The U-17 team has just ran into their biggest threat of all time. An underground tennis team known as "The Black Lions" have been devastating the tennis world. All around the globe, national teams are being utterly beaten by these mystery players, one of which used to be Echizen's brother, Ryoga, who eventually went rogue. They have never lost, and are said to wear black with the image of a lion's head. Led by their infamous and fearless leader, sometimes known as "King David," they seem to be taking hold of the tennis world with an iron fist. They have wiped out the tennis team of every major country except for one, Japan. Team Japan is the next target, and these men will stop at nothing to conquer. Will Team Japan be able to stop the onslaught, or will they be the last victim?
Spoiler: Chapter 1: "The Black Lions" show
The Black Lions
(It’s late at night and the setting takes place at an abandoned warehouse. Inside the warehouse are tennis courts and a team of hooded men dressed in black, one of which is sitting on a throne. One of the hooded men is Echizen Ryoga, the brother of Ryoma. Ryoga speaks directly to the one on the throne which seems to be the leader)
Ryoga: “Forgive me, but it’s time I must part ways with you guys. “
Leader: “You found your brother.”
Ryoga: “Yeah . . . When you sent me out to defeat that team, I also happened upon the first stringers of what’s known as the ‘U-17 Selection Camp.’ They had a match to play so I let them have at it. After Japan beat them, I stepped in and beat all of them again myself like you told me to. Their blonde leader guy took an interest in my abilities and offered me a good spot on their team. . . “
(Ryoga throws an orange up in the air and catches it)
Ryoga: “I have a feeling my brother is somewhere in that camp. Besides, it’s been too long since I visited.”
Leader: “Haha . . . alright man. We’re gonna miss ya. You’re a vital part of this team, and you’ll always be a black lion to us.”
Ryoga: “Of course. And I’ll always have this”
(Ryoga exposes a tattoo of a black lion on the inside of his forearm)
Ryoga: “You’ve taught me so much by showing me the error of my way. I was filled with pride, but you came to crush it out of me. I have been restored to a level much higher than I was before. I am in your debt. “
Leader: “I can do nothing. May God get the glory for any good that may have been done for you. Go in peace.”
(Ryoga walks away and the close-up is on the leader’s eyes as they mysteriously turn the color red)
(Team Japan gets ready to board the plane)
Byoudouin: “Alright! Are we all accounted for?!”
Ryoga: “Now we are.”
Mouri: “You’re that guy from yesterday.”
Ryoga: “You must be the brains of the group.”
Mouri: “Why don’t we have a match and see?”
Byoudouin: “Enough. Glad you decided to show. Alright, let’s do it!”
Ryoga: “Heh . . .”
(Team Japan boards the plane and heads back home)
(While on the plane)
Ryoga: [[ I wonder how you’re doing…Ryoma. ]]
*Two Weeks Later*
(Saitou does an announcement across the U-17 camp for all to hear)
Saitou: “Hey guys, we have received news that there is a mysterious underground tennis clan that is traveling around the world defeating all the national tennis teams from every country. They have been doing this for the past five years, but most people thought of them as only a conspiracy or myth. However, this claim is more and more being proven false. Rumor has it their next target is Germany, which leaves Japan as the last target. . . “
Shiraishi: “Oh no. . .”
Fuji: “Hm. . . “
Echizen: “Tezuka is in Germany, so they’ll be alright.”
Saitou: “They are known as ‘The Black Lions.’ They are said to be the greatest threat to the tennis world. So far, all but two countries have failed to stop them. We must not be one of them. We will form the strongest team possible to combat them. We will be ready for them when they come. Everyone! Pair up to play singles matches and begin immediately. That is all.”
*Scene changes to Germany*
(A foot hits the ground behind Tezuka as he turns around to see who it is)
Leader: “Are you Tezuka Kunimitsu?”
Tezuka: “. . . Who are you?”
(The leader pulls down his hood, revealing his smiling face)
Leader: “My name is Aisoku Seda, pleased to meet you.”
*Scene changes back to U-17*
Kazuya: “Hey, Oni. . .”
(Kazuya looks over)
Kazuya: “Did you get the same feeling?”
Oni: “Yeah. . .”
“It’s as if these men are the gatekeepers of the world. . . “
Spoiler: Chapter 2: "Aspersio" show
(Setting is at the isolated tennis court in which Tezuka was practicing at)
Tezuka: “So you’re that group that everyone is talking about. What do you want with me?”
Aisoku: “I want you to play a match with the vice captain of the Black Lions, Tetsuma Jougen. When you face him, you will understand everything.”
Tezuka: “And if I refuse?”
Aisoku: “I already know you don’t want to refuse. That’s why we’re here. Tetsuma, meet up with us when you’re done.”
Tetsuma: “Very well.”
(Aisoku puts his hood back on as the clan runs off into the distance and disappears, leaving their man behind)
Tetsuma: “Shall we begin?”
(U-17 is currently having singles matches to train. The coaches are watching the matches via camera)
Saitou: “Show me the matches I wanna see, and display the scores please.”
Shiraishi vs Tachibana (0-2)
(Tachibana with the wild lion aura smashes the racquet out of Shiraishi’s hand)
Shiraishi: “Wow, you sure got a lot stronger.”
Tachibana: “You need to take off that weight if you want to beat me, Shiraishi.”
Shiraishi: “I suppose so, heh . . . “
(Shiraishi unwraps his bandages)
Fuji vs Atobe (0-1)
Fuji: “Hōō Gaeshi”
(Before the ball reaches the ground, Atobe rushes the net and returns with a jack-knife)
(As soon as Atobe smashes, he instantly runs backwards)
Fuji: “Kirin Otoshi”
(Fuji counters Atobe’s smash with a fast lob, but Atobe is already at the baseline)
Atobe: “Ahn…too predictable, Fuji! Be awed by my prowess!”
(Atobe quickly performs fugue towards despair. Due to Fuji being unprepared to react, he is unable to do another Kirin Otoshi and Atobe gets the point)
Sanada vs Oni (1-1)
Oni: “I’ve been waiting for this! Come at me, Sanada!”
(Oni hits Black Jack knife at Sanada and Sanada grins)
Sanada: “Invade like Fire . . .”
(Sanada smashes Oni’s attack back at him)
Oni: “Finally, an opponent with strength!”
Echizen vs Kazuya (2-2)
Kazuya: “So I see Mifune did his job.”
(Kazuya hits a ball to Echizen and it gets returned)
Echizen: “Would you like to use ten balls?”
Yukimura vs Irie (3-0)
(Yukimura hits another ball past Irie)
Irie: “I…I can’t see!”
Yukimura: “Pretty soon the other senses will follow. . .”
Irie: “Huh?! I can’t hear anything!”
Kirihara vs Kintarou (3-3)
Kintarou: “SUPER ULTRA GREAT DELICIOUS-“
Kirihara: “Yeah yeah, just hit it already.”
(Kintarou smashes and Kirihara returns it)
Chitose vs Krauser (2-0)
(Krauser tries to hit the ball, but it disappears and he misses it)
Krauser: “That thing is annoying…”
Tezuka vs Tetsuma (0-0)
(Tezuka hits a zero-shiki serve)
Tetsuma: “Interesting serve. However, it is returnable.”
(Tezuka hits another zero-shiki serve)
(Tetsuma returns it with ease)
(Tezuka counters with zero-shiki drop shot)
Tetsuma: “Nice shot. It’s my turn now.”
(Tezuka serves and Tetsuma returns it)
(Tezuka uses Tezuka-zone, and hits back to Tetsuma)
(Tetsuma hits a curved shot, ((similar to a snake)) and it gets curved in by T-zone. Tezuka prepares to return the shot, only to watch the ball roll as soon as it hits the ground)
Tetsuma: “I think it’s time you get serious, Tezuka.”
Tezuka: “. . . “
(Tezuka’s eyes get serious as he opens the Pinnacle of Hard Work and an aura appears around his left arm. Tetsuma smiles. )
Spoiler: Chapter 3: "Beyond The Door (1/2)" show
(Byoudouin walks up to Ryoga)
Byoudouin: “Follow me.”
Ryoga: “You got it dad.”
Byoudouin: “I will pretend you didn’t disrespect me.”
(Byoudouin and Ryoga walk to a tennis court)
Ryoga: “And I’ll pretend you’re not thirty five.”
(Byoudouin suddenly backhands Ryoga in the face but Ryoga lifts a hand and blocks it)
Ryoga: “Hey, you sure have a short fuse. Heh.”
Byoudouin: “What do you know about the Black Lions?”
(They both get to the tennis court and take a side)
Ryoga: “Not much, I know it’s a furniture store-”
(Byoudouin smashes a ball full force and it heads for Ryoga)
Ryoga: “What is this, volley for serve?”
(Ryoga smiles and smashes it back)
Ryoga: “Never played tennis against a beard before.”
(Tezuka is shown to be out of breath and sweating, but Tetsuma is virtually unmoved and winning 1-0)
Tetsuma: “Why are you wasting so much energy on techniques that will not work against me?
Tezuka: “. . . “
Tetsuma: “Your “pinnacle of hard work” is pointless because I can just hit shots with not much power. Your “pinnacle of great wisdom” doesn’t work either because you can’t get in my head nor control any outcomes of this match. So what’s next?”
(Tezuka unleashes pinnacle of perfection)
Tezuka: “It’s time to finish this.”
(Tezuka’s friends and coach from Germany find him and run over to the court to watch)
Coach: “Tezuka! What are you-“
(The coach sees Tezuka completely focused and serious on Tetsuma and becomes silent)
Coach: [[ I see. . .I guess this is no ordinary skilled opponent. . . He must be on another level. ]]
(Tezuka gets four aces)
Tetsuma: “. . .”
Shiraishi vs Tachibana (4-2)
(Shiraishi smashes and Tachibana misses)
Tachibana: “Your game really improves drastically when you play for real.”
(Tachibana reveals the weights underneath his wristbands and removes them)
Tachibana: “What can I say, you inspired me.”
Fuji vs Atobe (3-4)
(Fuji hits Gatekeeper of Hecatonchires)
Atobe: “Ahn…looks like a snow storm is coming”
(Atobe uses Atobe Kingdom)
Atobe: “Prepare yourself, Fuji . .. ”
Sanada vs Oni (2-4)
Oni: “Are you all out of tricks?”
(Sanada is out of breath and all of a sudden uses the black aura)
Sanada: “No . . .”
(Sanada smashes the ball and it goes through Oni’s racquet)
Oni: “Now we’re talkin!”
Echizen vs Kazuya (4-5)
(Kazuya hits ten balls to Echizen)
Echizen: “Let’s add another.”
(Echizen tosses in another ball)
Kazuya: “What’s on your mind?…”
Echizen: “I don’t think you’re really trying.”
(Kazuya smashes a ball past Echizen)
Kazuya: “I think you’re right.”
Yukimura vs Irie (5-0)
(Yukimura smashes and gets a point)
Yukimura: “This is the end. . .”
(Irie smiles. Yukimura serves and Irie does a return ace)
Irie: “Just kidding. You didn’t actually believe I was under your control did you?”
Yukimura: “. . .”
Kirihara vs Kintarou (3-5)
(Kirihara is in devil mode and Kintarou hits a shot passed him)
Kintarou: “Come on seaweed hair! Hahaha!“
Kirihara: “Damn it. . .”
(Kirihara does a knuckle serve but Kintarou has a return ace)
Chitose vs Krauser (4-3)
(Krauser swings the racquet in a certain direction and hits the ball)
Krauser: “I see where it will be now.”
(Chitose goes Pinnacle of Great Wisdom)
Chitose: “So do I.”
Tetsuma: “The Pinnacle of Perfection. It is a state of mind and of being that allows oneself to become ‘complete.’ However, some people are misinformed about it. Many people believe the Pinnacle of Perfection is the final door, but that is incorrect. ”
Tetsuma: “The Pinnacle of Perfection is actually one of two paths. State of Self Actualization is the beginning. From there, it branches off in two directions.”
Tezuka: “The pinnacle of hard work and the pinnacle of great wisdom.”
Tetsuma: “Yes, but what do you know beyond that?”
Tezuka: “That those two paths end here.”
Tetsuma: “That’s incorrect.”
Tetsuma: “What you have is the advanced form of Pinnacle of Great Wisdom. Pinnacle of Perfection revolves entirely around the state of mind, reverting back to an initial sense of innocent enjoyment. However, that still leaves the advanced form of Pinnacle of Hard Work. Whether you believe it or not, there is another path that branches from the Pinnacle of Perfection. It is separate but equal. It’s called the Pinnacle of Destruction.”
(Tezuka has a flashback, remembering Sanada’s black aura)
Tezuka: “How do you know that path exists?”
(All of a sudden a black aura explodes around Tetsuma)
Tetsuma: “Because I’m on it.”
Spoiler: Chapter 4: "Beyond The Door (2/2)" show
Beyond The Door (2/2)
(It is the setting of the warehouse in chapter 1, and Ryoga leaves as Aisoku’s eyes turn red)
Tetsuma: “What do you see, Seda?”
Aisoku: “Ryoga was pretending.”
Black Lion 1: “I told you not to trust that guy. He just looks like bad news.”
Tetsuma: “He was pretending how?”
Aisoku: “Ryoga went out from us because he was not of us. Had he been of us, he would have remained with us. His reverence for me was just an act, so he could remain with us to get the information he wanted. He had an agenda from the beginning.”
Black Lion 2: “So now what?”
(The hooded men wait for Aisoku’s orders)
Aisoku: “We go to Germany.”
Black Lion 3: “I’ve always wanted to see Germany.”
Aisoku: “Tetsuma, I’d like to see you privately.”
(Aisoku and Tetsuma have a 1 on 1 conversation)
Aisoku: “I have a question for you, Tetsuma. What is the final door of muga?”
Tetsuma: “Is this a trick question? You told me there are two doors. The Pinnacle of Perfection, and the Pinnacle of Destruction. . .”
Aisoku: “What if I told you those were merely the prerequisites of an ultimate final door?”
(Tezuka and Tetsuma are clashing, and the score is tied at 4-4)
Tetsuma: “Tezuka, if you can’t defeat me, then you have no chance.”
Tezuka: “. . . “
(Tezuka smashes the ball)
Tetsuma: “You see, you and I have achieved a state that not many people have. However, there is a final door beyond what we have accomplished, called the Pinnacle of Glorification. There is only one man in the world that has ever found it, let alone walked through it.
(Tetsuma smashes the ball back and rally continues)
Tezuka: “Echizen Nanjiroh?”
Tetsuma: “No, Nanjiroh gave up when he reached the Pinnacle of Perfection. “
Tezuka: So who is it?
