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Shin Tenipuri Episode 10 Recap-O-Rama
tezuka tattoo
Tezuka looking glowy

Seigaku's Pillar of Unmarked Vans and Candy

I was planning to call this recap "Fuck You, Tezuka Kunimitsu" but after watching the episode, I can't bring myself to be too mad at him. Because he's pretty.

Anyhow. Ryoma is jogging alone through the dark, dark woods. He stops and bends over to look for his lost contact lens rest or something. And up behind him lurks a mystery figure with the lilting voice of a creepy pedophile.

Ryoma with someone lurking behind him

"Good to see you again, Echizen Ryoma," the voice lilts says. "Especially from that angle."

"I know you're one of those guys who wants to bone me, but which one?" Ryoma says. He wonders if he should have let Inui make him that molester database iPhone app after all...

Cut to Fuji perusing the line-up for the Court 5 vs Court 3 shuffle match. Fuji's mouth drops open in shock, though not his eyes, so we know it's just a really mild shock, like if he found a pimple on his perfect skin or got an A- on his civics essay, instead of a big shock, like if he found someone else talking to Yuuta and then he had to kill them with a rusty steak knife.

The mild shock is over Tezuka's opponent: Yamato Yuudai. We're not mildly shocked, though, because we already recognized his dulcet tones from before, when he was creeping on Ryoma. He has three red flags in Inui's database, Fuji remembers, and thinks fondly of those long-ago days.

Meanwhile, Oni and Akutsu have one of those tough guy conversations where they both have their backs turned to each other, so it's hard for them to actually make out what the other one is saying. "You know why I didn't choose you, don't you?" Oni says. "Cheese stew?" Akutsu says. "That doesn't make any fucking sense!"

Really, Akutsu being here at all doesn't make any fucking sense. He hasn't beaten anyone up or knocked over any convenience stores or anything. He's been wussified by the overwhelming ensemble cast and should really flee to a different genre altogether, yankii for preference, where he will be properly appreciated. He can take along Taichi to be his second in the street gang and Kawamura to keep house for him.

The two courts line up before their match and Irie and Atobe trash talk some more. It's a little empty, though, like they know nobody will be thinking about them when Tezuka steps onto the court.

"I'm surprised you recognized me with my stupid hair and contact lenses," Yamato says to Tezuka.

Yamato Yuudai

But there's no way Tezuka could forget the voice that rang in his ears that special day in the back of the clubhouse when Yamato made Tezuka a man his ichinen fucktoy. Besides, he has that app on his iPhone.

"Sorry," Yamato says. "You're too old for me now."

Back on Stockholm Syndrome Mountain, the Evil Wonderful Coach hands out racquets with lead frames. I'm disappointed to see Kaidoh struggling as much as everyone else; I was expecting him to mutter, "This is only half what I train with."

At the shuffle match, Krauser, about whom I do not care one whit, collapses on the court and forfeits his match with Nakagauchi, about whom I do not care even half a whit. Krauser lies unconscious on a bench, not receiving any medical attention. Later, he's thrown onto a trash heap.

They pretty much fucking skip over Kirihara and Shiraishi's doubles match. :( :( :( More OVA fodder, perhaps? Anyhow, those high schoolers had some of the most terrible hair-dos yet, so everyone was hoping they would lose. That one guy looks like he's trying to imitate Hayashida from Cromartie High -- maybe he's hoping to join Akutsu's spin-off instead?

[ pause while I re-read all of Cromartie ]

Atobe says some boring stuff on the sidelines. We listen to his lovely, lovely voice and note that he's standing next to Tezuka. ♥

Yamato tells Irie about the days when Tezuka was top bitch in Yamato's ichinen harem. "I have to give him something," Yamato says. "But first, tennis." (*rimshot*)

At the net, Yamato grills Tezuka about why he's not in Germany right now, since a pro team tried to recruit him. Tezuka wonders how Yamato knows this since Tezuka never told anyone, but it was actually on the Facebook page that Inui made for Tezuka and helpfully updates on his behalf with news, links to cat videos, and profile photos of Tezuka sleeping. That's how I knew about it, anyhow.

So, Yamato is concerned that Tezuka is so ultra-responsible to his team that he doesn't take these opportunities. You remember back in the first anime he was offered a place at a study-abroad program that would have been awesome for his tennis, but he turned it down because of his epic romance with Ryoma duties as captain.

On the mountain, the kids suck at returning balls with the lead-filled racquets. Except for Echizen, who figures a lead racquet would be great for self-defence when attacked by creepy molesters in the woods.

