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How do you think the metagame of NPoT currently is right now in regards to actual tennis? I think that currently, as of what we now know of Byodouin's game, power plays are definitely at the top of the tier. I think that compared to PoT1, shots like the Zero-Shiki Drop Shot / Serve and the Twist Serve have dropped in usage because now players are capable of hitting those trick shots before they land or allowed to go to full-effect. Now, I feel that it's all about power shots such as Hadokyu and The Vanish. Not necessarily saying that groundstrokes are the in-thing now, though.
Any other thoughts?
Last edited by Kaoz; April 25, 2012 at 08:34 AM. Reason: added prefix
I would also like to remind people that you don't necessarily need tons of visible muscles to have high power, as can be seen with Krauser and Devil Akaya.
That being said, I would agree with Ken that it's too early to tell at this point. If I may suggest something, maybe this thread could be used to allow for discussion of strong and weak styles throughout the whole series and at which point which playstyles were at the top?
I had the same thought last week.
That the focal point of skill in this story isnt about balls that dont bounce or spin slightly differently.
Instead its about shots that can barely be seen (Vanish, Mach Serve, AK) or Power (Hadoukyu 1-108, BJK, Summertime Danji, Springtime Danji, Im guessing Winter lol...).
I do miss the old PoT where every new character possibly meant a completely new style of shot or style of play but to be honest besides Irie, Nakagauchi, Yamato and Tokugawa, I cant think of players introduced with styles of play that have been significantly different from before and added to story.
I agree that its too early and think we need to have a Power Player VS anyone that isnt a Power Player in a full Singles Match.
I would prefer Date VS some MSer in Singles but most MSers and Hsers are fodder now so that wont happen.
Examples of same old crap are Taira Yoshiyuki - He's awesome as a character but Bakyuun = Practically Yagyuu, Fuwa = Over Arrogant Fuji with CE, Date Danji = Ishida Gin, Mitsuya = The data guys, Ochi = Amazing Ootori, Washio/Suzuki = GP I could go on.
The only people who did anything remotely close to Irie were team Rikkaidai during the semi-final match of the Nationals against Nagoya by purposely losing the first two matches to troll both Nagoya and Kirihara. Other than that, Irie is unique. He has flawless play like Yukimura (WoI shattering, referencing Yukimura/Echizen match in the anime), and his trolling is on another level than Niou.
Irie just holds back. I'm saying, that's not a special shot or step or anything, it's just . . . standard Shonen "holding back his true power." I Am Not Left-Handed is literally what his entire game is.
I actually think Irie is pretty funny at that. And I like number 20 until Irie got serious. But Imagine Irie vs Ryoga or something. That'll be a time when trolling make him completely lose because he can't recover his game on time.
We dont know yet.
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Back to the point, there really isnt anything new.
Also, there is this new thing where players are introduced fairly well, and do NOTHING. HSers of course.
No Techniques shown:
Ban Rikiya, Mouri Juzaburo, Miyako Shinobu, Akiba Koyo and Takei Toshio.
I believe the days where different spin methods were the awesomeness ended with the Team Shuffle.
Taira's Bakyuun being the exception.
Unfortunately he became fodder and I dont see how there was no Doubles team in 2nd Stringers who couldnt defeat Taira/Hara.
I would like to mention Vanish from Hakamada Izou but he was nothing new and just an upgraded Matsudaira Chikahiko.
His serve required a weird stance like Matsudaira and he licked his lips like him too and mainly Vanish is mainly about Violence/Bloodshed which is where the story's top moves are gearing towards.