(Tetsuma hits a forehand dropshot aiming to the right as Tezuka runs to where the ball will land. All of a sudden as the ball is on his racquet, he is able to slice instead and change directions and gets the point)
Tetsuma: “Our leader.”
Shiraishi vs Tachibana (5-5)
(Shiraishi and Tachibana continue to rally, as Shiraishi lifts his racquet straight up in the air)
Shiraishi: “Round Table Shot!”
(Shiraishi smashes the ball to Tachibana)
Tachibana: [[ I need to get this before it hits the ground ]]
(Tachibana runs and jumps in the air in his Abare Dama stance)
Tachibana: “Lions Roar!”
(Tachibana smashes the ball with the frame of his racquet. Double the normal amount of (abare dama) balls appears, flying towards Shiraishi in the likeness of a lion’s head opening his mouth. Shiraishi becomes struck with fear by the intimidating attack and cannot move)
Fuji vs Atobe (3-5)
Atobe: “I can see your every move!”
(Fuji smacks the ball but Atobe does a return ace)
Atobe: “Be awed by my prowess!”
(Fuji breathes in and out heavily)
Fuji: “No. . . I’m not done yet. . .”
Atobe: “Yes you are!”
(Atobe smashes it and gets a point)
Fuji: “. . .”
Sanada vs Oni (6-5)
Sanada: “Burn black, like hellfire!”
([BA]Sanada spins and ground-smashes the ball, as the shot turns black)
Oni: “No, I refuse!”
(Oni connects with the ball with his frame but struggles with the power of it)
Oni: “Take this! BLACK TOMAHAWK!”
(Oni returns with his strongest shot)
Oni: “You’ll never return that shot, boy.”
(Sanada then teleports and appears to be in the air, falling downward in the Rai position)
Sanada: “DARK LIGHTNING!”
(Sanada does a downward slash as he reaches the ground, and releases a massive black lightning bolt directly at Oni)
(The ball knocks the racquet out of Oni’s hand and cracks the frame)
Oni: “To think a shot would be so powerful as to knock the racquet from my grip. . .It was an honor to play you, Sanada Genichirou.”
Sanada: “Same to you.”
7-5 (Sanada wins)
Echizen vs Kazuya (6-5)
Kazuya: “I never knew this was inside of you.”
(Screen shows an Echizen in Pinnacle of Perfection)
Echizen: “I’m enjoying this.”
(Echizen serves full force)
(Kazuya jumps back and returns it)
Echizen: “Heh. . .”
(Echizen jumps up and smashes all the balls except two)
Echizen: “Samurai Drive!”
(The two balls spin against the net cord and get cut in half, as 4 extra pieces fly towards Kazuya)
(Kazuya struggles but manages to hit all of them back)
Yukimura vs Irie (5-5)
(A serious Irie smashes and gets a point)
Irie: “What now, Yukimura?”
(Yukimura is out of breath)
Yukimura: “Impossible. . .”
Irie: “Your tricks are just mind games. Unfortunately, you are playing against someone who understands the human mind better than most. My mental control is too high to be effected by your ability.”
Yukimura: “I see…well then.”
(Yukimura’s face changes)
Yukimura: “I’ll just have to win without it.”
Kirihara vs Kintarou (3-5)
(Kintarou smashes the ball)
Kintarou: “This is it! I won!“
Kirihara: “I will not let this happen again…HAAAAAAAAAAAAA”
(Kirihara yells as black and purple aura suddenly explodes around him, as he smashes the ball and hits Kintarou’s head and Kintarou falls to the ground)
Kirihara: “HYA HYA HYA!!!”
Kintarou: “. . .”
Chitose vs Krauser (5-3)
Chitose: “This is the 38th shot.”
(Chitose swings and gets the point)
Krauser: “Your gravestone is now complete.”
(Chitose looks behind him and sees the cross shape)
Spoiler: Chapter 5: "The True Devil" show
The True Devil
(It is four years ago. There is a small boy with a cap and black hair playing tennis with an older boy and losing badly)
(The boy hits the ball and the opponent has a return ace and all the spectators start laughing at him)
Opponent: “Hahaha, you're such a pathetic brat.”
Specatator: “Yeah! the only thing you're good at is running your mouth! Haha!”
Opponent: "Take this!"
(He hits the ball directly at the boy. The boy has an angry look in his face, and is about to cry, when all of a sudden, a mysterious man wearing black comes out of nowhere, slamming the ball through the fence and hits the face of the one spectator, knocking him unconscious. The man in black looks behind him at the boy)
Man in black: “Are you alright, kid?”
(The man in black takes off his hood, revealing his black spiked hair)
Man in black: “I hate people like my father, who would abuse a child. . . Although, I wouldn't expect a complete moron like yourself to understand.
Opponent: “Why you....!”
(The opponent suddenly serves at the man in black, trying to injure him)
Boy: "Look out!!"
(As the ball gets closer, the man in black is shown to have red bloodshot eyes and a black and purple aura fills his body, as the boy falls down in fear)
Man in black: “I'll crush you...Trifecta drive!"
(The man in black smashes the ball at the opponent's knee, dislocating his leg instantly)
(The ball bounces back up to the man in black, and he smashes the other knee as well, crushing the tendons and knocking his opponent to the ground. The ball comes back the third time, and he smashes the ball ruthlessly into his opponents face, breaking his nose and knocking him out cold)
Boy: “Such strength!!!”
Man in black: “What is your name, boy?”
(The wind blows the cap off the boy's head, revealing his wild curly black hair)
Boy: “Kirihara Akaya...”
Man in black: "My name is Hayashi Hakai."
Hakai: "Would you like to learn how to crush your opponents, Akaya?"
Kirihara: "More than anything in the world!"
Hakai: "Good. Let's get started."
*The next day*
Kirihara: "You seem really strong. How come you're not some well known tennis pro?"
Hakai: "Because, Akaya. I was disqualified from every tennis tournament I was ever in.
Hakai: "Everyone must find their own style of tennis. My style is that of wrath. I was abused as a child by my old man, so the anger from my home life eventually leaked into my tennis. It became who I am. I have become a man filled with rage, and I take it out on my opponent. I know I should feel sorry for the people I injure, but I've become too desensitized by my past experiences.
Kirihara: "I think I understand...everyone always makes fun of me at school, and I'm neglected often too. I can feel that same rage inside me."
Hakai: "I'm here to teach you my attack style tennis. I will make sure that you become great, that nobody will underestimate you again. Now then..."
(Hakai hits a ball to Kirihara)
Hakai: "Aim for my knees!"
(Kirihara smashes the ball, but misses Hakai's knee)
Kirihara: "I missed..."
Hakai: "You missed because you don't want to hit me. You need to get angry."
(Hakai smashes the ball and it hits Kirihara in the head and he gets angry)
Kirihara: "Why you...!"
(Kirihara smashes the ball and it hits Hakai's knee)
Hakai: "Very good. You're a very fast learner, Akaya."
Kirihara: Hya hya hya!
(Screen shows Kirihara with bloodshot eyes)
*Flash forward to present*
(Kirihara laughs as he makes another shot at Kintarou's knee, dislocating his leg and gets the game, taking the lead)
(Kintarou is panting on the ground, and very injured. All of a sudden, a voice comes from the loudspeaker)
Coach: "Kirihara! you're disqualified due to unsportsmanlike conduct! You should be ashamed of yourself! Get off the court immediately."
Kintarou: "No...it's not over yet! I can still play!"
Kirihara: "Oh come on! That's not fair, I was gonna win!"
* Germany *
(Aisoku is sitting under a tree in the forest, as one of his members returns from a mission)
Aisoku: "First one back, I see. How did it go?"
(The member takes off his hood, and reveals himself to be Hakai)
Hakai: "It was a success, like always."
Spoiler: Chapter 6: "Clash Of Two Elites" show
Clash Of Two Elites
(Irie and Yukimura are shown to be rallying for ten minutes over one point. Oni and Sanada are amongst others, spectating)
Oni: “Your friend is very skilled, to be able to actually give Irie a hard time."
Sanada: “I would say the opposite.”
(Yukimura hits it down the line as he runs to the net)
(Irie does a topspin lob over Yukimura's head)
Irie: "That seems like a pretty odd mistake from someone like y-...."
(The ball bounces behind Irie's head and Yukimura gets the point)
(Irie, confounded, looks behind him as he loses the point)
Sanada: "Yukimura, you..."
(Yukimura cracks a smug smirk)
Yukimura: "What you thought you saw was only a dream about the things you want to see the most. Although, as you saw, reality is quite the opposite."
Irie: "Do you honestly expect me to believe in some illusion technique?"
(Irie returns Yukimura's serve swiftly to the right side and gets a return ace)
Irie: "Don't be ridiculous!"
Renji: "There it is again..."
(The ball suddenly shoots past Irie as a return ace)
(Yukimura does the same thing two more times, and wins a game)
Irie: [[ Relax...just relax, you can figure this out... ]]
Sanada: "He's losing it..."
Irie: [[ ...He said "Reality is the opposite" and that this is just an illusion of what I desire most... ]]
Oni: "Stay with it, Kanata!"
Irie: [[ ...If that's true, than I can never win as long as I try to actually score against him...This technique is virtually invincible against anybody who desires to win the match...If my hypothesis is true, the only way to beat this technique is to literally become the opposite...worth a shot... ]]
Yukimura: "It was great playing you. You helped me achieve a greater state, and I hope your defeat will help you achieve a greater state."
(Yukimura delivers the final blow, but the ball jets passed him and Irie gets the point)
(Irie is out of breath, with a serious face)
Irie: "No, it's not over yet... I've figured out your technique..."
Yukimura: "You're bluffing. No one has ever figured it out."
(They continue to rally and Irie gets the points)
. . .
Yukimura: "How did you-"
Irie: "Nobody has figured it out because everyone wants to beat you."
Irie: "However, I am the one person in this camp that doesn't care about winning or losing. I am willing to make sacrifices so, because of that, I took a risk of purposely hitting my shots out to the left and not care about winning. When I did this, I noticed my shot actually went in to the right. Your illusion is that of some reverse world. I had to really focus on both my movements and intentions to be the opposite in order to actually continue playing. Now that you're out of tricks, it looks like this will be all natural ability from here on out."
*1 hour passes*
(Yukimura and Irie are both dripping with sweat)
Irie: "Not yet!"
(Irie returns it, but very much out of breath and flinches)
(Yukimura smashes again, and gets the point)
Sanada: "You can do it Yukimura! One more and you win!"
Oni: "Stop fooling around and finish it already, Kanata!"
(Irie throws the ball up to serve)
Irie: "I will!"
Irie: [[ My stamina has reached it's limit... ]]
(Irie all of a sudden passes out as he serves the ball, and falls forward to the ground. The serve lands in the box)
Yukimura: "Well done..."
(Yukimura gently knocks the ball on Irie's court, getting the last point)
Game and Match, Yukimura!
(Everyone starts clapping)
Sanada: "Nice going Yukimura, you won..."
(Yukimura looks back at Irie on the ground)
Yukimura: "Had it not been for his stamina, I may have been outmatched..."
(Chapter ends showing Irie's unconscious face, showing a subtle smile)
Spoiler: Chapter 7: "Sphere Of Odin" show
Sphere Of Odin
Shiraishi vs Tachibana (5-6)
(Shiraishi runs to the net and smashes)
Shiraishi: “That technique is a killer, I don't know how to beat it but I can prevent myself from setting you up for it.”
(Tachibana barely returns Shiraishi's hit)
Tachibana: "Good strategy."
(Shiraishi smashes cross court and gets a point
(Tachibana hits a slice to the baseline, low to the ground)
(Shiraishi struggles to aim it, as he hits it right where Tachibana wants it)
Tachibana: "This is it, Shiraishi! Lions Roar!"
(Tachibana smashes the ball into the image of a roaring lion)
(Shiraishi takes a wild swing and smashes the ball)
Tachibana: "Splendid, Shiraishi."
(The ball lands out)
Shiraishi: "Ah, well. Worth a try."
(Tachibana and Shiraishi shake hands)
Game and Match: Tachibana
Fuji vs Atobe
(Atobe hits the ball)
Atobe: “Give up, Fuji!”
(Fuji hits GoH)
(Atobe hits it, but it results in a cordball)
Atobe: "Damn it!"
Fuji: "Hoshi Hanabi."
Atobe: “You're trying to make me hit cordballs...”
(Fuji breathes in and out as Atobe serves)
(Fuji hits another GoH)
(Atobe tries to slice it instead, but still results in a cord ball. Fuji does Hoshi Hanabi and gets another point)
Fuji: “. . .”
(Process happens again, Atobe hits a cordball)
Atobe: "Not this time."
(Atobe immediately runs back behind the baseline)
(Hoshi Hanabi comes and Atobe is ready to smash)
Fuji: "It's meaningless, you can't see the direction the ball will bounce..."
Atobe: "You're wrong, Fuji. My insight can see the spin of the ball."
(The ball hits the ground)
Atobe: "To the left!"
(Both Atobe and the ball jump to the left. Atobe returns it)
(Fuji purposely hits a cordball, and gets the point, due to Atobe being at the baseline)
Atobe: "Ahn...well played, Fuji."
Fuji: "I've completed it.
Atobe: "Completed what?"
Fuji: "Triple Counter: Sphere of Odin."
(Fuji does a high speed slice)
(Atobe hits the ball and it goes out)
Fuji: "You wont make another shot in."
(Fuji serves the ball)
Atobe: "Don't make me laugh!"
(Atobe hits the ball, but it goes past Fuji and goes out)
Atobe: "My insight will tell me your secrets..."
(Atobe puts a hand over his eye)
Inui: "Ah! I see!"
Momoshiro: "Me too..."
Inui: "Fuji is manipulating Atobe by using the wind. Fuji is purposely forcing Atobe to both run and swing against the wind."
Momoshiro: "That's not all, Inui. He is also sometimes making Atobe swing WITH the wind, which is why the balls sometimes go long..."
Inui: "To think, Fuji has studied the wind this much. If I didn't know better, I'd say he was manipulating it. It appears...
(Screen shows Fuji's face)
...he created his own Tezuka Phantom..."
Echizen vs Kazuya (6-5)
(Echizen hits balls)
(Kazuya hits the balls back)
Echizen: "It's time to finish this! Battojutsu!"
(Echizen gets in a sword drawing stance and does a lightning fast diagonal slash as the ball speeds passed Kazuya)
Game and Match: Echizen
Kazuya: "It looks like you were able to master that ability in our match."
Echizen: "Yeah, thanks..."
(Aisoku waits for the rest of his members to return. Two silhouettes come walking towards him)
Aisoku: "What a surprise, I see you found another recruit. Welcome to the pride."
