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Sanada as far as I remember has only been shown playing doubles once before in the manga and it was in a video match of Rikkai vs Fudoumine. He played with Renji and from the commentary on there, they had said that it was like both players were playing Singles and not Doubles.
I think it can be somewhat safe to say, Sanada should be held somewhat at fault for smacking his own teammate.
^^Correct. It was Inui's tape of Rikkai vs Fudoumine; Sanada and Renji were basically playing singles.
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I think Sanada isnt quite as fail in doubles as Ryoma and Kintarou, but he isnt a doubles player by nature, so he's not used to having to share the court. He doesnt really understand doubles tactics nor does he try to use them. So far from what it seems him and Akutsu are pretty much only just hitting whatever they an each get to.
I think the whole "Sanada and Yanagi played double as if it's singles" just means they had no reason to take the match seriously.
Bad writing, simple as that. The 1st string was winning 5-0, and somehow Atobe-Niou managed to win 5 games in a row (when, actually, Niou couldn't serve at all, and they were giving his game to the 1st string)... unless I'm missing something.
So yeah, I expect something more than "bad writing".
In theory Atobe could drag Niou to the base line during Niou's serve and then Niou throw the ball up while on the ground and barely get it over the net with an underhand serve. It'd be a terrible serve but since Atobe can synchro with himself he can take it over from there. However I don't see how Niou can possibly return any serve while on the floor so unless the other side constantly double faulted there's no way Atobe can win any games where they're not serving. Even Byodouin can't pull off what he did there (thuogh he can probably KO the opposing team during his serve and win that way).
The other explanation would be that if nobody can tell the difference between Atobe and Niou, Atobe can pretend to be Niou and return/serve for him.
1st one No, there was never mentioned that Niou could even move by himself (let alone doing an underhand serve) before his last point... and it's impossible for someone of the G10 to do a double fault against someone that is dead on the floor.
2nd one No, again. Atobe got angry against Kabaji because he cheated... would he do it himself? No.
That comeback is just bs, Atobe only won because this is The King of Tennis and he can't lose.
For speculation and theories, SPoT has been rather disappointing the last five months. Really, all there is to say about next month's chapters is that we expect Sanada to use BA and for there to be some result, which will probably be Shuuji returning BA immediately or after a number of points.
For all the hype that some members of this forum have given BA, technically, we barely know anything about it. All we know is that it produced an incredibly quick shot and that it intimidates people (read: fodder). Yuki felt fear, but he always feels fear when confronted with something that's outside of his purview (see Ryoma using Saiki, as well as Full Body Hyakuren, as an example). It's not even clear if BA can damage people.
Now the obvious problem is that for Atobe/Niou to win any of Ochi's or Mouri's service games, Niou needs to return one of their serves. My best guess here is that Synchro allowed him to temporarily ignore his body's limitations (compare Oishi/Kikumaru vs Shishido/Ootori where Kikumaru noticed that Oishi's wrist had reached its limit, but Oishi himself would have continued) and hit a return somehow.
Of course, it might be a bit unbelievable that Niou got lucky in the first tiebreak and then managed to use Synchro to ignore his pain for a short moment, but at least the score makes sense that way.
As for the current match, I'm pretty sure if Akutsu is actually knocked out, they should have to forfeit. However since Ryoma vs Ryoga is the next match and neither of them are present at this time, Tanegashima might allow them to replace Akutsu and repeat the challenge or something, in which case Kaidou would make the most sense, both because Ohmagari is the HSer with the most stamina, and because Kaidou was with Sanada when they encountered Tanegashima.
Last edited by Kaoz; July 05, 2013 at 04:29 AM.
So, unless Konomi explains it a little (he won't) that 3rd set is just terrible writing.