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I feared that that would be a side effect of restructuring the forum, I'll see if there's a way to improve the situation. If anyone else wishes to comment on this topic though, I would ask them to do so either in the hangout thread or to send me a PM.
I think Tanegashima is similar to Fuji, like he's strong but he never actually plays anyone on the top tier because otherwise he'd lose very badly. Looking at his game against Sanada, if he can't even hit a ball that turns direction twice (which you'd think can be easily hit back by a guy who can do 10-ball since a 10-baller pretty much covers half of the court in one stroke) I don't see how he's supposed to play against guys who have can play 'another dimension tennis' when they go all out.
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Oni apologized for awakening Byodouin's inner pirate, so it implies he knows about that kind of level, and he obviously no longer possesses that kind of power, otherwise he could just defeat Byodouin himself. I'm guessing his reasoning is that if he kept his power sealed then Byodouin would not be able to awaken his inner pirate because there wouldn't be anyone strong enough to push him to that level.
I swear, the top 5 of the G10 is totally screwed up when it comes to power. Konomi doesn't know who he wants to be the strongest player at the U-17. First it was Byōdōin, then it was Oni, but then Oni never beat Shuūji not once, but Shuūji also never beat Oni before, then you have Byōdōin who's strongest again, but then Tokugawa's got him on the ropes now, oh but wait Ryoga's still waiting in the wings, Ryoma's still the main character (or is it Tokugawa?), Irie is an actor who could be feigning is true strength, Kimijima could have made a deal with the U-17 coaches to hide his own strength, Tezuka is still invincible, Nanjiroh is somehow more powerful than outer-dimensional tennis, and any one of these characters could be Nioh in disguise.
Konomi you set us up gud.
It's mainly about revealing certain information at specific times. Like, of course he could've said Tanegashima = Oni before Oni's match, but what would've been the point of that? All it does is shift focus away from Oni which is counter productive when he is the one playing.
Oni wanted to be the strongest and he was in his first year of high school. When he defeated Byodoin, he was basically hailed as the strongest in that year. He wanted to be No. 1 because of all the children of orphanage wanted him to be and so he did for them. But now he kind of lost interest but still keeps in contact with the orphanage.
I do agree that Oni would make a better coach than a U-17 participant. Tokugawa is basically his evidence. But he does give good (vague) advice to the middle schoolers.
With Tanegashima = Oni. I disagree. Demon Oni vs Halt Destruction Nothingness? Demon would probably win. From what we know of Tanegashima, that's all he's got. Pretty sure he can't nullify PoP.
Pirate is based on, or even the same as Kijin and it seems to draw the opponent into a mental battle for the most part. Tanegashima has massive mental strength though, and I'm willing to guess that his base stats are higher than Oni's overall. So I wouldn't be surprised if he could stand up against it? It's not really clear cut either way.
EDIT: Or maybe, if we want to speculate about Oni and Tanegashima, it could be that AnS!Oni = Tanegashima I guess. [END EDIT]
Also on the subject of Ryoga, I'm half expecting Ryoma to just come back with the No. 4 badge after Byoudouin vs Tokugawa ends without us actually seeing the match at this point.
Last edited by Kaoz; March 05, 2014 at 03:37 AM.
About Ryoma, I expect that Konomi shows at least a bit of the match, but what you said can also be a possibility. Byodouin vs Tokugawa ends and then Ryoma comes with the No.4 badge, leaving everyone speechless (he either defeated Ryoga which isn't unlikely because they talked about playing a real match or Ryoga just forfeits after seeing how much Ryoma improved and then leaves to another country and they face each other in the future).
Another scenario that would be great is that Byodouin vs Tokugawa ends, then everyone sees a big dustcloud in another court and it turns out Ryoma and Ryoga are playing in an intense battle like Byodouin and Tokugawa, and someone says: "Even this first year brat can play at that level?!". And Ryoma gains something like Kijin (maybe a Samurai)
Its kind of anti-climatic for Ryoma to return to the main courts with the No. 4 badge. I'm sure Konomi would give us something about the Ryoma vs Ryoga match. Unless Konomi really wants to troll us and give us the end result rather than an intense match.
I don't think anyone besides Oni can even see the pirate amongst the spectators let alone have any way to deal with it.