Spoiler: Chapter 8: "Revelation" show
(Ryoga and Byoudouin are still rallying)
Ryoga: "Alright, I'll tell you...about them."
Byoudouin: "I knew you were hiding something. There's a reason you were after that team, but I didn't put two and two together until I heard about the Black Lions. You were one of them, weren't you?"
(Ryoga slams the ball and gets a point)
Byoudouin: "Well, you're gonna tell all of us what you know. Let's go."
(Ryoga and Byoudouin walk back to U-17, as Byoudouin talks to the coaches from afar, as they look back at Ryoga. The coach pauses the matches with an announcement)
Coach: "Attention everyone, I have an announcement to make. Luck has dropped on us today, as we found out that we have a former Black Lion amongst us."
(Coach points at Ryoga)
Coach: "Echizen Ryoga has personally traveled with the Black Lions and went on missions to gather information about them. I'll let him tell you himself."
(Coach hands the megaphone to Ryoga)
Ryoga: "I was hired as an undercover agent for the Japan Tennis Association. They wanted my dad to go, but he declined. Next on the list was me, so I took it. My mission was the gather information on these men that have been basically destroying the political world of tennis. Nobody wants to pay to see people who just got destroyed by some randoms. To prevent this from happening in Japan, I was hired to get the information needed to stop them. Any questions? "
Sanada: "Why are they doing this?"
Ryoga: "Unfortunately, even I don't know the answer to that question. It seems only their leader knows. He is very particular on the information he releases."
Shuuji: "Are they strong?"
Ryoga: "They're stronger than you guys, for sure. I mean I could probably take out most of them, but the second in command is extremely good. His name is Tetsuma or something like that."
Byoudouin: "How strong is the leader?"
Ryoga: "I've never seen him play, but I'm sure he could wipe his ass with your moustache. The rumors they say about him is that he's never lost a match, not even to the people who taught him tennis. It is also said that he defeated ten thousand people."
Ryoga: "His nickname is King David, but his real name is Aisoku Seda. Even though I've never seen him play, I can tell that he's on another level. I don't know how you guys plan on training to play these guys, but you're going to need a hell of a lot of luck. I can't carry the team by myself."
Fuji: "How did they recruit you?"
Ryoga: "Beat some people, won some tournaments, gained some publicity. It was easy bait. They are kind of short handed, so they look for more people to join."
Yukimura: "How many people total?"
Ryoga: "It was six including me, so five now. However, don't let their small numbers fool you. Each one of those members are capable of wiping out entire countries by themselves. You guys may think you're at the top of the world, but you're not. They are. However, we are going to form a counterattack team and I am going to be your captain. "
Byoudouin: "OVER MY DEAD BODY!"
Ryoga: "I can arrage that."
Saitoh: "Byoudouin, Ryoga has the most experience with dealing with them. He's our best bet."
Byoudouin: "I've been the captain of the first string division for all this time, why should he get to be the captain? I'll play him for it!"
Ryoga: "Alright then, everyone clear the courts. It's time we settle this."
Spoiler: Chapter 9: "The Coming Storm" show
The Coming Storm
(U-17 camp are all astonished, as they see Byoudouin out of breath and on one knee trying to lift himself up)
Game and Match!
Byoudouin: "You bastard..."
(Screen shows a confident Ryoga who didn't even break a sweat)
Byoudouin: "You were hiding your true abilities."
Ryoga: "I wanted to make an example of you, because to these people, you are the best there is. If this camp can't see past you, they will never in a million years defeat those men."
Byoudouin: "...very well. Then I will help coach instead."
Ryoga: "That's fine."
(Ryoga turns to the crowd)
Ryoga: "Everyone, I brought someone in to help us. I'm sure you've all heard of him before."
(Ryoga cues a mysterious silhouette in the background)
Ryoga: "Come out, dad."
(The sun shines as the face becomes visible, revealing Echizen Nanjiroh)
Someone: "Is that 'THE' Nanjiroh?"
Someone 2: "The legend?"
(Nanjiroh lets out an apathetic sigh)
Nanjiroh: "Ah...I hate this.."
(Nanjiroh sees Ryoma among the crowd and smiles)
Nanjiroh: "I've agreed to come onboard to help train you guys."
Someone: "Training from the best in the world? awesome!"
Nanjiroh: "The reason I've agreed is because I don't like what these rogues are doing. They're going to ruin the professional tennis world. If they're not stopped, you all have no reason to continue pursuing this path. I don't want that for you. I want you all to be successful."
Ryoga: "We are going to train day and night for this. We may not all like each other and we may have conflict. However, one thing's for sure. We are going to defeat these people with the very bond that unites us all...tennis!"
(Everyone cheers loudly as a concerned Chitose looks at Shiraishi after being deep in thought)
Chitose: "I dunno, Shiraishi..."
Chitose: "I have a bad feeling..."
(It's evening: The dark scenery shows the bodies of the entire German tennis team all over the court, as a fiercely ominous Aisoku stands before the bodies, his eyes a glowing red)
"The nation's team defeated by a single man?!?!"
(Aisoku turns to his team of six members)
Aisoku: "Gather your things, we're headed to Japan."
(Screen shows the Black Lions walking away into the distance, as everything behind them has the appearance of being on fire)
(Fuji looks up and sees the clouds gathering)
"A storm is coming..."
Spoiler: Chapter 10: "The Savior Of Tennis" show
The Savior Of Tennis
*One week later*
(Ryoga gets handed the megaphone from Saitoh)
Ryoga: "Everyone listen up."
(Everyone turns to listen, as all the coaches stand behind Ryoga, including Nanjiroh and Mifune who have been helping train for a week)
Ryoga: "We got word that team Germany has fallen to the black lions. The team was found prostrate all over the court."
Echizen: "What about Tezuka...?"
Ryoga: "We don't know many details yet, such as if Tezuka was among them or not."
(Seigaku looks down, concerned)
Sanada: "Tezuka would want us to stay on guard."
Ryoga: "Correct. Which leads me to my next point, which is to remind you all that we are next."
Byoudouin: "We've decided that because these men are highly dangerous, you all must always travel in pairs of two when walking between courts just in case we are ambushed. Everyone pair up immediately."
(Everyone gradually finds a pair and they all line up next to their partner when all of a sudden, someone notices a hooded man in black standing off to the side)
Byoudouin: "GET HIM!"
(Everyone serves a ball and over a hundred balls come flying towards the hooded man in black)
Man In Black: "..."
(The man returns fifteen of the balls that were going to hit him. Niou notices the spin he puts on each ball)
Niou: "!!" [[ ...I don't believe it... ]]
Byoudouin: "What?! hit them back!"
(Fifteen people hit the balls back. All of a sudden, wind starts to circle around the man, as the fifteen tennis balls are blown to the right and to the left)
Sanada: "That technique!"
(The man slowly removes his hood)
"It can't be..."
(Screen shows the man is none other than Tezuka)
Ryoga: "Shit, they're here."
(Ryoga runs off into the forest)
Nanjiroh: "Wait! Ryoga!"
(Nanjiroh chases after him)
Ryoga: "They always travel together. If one of them is here, the leader isn't far."
Echizen: "What are you doing with them?!"
Tezuka: "I'm with them because I was chosen."
Fuji: "What did they do to you?"
(Ryoga and Nanjiroh eventually get to a different tennis court, and lying in wait with racquet in hand is Aisoku Seda)
Aisoku: "As expected, you showed up wanting a fight."
(Ryoga instantly serves and they start to volley)
Aisoku: "So eager to be defeated."
Ryoga: "Shut up.."
*Flashback in Germany*
(Tezuka is shown to be defeated by Tetsuma)
Tezuka: "...Why..are you doing this?"
Tetsuma: "Because, Tezuka. We want you to join us."
Tetsuma: "Aisoku has a lot of respect for you. You see, he is very misunderstood. People think he is the enemy, but he is actually helping people."
Tezuka: "How is destroying tennis helping us?"
Tetsuma: "He isn't destroying tennis, he is saving it."
Tetsuma: "The world of tennis is filled with corruption and greed. People have lost their joy in the sport. They "think" they have joy, but that is a false cloud over their conscience. The professional tennis world only cares about money, not tennis. Seda is crushing the pride of the world, so they may be humbled in order to see this truth. The world says we are the enemy, and they are fighting to save tennis, but WE are the ones standing in the name of tennis!"
Tezuka: "...What about all the people you've all harmed?"
Tetsuma: "We haven't harmed anyone...well...maybe Hakai has but nobody else has. Seda has a fiercely intimidating presence on the court, and that causes people to faint out of fear. Our leader wouldn't seriously harm anyone...he has more character than anybody I've ever known..."
*Flashback of Aisoku*
(Aisoku is practicing his serves by himself on a public tennis court)
Man: "HIT THE DAMN BALL!"
Boy: "I'm trying..."
(Aisoku glances over and notices a tennis coach treating a boy harshly during tennis lessons)
Man: "YOU'LL NEVER BECOME A PRO WITH THAT SWING!"
(Man slams the ball into the arm of the boy)
Man: "That's how you hit a smash!"
(Aisoku walks over to their court)
Aisoku: "Excuse me, why are you treating this boy like a rabid animal?"
Man: "I'm a professional tennis coach! Do you have any idea who I trained?!"
Aisoku: "If you continue your foolish actions, this boy will hate tennis."
Man: "Hate tennis?! Who gives a shit?! Tennis is about being successful and making money. If you think the professional league exists for people who love tennis, you're wasting your time!"
Aisoku: "In that case...I will not allow you to continue choking the enjoyment out of people who love tennis!"
(Screen suddenly shows the man laying on the court unconscious, suggesting they played a match, as the boy looks at Aisoku)
Aisoku: "How would you like to learn tennis from me?"
Boy: "Yes! I would.."
Aisoku: "What is your name?"
Aisoku: "Well, Tetsuma...you will be my first pupil."
*Flashes back to Germany*
Tetsuma: "So you see...our leader is the savior of tennis. We fight for the innocent enjoyment of playing a sport you love...However, I will leave your decision up to you. You can join us when you're ready."
(Tetsuma leaves, as Tezuka is deep in thought)
Tezuka: "I've come in the name of the Black Lions to challenge team Japan to an official match. Choose among the selection camp two doubles teams, and three singles players. This is the final match, so it will be broadcasted on international television. You have three days to prepare. Good luck, and don't let your guard down."
(Tezuka puts his hood on and walks away into the forest)
(Tezuka pauses and turns his head to look back)
Tezuka: "Echizen... you need to prepare yourself more than anyone..."
(Tezuka continues walking and disappears)
Spoiler: Chapter 11: "The Prophet" show
(Ryoga and Aisoku continue to rally, Nanjiroh watching their every move)
(Ryoga hits the ball, and Aisoku is shown to already be walking to where the ball will be)
Aisoku: "You pack quite a punch, Ryoga."
(Aisoku hits the ball and immediately starts walking)
Nanjiroh: [[ This guy is able to somehow predict Ryoga's next shot with such confidence that he doesn't even need to run?... ]]
Ryoga: "How dare you underestimate m-"
(Ryoga hits the ball, only to find Aisoku to already be there)
(Aisoku returns the shot with ease, and starts walking to the right)
(While Ryoga is in full swing to hit it to the right, he turns and smashes to the left)
Aisoku: "You're too proud."
(Aisoku suddenly appears next to the ball)
(Aisoku smashes an absurdly precise cross court angle that lands right on the line of the service box towards the net and gets a point)
Nanjiroh: "Ryoga...you can't be messing around with an opponent like this."
Ryoga: "Dad, be quiet, I have everything under-"
Nanjiroh: "Ryoga! If you don't play serious against this man, you will most likely never play tennis again."
(The match is paused, as Nanjiroh turns to face Aisoku)
Nanjiroh: "Your plan is to crush his pride, isn't it? Someone like Ryoga, who has never been utterly defeated or outmatched would fall into despair if it happened. He probably wouldn't even have the motivation to pick up a racquet anymore. Is that your goal?"
Aisoku: "Are you a man of faith, Nanjiroh?"
Nanjiroh: "....I would say everyone has faith in something."
Aisoku: "The Japanese culture has always lived by this ridiculous mantra of pride. To the Japanese, pride is everything to them. You and I are both Japanese, however, my mantra does not come from traditions of men. Mine is that of God. It is written that it was pride that birthed Lucifer's damnation. Do not the proud always fall in the end?"
Ryoga: "They may fall, but I wont."
Nanjiroh: "Enough, Ryoga..."
(Nanjiroh stares at Aisoku)
Nanjiroh: "Tennis...it isn't just about having fun to you, is it? Instead, for you it is a way you worship God. Everything you do is very intentional, I can see that about you. Even though I may disagree with your methods, there's something about you I respect."
Aisoku: "The tennis legend certainly lives up to his name. Like me, you can read your opponents on not just a physical or mental level, but a spiritual level. That is the one thing most people lack. I can certainly see what makes you the best."
Nanjiroh: "So, what is it you want?..."
Aisoku: "Tezuka has already informed your camp of the challenge by now. Since this is the final match, it will be televised throughout the whole world. This match will decide the future of tennis, so you better choose your team carefully. Oh, and also, you guys get to pick a reserve just in case anything happens."
Ryoga: "What do you mean?"
Aisoku: "Y'know, just in case someone can no longer continue playing, I'm making it legal for you to switch your reserve in to continue the match or save him for a tiebreaker match."
Ryoga: "What spot are you playing in?"
Aisoku: "Singles 1."
Ryoga: "I'll finish what I started there, then."
Aisoku: "Very well...I'll see you all in three days. See you soon."
(Aisoku walks away into the forest)
Ryoga: "...Yeah...and train up, because you'll need it."
(Aisoku looks back and lets out a quiet laugh as he smiles graciously)
Aisoku: "Of course."
(He raises his hand up to wave)
Ryoga: "Hmmph...he's confident, that's for sure."
(Ryoga turns to look, as Nanjiroh has a concerned face)
Nanjiroh: "If I hadn't stopped this match, you would have lost badly..."
Ryoga: "......We need to head back and train, and we also need to pick a roster."
(Ryoga and Nanjiroh walk back, only to find the whole camp training intensely)
Ryoga: "Everyone is so fired up."
Nanjiroh: "Always nice to see."
(Ryoga takes the megaphone)
Ryoga: "Alright everyone, within the next day or so, the coaches will be observing practice to select the best players for the job. So, impress us if you want to be on the team. By the way, Singles 1 is reserved for me, so don't even think about it. Everything else is up for grabs. Alright, get started."
