Sanada already has too many moves that are useful that if he got a serve that's actually good it'd be total overkill. Same with Yukimura. For example we see in Ryoma's game that Yukimura returns a serve from Hyakuren aura and his return was so fast that Ryoma cannot react to it. Yet he's never been able to do that on his serve, so that'd mean his serve is somehow weaker than him just hitting the ball normally. Tezuka is another such character until he has ZSS, which is pretty ironic since there's plenty of indication that Tezuka's serve is very strong but he never scores with it against anyone that matters until he has ZSS.
That said the recent games do favor people with good serves. Kintaro held his serve against TnK Oni, and that's saying a lot.
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Actually, 'weak' as he is, Atobe is one of the winners in shinpuri. He has the MOST on-screen matches. Hell, we don't get on-screen Ryoma v. Tokugawa but Atobe v. Hiyoshi is actually shown? Same thing with WoK matches, last 5 pages at most, compared to multiple chapters of Irie vs. Atobe. And in the Top 10 U-17 representative, his match is the only one that last three fucking sets. That's A LOT of screen-time. We don't even have a complete Ryoma match YET. I'm already dying for Fuji match which optimistically thinking... 6 months from now at the earliest. That's if he has a match at all.
Atobe isn't weak at all. Sure he's a winner.
I'd say Oni is a winner. Ryoga is sort of a winner. He is one of the few lucky characters in the whole of Shonen Jump.
This is because he appeared in a Movie, appeared in two OVA's where had had just cameo's and non-speaking roles, and then he landed himself a gig in the actual storyline. That's a win for the guy lol.
I hope Konomi doesn't bring in Kieth and Xiu from the London movie. They were so weak.
They lost to Ryoma who didn't even touch a Muga door or use his Drive's.
Disgraces to England.
A Big loser is Krauser.
Stayed in Japan to restore his pride of losing at the Nationals. Lost again to Nakagauchi who was crucified by Date.
Didn't show improvement, just used same move he used on Kirihara. Lame.
He should go back to his country, which could be Germany but since he had no reaction to Tezuka going to Germany it would make no sense for him to be from Germany atm.
The thing about Krauser is that his playing style remain a secret until that match. It's nice to knows what it is.
Fuji is also a loser. Hyped a character who can fight on par with National Tezuka. Tezuka got upgrade and leave him in the dust crying on the floor. Haven't got a match since.
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I wouldn't say that Krauser is a loser because prior to the current series, he didn't even have a personality. The fact that he even got a match (something characters like Fuji have yet to receive) and even got some additional fleshing out of his personality makes him at least a slight winner. Albeit not on the level of characters like Kenya, Sanada, Akutsu, etc.
I think Chitose is the biggest loser for MSer not counting the guys who don't even have a chance to do anything (e.g. Fuji). Had he lost to Kintaro like he's supposed to he probably have TnK now too. Instead he played in a game and lost to some random 3rd courters that turned out to be totally irrelevent. All that talk about how TnK can't be opened by humans also turned out to be a total joke now.
About Niou, I think he's in weird position in 'winners' or 'losers'. He's definitely one of the 'winners', but maybe he's sent away because he went Tezuka and by extension,
Oh well, either Konomi is sick of Fuji and Ryoma, or he can't make up an otherworldly tech for them yet.
There's popularity on the polls and then there's the ability to actually sell stuff. I think I saw some stats that Atobe has more drama/music CD than the rest of the characters put together. It's like say the most popular character of Naruto in a poll is almost certainly still Naruto, but you put Naruto's face on top of say, a T-shirt, it's not exactly going to be selling like hotcakes. It's not hard to figure out that Atobe's presence is what sells stuff. People may vote for Ryoma just because he's the main character but you sure aren't going to get PoT merchandise because Ryoma is there. If his presence is actually needed to sell this stuff, we wouldn't be looking at no match that involves Ryoma lasting more than 5 pages thus far in NPOT. Likewise Fuji is in the same boat. People may say they like him, but obviously Konomi feels pretty comfortable by having zero pages in the serial so far that involves Fuji hitting a ball against a live opponent (and 2 pages in the published version, he went back and added 2 pages for his game against his younger brother).
But I think he's a winner because he actually became a character. Prior to the current series, Krauser didn't really exist as anything except some brief match we barely saw. The fact that he not only got to play, but had his motivations and personality further fleshed out put him ahead of where a lot of other characters have come in this series.
Niou is a big winner. Started as a stupid prankster now #10 in Japan.
Marui is also a big winner. Not among the top players. Still is #8. Savior of Yukimura.
Sanada, BLACK AURA.
Oni defeated TnK.
Duke lucky to play Gin.
Ryoga, Manga debut.
Jirou, Was one of the worst player. But defeated Kabaji who played well against Tezuka.
Tachibana, haven't improved compared to others. Has he won any singles match?
Tezuka, Goodbye. Danke! We have Niou.
Fuji, is a replacement of the reporter. (who came to cover every match in kantou & nationals. forgot his name). Seems to know a lot. doesn't do anything.
Gin, How long he played with Duke?