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Shin Tenipuri Episode 11 Recap-O-Rama
Atobe's jacket in the air

May Contain Hotness

We start out with a little recap of Tezuka winning and Atobe showing his shapely leg and telling Tezuka to run along to Germany and not worry his pretty little head because Atobe will take care of the team here and Tezuka showing his I LOVE YOU ATOBE face.

Tezuka smiling

Then Tachibana and Chitose step onto the court to do battle with their former senpai, both of whom have grey hair, possibly due to premature aging or a pigment shortage in the anime studio. The one guy does have dark roots, though, so maybe he's enrolled in a drug trial for anti-aging treatments for baby boomers. Or just way overdue for a cut and colour.

Meanwhile, Eiji says all the things to Tezuka that I yelled at the screen last week about not leaving without finishing middle school saying goodbye to Oishi. Fuji opens his eyes. "I have a favour to ask you, Tezuka," he says. "A favour involving handcuffs."

Tezuka looks a little worried since he still has the bruises from the last favour he did for Fuji and they were really hard to explain to Atobe later. But it's going to be a few days at least until Atobe flies out to Germany for a visit, so he figures there's time to concoct a plausible story, like he got thrown in jail for being drunk and disorderly and got clubbed while resisting arrest.

Tachibana and Chitose are doing awesomely, both with tennis and their lovely hair.

Chitose and Tachibana bopping fists

But they are dissed by their opponents. "You haven't had nearly enough sex with each other to be a decent doubles team," the highschoolers say, as they go into their senior citizen version of synchro.

"Well, we can't help it if lots of other people want to have sex with us too," Chitose says. "We're pretty."

At another court, Fuji has released Tezuka from the handcuffs to play a tennis match with him. Eiji, as the only spectator, is forced to parrot illogical and OOC dialogue such as: "What is the point of this match?" He mutters under his breath, "What is the point of these lines?"

Tezuka leaves Fuji lying spent on the court and wondering if he should have let Tezuka be seme once in a while after all.

Fuji lying on the court, looking tired

Tachibana and Chitose are sadly defeated by the Stupid Hair Pair and without us getting to see nearly enough of their awesomeness. Kirihara encourages them! He gets more adorable every day. ♥ But some other random highschoolers come along and basically say the same thing Eiji was made to: Why challenge someone if you can't win?

It looks like a rumble is about to go down, but Atobe steps onto the court and all eyes turn to him (as they do). The middle schoolers take up the Katsu no wa Hyoutei! Katsu no wa Atobe! chant. (They never do the "loser" part of the chant in the anime, I've noticed.)

But Atobe, looking hot, says: The winner will be Court 5.

Atobe, looking hot

Irie, predictably, gets into the trash talk again at the net, but Atobe, looking hot, refuses to engage. They play and Atobe takes the first point with pretty much his most flamboyant smash to date: Fugue Towards Disappointment.

Everyone is astonished! We see the exact same still of Tokugawa and that other guy as we did last week, onto which we are meant to project the astonishment. I'll just re-link it.

Tokugawa and another guy

So, Atobe, looking hot, takes the first five games.

Atobe, looking hot

Irie screams in frustration! "Me lose tennis? That's unpossible!" For the last game, Atobe brings out the Lots of Icicles Thingy he does to see his opponent's blind spots, which must work because of Atobe's hotness because there's really no other explanation for the technique.

OMG! All the icicles explode! It turns out Irie has no blind spots and was really just pulling a Fuji on Atobe because that's the kind of super-nice senpai he is. Atobe, looking hot, now loses a bunch of games.

Oni delivers a speech about how Irie is too strong for Court 3 but was put there for some really good reason, like even the coaches hate his tricky ways or three is his lucky number or aliens did it or something.

Okay, so I don't like Irie. And he looks like Velma from Scooby Doo. But I'm not putting in a screencap to bolster my point, because that's how much I don't like him.

Kirihara, whom I like very much indeed, gets all worked up and cheers loudly for Atobe, his new daddy boyfriend, barely restraining himself from racing onto the court to "help".

Kirihara, stepping up on a railing

Atobe, looking hot, tells Kirihara to shut up. He uses the Ice Sculpture Attack again but somehow Irie manages to infiltrate even Atobe's bizarre inner fantasy world and all the icicles are on Atobe's side of the court. Cause Irie's strength is being a jerk or some such.