(All of a sudden, a news helicopter comes and hovers over the camp)
Reporter: "We're here live at the U-17 selection camp, where everyone seems to be training for the big event, a showdown with the mysterious band of rogues known as the "Black Lions. The event that could save or destroy the future of professional tennis! It's an event that you don't want to mis- Wait, is that-Samurai Nanjiroh?"
(Arial camera zooms in on Nanjiroh)
Reporter: "It is! It appears the rare legend that shook the tennis world has finally surfaced again for the occasion. This is an event that should be on in every home!"
Nanjiroh: "Geez...I always thought reporters were so annoying."
*Not too far away*
(The black lions are shown to be practicing, with spectators)
Girls: "You can do it, Saishi!!!"
(Inu Saishi hits the ball to his opponent, and doubles partner Raizan Koudai)
Saishi: "Please please, ladies. Your beauty is distracting me from my game, y'know."
Raizan: "Haha, I can't believe girls always fall for your wordplay."
(Raizan returns it)
Saishi: "Psh, It isn't wordplay, I really mean it."
Raizan: "Right, forgive me. You just love every woman on the planet."
(Raizan smashes as they both say the same thing)
Raizan: Maybe you have a probl-."
Saishi: "Maybe I have a probl-."
Saishi: "You know what they say, great minds think alike."
Raizan: "Dumb ones do too."
Saishi: "As opposed to a brain that is able to talk?"
Raizan: "You're so lame, hah"
(Aisoku returns to the group, as everyone greets him)
Saishi: "Whats up?"
Aisoku: "I was just talking to Nanjiroh and Ryoga."
Raizan: "How are they?"
Aisoku: "Doing well, I assume they understand the competition a bit better now. Ryoga challenged me to a match in singles 1."
Hakai: "So that means he'll get what he deserves for pretending to be one of us."
(Aisoku's eyes appear to be glowing red)
Tetsuma: "Your eyes are red...so what's the prophecy about this time?..."
Aisoku: "God showed me that I will be playing Echizen Ryoma."
Spoiler: Chapter 12: "Form The Strongest Team" show
Form The Strongest Team
(Ryoga is shown sleeping in his bed. He is restless, having a nightmare)
(In his dream, Ryoga is being destroyed by Aisoku in the final match)
Ryoga: "I wont let you win this!!"
(Ryoga smashes as Aisoku runs backwards)
Aisoku: "You have no choice..."
(Aisoku's eyes turn red as he jumps and twists his body 180 degrees to face Ryoga. Gaining momentum within the spin, he does a super high speed backhand slice. His arms are outward in the shape of a cross)
(Ryoga wakes up from the nightmare, breathing heavily)
Ryoga: "..What....the hell...?"
(Ryoga looks at the clock, as it reads 3:33am)
Ryoga: "Relax...It's just a dream.."
(Ryoga sits up on the side of his bed and is deep in thought)
Ryoga: "What is this feeling...?"
*Next day at practice*
Byoudouin: "Alright guys, keep it up!"
Ryoga: "Alright dad, so far, who do you think should be on this team?"
Nanjiroh: "Who are those two, there? The one with the black cap and the one with the headband. I remember them from the National finals."
(Ryoga looks at his clipboard)
Saitoh: "Sanada Genichirou and Yukimura Seiichi. They are two of the most impressive of the middle schoolers."
Nanjiroh: "We will need their strength in singles."
(Ryoga used the megaphone)
Ryoga: "Will Sanada and Yukimura please come up here. You made the team."
Inui: "The chance that one of those two made it on the team, 100%..."
Momoshiro: "Damn it...Well, I guess that's to be expected."
Yukimura: "Heh..Looks like we made it, Sanada."
(Sanada and Yukimura walk up to the coaches)
Byoudouin: "Alright you two, you've been chosen for singles. Yukimura, you will play Singles 2. Sanada, you will play Singles 3. Understood?"
Ryoga: "Good. Since you guys are more informed about the player potential than I am, I would like to hear some feedback on who you would want on this team as our doubles players."
(Both Sanada and Yukimura look out on the players to observe them)
Yukimura: "I have someone in mind."
Sanada: "As do I."
Yukimura: "We are up against the strongest opponents in the world. So that means we will need people who are unique to this camp. My vote goes to Irie Kanata. His mental game is the best in Japan, and we need his mind games."
Ryoga: "Very well. And who do you pick to be his partner, Sanada?"
Sanada: "Niou. He has proven himself to be an essential asset in doubles when he paired up with Atobe. Not to mention the fact I believe Niou will be an interesting partner for Irie specifically."
Ryoga: "Alright then, I'll inform the others."
(Ryoga uses the megaphone)
Ryoga: "Attention everyone: Will Irie and Niou please come up here. You made the team."
Irie: "Now that I have more stamina from this training, I feel a bit more confident."
Oni: "Good job, Kanata."
(Irie and Niou walk up to the coaches)
Byoudouin: "Welcome to the team, boys."
Ryoga: "Now that we have our first doubles team, we need to think of our second doubles team."
Yukimura: "What do you think, Sanada?"
Yukimura: "What about Seigaku's Fuji?"
Irie: "That would be a nice balance to Atobe's arrogance, I'd say."
Ryoga: "So it's settled then."
(Ryoga speaks out to U-17)
Ryoga: "Alright, will Atobe Keigo and Fuji Shuusuke please come up. You made the team."
Atobe: "Ahn...As expected!"
Fuji: "I've been chosen it seems..."
(Atobe and Fuji walk up to the coaches)
Atobe: "Fuji...don't think I forgot about our little match we need to finish..."
Byoudouin: "Now that we're all here, we need to pick a reserve."
(Four people say the same name at the same time)
Ryoga: "I guess my brother made an impact on you guys. Alright then."
(Ryoga yells out to the crowd)
Ryoga: "Alright little bro, get up here. You made the team."
Kikumaru: "Hoy Hoy! Ochibi!"
Oishi: "Nice going Echizen."
Momoshiro: "Get those guys for me too, Echizen."
Echizen: "I guess I'm the reserve.."
(Echizen walks up)
Byoudouin: "Now the team is complete."
Saitoh: "The weight of the world is on all of your shoulders. You are all the leaders of the Japanese tennis world, and everyone is cheering for you guys."
Ryoga: "However, be prepared..."
(Everyone looks at Ryoga)
*Flashes of the nightmare enter Ryoga's head*
Ryoga: "You haven't played anybody as strong as these people."
Spoiler: Chapter 13: "The Other Side Of The Net" show
The Other Side Of The Net
(Tetsuma approaches Aisoku, looking concerned)
Tetsuma: "You have been praying for weeks and still God has not sent someone to fill the last spot, Seda."
Aisoku: "Have faith, Tetsuma. God will send the right man for the job."
Hakai: "How do we know that? You do remember that if we don't get someone, we can't officially play against them."
Aisoku: "I'm well aware of that. It's all the more reason to believe."
Saishi: "Aisoku has never been wrong before, guys. Why would he be wrong now?"
Raizan: "He's right. We need to just trust him."
(All of a sudden, a man among the spectators opens the gate and enters the court, approaching the black lions, as Aisoku looks over and smiles)
Tetsuma: "Can I help you?"
Man: "You guys are the Black Lions, right?"
(The man hands a folder to Tetsuma)
Man: "Here's a file with all my official information in it. I heard about you guys from the news, and I wanted to join the team."
Saishi: "What's your name?"
Man: "Nobunaga Makoto"
(Tetsuma walks over and talks to Aisoku)
Tetsuma: "You knew this was the guy, didn't you..."
Tetsuma: "According to his file, he is a great all-around player. He is great in both singles and doubles, and he actually prefers doubles. His stat sheet is impressive, and it says here that he is a brilliant tactician."
Aisoku: "Tell him he can join."
(Tetsuma walks back over to Makoto)
Tetsuma: "Our leader said you're in."
Raizan: "Welcome aboard."
(Ryoga is shown to be meeting privately with all the most intelligent players in the camp)
Ryoga: "Have you guys found any information about him yet?"
Renji: "Actually, yes."
Chitose: "Some of it is unreal."
Inui: "According to the data we've gathered, it appears that Aisoku Seda has never played a match for more than seven minutes."
Ryoga: "Seven minutes?"
Inui: "Yes. It appears the opponent can no longer continue."
Ryoga: "I see."
Mizuki: "Or...it means Aisoku can no longer continue..."
Inui: "What do you mean?"
Renji: "He means their leader has a weakness."
Chitose: "I see... Perhaps Aisoku can only play for a certain amount of time before his stamina runs out. To counter this, he quickly defeats his opponent so the match doesn't last very long."
Inui: "Ah! This would make sense!"
Ryoga: "So all I need to do is remain in the game until his stamina timer runs out?"
Mizuki: "It appears that way."
Ryoga: "This should be easy."
Inui: "I wouldn't be so sure. This guy has never lost."
Ryoga: "Yeah, and neither have I. There's a first time for everything."
(The day has come, as the National stadium begins to fill up with people from everywhere. The nostalgic open dome stadium has all the middle schoolers remembering the National tournament)
Momoshiro: "Hey, Echizen..."
Momoshiro: "You're the reason we won against Rikkaidai back then...even if you're a reserve, you have to win this one too..."
Reporter: "We're here live at the National stadium in Japan, where the battle between the Black Lions and Team Japan will begin shortly. Look! it appears the players are lining up at the net!"
(Both teams begin to walk to the center, as the crowd goes wild and cheers)
Girls: "Go Saishi!!!"
(Saishi laughs and points at them)
Saishi: "Haha, I'll win this for you girls!"
Raizan: "Oh brother.."
(The girls see Aisoku Seda and fall in love)
Girls: "Oh my!...he's hot! Go hot leader guy!!!"
Raizan: "Hahaha, looks like Seda took your girls, Saishi."
(Aisoku ignores them and remains focused as the team lines up, as Ryoga and Ryoma are directly across from him)
Ryoma, Ryoga, Yukimura, Sanada, Irie, Niou, Fuji, Atobe
Aisoku, Tetsuma, Hakai, Saishi, Raizan, Tezuka, Makoto
Ryoga: "I'm looking forward to finishing our m-"
(Aisoku cuts him off as he begins to focus on Echizen)
Aisoku: "You must be Ryoma."
(Aisoku lets out a warm smile)
Aisoku: "I look forward to playing you."
Ryoga: "You're playing me, buddy."
(Aisoku smirks at Ryoga)
Tetsuma: "May the best man win."
(Tetsuma shakes Yukimura's hand)
Hakai: "I'm sorry."
Hakai: "I figured I might as well say it now."
Saishi: "Yo momma so fat that when she walked passed my T.V, I missed three commercials."
Niou: "Yo momma so fat I took a picture of her last Christmas and it's still printing."
Saishi: "Haha, Raizan-chan! this guy is hilarious!"
Raizan: "I apologize for my partner."
Irie: "Haha, same."
Atobe: "Ahn...Tezuka. I'm going to enjoy this."
Tezuka: "Me too."
Makoto: "Nice to meet you both. I'm Mak-
Atobe: "I don't care."
(Makoto's eyes change to a more serious look)
Makoto: "...I see."
(Nanjiroh walks out with a microphone, going to give the announcement)
"Hey guys, look! It's him!"
Nanjiroh: "Attention everyone. We will now begin the matches."
Spoiler: Chapter 14: "The Battle Of The Most Dangerous pt.1" show
The Battle Of The Most Dangerous pt.1
Nanjiroh: "Oh behalf of the WTA and the JTA, we will now begin the matches, starting with Singles 3, 1 set match. In this particular tournament with the exception of the standard rules, anything goes."
(Hakai takes off his hood. Kirihara sees and remembers him as he runs over to warn Sanada)
[ Sanada Genichirou vs Hayashi Hakai ]
(Everyone cheers as Sanada and Hakai get ready to enter the court)
Yukimura: "Start us off with another win just like the Nationals."
Sanada: "I will."
Irie: "We will do everything we can to help you."
Sanada: "It's time."
Kirihara: "That man you're facing, I know him."
Yukimura: "You've met him before?"
Kirihara: "Yeah he protected me as a kid and trained me. My attack-style tennis was largely based off of his. He is the most dangerous person on their whole team. He will stop at nothing to win, even if it means sending you to the hospital."
(Sanada remembers Hakai's words "I'm sorry.")
Sanada: "I see."
Kirihara: "Be careful."
Hakai: "So, do any of you know anything about this guy?"
Tezuka: "I played against him in singles 3 last year, in this very stadium."
Hakai: "Did you win?"
Tezuka: "No, he did."
Aisoku: "Rumor has it that he achieved the pinnacle of destruction. Is this true, Tezuka?"
Aisoku: "Then you need to be careful, Hakai. You may be playing a Tetsuma-level player."
Hakai: "Good. I'll get a challenge then."
(Both players walk on the court, as Sanada serves first)
(Sanada smashes the first serve as Hakai runs over to return it)
(Hakai hits a forehand down the line, as Sanada appears there in the Lightning stance)
Sanada: "Strike, like Lightning!!!"
(The shot hits the ground as Hakai is already there to return it)
Everyone: "He's fast!"
Hakai: "Random bounce eh? Good thing I can react faster than most people."
(Hakai swings and connects with the ball, but it goes through the gut of the racquet)
Hakai: "Already? I guess I can't use my strings to return that shot."
Saishi: "Hakai, you just got dominated bro."
(Hakai gets a new racquet as Sanada serves again)
Hakai: "I'm ready for you this time"
(Hakai returns it)
(Sanada uses Lightning)
Hakai; "Here we go."
(Hakai runs over and hits the ball back with the frame of the racquet)
Fuji: "He returned that shot by seeing it once..."
Sanada: "Invade like Fire..."
(Sanada does a spinning ground smash)
(Hakai hits the ball back with a lot of force)
Hakai: "That's a powerful shot."
Sanada: "Quiet, like the Forest."
(Sanada hits a gentle slice)
(Hakai smashes and the ball goes out)
Ref: "Out! 30-0!"
Tetsuma: "Very clever.."
Raizan: "What'd he do?"
Makoto: "He used that powerful ground smash to cause Hakai to have a preconceived assumption that the next shot would be powerful. When Hakai adjusted to hit heavy balls, he overshot it."
Sanada: "Swift, like the Wind."
(Hakai returns it)
Sanada: "Immovable, like a Mountain."
Ref: "Game! Sanada! 1-0!"
Hakai: "I'll make you pay for that..."
Spoiler: Chapter 15: "The Battle Of The Most Dangerous pt.2" show
The Battle Of The Most Dangerous pt.2
Yukimura: "Good...Sanada took the lead..."
Irie: "However, we still don't know if he can remain in the lead."
(Hakai gets ready to serve)
Hakai: "I'll show you..."
