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PoT C-Drama Episode 5: The Flailing
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There are subs for Episode 5! Inui vs Kaidoh ranking match! Passionate drama that will stir your emotions! Tender scenes that will warm your heart! Really cool tennis!

While I didn't quite flail myself into a migraine, like I did with the OTHER InuKai episode 5 (Nationals OVA), I did stay up til 12:30 AM because I had to watch it NOW, NOW, NOW. I'd watched it raw, er, more than a few times, and I was dying to know what was going on in that long Inui-Kaidoh conversation. Plus the Tezuka-Inui conversation. Plus the Tezuka-Kaidoh conversation.

It was glorious. And now (now, now, now) I can finally get working on some fic about the Holy Triangle:
The Father The Father
The Son The Son
and the Sad-Eyed Boyfriend and the Sad-Eyed Boyfriend

The friendship between Tezuka and Inui is really lovely. And there is definitely something between Tezuka and Kaidoh which I really want to explore. (I can't stop thinking about how Tezuka's bunk is right below Kaidoh's. Does Tezuka stare up in the dark?) And the Inui-Kaidoh dynamic is so different from the anime and that's so great because now there's more for me to delve into.

It seems like a lot of the development we got in the anime between Inui and Kaidoh has already happened by the start of the drama, so we have to tease it out based on their current (wonderful) interaction. (Like I'm still trying to do with anime Inui - Tezuka).

And now, some episode spoilers:

* Kaidoh crying with Tezuka, begging him to put Inui back on the team in his place, broke my fucking heart. It seemed like a complex combination of feeling disrespected over not having fairly earned his place and distress over Inui being off the team.

* Tezuka talking about Inui, about him being stronger (as a person, not a player) than him, also really did me in.

* Inui, Inui, Inui. I, like Ryoma, still don't fully understand why you didn't return the ball. But it is so interesting to contemplate. (And the best fucking tennis visual yet.)

* I really love that we get to see Yuuta's time at Seigaku in this series. The purple hoodie while he's announcing his departure was a nice bit of foreshadowing. :)

* Kaidoh sitting in front of Inui's empty locker also broke my heart.

* And the boys teasing Kaidoh about phoning Inui! V., v. sweet.

* The Momo-Kaidoh workout convo at the beginning was charming. I'm not feeling the slashy love with those two (at least not yet -- I've only watched up to ep 8 raw) but they have a great snarky vibe.

You know, I use the Japanese names when I post about thisl, but really, when I think about them, it's the Chinese names that I use; they're not quite the same characters (especially my beloved Chen Hai Tang). What about you? I want to use the Chinese names when I write fic, but I'm concerned that no-one will want to read it then.

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I haven't watched any of this but just wanted you to know that I'd read your Chinese-name fic happily.

Please keep me posted if and when Tezuka and Oishi share special moments.

I thought I might do two versions and post the Chinese-name ones to the c-drama comm.

Sadly, none so far. I think Inui is in the Oishi role here. But Oishi and Eiji are as cuddly as ever. And Oishi has nice hair.

Oh, and Mizuki? Has purple hair. :)

Fortunately, I'm easy when it comes to pairing-swaps. :D There is something to be said for Golden Pair love, which I also adore.

I hadn't thought ahead to Mizuki. I suppose I'll have to watch it now. :O

Stay gold, Oishi:

Golden Pair

Not easy to see the purple hair in this one but it's the best I could grab without searching. It's a highlight on the front. :)


*pets you crazy*

Oh Hal.

although the fact that Kaidoh seems to cry quite a bit in this series is kind of a turn on.

He's a loud-mouthed hot-head who cries and pouts and whines and teases Tezuka with his smelly feet.

I ♥ him.

I wish I could be as awesome as you with posts like this with pictures and love and flail.

And I don't know what you mean that no one would want to read a fic by you, Prillalar-san. Somehow, it's something that someone like you shouldn't ever be concerned about.

Momo and Kaidoh interaction is... episodes 13 and 14, if you'd like to see. I think you'll be able to see a lot of slash potential that I don't since I only like their friendship more (and I only slash Inui and Kaidoh together... sorry. XD;;).

Your post was also full of love and flail. :) I'm glad I'm not the only one who's ridiculously excited by this episode!

I don't really mean that no-one would want to read it, I guess, but I do think that people who haven't learned the Chinese names (and I really have only learned these three boys -- and Long Ma, obvs -- so far) would be less likely to read a story that used them.

I have the Do Re Mi sub of the first episode as well (and they have got hold of DVD source, so they re-released it in better quality) and they use the Chinese names. I like having both versions -- I'll learn everyone faster this way.

I'll look forward to those episodes! I don't mind if they're not very slashy though. I'm pretty much taken up with Inui and Kaidoh (and Tezuka, sorry!) too. :)

Your love and flail is more refined, and I think it captures a lot more people. ^_^

That is really great of you. Whether the Chinese names or the original Japanese names, they're all fantastic.

I think being able to find more reasons to be happy with other pairings is wonderful too.



YAY! Srsly, the best thing about the drama is how it's pulling people back into the fandom. :) Links and such here if you need them.

The characters are so amazing! I love how they are always touching each other. And the way Kaidoh teases Tezuka and Momo! And...I could go on. :)

Ajfkdlds;jdk I was wibbling straight from start to end. ♥ ♥ ♥ This is like, everything I ever wanted in PoT.

There's so much more depth! Not that I'm not still in love with the manga/anime, but this just adds another dimension to the whole story.

I just watched this episode last night (though I've been keeping up with the series as they've been released).

I had to pause it to snort and giggle (I am soooo mature) at the scene where Inui first walked in on Kaidoh in the weight room. The way they both stopped, the anxious, steady looks they gave each other, then the cheesy, almost romantic music and the slow zooms almost killed me. Inui/Kaidoh = cannon.

Also, crying Kaidoh is appealing in a way that makes me feel dirty.

C-drama fic would be awesome! I don't know any of the Chinese names, but I would really like to. Do you know of a place where they list them, or should I just watch the episodes over and over? :D

The weight room scene! The subs killed me -- there would be this dramatic look and Kaidoh would talk and the subs would say: "But no matter who wins or loses, promise me" I would be filling in *all kinds of things* that Kaidoh wanted Inui to promise but then it would turn out to be about Nationals and such.

There's a post with all the Chinese names here:

Also, DoReMii's sub uses the Chinese names AND DVD-source:

They just have ep 1 up so far.

I am so all about this epic love triangle!

YES. I totally saw the Tezuka/Inui/Kaidoh tension almost right away. I think the thing I love the most about the Chinese drama is all of the new and interesting possibilities it's opening up by subtly changing the personalities and relationships of all of the players.

Haha, if I know how to sub, I would totally make a fake fan translation.

Oh yes, and thank you for the links!! <3<3

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