Last edited by -Ken-; April 17, 2013 at 03:17 AM.
Tachibana beat Saeki 6-2 in the Kanto tournament.
I remember one more match. Tachibana also beat Chitose in his 2nd year when he injured Chitose's eyes, too. That's probably the strongest opponents that he won against that was shown in the manga.
Also, Yuuta prolly got destroyed by Jirou because Akutagawa's playstyle perfectly counters him (Yuuta depends on his Twist Spin Shot, but it's only effective after bouncing, so a serve and volley player would easily counter it).
Kantou Tachibana is largely irrelevant anyways. Tachibana before National is a complete joke by Konomi. He lost to Red Eyes Kirihara for an impressive score of 6-1, and will be 6-0 if Kirihara go Red Eyes from the start. It's only when Fuji visit him that Tachibana turn out to be less of a joke by gaining the beast aura.
He then got make a joke again when he can't win a single ball against Saiki Chitose. Konomi feels sorry for him, so he adds that Tachibana haven't once aim at Chitose blind spot. But I think that at best make it uncertain to knows who will come up top out of the two WoK, since Tachibana can't win a single ball against Saiki Chitose. I do think that it'll make Tachibana definitely more even with Saiki Chitose, but it's still unsure who'll win. Probably 7-6 with one side winning.
Tachibana is just simply better than Chitose in doubles as a player, though, since Saiki is seals and all. Not to mention his opponents probably won't be as kind as not to hit to Chitose blind spot like Tachibana either.
And no excuses Hardy, if Yuuta lost 6-1 to Jirou then Yuuta sucks.
Chitose's Kamikakushi is guaranteed to take some points and service games against anything Mid tier and below.
It's like Shiraishi against Fuji in semifinals. He just counters him perfectly, that doesn't mean he's far superior...
We don't really know how good/bad Jirou is btw, we only saw him in 1 match (although, he couldn't return 2 "normal" techniques of Fuji so he's probably bad... but still )
That ended 7-6. Both sides received a crushing.
Shiraishi wrecked him 5-0, but Fuji wiped him 6-0 right after to make it 5-6.
Yuuta just got eaten alive by Jirou lol. When you get eaten alive by Jirou, who apparently had only been seen to get serious when against Atobe and Fuji, you become a joke.
Its clear that Konomi gave Chitose a move that has a disappearing ball to be the exact opposite of his counterpart Tachibana who had a move that replicates balls.
But yeah, I guess with Abare Dama + Mojuu no Aura then Tachibana might be the better doubles player.
However Kamikakushi can be used on a serve, whilst Abare Dama can't. Kamikakushi completely stunned Suzuki and Washio only got it back because he was standing way at the back and Kamikakushi can't disappear twice.
So Kamikakushi can still ace 3rdCourt level players.
The only one that's it's shown and used and haven't aced the first time is Tezuka. However, as you can see, it takes Tachibana 3 balls to figure out a way to handle it. It is a strong move. It just that it doesn't cut it against the top high tier (Tezuka and so forth level). I'm not saying that Chitose or Tachibana is weak. They're just weak relative to the top high tier player.
I want to give them credits for being good in Singles so bad, as they ARE probably good in Singles. However, no 17 fodderized Renji, whom I consider to be the same level as them. Also, Yamato, who isn't even a 1st stringer, fight evenly with Tezuka, who is leagues beyond them in Singles (6-1, 6-0 if they were to play again now, even).
SPoT just raise the bar so high. I don't believe we'll ever see them play a singles match again. Heck, somehow, even Sanada and Akutsu plays in Doubles, something that I was really sad to see. WoK are most likely just going to play only as doubles from here on.