Ryoma hitting a ball

He's flashing back to the encounter with Yamato, who told him he and Tezuka were going to play that day. Also, have a tennis match. (*rimshot*) "Would you like to watch or join in?" Yamato says. "This might be the last sex Tezuka has in Japan."

This gets Ryoma's attention, as he always figured that after the thing with Tokugawa had run its course, he and Tezuka would be back to their epic romance.

Yamato and Tezuka play. Tezuka is pretty. Yamato uses a feint (Illusion to Waking Dream or some such nonsense) on Tezuka that makes Tezuka think the ball is somewhere else. Tezuka struggles. Yamato yaps.

Atobe uses his Insight to see that Yamato is a creepy pedophile with stupid hair. He's ticked off that such a clown claimed the manhood of his beloved. Also, he's pretty.

Atobe, hand in front of his face

So is Tezuka.

Tezuka looking pretty

Anyhow, Yamato is trying to be all subtle and symbolic by saying something I forget because I stopped to check Twitter. Just a sec... Got it. "It's an illusion -- both the ball you chase and the pillar you stand for." Basically, he ticks Tezuka off for being such a martyr for his team, which I guess we've all wanted to do, so I don't know why I'm so resentful of Yamato for doing it now.

Tezuka responds by saying all the middle schoolers are counting on this match, so he can't lose. And he goes into one of those glowy states, like he does. The Whirlwind of Awesomeness or The Mounting Storm of Dangerous Tennis or The Wheel of Cheese or some such. It deflects all of his opponent's balls out of the court.

Tezuka in a circle of light

Ryoma can sense this from afar and it fires him up to keep swinging a racquet that probably weighs as much as he does, because that sort of thing is good for anybody and would never cause any sort of permanent injury. Unless it slipped out of your grasp and then it would only injure someone else.

The coach, though, being a secret romantic, tells Ryoma to run along and watch his One True Love.

But he doesn't reckon with Tezuka's Other True Love, Atobe, who yells at Tezuka not to push himself so hard. "This is why you're always too tired!" he says.

Yamato, using his best mindfuck technique on Tezuka and all the rest of us, ret-cons his tenure as Seigaku's captain so that he was injured then, that's why he lost to Tezuka, it wasn't that he just sucked at tennis.

Oh my god, ickle Tezuka makes my heart hurt.

First-year Tezuka looking fierce

Anyhow, Yamato shows Tezuka the scar he got when he was crawling through a torn wire fence, stalking Horio and Kachirou, and claims it was from a tennis injury. Somehow this is meant to inspire Tezuka to become a pro.

"Set yourself free," Yamato says. Tezuka looks dumbfounded until Atobe backs him up. "I know all the things you play because I play them too. You've got to have faith."

So Tezuka decides to have fun playing tennis and I don't know how he got this far as a shounen sports series hero if he wasn't enjoying tennis. But consistant with the rules of the genre, now that he's having fun, he's also playing better.

This is as much Tokugawa as we get this week. I haven't bothered to learn the other guy's name.

Tokugawa and another guy

Ryoma shows up just in time to see the flashback to various manga panels and anime stills from days gone by. And Tezuka's last thought is of Ryoma being all pillar-like. "That's right," Tezuka says. "My job is done. I can leave the earth and go back to the astral plane." He ascends, just like Daniel Jackson, but without all the radiation poisoning. Or maybe he just goes back to Atobe's bedroom.

Okay, he really just ends the match with a zero-shiki drop-shot. Which is always lovely to see. ♥ Everyone except Atobe looks shocked. Atobe just looks very turned on.

Atobe stops Tezuka as he leaves the court. "You want to go to Germany? I'll follow you when I'm done here. Be ready for me."

Tezuka seems pleased by the prospect. :)

Yamato, meanwhile, stalks Ryoma some more, with some success this time. And since he's now retiring from tennis, he has lots of time for his hobbies.

Ryoma tips his hat to Tezuka. I wish there were so much more. :(

So, Tezuka takes off for Germany without finishing middle school and, more importantly, without saying goodbye to Oishi! I've been angry about that since I read it in the manga.

You know what? Fuck You, Tezuka Kunimitsu is a good title after all.

Next week: ATOBE.

Crossposted: http://prillalar.dreamwidth.org/500090.html


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Nay, it's Fuck You Tezu for having almost a whole episode for your drama while we're starving after SanaYuki and Shirakaya matches, and so on...

Edited at 2012-03-08 12:03 am (UTC)

But I do love Tezuka's drama. :) Just not his neglect of his *best friend*.