(Hakai serves the ball to Sanada)
(Sanada returns it)
Hakai: "Big mistake!"
Hakai: "Moonlight Drive!"
(Hakai hits a super fast topspin that arcs straight for the top of Sanada's head)
Yukimura: "Sanada! Watch out!"
(The ball comes crashing down on Sanada's head and bounces up in the air)
(Screen shows Hakai getting ready to hit another)
(Hakai hits another one, as the ball slams into Sanada's head)
Sanada: "Damn it.."
Hakai: "You should be getting dizzy right about now."
(Hakai hits another topspin smash as Sanada starts getting dizzy)
(The ball hits Sanada's head again as he stumbles to one knee)
Irie: "This doesn't look good.."
Ref: "Game, Hakai! 1-1!"
Fuji: "This looks bad..."
Sanada: "I will show you..."
(A black aura begins to form around Sanada)
"...my true POWER!"
(The aura explodes as it flows all around Sanada as he begins to stand up)
Tetsuma: "So it's true..."
(Screen shows Sanada about to serve)
"This man is fierce after all.."
(Sanada gets into a serve stance)
(The ball bounces behind Hakai, as he looks back)
Hakai: "What the hell?"
Inui: "That serve is fast."
Ref: "Game, Sanada! 2-1!"
(A black and purple aura explodes around Hakai)
(Screen shows Hakai glaring at Sanada)
Spoiler: Chapter 16: "The Battle Of The Most Dangerous pt.3" show
The Battle Of The Most Dangerous pt.3
Raizan: "This isn't good...Hakai entered his psycho-state."
Tetsuma: "'State of the Black Raven.' It is a psychotic state of being that is specific to people filled with rage from an abusive past. This is usually when Hakai gets disqualified, however, this is an "anything goes" tournament."
Makoto: "...What is he going to do?..."
Tetsuma: "He will answer that question for you shortly..."
(Hakai begins to serve)
Kirihara: "LOOK OUT, SANADA!"
(Hakai tosses the ball into the air with his knuckles, as Sanada sees a reflection of Kirihara)
Sanada: "Knuckle serve..?"
Hakai: "Nocturnal serve!"
(The lightning fast ball comes crashing down into the ground as Sanada prepares to hit it)
(Sanada begins to swing as the ball smashes into his groin)
(Sanada's torso gets thrusted forward because of the pain, as the heavy topspin rockets off for a second attack and smashes into his face, knocking him backwards to the ground)
Fuji: "That was ruthless..."
Hakai: "Heh...my opponents don't wake up from that until night-time. Nobody has ever been able to continue the match after that serve."
Atobe: "Sanada, get up!"
(Sanada begins to stand up)
Sanada: "I will not lose to that."
(Hakai gets ready to serve again)
Hakai: "How about another, then?"
(Hakai hits another serve)
Irie: "Here it comes."
(Serve comes crashing down, and springs up)
Hakai: "This time the match is over!"
Everyone: "...?! Where did he go?!"
Oni: "There it is again..."
(Sanada comes down from above in a samurai slash position)
Oni: "...The technique that defeated me."
Sanada: "Dark Lightning!!!"
(Sanada slashes as a huge black lightning bolt comes flying towards Hakai)
(Hakai jumps back and tries to return it, but the racquet flies out of his hand)
Sanada: "I wont let you hit that serve again."
Spoiler: Chapter 17: "The Battle Of The Most Dangerous pt.4" show
The Battle Of The Most Dangerous pt.4
Atobe: "He's being stubborn."
Fuji: "So it seems..."
Ref: "Game, Sanada! 3-1!"
Hakai: "Not this time."
(Hakai jumps back and smashes the ball and returns it)
Saishi: "He returned it!"
(Sanada's looking down, his serious face is covered by his hat)
Sanada: "Burn black..."
(Sanada's looks up with a glare)
Sanada: "...like HELLFIRE!"
(Sanada does a spinning ground smash as a powerful ball enveloped in a black flame heads for Hakai)
Hakai: "I'm not scared."
(Hakai hits it and the ball goes flying out)
(Ball goes out again)
Oni: "There's no way he can handle a shot that heavy."
Kazuya: "Seems like not many people have the grip strength to return that. You're probably the only one who can, Oni."
Ref: "Game, Sanada! 4-1!"
Makoto: "This guy's good."
Tetsuma: "Indeed. However, Hakai is hiding his secret."
(Sanada returns Hakai's serve)
"...Hakai gets frightening the more angry he gets."
Kirihara: [[ That stance!! ]]
Hakai: "Trifecta Drive!"
(Hakai smashes the ball at Sanada's knee, dislocating it)
(The ball comes flying back as Hakai smashes the other knee, damaging the same as Sanada falls down)
(Hakai delivers the final blow, as Sanada gets hit in the head and falls prostrate on the court)
Fuji: "That's not right! You already got the point!"
(Yukimura lets out an intense glare)
Tachibana: "He's still holding on..."
Sanada: "You understand..don't you?"
(Yukimura sees Sanada's eyes as he continues to try to play)
Yukimura: [[ I see...that's right. You are the only one on the team capable of standing up to this opponent...It has to be you...]]
Ref: "Game, Hakai! 2-4!"
(Sanada is breathing in and out heavily)
Ref: "Game, Hakai! 3-4!"
(Sanada limps to the ball)
Ref: "Game, Hakai! 4-4!"
(Yanagi stands up)
Renji: "I can't watch this...I, Yanagi Renji, refuse to watch my superior be disrespected like thi-"
(Sanada looks back at Yanagi)
Sanada: "Don't you dare turn away."
Sanada: "I will never give up!"
Ref: "Game, Hakai! 5-4!"
Hakai: "Don't worry, it will be over soon."
Sanada: "I WILL NEVER GIVE UP!!!"
(Sanada smashes his knees with his racquet and knocks it back into it's socket)
Everyone: "He smashes his own knees?!?!"
Sanada: "Burn black....like HELLFIRE!"
Ref: "Game, Sanada! 5-5!"
Hakai: "Why you..!"
Sanada: Void...like the ABYSS!"
(Sanada hits an upgraded form of Quiet like the Forest: He hits a super backspin lob that spins so fast it appears to travel extremely slow in the air)
(Hakai runs over to the floating ball and swings)
(The ball disappears as it shows to have already arched and bounced)
Ref: "Game, Sanada! 6-5!"
Sanada: "That shot isn't actually floating, it just has the appearance it is."
(Hakai sees Sanada hit "Void like the Abyss" again)
(Hakai tries to hit it again, but the ball disappears again)
Hakai: [[ I see...the ball disappears because it isn't actually there...it's an illusion...so if that shot is actually a lob, I need to just pretend it's a lob.. ]]
Hakai: "Not this time!"
(Hakai runs back, instead of going after the floating ball, and he smashes at the air)
Kirihara: "What is he doing?..."
(Hakai collides with the ball and returns it)
Everyone: "He returned it !!!"
"Flicker...like the LIGHT!"
(Sanada hits the upgraded version of "Swift like the Wind." Everyone blinks their eyes in slow motion, as the ball appears behind Hakai)
Ref: "Game and match! Sanada! 7-5!"
(Everyone stands up and cheers as Hakai and Sanada walk back to their sides)
Spoiler: Chapter 18: "Hidden Talent" show
(Sanada and Hakai walk back to their teams)
Yukimura: "Great job, Sanada. You've shown us all the spirit of Japan."
Atobe: "Ahn...the Emperor roars. We have to do just as well, Fuji."
Irie: "Excellent match, Sanada."
Niou: "You kicked that guy's ass."
(Sanada looks back at Hakai)
Sanada: "He defeated one of my new techniques within a single game...had this match been longer...I don't know what the outcome would be."
Makoto: "Good job Hakai, you played wel-
Hakai: "Shut up new guy."
Hakai: "I played horrible."
Tetsuma: "You quickly defeated his technique, Hakai. Had the match been longer, you would have sealed his other techniques too. You played really well."
(Nanjiroh makes an announcement)
Nanjiroh: "Attention everyone! The score is 1-0, Team Japan is in the lead!"
Nanjiroh: "Next up is doubles 2. Team Japan's Fuji Shuusuke and Atobe Keigo vs The Black Lions' Nobunaga Makoto and Tezuka Kunimitsu!"
(Stadium applauds as the Hyotei chant becomes loud)
"THE WINNER WILL BE HYOTEI! THE WINNER WILL BE HYOTEI! THE WINNER WILL BE ATOBE! THE WINNER WILL BE ATOBE!"
Atobe: "Ahn...you all have good taste!"
Saishi: "...the hell's up with this guy? He aint that great."
Raizan: "You're just jealous they aren't cheering your name."
(The two doubles teams walk to the court)
Makoto: "Do you know this guy?.."
Tezuka: "Yes...we've played one another before."
Makoto: "Did you win?"
Makoto: "Geez...who did you win against?.."
(The players arrive at the net)
Atobe: "Tezuka...lets show this crowd what a real match looks like."
Fuji: "Tezuka, we won't let our guard down."
(The players walk back to their sides, Tezuka to serve)
Atobe: "Bring it."
(Tezuka hits a zero-shiki serve)
Atobe: "I've seen this a million times, Tezuka!!"
(Atobe scrapes the ground with his racquet and does a hop, returning the serve back to Tezuka)
Tezuka: "Good shot."
(Tezuka smashes the ball back at Fuji)
Fuji: "Hoo Gaeshi!"
(Fuji hits it to Tezuka)
Makoto: "...stop ignoring me."
(Tezuka pulls it in with Tezuka-Zone and hits it before it hits the ground)
(Tezuka purposely lobs it at Atobe)
Atobe: "Take this, Tezuka! Fugue towards despair!"
(Atobe smashes the ball at Tezuka)
Makoto: "STOP IGNORING ME!"
(Makoto appears in front of the smash and has a return ace on Atobe)
Hakai: "Damn! I thought that guy was a doormat."
(Makoto glares at Atobe)
Makoto: "I'll make sure you both remember me.."
Spoiler: Chapter 19: "Black Breeze" show
(Makoto smashes past Atobe and Fuji)
Ref: "Game, Black Lions. 1-0!"
Raizan: "I didn't expect this new guy to be this good."
Atobe: "Alright, you made your point. Fuji, you're up."
(Fuji does the disappearing serve)
Makoto: "Tezuka, move to the right and hit it back to the server."
(Tezuka sidesteps to the right and returns the serve to Fuji.)
(Fuji hits it to Makoto)
(Makoto lobs it over Atobe's head)
Fuji: "I got it."
(Fuji runs over as Atobe switches sides)
Fuji: "Odin's Sphere..."
(Fuji does an overhead smash at Tezuka)
(Tezuka returns it)
Fuji: "Your ball will go out..."
Ref: "Out! 15-0!"
(Fuji serves and Makoto hits it)
Ref: "Out! 30-0!"
Chitose: "Well isn't that a scary technique."
Ref: "Out! 40-0!"
Makoto: "You're using the wind, aren't you..."
Atobe: [[ How did this guy figure that out so quickly?.. ]]
Ref: "Game! Team Japan, 1-1!"
(Fuji returns it)
Makoto: "Black Breeze..."
(Makoto aims out and shoots a high speed backspin)
Atobe: "It's out!"
(The wind shifts and carries the backspin back onto the court)
Shiraishi: [[ Odin's Sphere is defeated...? ]]
Atobe: "Fuji! just wait for it to come back i-"
(Makoto shifts and does a regular smash instead)
(Makoto hits a drop shot that the wind carries into the back of the net before it hits the ground)
Ref: "Game, Black Lions! 2-1!"
Makoto: "Do you think you're the only one who can read the wind?..."
Makoto: "You and I both know the wind is elusive. There are layers of currents in all different directions. All I had to do was aim for the opposite current."
(Atobe gets up to serve)
Atobe: "Tanhausser Serve!"
(Atobe serves to Tezuka)
(Tezuka returns it with Zero-Shiki drop shot)
Atobe: "Fuji! get that ball!"
(Fuji runs and returns it before it hits the ground)
(Makoto returns it as it starts to snow from Atobe Kingdom)
Atobe: "Be awed by my prowess...!!"
(Atobe hits the ball at Makoto's dead angles)
(Atobe serves as Tezuka returns it)
(Atobe hits the ball at Makoto again)
Atobe: "You can't stop my insight!"
(All of a sudden the ball gets pulled away and it goes out)
(Makoto looks back at Tezuka)
Atobe: "Damn you, Tezuka!!!"
(Tezuka is shown to have a serious face with Tezuka Phantom circling around him)
Spoiler: Chapter 20: "Perfection and the Moonchopper" show
Perfection and the Moonchopper
Ref: "Game! Black Lions! 3-1!"
Oni: "They're in trouble now."
(Screen shows Tezuka engulfed in the Pinnacle of Perfection)
Makoto: "Dang! That's pretty sweet, man."
(Atobe misses the ball)
Atobe: "That's it!"
(Atobe uses his insight on the serve)
(Atobe returns it)
Everyone: "He did it!"
(Makoto thrusts the racquet upward (contrary to Shiraishi), smashing a super spin lob that spins down in a horizontal wheel motion like Shiraishi's "round table shot" The ball goes right into the view of the sun like an eclipse)
Atobe: "Shit, it's too fast. I can't get a good view of the ball"
(Atobe swings and misses the ball)
(Fuji swings and misses the ball)
Ref: "Game! Black Lions! 4-1!"
(Atobe smashes the racquet out of Makoto's hand)
Atobe: "RONDO TOWARDS DESTRUCTION!"
(Tezuka appears behind Makoto and smashes the ball past Atobe)
Ryoga: "This game is intense!"
(Fuji appears behind Atobe and barely gets to Tezuka's ball)
Fuji: "Kirin Otoshi!"
(Fuji counters Tezuka's smash as Makoto quickly picks up his racquet and runs back)
(Makoto counters Fuji's Kiriin Otoshi lob with the Moonchopper lob)
Atobe: "Return it, Fuji!"
(Fuji closes his eyes and prepares for the ball)
Fuji: [[ I can see it! ]]
(Fuji swings and collides with the ball)
Makoto: "It's no use..."
(Fuji's arm becomes temporarily paralyzed and unable to return it)
Makoto: "Even if you got passed the Moonchopper, you can't get passed the paralysis of the Spark."
Inui: "I see...the heavy vibrations of the ball combined with the fast spin and rotation causes the hand to vibrate and lose feeling on impact. That's a classy technique."
Momoshiro: "Who's side are you on anyway, Inui?"
Inui: "...I'm just saying...that's a good technique.."
Ref: "Game! Black Lions! 5-1!'
Atobe: "We can't lose like this, Fuji..."
Fuji: "I know..."
