin Shot! Way cool stance, Yuuta. But Fuji is worried.



35. Drive B

Can Ryoma return the Twist Spin Shot? Oh, the suspense!

Ooh, Ryoma disses both Yuuta and Fuji with one comment! "Your goal might be to beat your brother, but I'm aiming much higher."

Somehow, there isn't much to say about this match. Ryoma invents Drive B. Yuuta keeps his honour by not trying to hit Ryoma in the face with the ball and Ryoma wins. That's about it. But we do see that Ryoma's tennis is evolving, which was what Tezuka was trying to do for him. So, yay!

Fuji wants to play Ryoma. Not surprising.

There's a great shot of Evil Mizuki, with blue-green zombie lighting. He's not pleased that his dastardly deeds in regard to Yuuta and the Twist Spin Shot have been discovered. He ignores darling Yuuta as well. For now...

And Fuji gets a wind shot so we'll know he means business.

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*giggles*

I needed that.

Or Tezuka is getting confused between the tennis talk and the bedroom talk.

XD!

...I love your summaries. Not only does it remind me what happens in each episode. It's complete with excellent yet concise commentary.

seconded, i love 're-watching' these through your eyes, because I watched some of these so fast i get all the matches all mixed up sometimes. I had forgotten they dispatch with St. Rudolph's so soon (which is poor! I want more Mizuki! and more woobie Yuuta!).

I'm dling Garo to check it out. TV-Nihon is the group that's also doing the really early, creepy, violent, pre-dub Yu-Gi-Oh! series, although in a very halting manner. I like them.

Yeah, St Rudolph is pretty much wham bam thank you, Mizuki. Yamabuki, though, seems to stretch out for about a year.

I just started d/ling the second Garo ep before I left this morning. People are comparing it to Ultraman Nexus, but I'm sceptical that it will be *that* good. Still, looks promising.

I get the majority of my toku from TN. They're a good group. And I have been grabbing the YGO eps when they turn up. It's a bit weird. I haven't watched the second series at all, though, so I have nothing to compare it to.

i just watched the first 2 Garo eps, and i enjoyed them! I haven't ever really watched any live-action Japanese TV before (unless you count power rangers, which is hardly japanese). And the girl's name is Kaoru, which made me smile.

And now the gmail ads are trying to sell me Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer memorabilia, thanks to these emails *g*

Cool! I'll start planning for the right time to throw more toku at you, so I don't have to fangirl alone anymore. *g*

I'm watching Dekaranger right now, which is what the current Power Rangers series is based off of. For interest, I downloaded a Power Rangers episode to compare. It was from further along than I've watched in Dekaranger, but I don't worry too much about spoilers for that show.

It was the most bizarre experience. You know the feeling you get when you watch a dubbed ep of something you've been watching subs for? The strange disconnect of something familiar and unfamiliar at the same time? This was that, only in several more dimensions.

The outfits are the same, a lot of the characters are the same. There were flashbacks to some older episodes where I saw the exact same scenes, only very slightly different. It made my head hurt.

I think I've seen about the same number of female and male Kaorus all told, though the only one I knew IRL was male.

I love your summaries and I feel guilty for not commenting as much as I should. They're succinct and I can picture everything in my head perfectly.

Or Tezuka is getting confused between the tennis talk and the bedroom talk. !!

I swear, just because you mentioned it a couple of times-- I still giggle like a lovesick schoolgirl whenever I see the two of them together hearing this exchange in my head:

"Now come here and give daddy some sugar."

Your fault. :D Also my reason for laughing at nothing during lunch.


I'm glad you're enjoying them! Don't feel you have to comment, but it's always nice to hear from you. :)

"Now come here and give daddy some sugar."

Your fault. :D Also my reason for laughing at nothing during lunch.


Hee! For you:

*stares*

Oh my.

*right-clicks-saves*

Guess what's my new favorite icon? :D


But no! He's thinking about playing Tezuka.

WHEN IS HE NOT? SAGLSKFJD.

Ahahahahahaha, Crystal Tennis Ball!Tezuka is priceless. Also, I was watching Musical #5 with thehoyden the other night and I couldn't help saying "Now come over here and give Daddy some sugar" when the TezuRyo match was over, and may I just tell you that saying this aloud when you are watching PoT in a group setting is a very, very edifying thing.

Please keep pointing out the obvious injecting the TezuRyo comments. They make me squee. And I really want to gack Stacy's shiny icon but I will just draw hearts around it and move on.

I couldn't help saying "Now come over here and give Daddy some sugar" when the TezuRyo match was over, and may I just tell you that saying this aloud when you are watching PoT in a group setting is a very, very edifying thing.

Hee! I never get to do that. I do have various shipping conversations with the Boy, but mostly those end up with him trying to convince me that the Golden Pair are dating and me saying that they're clearly not. *g*


You know, after all the mention I made about Ryoma lazing under a tree while his teammates played, Kaidoh is doing the same thing now. He's beside the court, but he's sitting against a tree and facing away. I wonder why. Did he and Yuuta have a brief but bitter affair and now he can't bear to look at him?

I love your brain SO. MUCH.

I can just see them together. They would fight, really fight, and Yuuta would get a black eye and the next day, Fuji would kill Kaidoh in his sleep.

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Or maybe silk scarves and feather boas. *g*

Great. Now I have Momoshiro x Kaidou x Yuuta stuck in my brain. This threesome reminds me of the three ichinensei that tag along with Ryouma all the time . . . ;;

Inui x Mizuki? I love you. ♥ Seriously, they're like the OTHER Data Pair. I've always figured that Mizuki was set up to be Inui's rival, but then Mizuki became obsessed with defeating Fuji, and later on Yanagi came, and, well, the rest is history. (But Inui x Mizuki still pwns, because I love those two, ha ha.)

~ Sarith McGregor

MomoKaidohYuuta is scrappy love!

I think I'm going to have to actually write some Inui x Mizuki after teasing about it for so long. But I don't think it will be very nice. They're both so EVIL!

I enjoy your episode write-ups so much! They make me happy.

Oh Hal. You are Love. ^^

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