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Fayte, I agree with everything, except this.
You were expecting flying burgers with fireworks on them.
Konomi never led you to think that BA was similar to TnK, we all knew that. It ended up being a dissapointing dark Habu? yeah.
Sanada and Akutsu are improving at a rate that is almost the same as Kintaru and Ryoma, they all hit 5-10 balls(it's not clear if Sanada can do 10 ball, but he probably can), the rookies have pop, akutsu can now do more than just attack, sanada got black aura. Since Kintaru got whooped by 5, Sanada was not gonna be able to overcome 2. Ryomas only chance if if Ryoga forfeits, unless he can use PoP at will and hit and return glowing shot with 10 ball tech
Well, I expected more too, and the fact that ¨we¨ called it Black Aura was because we all obviously didn't expect it to be just a shot. However, not many thought it was going to be even close to TnK. I wasn't one of those.
Tbh and IIRC, Yukimura wasn't even really serious when BA raped him. Sanada scored with that, and then Yukimura got angry and decided to just win.
As for BA being another tnk, that was not farfetched if you believed it or not. BA was the first new aura after seeing tnk. Naturally one would think the man who beat Tezuka will have a counter aura to the main character. It isn't crazy thinking.
One of the better theories about this is that Black Aura is an incomplete type of TnK that comes from enjoying tennis, but not being able to let go of feeling like you need to win, which is why it can counter yips, but not break out of it completely
I thought the whole Yukimura bit about enjoying tennis is because after he lost to Ryoma he figured he needs to start enjoying tennis more to learn TnK, not because he's somehow holding back. He can't enjoy tennis anymore after BA because it says Yukimura is basically afraid of BA (says he questions if he's seeing things). For all his supernatural powers, Yukimura actually thinks like a normal person. For example he says he can't imagine why anyone would enjoy tennis while losing all your senses, which is a perfectly valid viewpoint. It'd be reasonable to assume he cannot enjoy tennis against an opponent he fears.
Black Aura played out exactly how it was supposed to play out. Anything else was pure speculation. Initially, all we saw was Sanada get Yipped but then Yukimura's band was torn apart. It was because out of his frustration at not being able to hit the ball, Sanada actually used a second swing to vector (is that a verb?) the ball upwards. Nothing was said about being better than TnK.
For what I read in PP5 (The Top), Yips is not a technique. It's a side effect of Yukimura's playstyle. So Yukimura didn't 'Yip' Sanada, Sanada played that one point for so long he got the side effects.
Now let's see if I can find a link...
And Fayte, you seemed to be very biased in who played seriously and who don't in your bizarre standard. You said 'playing for fun' doesn't mean Yukimura is not serious (which I can agree with), but I remembered back somewhere back then you said Tezuka didn't go against Fuji seriously (even though he used PoP) because he didn't take off his jacket (which Fuji didn't either, and the timeline is November, and the next one or two chapters shows that it's snowing).
Well my predictions for this manga is that:
Echizen will lose to ryoga but at the last point ryoga is going to hand over his badge and say something like "surpass your limit chibisuke"
Byoudin will smash Tokugawa, i mean he had a tight match with ONI and with his training on the mountain would have made him improve heaps
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Sanada and Akutsu, like most of the MSers, are probably gonna get their tangible results on the international level instead.