(Screen shows an ominous [PoP]Tezuka and Makoto)
"...but what choice do we have..?"
Atobe: "COME ONNNNN!!!"
(Tezuka hits the ball at Fuji)
Fuji: "HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!! "
(Fuji does a 360 horizontal jump and does a slash while spinning)
Momoshiro: "A new counter?!"
(Makoto gets hypnotized by looking at the ball spin and cannot move)
(The ball gets pushed out of bounds by Tezuka Phantom)
Ref: "Game and Match! Black Lions! 6-1!"
Atobe: "DAMN ITTT!!!!!"
(Atobe throws his racquet across the court)
Spoiler: Chapter 21: "The Child Of God vs The Legendary Herald" show
The Child of God vs The Legendary Herald
(The doubles teams walk back their sides)
Makoto: "So, how'd I do?"
Saishi: "You were badass out there, man. Nice going."
Aisoku: "Well done, both of you."
Tetsuma: "It appears it's my time to play."
Atobe: "....damn it..."
Atobe: "DAMN IT! Tezuka is still so far from me!"
Fuji: "I know the feeling..."
Irie: "You guys tried your best and you put up a fight. That's all you can really ask for."
Yukimura: "He's right."
(Nanjiroh gives the announcement)
Nanjiroh: "Attention everyone! The score is now tied at 1-1. Singles 2 will now begin. Will Yukimura Seiichi and Tetsuma Jougen please enter the court."
Someone: "That's the guy who played in the National finals last year! He is amazing!"
(Yukimura and Tetsuma enter the court)
Tetsuma: "Pleased to meet you. Let's have a good match, shall we?"
(They shake hands)
Momoshiro: "This is the guy that Ryoga said to look out for...the second best on the Black Lions..."
Irie: "Ryoga..that Tetsuma has a way about him. How strong is he?"
Ryoga: "He is a perfect all rounder. He has absolutely no weaknesses."
Sanada: "So is Yukimura."
Ryoga: "Yukimura better be prepared, that's all I'm saying."
Sanada: "He is always prepared."
Yukimura: "Your court presence is impressive."
Tetsuma: "Heh, as is yours."
Ref: "One set match! Tetsuma to serve!"
Makoto: "Is Tetsuma good?"
Hakai: "Little man, you have no idea."
Raizan: "You wouldn't be able to tell from his serious face or proper speech, but the only person here who has ever beaten him is Aisoku, whom we don't even bother playing anymore."
Aisoku: "Haha...stop going easy on me all the time then."
(Yukimura gets ready)
Tetsuma: "Here I come."
(Tetsuma throws the ball up in the air to serve)
(Tetsuma smashes a super topspin with a huge arc)
(As Yukimura looks up, the ball is directly in the sun, blinding Yukimura's eyes for the moment)
(Yukimura takes a chance at swinging, only to find out the ball has landed an inch in front of the net)
Shiraishi: "His control is unreal...!"
Yukimura: [[ If I can't keep my eye on the ball, I just wont look at it until it hits the ground. ]]
(Yukimura runs up to the net, expecting it to land short again)
(The ball bounces behind him)
Akutsu: "Keh...he is using mind games."
Inui: "I know...he is taking advantage of the fact the opponent will most likely conclude they can't look at the ball when it is in the air. Knowing this, he controls whether he hits it short or long. It is entirely a game of chance right now..."
Ref: "Game, Tetsuma! 1-0!"
Irie: "Even I couldn't get a game from him that quick..."
Sanada: "Shake it off, Yukimura."
Tetsuma: "You figured out how to beat it, didn't you?"
Tetsuma: "Heh..I thought so..."
(Yukimura throws the ball in the air)
(Yukimura serves it)
(Tetsuma returns it)
*15 minutes later*
"They're still rallying for the same ball?!"
(Yukimura hits the ball)
(Tetsuma tries to hit the ball, but the racquet flies out of his hand)
(Tetsuma stares with a stoic face at his hand)
Yukimura: "Your other senses will fail shortly..."
Spoiler: Chapter 22: "Two Supernatural Men" show
Two Supernatural Men
Ref: "Game! Yukimura! 1-1!"
Raizan: "What the heck is wrong with Tetsuma?"
Aisoku: "He is losing his senses."
Hakai: "...the hell?"
Aisoku: "Somehow that Yukimura is able to harness the yips as if it were an optical illusion. Nothing to fear though, Tetsuma will always figure out a technique."
(Tetsuma clenches his racquet and is about to serve)
(Tetsuma serves a high speed topspin)
Sanada: "He regained his senses?!"
(Yukimura runs up to the net and smashes the serve back)
Makoto: "He returned it!"
(Tetsuma winds up and gets into a position similar to Kaidoh's snake shot)
Tezuka: "That shot.."
(Tetsuma swiftly smashes the ball as a unique pop noise echos)
Yukimura: "Snake shot..?"
(Yukimura runs over and gets ready to return it)
(The ball rolls on impact)
(Yukimura returns Tetsuma's serve)
(Tetsuma hits another Aspersio)
Yukimura: [[ I'll just return it before it hits the ground... ]]
(Yukimura tries to smash it, but the ball rolls down his racquet)
Irie: "That shot has a ridiculous amount of spin..."
Ryoga: "He has to use the frame to hit that shot."
Irie: "Yes, but that is difficult to do even for us. The ball is not only spinning with immense spin, the shot itself is also curved."
Hakai: "Here it comes again, game for Tetsuma."
(Yukimura runs toward the ball)
(Yukimura jumps in the air and smashes it down with the frame)
Makoto: He returned it!"
(Tetsuma instantly lobs it over Yukimura as he is still in the air)
Fuji: "This isn't good...Yukimura's hand is still down from the smash.."
(*Slow motion* Yukimura suddenly spins 180 degrees and does a "behind the head-over the shoulder" shot and returns the lob)
Hakai: "Holy shit!"
Saishi: "That was absurd."
(Tetsuma returns the shot)
(Both Yukimura and Tetsuma have a long super high speed volley right in front of the net)
Shiraishi: "Both of their reaction times are on another level..."
Tachibana: "Their racquet speed and concentration is immense to hold out a volley this long and this close together."
Chitose: "Neither of them can get a point.."
(Both Tetsuma and Yukimura's arms begin to blur due to the speed in which they are moving)
(Tetsuma is returning 3 balls a second)
(Yukimura is returning 3 balls a second)
Irie: "Which one will break the chain?.."
(Tetsuma smashes the ball and gets the point)
Saishi: "He got it!"
(The ball suddenly appears behind Tetsuma and Yukimura gets the point instead)
Yukimura: "It seems you awoke...."
"...From your dream..."
Spoiler: Chapter 23: "The Dream" show
Ref: "Game, Yukimura! 2-1!"
Atobe: "He took the lead."
Irie: "Lets hope he doesn't figure out the reverse world."
(Sanada stares at Tetsuma)
Ref: "Out! 15-0!"
Tetsuma: [[ What is this... ]]
Aisoku: "Tetsuma is caught in an illusion."
Makoto: "An illusion..?"
Ref: "Out! 30-0!"
Tetsuma: [[ Why are my shots being called out...? ]]
Aisoku: "He keeps hitting his shots out of bounds in the same area."
Ref: "Out! 40-0!"
Aisoku: "Somehow, this Yukimura has broken the optical axis of his vision, and shifted it off slightly to a side."
Hakai: "How the hell?.."
Makoto: "So you're saying Tetsuma actually sees himself hitting his shots in?"
Aisoku: "That would be my theory...but there seems to be something else to this technique that only Tetsuma would know."
Ref: "Game! Yukumura! 3-1!"
Irie: "Yukimura! you have to get as much games as quickly as possible!"
Ryoga: "Is there something wrong? He seems to be doing fine."
Ref: "Game! Yukimura! 4-1!"
Irie: "I have a bad feeling that Tetsuma is going to figure it out."
Ref: "Out! 15-0!"
Tetsuma: [[ I see...perhaps my vision has been compromised. ]]
(Tetsuma closes his eyes and returns the shot)
Atobe: "Yukimura still got the point."
Irie: "Oh no..."
Irie: "That shot was a test...he is beginning to tear down the walls."
Tetsuma: [[ Good...I didn't hear the Ref call that out, so that means I hit the ball on the right axis. However, it is still coming back against me for some reason...]]
Aisoku: "Tetsuma is starting to figure it out."
Raizan: "This technique must be ridiculous if it is taking this long for a prodigy like Tetsuma to figure out..."
Ref: "Game, Yukimura! 5-1!"
(Aisoku's eyes turn red as he calls out to give Tetsuma advice)
Aisoku: "Tetsuma, whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; And whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it."
Tetsuma: [[ What is Seda trying to tell me?... ]]
Tetsuma: [[ What does he mean by saying I'm seeking to save my li-]] "!!"
Tetsuma: [[ ...I see... You want me to hit the shots out. ]]
(Yukimura desperately tries to win as fast as possible)
(Yukimura sees an image of Sanada behind Tetsuma, as a black aura explodes around Tetsuma as he smashes the ball by Yukimura's head, cutting off his headband)
Oni: "So he has it too..."
Irie: "Damn it..."
Tetsuma: "Thank you, Seda. I was having a hard time figuring that out."
(Makoto glances over at Aisoku in fear)
Makoto: [[ ...Aisoku knew what Tetsuma had to do...? What the hell is this guy...]]
Tetsuma: "You have a very strong technique, Yukimura."
(Tetsuma serves an ace)
"...It ends here."
(Screen shows a fierce Tetsuma engulfed in the black aura)
Spoiler: Chapter 24: "Reality" show
(Tetsuma smashes the ball as it bounces and goes out of the stadium)
Ref: "Game, Tetsuma! 5-6!"
Shiraishi: "So fast!"
Irie: "This isn't looking good for us.."
Fuji: "He took five straight games..."
(Yukimura is breathing heavily)
Yukimura: "No....I'm not done yet.."
(Tetsuma smashes the ball)
(Yukimura jumps back and returns it)
Renji: "He returned it!"
(Tetsuma hits it back)
(Yukimura returns it and they begin to have another high speed close range volley at the net)
*Begin: 0.01 seconds...*
Yukimura: "Sleight of hand!!"
(Yukimura hits a forehand topspin)
(Tetsuma returns it to Yukimura's backhand)
(Yukimura is still finishing the forehand swing, as he instantly shifts and hits a backhand slice)
(Tetsuma hits the shot back to Yukimura's forehand to deliver the final blow)
(Yukimura's backhand slice motion is still shifting over to his forehand side and backhand slices the third hit that was delivered to his forehand and hits the ball at a very acute angle)
(Tetsuma looks to the side as he sees the ball land in close to the net)
*Finish: 0.95 seconds...*
Akutsu: "Did you see that?"
Sengoku: "I wish I didn't. That was beyond human movement."
(Tetsuma smashes the lob as it curves just outside of Yukimura's reach and rolls on impact)
(Yukimura smashes the ball)
(Yukimura smashes the ball)
Raizan: "That stance!"
Saishi: "Uh oh."
(An ominous bell is suddenly sounded as Tetsuma strikes the ball upwards with the frame as the ball is split in half.)
Sanada: "YUKIMURA! RUN BACK!"
(The two pieces do a boomerang snake around both poles of the court)
(Yukimura runs backwards and tries to get there when the two pieces meet)
(Yukimura hits both pieces back)
(Tetsuma hits both pieces back as they have a super fast rally)
Kirihara: "They're so fast it is as if they are still playing with one whole ball...."
(Aisoku's eyes turn red)
Aisoku: "He's going to use it..."
Hakai: "You mean that move he used on me?"
Tetsuma: [[ It's time I use it... ]]
*Start: 0.01 seconds...*
(Tetsuma smashes both pieces of the ball at the butt of Yukimura's racquet as he is about to hit a forehand)
(The pieces bounce off the butt of the racquet and back at Tetsuma, as Yukimura is still in a forehand motion)
(Tetsuma does a backhand slice to Yukimura's backhand as he is still in a forehand motion)
*Finish: 0.56 seconds*
Ref: "Game and Match! Tetsuma! 7-5!"
Hakai: "That move is too fast to react to...no matter how fast your reaction time is. The impact of the ball on the racquet butt is what propels it so fast back at Tetsuma."
Tetsuma: "Good game, Yukimura."
Spoiler: Chapter 25: "Swindle Pair vs Legendary Pair" show
Swindle Pair vs Legendary Pair
(Yukimura and Tetsuma walk back to their teams)
Tetsuma: "I did it, Seda."
Aisoku: "Good work, Tetsuma."
Makoto: "Yeah, you defeated their ace."
Tetsuma: "It wasn't easy. He brought me down to my very last, and I respect him for that."
Raizan: "He was very good."
Saishi: "It's our time to shine now, suckas!"
Yukimura: "Forgive me."
Sanada: "You played great."
Irie: "Indeed. You kept going back for more. You definitely made your impression."
(Ryoga points at Niou)
Ryoga: "What the hell is with this kid? All he does is make stupidass noises like a Pokemon."
Atobe: "Despite Niou's idiocy, he is a valuable asset to this team."
(Nanjiroh has the microphone and a piece of paper in his hand)
Nanjiroh: "The score is now 2-1, and the Black Lions are in the lead. Will the- ...Oh, it appears we have custom names for these pairs. Will the 'Swindle pair' and the 'Wolves of Kyoto' please enter the court!"
(Raizan and Saishi remove their hoods)
"Did he just say 'Wolves of Kyoto?"
"Wolves of Kyoto?"
"Who are they?"
Makoto: "You don't actually expect me to believe you two are THE wolves of Kyoto, right?"
Saishi: "See for yourself."
Makoto: "Aisoku, is he lying?"
Aiskou: "They are actually telling the truth. That's the reason I went looking for them to join me."
Makoto: "I don't believe it...you guys are the reason I pursued doubles. Nobody could touch you guys."
Raizan: "And we intend to keep it that way."
Tachibana: "To think that was them, Chitose..."
Chitose: "Yeah...I couldn't see them clearly with their hoods up..."
"...The two men to discover Synchro."
(Saishi greets the crowd and spots Tachibana and Chitose)
Saishi: "Hey, Raizan! Check it out! It's the wings of Kyushu!"
(Saishi and Raizan wave at Tachibana and Chitose)
Irie: "Nice to meet you both. I am Irie Kanata."
Raizan: "Nice to meet you. I'm Raizan Koudai. This is my manchild partner, Chibi-chan."
Saishi: "Shut up! You're ruining my cool!"
(Raizan to serve)
Saishi: "Lets get this thing started!"
Girls: "Go Saishi!!"
Saishi: "Ha ha!"
(Saishi blows a kiss as Raizan serves)
Raizan: "Wake up, moron!"
