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The old man thing... I don´t agree, but that was his team philosophy, it´s highly pribable that their coach instructed them to act like that.
Akutsu always kind? As a kid he beat the crap out of anyone, at the prefecturals he almost killed some Fudomine players (and punched Arai, threw stones to Echizen, and destroyed a ¨friend of his in Ginka¨´s face).
Then we only saw him cheering for Taka (his only friend), and Echizen (just because he´s the one that beat him), and being good with Dan (I don´t know really why, he loves his fanboys apparently).
Yeah, he has been always a great guy, and he has a great heart (he completely showed it along both series).
Pretty sure that Akutsu rescued Akaya from bullies once... I can't think of a manga or anime reference though.
It shows he's getting better. He keep some of his old personality, yes. But if Konomi change that, it'll be a different character. And I think the facts that Akutsu gradually shown to get better bits by bits is a lot better how Kite is shown. I wish Kite would have gone though with the betrayal. But of course he wouldn't, since MS is the "main characters" now. And main characters will be nice, or at least nicer.
@Hardy I agree with Ken that it's hard to say Akutsu is significantly more of a jerk than Kite. Something that Konomi recognizes as he chose them to be in Pair Puri 7 8 with the title being "Dark".
I'll have to agree with Hardy on this one, boys.
Kite is a jerk, but Akutsu is an asshole. I think Kite tries too hard to be what Akutsu naturally is. Kite does not in every encounter with another person, react with some sort of slur. Akutsu does. He is ALWAYS getting into some fight, whereas Kite is able to keep his cool and pick and choose which battles he participates in. Akutsu doesn't think. He acts and reacts. With anger. That's a major difference as far as personality is concerned.
And how do we know he can't beat Ohmagari? This was post-training, after all. And besides, by default all the middle schoolers are going to be stronger than the high schoolers, otherwise they wouldn't have been admitted into the U-17 in the first place. I think you're forgetting that it was stated that it was only this year that the middle schoolers were invited, because they were so damn good.
I don't think Akutsu did that to Ohmagari whether or not he thinks he can beat them.
It's coz he was ordering around. In fact, Shin Prince of Tennis we have seen a new Akutsu.
Oni started shit with Akutsu by barging him, Akutsu only stood up for himself by retaliating rudely.
Ohmagari started shit with Akutsu by ordering him around, Akutsu only retaliated angrily.
Akutsu hasn't really started fights. Ohmagari and Oni started the fights really.
So both Kite and Akutsu start fights. Kite however, uses his head much more, but is still a violent jerk.
Here's Kite being a little provoked, .
In fact, Kite picked a fight sort of with Tohno by deflecting his Execution Method 13 at Mouri.
I think Kite is just as much of a jerk, as the rest of Higa even state how he can be ruthless and always has been.
Akutsu changed as somebody who used to be aggressive to everybody but is kind of a nice dude.
Konomi even went and softened him by having him chill with Dan Taichi.
And excepting the good luck charm lol.
I'm just not so sure it's clear cut that Akutsu is the biggest asshole anymore.
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It depends on the partner as well. You can't seriously tell me that Devil Akaya is rational for example, but since Yanagi controlled him, he was able to play doubles just fine.