But his jerkishness does send Atobe into a flashback to his tender (and chunky) youth, so it's not all bad. See, Atobe used to live in Merrie Olde England where he was harassed by youths who called him stupid and beat him in tennis. Also, ickle Keigo was forced to wear a sweater vest.

Ickle Keigo in a sweater vest

Apparently, it was this horrific bullying that caused Atobe to retreat into his fantasy life, where he was strong and smart and had an imaginary friend named Kabaji.

Back in "reality", either it starts to snow or the intensity of Atobe's childhood memories has caused a volcanic eruption somewhere and ash is drifting through the air. Either way, Atobe looks hot.

Atobe, looking hot in the snow

They play all serious-like. "Open all your pores," Atobe tells himself, heedless of how the dirt kicked up on the court could cause unsightly blackheads.

"Drop your pride and give up already," Irie says.

"Fuck pride, I'm doing this for the team," Atobe says. Somewhere, an angel gets its wings. Irie sends the icicles at Atobe but they all explode because of the amazingness of Atobe's nobility and team playitude.

Also, apparently because of his X-Ray Vision (possibly from contact lenses advertised in the back of a comic book Shishido was reading). Yes, Atobe's Insight lets him see people's skeletons now.

Irie's skeleton (really)

But he's hot, so that's okay.

Atobe, looking hot

Here's that still of Tokugawa again, this time with snow.

Tokugawa and another guy, in the snow

Anyhow, this is Atobe Kingdom, which as a power is basically just Atobe Pwns All. He can aim for points the opponent can't even move to reach. Or maybe they are just immobilized by his glorious presence. Which is actually more plausible. He takes another point and now it's six all.

But due to the snow (or ash), Atobe slips on the court and falls. He gets up, looking hot and a little dirty, and they're on to a tie-break.

Atobe, looking hot and dirty

But his ankle is hurt and Irie targets it. OMG, how ironic! Atobe thinks. They play one of those jillion-point tiebreaks and Atobe's thoughts turn, as they do, to Tezuka and their Jillion-Point Tiebreak of Love. I can't let the precious memory of that passionate time be sullied by stupid Velma, he thinks and it gives him the strength he needs to play on.

Irie, on the other hand, is sustained by his innate jerkishness. Or possibly candy. He lobs the ball over Atobe's head. Atobe races back for it. "I'll keep my promise, Tezuka!" he yells.

Tezuka, waiting for the bus in the snow, actually hears this and looks up. Or maybe he saw an eagle.

Atobe, looking hot, collapses. Irie drops his racquet. The game is a draw. Atobe is carried off the court. They shove Krauser (still unconscious from last week) off the bench and tenderly lay Atobe there instead. Kirihara weeps over Atobe's broken body. Well, okay, he doesn't. But he totally should have.

Tezuka sits on the bus and thinks about Atobe. Atobe lies on the bench and thinks about Tezuka.

Atobe and Tezuka, thinking of each other

I think about them both on a private beach in Hawaii.

Next week: liberté, égalité, fraternité.

Crossposted: http://prillalar.dreamwidth.org/500587.html


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...wow, Atobe really loves him.

Oh Atobe.

He really, really does. Bless. ♥


Atobe must've said something like, "Go forth and pursue your dreams, my love. I will be standing in the sidelines, watching you. Whatever your decision is, dearest Kunimitsu... I shall forever love you. Don't worry about the kids, I can take of them."

Surprisingly, Tokugawa looks good in the snow. I wonder why the snow doesn't turn into rainbow colored snow around him though. /shot

I love Irie. SORT OF. Or I probably just love his voice actor. Greatest Fuji Syuusuke in all of Tenimyu.

I kinda like the rivalry (is that it? or is that just pent-up UST?) between Irie and Atobe. But yes, ATOBE IS AWESOME-ER, prz.

The middle-schoolers are right.

Katsu no wa Atobe. (Irie never stood a chance. He doesn't have the power of bad childhood memories and X-Ray vision.)

Akaya gets more adorkable with every episode! And you're totally right -- Tokugawa should have had special rainbow snowflakes. :D

Atobe is always awesome-er!

I rewatched the episode after making this comment. AND FOR SOME REASON I WAS FANGIRLING OVER FUJI'S EXTRA BISHIENESS. T___T The boy looked so epic, even in losing. And creying. And he just looked so lovely in this episode.


"I apologize, sir... blahblahblah the snow blahblahblah..."
"It's alright. Because of that, I heard the important yell of a friend."

