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If Duke had been attractive I'd already see a ton of FanFictions (FF too, lol).
Nah, honestly, it's prolly just a coincidence. Funny though. Maybe Konomi expands France a bit more if this ever goes international.
I would be kinda disappoint if it doesn't go international, really. After all, the original prince of tennis is supposed to be a "prologue". Prologue really shouldn't be longer than the actual story.
So I guess the one thing we haven't really talked about yet from what I remember is that Irie was supposed to get a badge (which I guess we kinda knew already, but now it's confirmed) - which badge do you think he was meant to have? And as a follow-up question, do you think the current order of the other G10/1st string characters has always been like this, or do you think there were shifts in positions over time?
For instance, I feel like Irie was supposed to get the No. 3 badge since he went to 3rd court (just like how Oni went from No. 5 to 5th court and Tokugawa went to 1st court after promising he'd become No. 1, although in Tokugawa's case it could simply reflect his level as well). This then naturally means that Duke wasn't No. 3 at the time and so on.
So yeah, how do you guys feel about this?
^ I like your number theory. It would be good if that were true. If your theory was correct, Duke would be at least number 4. So Duke just moved up to make room for Ryoga.
I'd be disappointed if Tokugawa doesn't get No.1. Waste of effort, he would break his promise to Irie and Oni who trained him and looked after him. Oni and Byodoin had the badges for at least a year (assumption). Its someone else's turn. Ryoma will get his turn after he becomes 3rd year high school. Besides, all the 3rd year high schoolers are about to graduate high school. They won't be around forever.
From what I've read in PPs, Tokugawa has leader material. He's the strongest from court one as well as the one who basically controls it.
Tbh, it'd only make Byoudouin's figure (as the final boss of this arc) a lot bgger. Not that I hate Tokugawa ( ) but I really think that the best for the story is a victory of the no.1 here.
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About Irie, I don't even want to consider him being the no.4 that left the spot (seriously, they had that empty spot for a year? no way) but I'm fine with him being the no.6 that used to be Oni's pair. That would make Kaji and Ohmagari the next pair, and in the last pair there should be Kimijima + someone that isn't in the camp anymore (and then Tohno got his spot).
Oni used to play doubles in your opinion?
Just like Momo right now, yes. It does sound like a waste though.
Regarding the question about shifts in the top 20, I do think they might have. I think it could be that if you challenge someone higher above you and if you win, you can get their badge and they get yours, liike the courts. I don't think it'll be nice, "You lose, I'm leaving you in another country."
I don't see Oni ever playing doubles. Unless he was personally assigned to do so.
Against Oni, Tooyama was announced as "Tooyama Kintaro of the 2nd String" despite us seeing Hakamada hand him the No.14 badge and Tooyama legitly becoming the No.14 of the nation.
The same thing happened to Niou Masaharu.
This means that once you are a member of the 1st String, to challenge for a higher badge, you must place your own badge on the line and become a member of the 2nd String again to challenge.
Since Niou was wearing a Losers jersey against Ochi/Mouri prior to Konomi removing the MSers U-17 Camp Jerseys.
The only theory for it to make sense that you can still do badge swaps in Player Shuffles even in the Top20 is if Tooyama & Niou actually rejected their badges that they had won immediately on the spot. Like... Never wore the badge or accepted the title. AT ALL.
Which is unlikely since many MSers who were part of the revolution were seen in Red Jerseys.
I wonder... if the spot is empty, a person can just take it or there will be a singles match? Considering Niou's ex - spot was a doubles spot, a singles match wouldn't make a lot of sense but it is what it is.
And of course, Niou's ex-spot.
Not to mention Irie's seemingly rejected spot too.
I'm confused since... What if for instance Ochi Tsukimitsu faces Ban Rikiya for the vacant No.15? badge belonging to Niou and wins.
Then Ochi says "I don't want Oishi as a partner". Does that mean... Mouri would be able to face Oishi for his spot? (Demolition).
So yeah, Niou probably forfeited his badge in order to participate in the G10 challenge.
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As for replacing doubles spots, maybe the coaches just suggest someone. Like how they apparently just decided to pair up Ochi and Mouri by themselves.
My bad, I genuinely had it in my mind that Niou was in his jersey as oppose to his shirt.
I know all players have the red shirt regardless of their U-17 Camp faction.
Every other MSer is wearing their jersey in that chapter besides Atobe/Niou so you're right I really can't tell lol.
But suggesting Doubles pairs doesn't necessarily mean they can be just suggested into a spot such as No.15 or No.10?
Unless you mean Ochi was the one who earned the No.9 as we expect and that they just threw Mouri in next to him as No.10 and then told the camp "Challenge these guys and see if you can win lol" and then the Camp realized that Ochi/Mouri was quite a beast pair.