@Nekomata What about Yukimura? His play style revolve around removing his opponents sense.
Oni also injured Momoshiro. He definitely can win that match without using any move at all.
Yeah, now that I think about it, wtf. That was such a dick move. Konomi prolly had different plans for Oni before he became Santa's helper.
They regain their senses once they've lost so it isn't the same as doing serious physical damage like Tohno and Krauser.
It's probably not a popular opinion, but I still kinda think Yukimura is a bit of a dick. I want to like him, but some of his behavior on and off the court aggravates me. He and Fuji also have this strong passive aggressive bullying streak I don't particularly care for. It's worse in Yukimura, I think.
I sometimes feel like he's the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey.
Here's my Top 10, from least to most:
Zaizen: He just looks cool, and I like how he's a subversion of the whole "Genius" archetype that Konomi sets up in that we never really see him do anything. I have a feeling we may see him get some action in SPoT, but that'll probably be in 2064.
Kimijima: The whole Intellitennis idea is pretty original. Having his special technique be his able to make people double-cross each other brings a potential level of drama to the story almost reminiscent of early PoT, where character drama was more or less the driving force behind the story. It's almost like he uses Data Tennis for "evil" purposes.
Akutsukyō: He's one of the coolest designed characters out of the 1st stringers and the G10. Not only that, but his creativity when it comes to techniques can't be matched. All of his Executions are really innovative, especially Seppuku. He really turns the notch up to 11 when it comes to the "Violence Lover" archetype, making characters like Devil Akaya, Hakamada, and Akutsu look tame. I do hope he makes a return.
Bunta: He's a great example of appying the "Genius" archetype to a Doubles player. Aside from the fact that he's the watered-up version of Jirō, Bunta's techniques are almost as creative as Fuji's. Okay, other than that lame Fortress one. Bunta's status as the greatest volley magician in junior high school tennis does well to seperate him from the rest of the cast, who focus on fancy counters or all-rounder moves.
Danji: The coolest looking power player in the whole series. The way he just sent two people flying at once was one of the most awesome jaw-dropping moments in the whole series. I got the feeling from him that he was a more mature veteran version of Kawamura's "Burning" personality.
Nioh: The way this guy plays is too interesting, making him one of the most original (ironic, right) players in the whole comic. Before Illusion, the way he tricks players was too cool. The switcheroo with Yagyū and the fake blood were nice and interesting pranks. Then you have the Illusion, which puts Muga to shame. Nioh becoming any other character, and even going so far as to take their willpower and personalities (his development from a weirdo jerk to a guy who put his life on the line for the Revolution) makes him not only the best copy players in the whole series, but also one of the best characters as a whole.
Oni: The whole Kijin Aura is insane. It brings back feelings of familiarity in the original PoT when a Samurai would appear in place of Nanjiroh or Echizen. He's also one of the strongest folks in the whole camp while trying to make other people stronger. It's human nature to compete and want to be better than others, but it takes a hell of a lot of guts to genuinely want to see others "do better than you." I have nothing but respect for Oni. He really looks out for others and has a sense of altruism that would only make the world better if more people had it in real life.
Ryoma: Out of all the über All-Rounders, he has to be my favorite because it feels like he's actually an All-Rounder. The way his playstyle revolves around Mega Manning all the skills he sees is appropriate for a guy who's been playing in tournaments since that awkward teen phase. Though, it is jarring how repetitive it gets (originally Ryoma was just so cool he can mimic moves by looking at them, but then he opens the first door to the State of Self-Surrender and then gains the ability to ... mimic moves, like he's always been doing). However, it's not like he doesn't have his own set of moves, as the Drives are simple but effective techniques that tend to score him points (I do miss how epic each of his techniques were in the original PoT; unforgettable moments include the first time he did the Drive B against Yūta to seal his Twist Spin Shot, and when he used the Drive A to give Akutsu what he had coming to him). To clarify, I like the original PoT's Ryoma than SPoT's Ryoma, as I feel now Ryoma's character is just bland and aimlessly cocky - he has no reason to be, given how Tokugawa and Byodoin put him to shame; some humility wouldn't hurt.
Shūji: The way he can 'negate' shots is too cool, even if he does it just because. His character is almost a super foil of Fuji and Shiraishi; if Fuji's calm and excels at doing absurdly cool things and Shiraishi is an ace at doing boring things with amazing results, then Shūji's the guy that can perform miracles by doing absolutely nothing. I'd love to see a game where he negates all of Fuji's counters, making them null and void.
Akutsu: One of the best players from the "Normal" era of PoT, I love how he's one of the first few middle schoolers who can hit 5 balls like nothing before any kind of training. He's seriously a monster with virtually no special techniques, just pure bad assery in flexible muscles and power, and the fact that only Oni can see this is almost disturbing. For any Eyeshield 21 fans Akutsu is almost the Agon of the series. He's damn skilled, and I'm glad he's finally getting some shine by getting paired up with a character like Sanada, a guy who was prevelent in the "Bizarre" era of PoT.
Also, special shout outs goes to:
Krauser: It's awesome that this guy is slim and lean, but he's up there with some of the best power players. Nice subversion of the big guy = power player archetype.
Last edited by Brandnewkid; October 29, 2013 at 01:47 AM.
1 - Atobe
2 - Tezuka
3 - Kite
4 - Fuji
5 - Sanada
6 - Tachibana
7 - Niou
8 - Krauser
9 - Akaya
10 - Oni
Well I dont have a top per se, I just divide them by category:
Fav character by school:
Rikkai Dai: Niou
Fav school overall:
1. Tezuka ( I just think he's an awesome captain. People always want to defeat Tezuka but he only cares about his team)
2. Tachibana (He's awesome)
3. Shiraishi (Funny guy with perfect technique. HE's hard working and he's an all around good player.)
4. Chitose (Tensais are the best)
5. Oni (because he is always number five and he's the best player right now.)
6. Atobe (He's a cocky dude which makes him cool)
8. Marui (wonder castle)
9. Kite (he's a sick guy and he can basically play all of Higa's technique.)
10. Kin-Chan (his wild play style.)