(Irie returns it)
Saishi: "Take this!"
(Saishi tosses his racquet in the air. It spins in a 360 as it hits the ball (as he catches the handle) into a drop shot and lands on the opposite side of Niou)
Girls: "So coooooooooool!"
Saishi: "You two need to focus."
Irie: "He is spinning the racquet first on purpose, so we are too distracted to watch the shot."
(Raizan serves it)
(Irie smashes it back but Saishi is at the net, and he bunts the ball with the butt of his racquet and hits an acute angle away from Niou)
Saishi: "Heh, you know why we were unbeatable? My strength is being at the net, and Raizan's is being at the baseline. We are the perfect combo."
Ref: "Game, Black Lions! 1-0!"
Niou: "It's time we crush them!"
(It is revealed that Niou transformed into Oni)
Spoiler: Chapter 26: "Why So Serious?" show
Why So Serious?
Niou(Oni): "Black Jack Knife!"
(Niou smashes a powerful black shot)
Saishi: "Do not want. Get it, Raizan."
(Saishi moves out of the way)
Raizan: "What the hell, man? You get it."
(Raizan smashes it back)
Saishi: "Too scared."
(Irie hits a drop shot)
Saishi: "I got this."
(Saishi lobs it over Irie's head)
Irie: "OH NO!!!"
Saishi: "Take that!"
(Irie smiles and jumps back and smashes it)
Irie: "Just kidding."
Saishi: "Come on Raizan, my back hurts from carrying this team."
Raizan: "You're just mad he fooled you."
(Raizan hits a topspin at Niou)
Niou(Oni): "Black Tomahawk!"
(Niou hits Oni's most powerful shot)
(Saishi screams like a girl and gets out of the way)
Makoto: "Hahaha. That shot looks strong."
Raizan: "Damn it, Saishi."
(Raizan runs over and smashes it, but hits it out)
Ref: "Game, Team Japan! 1-1!"
Oni: "Even if he can hit that shot, there's no way to copy someone's physical strength."
Kazuya: "Yeah, it was much weaker than yours."
Saishi: "Raizan you see those white lines?"
Raizan: "Shut up, Saishi."
Saishi: "The idea is to hit the ball within tho-"
Raizan: "SHUT UP, SAISHI."
Saishi: "Alright, geez. No need to get all sweaty and stuff."
Irie: "Niou, these guys aren't even taking us seriously..."
(Saishi to serve)
Saishi: "Come on guys, keep up!"
Ref: "Game, Black Lions! 2-1!"
(All of a sudden the Synchro aura appears around Raizan and Saishi)
Saishi: "I hope you guys have a better plan, because it doesn't look good for you."
Spoiler: Chapter 27: "The Mysterious Raizan" show
The Mysterious Raizan
(Irie to serve)
(Irie serves as Saishi is ready to return and Raizan runs back to the baseline as soon as Irie hits it)
(Saishi hits a lob and runs to the net)
Irie: [[ He hit a lob so he could get to the net without issues... ]]
(Niou smashes it)
Saishi: "Get it, Raizan!"
(Raizan is shown to be standing at the baseline with his arms folded, racquet in hand, and an intimidating glare on his face)
Tetsuma: "Regarding my knowledge of all of our abilities on the court..."
"...Raizan is the one I am most in the dark about."
(Raizan winds up by making an X with his two forearms, and then does a high speed slice, extending both arms out)
(Saishi dives out of the way as the extremely powerful shot speeds over the net and crashes down on the court)
Tachibana: "I remember that shot was his answer to your Kamikakushi."
Chitose: "Ugh, don't remind me.."
Niou: "I got it!"
(Niou hits the ball as it explodes on impact and disappears)
Ref: "Game! Black Lions, 3-1!"
(Irie aims it down the line, trying to hit it passed Saishi)
(Niou runs over to the right, to close the gap between him and Irie)
(Saishi appears below the ball as he comes up making a complete arc with his swing, hitting a fast topspin twist lob from one side of the court to the other, landing next to the net and to the left of Niou)
(The ball gets hit to Raizan at the baseline)
Raizan: "Solar Eclipse!"
(Raizan hits an extremely fast twist lob that curves up and around the whole court, landing on the corner of the court)
Yukimura: "How troublesome."
Tetsuma: "Those two wont be able to return that..."
Niou: "Damn it.."
(Raizan hits another Solar Eclipse as Irie instantly runs back to the corner and jumps up in the air with the ball, slowly spinning a 180 to hit the ball)
(Irie connects with the ball, but the racquet flies out of his hand)
Ref: "Game, Black Lions! 4-1!'
Raizan: "You need to be physically strong in order to return that shot."
Spoiler: Chapter 28: "The Sleeping Lions Roar" show
The Sleeping Lions Roar
(Raizan smashes a ball from the back of the court and hits a cordball)
(Niou runs and bearly gets it, but sets up Saishi)
Saishi: "You took the bait! PREPARE YOURSELF"
(Saishi gets ready to smash)
(Niou runs back to Irie to return the smash)
(Saishi smiles and does a drop shot instead)
Ref: "Game, Black Lions! 5-1!"
Shiraishi: "This doesn't look good..."
Kazuya: "Those guys are very good."
(Niou, as himself, looks down with a pensive stare as he is about to serve)
Yukimura: [[ Niou...what are you about to do..? ]]
(Niou throws the ball in the air)
Niou: "It's my turn now."
(He smashes the serve, as it heads for Saishi)
Saishi: "It would be better if you-"
(Saishi is dumbfounded as the ball rolls back to the net on impact)
"Zero-shiki drop shot?..."
(Niou is shown to have the State of Self Actualization)
Sanada: "To think that Niou would achieve this due to his natural talent to impersonate others."
Saishi: "Damn it.."
Makoto: "You got quite the serve, huh?"
(Makoto turns to Tezuka)
Ref: "Game, Team Japan! 2-5!"
Raizan: "We gotta finish this, Saishi."
Saishi: "Don't sweat it, I'll just get the next four aces."
(Saishi serves to Irie)
(Everyone blinks as the ball is now behind Saishi, Irie is shown to be very serious)
Irie: "I'll make you regret your confidence."
Tetsuma: "What a return."
(Aisoku's eyes turn red)
Aisoku: "It appears that one has been hiding his true abilities the entire time."
Ref: "Game! Team Japan! 3-5!"
Raizan: "Don't lose it, Saishi."
Saishi: "Shut up man, I got this!"
(Saishi appears at the net)
(Saishi hits the Rainbow shot as Niou suddenly appears in front of the shot)
(Niou raises his racquet up with a both his hands gripped)
Niou: "...like Lightning!"
(Niou hits Rai and it strikes past both of them)
Ref: "Game, Team Japan! 4-5!"
(Raizan runs to the right and smashes a Solar Eclipse)
(Irie runs after it and jumps)
(There is a brief moment in slow motion where Raizan and Irie's eyes meet, Irie with an intense glare)
(Irie smashes it and aces both players)
Oni: "Kanata is pissed."
Kazuya: "I've never seen him this fired up."
Ref: "Game! Team Japan! 5-5!"
Shiraishi: "They caught up!"
(Saishi smashes the ball)
Ref: "Game! Black Lions! 6-5!"
(Niou does the Akutsu slide and jumps up from the net and smashes)
Ref: "Game! Team Japan! 6-6!"
(Saishi lobs the ball over Niou)
(Irie smashes it to Raizan)
(Raizan hits the ball to Niou)
Niou: "Now for the finale..."
(Niou runs and jumps in the air in Tachibana's Abare Dama stance)
Raizan: "..that's.. Tachibana's..?"
Niou: "LIONS ROAR!"
(Niou smashes the ball as it forms into a roaring lion)
Saishi: "Shit! I can't move!"
(The ball lands and they get the point)
Ref: "Game and match! Team Japan! 7-6!"
(Tachibana leads the stadium in a standing ovation)
Spoiler: Chapter 29: "Man Of God" show
Man Of God
Saishi: "Muah! muah!"
(Stadium cheers for the two doubles teams as they walk back, Saishi is throwing tennis balls into the stadium by his fangirls)
Oni: "That was probably the best doubles match I've seen in a while."
Fuji: "You won!"
Echizen: "Good job.."
Irie: "Thanks guys."
Sanada: "Niou, good work."
Saishi: "Oh maaaaaaaaaaaaaan....!"
Raizan: "Sorry guys."
Saishi: "Did you see us out there? I was like owning it up and Raizan was like, back there peein his pants like a little girl."
Raizan: "If I remember correctly, you were the one who screamed like a girl and jumped out of the way."
Saishi: "That was for dramatic effect."
Tetsuma: "You guys did very well, we're proud of you."
Hakai: "You guys definitely had a good match."
Saishi: "Now it's up to you, Aisok-"
(The black lions turn to face their leader, who is praying)
Aisoku: "...Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside You. My flesh and my heart fails: but You are the strength of my heart, and my portion forever. Amen."
Tetsuma: "...Are you afraid, Seda?"
(Aisoku casually looks at him with a very intense gaze that causes an overwhelming fear and intimidation within Tetsuma)
Tetsuma: "Forgive me...I already knew you fear none but the Lord."
Aisoku: "That's right."
(Makoto whispers to Tezuka)
Makoto: "..he's scary..."
(Nanjiroh makes the announcement)
Nanjiroh: "As you all know, the score is now tied. Singles 1 will be the deciding factor on which of these teams will win. We have been told that this event is on the television sets of 45% of the world. This is bigger than we all expected. More and more people are tuning in to watch. Before I announce the last players, I want to give a warm welcome to the ATP players who are with us in the stadium. "
(Nanjiroh announces the names, as they stand up and get applauded)
Nanjiroh: "Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick....we also have veterans Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi with us as well."
Shiraishi: "Woah! I don't believe it!"
Inui: "I guess the matches took everyone's attention away from the fact we had pros sitting among us."
Nanjiroh: "Will Echizen Ryoga and Aisoku Seda please enter the court."
Ryoga: "About time."
(Aisoku and Ryoga both enter the court, as Nanjiroh and Echizen stare as all the Black Lions kneel down in reverence for Aisoku)
(Their ominous court presence made the entire stadium completely silent with goosebumps)
Inui: "I know..."
(Renji and Inui stare at Aisoku)
"...his presence is overwhelming."
Hakai: "King David has entered the battlefield..."
(Aisoku's eyes turn red while staring into Ryoga's eyes as they both stand at the net)
"...this is when people fall at his feet."
Spoiler: Chapter 30: "Messiah Complex" show
Tezuka: [[ I thought Aisoku said he would be playing Ryoma... ]]
Hakai: "Didn't Aisoku say he was going to be playing against that guy's brother?"
Saishi: "Yeah I remember that too."
Hakai: "I guess he was wrong then."
(They all look at Tetsuma)
Tetsuma: "...Seda is never wrong."
Ryoga: "Now we will finish what we started."
(Aisoku smiles graciously)
Aisoku: "Shall we begin?"
Ref: "One set match! Ryoga to serve!"
Ryoga: "I'll show you..."
(Ryoga throws the ball in the air, as Aisoku begins to walk to the right)
Ryoga: "Twist serve!"
Nanjiroh: [[ Ryoga's twist serve is different from Ryoma's in that instead of kicking up, it kicks to the side...he predicted it simply by observing Ryoga's fine motor controls. Talk about insight... ]]
(The serve lands, and springs 10 feet to the side, right where Aisoku is standing)
(Aisoku smashes the ball around the outside of the net pole and begins to walk to the left)
(Ryoga runs over and smashes a cross court shot)
"He's already there?!"
(Aisoku smashes the ball back to Ryoga and keeps walking and they continue to rally)
Ryoga: [[ You must be walking instead of running for a reason...you don't seem like the type to intentionally push buttons, and everything about you seems very intentional..]]
(They continue to rally as 5 minutes go by for the first point)
Ryoga: [[ ...I see! You can't play matches for very long, can you? I bet you walk to save energy so your stamina doesn't give out...]]
(Aisoku smashes the ball at the baseline)
Ryoga: "Well now, lets see what happens when you're taken off guard!"
(Ryoga pretends to smash it to the right but then fakes to drop shot)
(Aisoku almost instantly appears in front of the ball after having seemingly only taken one step)
Kenya: "His acceleration is unreal!"
(Aisoku hits a cross court lob right over Ryoga's head)
(Ryoga turns too quickly, badly twisting his ankle in the process and he falls to the floor)
(Ryoga holds his ankle as Nanjiroh comes running over to help)
Nanjiroh: "Are you okay?"
Ryoga: "I'm fine, I can finish thi-"
(Ryoga stumbles as he tries to get up)
Nanjiroh: "No you can't."
(Nanjiroh puts Ryoga's arm around his neck and carries him to the side)
Ryoga: "You knew...."
(Ryoga looks back at Aisoku)
Ryoga: "...That's why you said what you did to my brother at the net. You knew this would happen..."
Aisoku: "Only my Father in heaven knows."
(Ryoga limps back to the side and talks to Echizen as Nanjiroh speaks to the stadium)
Nanjiroh: "It appears Ryoga will be unable to continue the match. However, his younger brother is the reserve, who will be taking his place. Everyone please welcome, Echizen Ryoma."
Ryoga: "Ryoma..for a split secont, I saw Aisoku breathe in deeper than necessary. That guy has asthma, which is why he walks around the court."
Echizen: "To save energy?"
Ryoga: "Exactly. He has a weakness, so take him out for me."
(Echizen walks on the court)
Hakai: "Never mind about what I said before."
Saishi: "That guy is unreal."
Tetsuma: "I suppose he was right after all, huh?"
(Tetsuma looks over with a smirk)
Nanjiroh: [[ Two men stand in the balance, their racquets toward one another for the future of tennis. Both are seen as the savior, but which one will bring true salvation?...]]
Aisoku: "Hello Ryoma."
Aisoku: "Let's get started."
Spoiler: Chapter 31: "Messiah Complex 2" show
Messiah Complex 2
Aisoku: “So we finally meet, Echizen Ryoma. You’re the aspiring prodigy that is rumored to soon take over the tennis world, and I am here to test to see if you are worthy of doing such things. If you are unworthy, rest assured, you will not be playing tennis anymore by the time this match is over.”
Echizen: “Don’t worry; I’ll be playing a lot more tennis matches after I beat you.”
Aisoku: “Let’s pray that confidence isn’t pride. You can serve first if you want.”
(He tosses two tennis balls over the net to Ryoma, and Ryoma catches the balls with his racquet, as he stares at Aisoku walk back to the base line)
[One set match, Echizen to serve]
Momoshiro: “This guy isn’t like anyone I’ve ever seen. He is unusually confident, yet at the same time he is humble . . .”