TEZUKA, WHY'D YOU MIX UP YOUR WORDS?! YOU SHOULD'VE SAID SMTH LIKE: "It's alright. Because of that, I heard the yell of a VERY IMPORTANT FRIEND."

Srsly, Kunimitsu. -not impressed-

lolol I'm not watching the anime anymore, but idk if it could be as good as these recaps anyway!

I'm not sure I was able to properly capture Atobe's hotness in this episode, though.

So...to summarize....Atobe was Hot. :-)

Yayayayayayay! He beat Velma! (Who is surprisingly good at tennis. Maybe it's the Scooby Snacks?)

*hugs Atobe*

*hugs you*

As he was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, amen.

I should probably have put in a disclaimer apologizing to Velma for the comparison. She's awesome. :D


That screencap of Fuji... That Tezuka... Even that Atobe, although normally I don't even like him... This episode was made of hotness, I'm amazed you managed to write an actual recap, I'd be too distracted XDD

It did take longer than normal! :D

*o* I should go back to watching Shin TeniPuri.

Okay. So I actually already read the manga (don't have access to the anime huhuhu) so I knew what went on here, but my god, I love your narration. It literally sent me into embarrassing giggle spasms! And oh my, I really need to start downloading the episodes - Atobe looks so hot in the anime (not that he wasn't already hot anywhere else!).

Hee! The anime is even more cracked out than the manga and that's saying something. And Atobe's hotness was off the charts in this ep.

I'm definitely downloading the eps now. I'm only just returning to the fandom after about two years of staying away, and am trying to catch up to everything I've missed, especially the fanfics. BTW, I've just read your Atobe fanfics (what can I say, I got hooked on his hotness a long time ago), and I love all of them - the subtleties and nuances in his characterization were just brilliant.

If you have the time, you think you can rec any fics with just as strong a portrayal of Atobe to a girl who is only now starting to use LJ and tumblr and is getting drowned in the PoT fandom again?

Edited at 2012-03-15 01:53 pm (UTC)

I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the fic! I haven't really saved any recs, though. :( I'm bad at keeping track of stuff like that.

Of course, they're brilliant! And that's alright - I wasn't really expecting anything and just wanted to throw it out there in case you might have something.

As it is, I've finished all the eps and was in a perpetual state of both swooning and snorting out juice at the crack. I read your recaps after every episode and it just made everything more hilarious. And just because this comment is on this specific recap post, I can now say, from my own personal experience, that Atobe's hotness was up to eleven in here - him and Tezuka are so totally doing it like bunnies on red bull.

And I noticed something at the end of the ep - while I can excuse everyone else's impossible reality bending moves (dinosaurs, rainbows, lightning, etc) as simply the symbolic manifestations of their techniques, Atobe seems to be able to affect reality outside of court as well. I mean, everybody could hear the Hyoutei chant that came out of nowhere during his game with Hiyoshi. And even more unbelievable, he actually made it snow - hard enough to cause problems for buses to get to their destinations on time, even.

Did his epic hotness lend him powers beyond awesome tennis skills, perhaps?

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Maybe Kirihara smells Sanada on Atobe. :D

God I really want ichinen OVAs for seigaku/hyoutei/rikkai. I WANT THEM.

I love these~

But there were! Though I think for Rikkai they were mostly in second year. You should def watch the Seven Horrible Mysteries of Seigaku at least. You can probably get most of the OVAs here: http://2se-subs.livejournal.com/


i for real had no idea these existed. SIGH.

Are the pair things worth dling? Honestly the only matchup there i was really interested in was the golden pair, and that's the only one without a replacement MF link.

LOOOOOOOOOOL oh man ahahaaha

I had to drop the show after about 3 episodes, but I love your recaps. Though I might have to go watch this ep just for all the Atobe hotness.

Hee! Shin tenipuri takes some adjustment, it's true. This ep was less cracked out than most and OMG Atobe was fabulous. So you might want to risk it. :)

Ha ha ha!! Wow! You made me laugh like crazy! Loved it! The Velma part was awesome! And yes, Atobe looks hot. Atobe looks hot and Atobe looks hot... Whatever thing he is doing he looks... hot. ^O^ Well... It's the truth... The screencaps are proof enough! Your loss Tezuka... Seriously... Germany instead of Atobe... Jeee...

I always have fun with these recaps. :) Atobe was extra super hot in this ep, so it was extra fun. :)

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