I hope we get some OVA goodness for those matches!

HAHAHAH Oh Tezuka, you asshole! After Oishi wasted so much angst on you instead of Eiji you just piss off without a second thought!!!

He'll come crawling back to Oishi eventually. :)

Tezuka. Fun.

Tezuka. Fun.


Tezuka. Fun.

No, doesn't work.

ION: This post is magnificent. Oh Prince of Tennis, oh my heart.

He's been smiling in Shin Tenipuri, which makes me wonder if it's all an extended dream sequence.

Have you been watching the new anime at all? It's like a whole year's worth of crack in every five minutes!

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Hee! He's so serious at it!

OMG your recaps are hilarious! I haven't been on LJ much so I hadn't looked at the other ones. I've gone back and checked them all out. Thanks for all the Tokugawa screen caps. He's so delicious.

I'm glad you're enjoying the recaps! They are very fun to do. :) Tokugawa didn't make much an impression in the manga but holy hell, is he gorgeous in the anime!

Okay, I adore that Inui has an iPhone app to ID molesters and that he maintains Tezuka's Facebook page. Yes!

And they probably doubled the weight on Kaidou's. They did on Inui's too, but he didn't notice, after all, it's less than 1/2 his body weight, which is what he usually trains with!

Atobe IS pretty :-)

So is Tezuka :-)

I love Wheel of Cheese. It's my favorite of Tezuka's techniques!

But...he thinks Oishi is back home at Seigaku, so he's running off to say good-bye...only to discover that he's not there...oh, the heartbreak and angst! I'd feel for him, but then I might get flagged on that app of Inui's and I have other boys I'd rather spend those molester points on ;-)

*hugs you* Great Recap!

I wonder if Inui has added himself to the app...

Wheel of Cheese is the most tasty of all Tezuka's techniques. :D

Oh, I like your theory about Oishi. I will try to tell myself that's what happened so I don't have to be mad at Tezuka any more.


So, Tezuka takes off for Germany without finishing middle school and, more importantly, without saying goodbye to Oishi! I've been angry about that since I read it in the manga.

Ooooh, I remember. That's where I stopped reading the manga.
Fuck you, Tezuka Kunimitsu.

I know! For now I'm going with Perky's theory in the previous comment -- that Tezuka went to Oishi's house to say goodbye because he didn't know he was at Death Mountain Training. That way I only have to be sad, not mad.

My favorite moment in the whole episode was when it appeared that Atobe was showing off his firm leg purely for Tezuka's benefit. Needed more eagles though.

Hee! That was rather fabulous. God, I love AtoTez so much.

God these were all hilarious. My favorites:
-"Especially from that angle."
-Stockholm Syndrome Mountain
-"Later, he's thrown onto a trash heap"
-"ret-cons … that he was injured then …it wasn't that he just sucked"
-"the scar he got when he was crawling through a torn wire fence"
-"My job is done. I can leave the earth and go back to the astal plane"

I love you. Just sayin'.

Hee! So good to hear. ♥

I think Tezuka had sufficient saying goodbye to Oishi time in the Nationals arc... he shouldn't even BE in this arc, frankly. Still cheeses me off, though. :( (Oishi is probably worrying himself sick over whether or not Tezuka will remember to wear clean underwear every day.)

Besides, we all know that whenever Tezuka goes to Germany, Atobe calls him all the time.

Probably why he has a dedicated cellphone for calling Germany.

In canon.


I'm irked at Tezuka for leaving Japan at all, although that's just because I want him there for various shipping purposes (Inui, Oishi, Kuki Kiichi...). Maybe Atobe manoeuvred the whole thing so he could have Tezuka to himself!

Don't be hating on Kunimitsu-chan XDD I'm sure he wrote a long, heart-felt letter to Oishi afterwards XDDD

By "long, heart-felt letter" you mean a text message that says "don't let your guard down", right? :D


Yamato so dyed his hair and got a weed whacker to deal with it, although he probably thought it looked uncool so he had extensions. And maybe he FINALLY realized that those shades make him look like an old man.

BUT ANYWAYS. TEZUKA, I HATE YOU FOR LEAVING. *sobs* I bet Oishi went into full emo-mode for the next 24 hours or smth, and Ryoma was overcome with so much guilt for cheating that he had sex another tennis match with Mr. Sparkly Rainbow of Fabulousness Tokugawa.

Hee! I'm glad you're enjoying them. :)

Yamato's fashion choices have always been unfortunate. But I liked the old creepy look a lot better. :D

Poor Oishi! He's going to wonder if it was something he did...

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