(Echizen starts off with a right-handed twist serve. The ball hits the ground and springs up at his opponent’s face with great speed)
“That twist serve is even faster than usual!”
Aisoku: “Hmm…” (smiles)
(Aisoku jumps backwards in a 360 spin, gaining momentum and does an overhead smash down the line)
“Wha-…what was that?”
Renji: “. . . Sadaharu, did you notice?”
Inui: “Yes, he saw through the technique before Echizen even hit the ball. . .”
Aisoku: “I’ve seen all of your tricks, Echizen Ryoma. I know every technique and play-style you’ve ever done, I know you love that twist serve of yours, and I know you’re actually left-handed. So please, enough of the games. You won’t get a single return against me as you are now. “
Echizen: “Is that so. . .”
(Echizen switches to his left hand and prepares another serve. Echizen throws the ball in the air again, but this time with a running start and a pre-spin on the ball)
Fuji: “Echizen. . . when did you . . . ?”
Echizen: “Take this! Raging Cyclone!”
(The ball slams into the ground and spins upward like a tornado)
Aisoku: “New technique?”
(Aisoku strafes to the right just when the ball moves to that side and slams it back)
Kazuya: “He made that look effortless. . .”
Aisoku: “It gives the illusion that it was merely a faster and stronger twist serve. But in reality, the power behind the ball is lost the second it hits the ground. This is most likely due to the fact you focus all the spin on making the ball spiral upwards. That technique is basically only about overwhelming the opponent with confusion, so they wouldn’t know how to react, rather than being difficult to return. Am I right?”
Echizen: “. . .”
Inui: “He always has a smile on his face, but that guy is a genius. “
(Kintarou gets helped in to the stadium due to his injuries from Kirihara, as he looks at Echizen)
Kintarou: “Ko-Koshimae. . .”
(Echizen serves again and instantly does a split step. Aisoku returns the serve and Echizen is in position and hits it back)
Aisoku: “Alright! Now we got a real rally going here.”
(The rally continues for a bit as Aisoku smiles and hits the ball to a specific area as Echizen reacts and jumps up about to hit the ball)
Aisoku: “Go ahead, hit your-“
Echizen: "Cool Drive!"
Aisoku: “-Cool Drive!”
(Echizen hits Cool Drive, and while it’s still in the air, Aisoku uses the frame of his racquet to instantly smash it back)
Oni: “Echizen is being toyed with. . .”
(Another ball goes by, as Echizen dives to try to get it. Echizen misses)
Ref: "Game, Aisoku 1-0!"
(Aisoku throws the ball up in the air to serve)
(The ball disappears and reappears heading toward Aisoku, and he catches it)
Shishido: "What the hell?!"
Ootori: "I couldn't even see it."
Atobe: "...Echizen...look at the service box and the wall behind you.."
(Ryoma sees the black spots where the ball touched)
Fuji: "What a scary serve..."
Atobe: [[...that guy...the ball goes in the box, hits the wall behind Echizen, and gets flung back to him all before we can even see it...]]
Ochi: "He can't react to it.."
Mouri: "Who can?"
Ref: "Game, Aisoku. 2-0!"
Makoto: "Aisoku is unreal!"
Hakai: "This is an easy win."
Tetsuma: [[ ...Seda...your time is running out...]]
Spoiler: Chapter 32: "Messiah Complex 3" show
Messaiah Complex 3
(Echizen looks at Aisoku)
Echizen: "You're pretty good..."
Aisoku: "I know this isn't the extent of your strength."
(Pinnacle of Perfection suddenly explodes around Ryoma)
Aisoku: "That's better..."
(Ryoma throws the ball in the air)
Echizen: "Just like last time, I should slow it down a little."
(He smashes a slowed down serve)
Aisoku: "You cannot hope to win with a serve like that."
(Aisoku hits a return ace)
Sanada: "He seemed to have no trouble with that."
(Echizen throws the ball in the air)
Echizen: "How's this!?"
(He smashes the serve with all his might and gets an ace)
Tetsuma: [[ Seda can't hit those serves unless he runs, which he is trying to avoid in order to conserve energy... this isn't good. ]]
Ref: "Game, Echizen! 1-2!"
Echizen: "I can see this now..."
(Aisoku throws the ball up again)
(Echizen jumps back and returns it)
Ryoga: "He did it!"
Makoto: "Why can't he get those returns?"
Tetsuma: "Seda is saving his energy for something."
Ref: "Game, Echizen! 2-2!"
Kintarou: "Go Koshimae!"
Shiraishi: "All right! Echizen broke serve!"
(Echizen serves an ace)
Atobe: "What's wrong with this guy? He can't do anything all of a sudden."
(Irie and Niou look concerned)
(They all turn to look at them)
Niou: "This looks like a prerequisite to a trickster's swindle."
Irie: "He's right. Aisoku is planning something big."
Ref: "Game, Echizen! 3-2!"
Echizen: "Mada mada dane."
Spoiler: Chapter 33: "Messiah Complex 4" show
Messiah Complex 4
Aisoku: “White Throne Judgment!”
(Aisoku hits an extreme backspin as Echizen runs to the net thinking it is a drop shot)
(The ball springs backwards into the net cord and then rockets off, speeding past the running Echizen)
Echizen: "Not yet!
(Ryoma appears at the ball)
Echizen: “Drive A!”
(Echizen rushes the net and smashes the ball to Aisoku’s face. Aisoku turns around and runs toward the baseline as the ball chases after his head. He gets to the middle of the court and jumps while turning 180 degrees)
(While spinning in the air, Aisoku does a high speed slice as he makes a “T” shape with his body)
(Echizen speeds around the court and jumps in the air)
Echizen: "Samurai Drive!"
(Echizen smashes the ball with the frame of the racquet, as it hits into the net cord, spinning violently against it and splits apart)
Tetsuma: "You can get them, Seda!"
(Aisoku hits both pieces back, as they form together)
(Echizen smashes the balls as they split apart and speed to both sides of Aisoku)
Fuji: "It's the same as back then.."
Yukimura: "Not quite.."
(Aisoku smashes the left part of the ball as he kicks himself backward, twisting his body and smashing back the right side)
Makoto: "He returned it!"
(Echizen lobs one of them and hits a drop shot with the other)
Aisoku: "Well played."
(Aisoku stands still as both pieces drop on the court)
Ref: "Game, Echizen! 5-3!"
(Echizen throws the ball up to serve)
Saishi: "Oh no.."
Oni: "Looks like this is it."
Hakai: "Will he lose?"
(Aisoku's eyes turn red)
"...This is all a part of his plan."
(Echizen throws the ball up and serves)
Echizen: "I win."
(The ball is smashed past Echizen, and breaks the wall behind him)
Irie: "W-...what the hell?"
Hakai: "Holy shit!"
(A gigantic white aura *triple the size of Echizen's* suddenly explodes around Seda, engulfing him. His eyes are red like fire, and his hair is white. His presence overwhelms the stadium with utter fear)
Tetsuma: "This...this is the Pinnacle of Glorification..."
Aisoku: "Ryoma...you've allowed pride to take over in that moment, as you served the ball. That must be removed."
(Echizen throws the ball up in the air)
Echizen: "Remove this!"
(He smashes his fastest serve)
(Aisoku's powerful voice echoes through the stadium as he crushes a return)
(Ryoma teleports and barely returns the ball)
(The ball heads over the net for a perfect set up, as Aisoku appears in front of the ball)
Aisoku: “If you won’t let go of that pride, then I have no choice. This is the end, Echizen Ryoma!”
(He gets into a stance, about to swing)
Aisoku: “WRATH OF GOD!!!”
(Much like Fuji's two part GoH, Aisoku swings and hits a high speed topspin. While the ball is still on the racquet, he rolls the ball to the backhand side and slashes upward with all his might, as he teleports to the center of his court, with his back to Echizen. He ominously looks over his shoulder at Echizen, as an ultra high spinning ball very slowly floats down onto Echizen’s side of the court)
Yukimura: “ECHIZEN! YOU CANNOT LET THAT BALL HIT THE GROUND!”
Ryoga: “DON’T USE YOUR STRINGS!”
(Echizen runs to try to hit the ball with the frame)
Fuji: “He made it!”
(Echizen swings to hit the ball back, but the ball tears straight through the frame of his racquet and continues to float down to the court as half the racquet falls to the ground)
Atobe: “Everybody look out!”
(The ball finally reaches the ground, and then teleports up into the sky with super speed. All of a sudden, the appearances of ten thousand fiery tennis balls fall from the sky like a meteor storm toward Echizen. Echizen falls to his knees in utter shock, and stares at the flaming sky)
Kirihara: “What the hell?!”
Echizen: “I . . . I can’t return this. . .”
(The meteor balls all come crashing down upon Echizen’s court, as smoke comes up and clouds the vision of everyone as Ryoma's friends cry out to him)
Momoshiro: “I can’t see anything . . . What happened?”
(The smoke starts to fade away as the silhouettes of the two people are shown standing)
Kintarou: “He did it! He was able to withstand it!”
(Echizen suddenly falls to the ground and blacks out)
Spoiler: Chapter 34: "Messiah Complex 5" show
Messiah Complex 5
([PoP]Echizen wakes up in a silent abyss of white nothingness and begins to look around him)
([PoG]Aisoku appears to be standing before him with his white hair and red eyes, looking directly at Echizen)
Aisoku: "Hello Ryoma."
Echizen: "W-where am I?...Am I..dead?"
Aisoku: "Haha...no...my technique causes people to become paralyzed and then faint due to the overwhelming fear they experience. You're just unconscious."
Echizen: "Then how are you here talking to me..?"
Aisoku: "We are speaking on a spiritual level. This is how one is able to understand another without even speaking to them. All throughout the ages people have called it different names. I guess the one you're most familiar with is 'swordsman spirit.' Like you, I am also seen as a samurai."
(Echizen can't help but let out a pensive look at the thought of Aisoku being unlike anyone he has ever met)
Echizen: "...who are you?"
Aisoku: "I suppose now is the time for answers...I am a herald of God, sent to wipe out the corruption that has engulfed the world of tennis in all areas from the Professional world down to the high school world. My main objective actually has nothing to do with tennis, but the players themselves. In the changing of the character of a person, you change the game. However, Faithfulness begat Prosperity, and the daughter devoured the mother. I am here to re-establish what once was."
Aisoku: "I suppose I should show you what I mean."
(The white abyss begins to shift and mold into the home of a single father and his son while they eat dinner)
Aisoku: "Don't worry, they can't see you. We are observing a situation that occured in the past."
(The boy looks depressed, as he pushes the food around his plate while the father keeps talking)
Dad: "-Man! I can't get over it, check this thing out! Your mother would be proud."
(The dad holds up a tennis trophy)
Dad: "You are going to make me-I mean "us" rich! I'm so proud of you."
(The boy starts to talk but gets cut off by the father)
Son: "Hey dad, can we spend time toget-"
Dad: "Hurry up and eat, son. We need to train! We can't afford to sit around like this!"
Son: "...yes sir.."
Dad: "Go get ready."
(The boy runs up to his room as his door closes, and he falls to his knees and begins to cry and pray to God)
Son: "Why can't my Dad just love me? Every time he looks at me, all he sees is potential money! I can't take this anymore. I hate it! He and my mom used to play with me just out of the overflow of their love for me. Now all that changed...please help me..."
(The environment begins to fade away as they go back to the white abyss)
Echizen: "That boy...all he wanted was to spend time with his father. Can't his dad see that?"
Aisoku: "People are blinded by pain, Ryoma. Both the boy and the father were impacted by the death of the boy's mother. However, because the father did not cope with his pain in a healthy way, he destroyed his relationship with the only person he had left, his son. All in the name of tennis."
Echizen: "My dad doesn't get it either...he is so disconnected..."
Aisoku: "If you told him how you really felt, and how much you love him, things would change."
Echizen: "How do you know all of this..?"
(Ryoma looks over)
(Aisoku looks down)
Aisoku: "I am that boy..."
Aisoku: "Look into his eyes, Echizen. You'll see the truth."
* Echizen regains consciousness*
(Echizen looks up to see his father gazing down at him with tears in his eyes)
Echizen: [[ I see...thank you, Seda. ]]
Echizen: "Where is-!?"
(Echizen looks around to find Aisoku prostrate on his side of the court)
Nanjiroh: "All you have to do is stand up and you won, Ryoma!"
Tetsuma: "What?! Nobody has ever awoke that quick from Aisoku's technique...!"
(Echizen slowly stands to his feet as the stadium cheers)
Ref: "Game and Match! Team Japan! 3-2!"
Saishi: "Oh well."
(Men in black suits begin to walk on the court as Tetsuma and Makoto carry Aisoku off the court)
Tetsuma: [[ !! Seda, you..! ]]
Man: "On behalf of the tennis world, we would like to reward your team with a check for 200,000 dollars. Congratulations son, you did great."
(Everyone cheers as Ryoma gets handed the check as he looks over and makes eye contact with Aisoku)
(Ryoma rips the check in half and throws it on the court)
Man: "Why did you do that?!"
(Ryoma takes the microphone from his father)
Echizen: "These people are not the enemy! I finally understand now. Don't you all see? Tennis is meant to be enjoyed simply for the fun of it! Not so we can be rewarded with money and have that be our motivation. I'm willing to bet all of you out there play tennis professionally just so you can get a paycheck. You have all rejected your first love for the sake of money and greed. I accept this win only under one circumstance: You let the Black Lions be the gatekeepers of the world. I trust Aisoku, and I know he knows who is worthy and who isn't."
Echizen: "Promise me that!"
*Flash forward a year*
(Nanjiroh and Echizen are playing a match together)
Nanjiroh: "What a great day."
Nanjiroh: "You know, that day when I saw you collapse on the court, I didn't know what to think..."
Nanjiroh: "It really made me think about how bad of a father I've been, and all the things I would have done differently. Ever since then, I made a promise that I would always be here for you, and I would never lose sight of what is most important."
Echizen: "Thanks dad...I wonder what Seda is up to these days?..."
Nanjiroh: "That guy...I suppose he is out saving the world from corruption, huh? Haha..I suppose I have him to thank for everything.."
Echizen: "Come on dad, lets do this!"
(Echizen goes PoP)
Nanjiroh: "If you say so!"
(Nanjiroh goes PoP and they both smash the ball at one another)
Tetsuma: "Back then, when I lifted you up...you were not weezing. Your breathing was perfectly fine. You could have won the match if you wanted to...why didn't you?.."
Aisoku: "Life isn't about winning, Tetsuma. Sometimes you have to make a sacrifice. No greater love can one have, then to lay down his life for his friends."