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Since Echizen Ryoga is LIKELY to appear after a Movie appearance, then OVA appearance,
And then we have Yamato Yuudai upgrading from being a ''Prefectural level'' Player(Stated in the anime) and being annihalated by Tezuka as a freshman, to being able to push Tezuka and being amongst the best in the Camp.
Then we have Taira Yoshiyuki who was a former Captain of Shitenhouji who turns out to be kind of awesome.
I was just wondering, What are the chances of other OB's being brought into the storyline?
Is nobody else interested in the Senpais that took Makinofuji to last years final?
(Considering they were crushed by Fudomine the year after)
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You forgot about Washio and Suzuki I believe.
Also I wouldn't necessarily say he's among the best, I think we'll have to wait for the upcoming matches to see whether that's the case.
I think that appart from Ryoga there has to be an OB from Rikkaidai around the camp, maybe one of the first stringers was from Rikkai when Sanada and Yukimura were on the team.
Also, we have Muuri Jusaburou, a high school freshman, he was on the nationals when Rikkai won their second consecutive championship so he should know well who Yukimura and Sanada are (and Renji). Also, he must have heard of Tezuka, there's no way that none of the first stringers haven't heard a thing about him, who is the strongest middle schooler in Japan.
I like the idea of a Rikkaidai OB who graduated the year before Yuki and Sanada joined. He would be godly, but because the rest of his team wasn't high leveled enough they never won nationals. Now he's all pissed at Sanada and Yuki because they got all the attention and recogniton and he wants to stomp Sanada in the shuffle.
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What about the Captain of Hyotei that Tezuka defeated, and the Captain of Seigaku that Atobe defeated.
And how Yukimura and Sanada became Captain and Vice-Captain in their 2nd year, even though they were the strongest from their 1st Year. Who was captain then?
And that Dai-Sempai that Chitose mentions.
And how Yamabuki were powerful last year, if Akutsu didnt play for Yamabuki all the time, and it was only Sengoku and Jimmies pair for some matches. Surely they had an awesome senpai?
But my main mystery is how Makinofuji reached the final last year if they sucked in the current year.
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I'm assuming that Yamabuki just tried to win in three with their hacked doubles two team that can beat fuji and taka, the jimmies and sengoku. The deal with akutsu was that he made it so they didn't have to win in three. As their singles 2 and 1 were defeated by non Tezuka seigaku players, dunno if they can be incredible, one presumably lost to fuji, but I'm still doubtful of any yamabuki people.
And yeah, there will likely be a ton of good Makinofuji people
Considering the Another Story OVA showed Atobe, Mukahi, Shishido, Akutagawa and Oshitari to gain regular jerseys in their freshman year, It was similar to the Seigaku story and well... I imagine Rikkai story and Shitenhouji story, but the 3rd Years when they arrived, sucked compared to the freshman.
Seeing as Yamato was brought back as awesome, surely one of those OB's could be brought back. Or more characters for example, the one who gave captaincy to Yukimura, (Unlike Atobe walking in and declaring he was King).
Or the guy who gave captaincy to crappy Kadowaki who must be awesome since Makinofuji went to the final and beat Shishigaku last year.
However it should be noted that there is no information on whether Fuji played in any tournaments during his 2nd year. The only confirmed ones are Tezuka, Oishi and Kikumaru (Kikumaru only made the team in time for the Nationals though and didn't participate in the Tokyo and Kantou tournaments).
It isn't unlikely that Makinofuji beat Shishigaku 3-2 with Tachibana and Chitose winning their matches, and their teammates losing the others. In other words, the Makinofuji players didn't have to be all that strong if the Shishigaku ones were simply even worse.
However, that's only my personal theory. The manga doesn't directly state when Fuji became a regular (or at least from what I recall it doesn't), unlike for most of the others.
Furthermore, just because he didn't play in the previous year's Nationals doesn't mean he didn't become a regular during his second year, since Japanese schools apparently have two more terms after the Nationals end (source, Nationals are held during August).
I would like to bring up the following two pages though.
Basically we can see that Shiraishi and Fuji are in similar positions regarding how well they are known in the nation, a few people know about them but the majority doesn't.
Shitenhouji made it to the Semifinals in the previous year, so I think it's fair to assume they had some relatively strong players (at least for the time) and Shiraishi might have been a hidden ace for the Rikkai match. As you said before, Seigaku likely couldn't compare, and even though Fuji isn't well known outside Kantou.
Overall I think that if he was truly a regular during the Nationals, it seems odd that there was no mention of it (since Tezuka, Oishi and Kikumaru all were specifically mentioned). Same with Inui.
Im pretty sure by their 2nd year, it was like how Yukimura, Sanada, Yanagi owned Rikkai.
With Tezuka, Fuji, Inui. I dont even see Fuji losing to Yamato.
Otherwise Atobe, Kite, Chitose wouldnt already be aware that he was ''The Genius''. With Yukimura saying ''His opponent is Fuji after all''. He wouldnt be feared if he had never been to a Nationals I reckon.