Kirihara isnt that great either im afraid.
Against Miyako/Matsudaira, Shiraishi was the star of the show. He was the difference.
Yanagi > Kirihara. He reads him like a book. 6-0 in a tie-break without effort, even shutting down Devil Mode along the way simply shows Yanagi > Kirihara.
Whilst its perfectly correct to say Yanagi doesnt compare to the other members of Rikkai's 3 monsters Sanada and Yuki.
To be honest, Yanagi is the 4th strongest in Rikkai.
I see Kirihara as the 6th.
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Data tennis isn't 100 % effective you know, if Akaya improves while playing (like Ryoma, Fuji, Tezuka...) he'll surelly beat Yanagi. That's why I want this match, to see some improvement in Kirihara (also because i want to see him winning over one of the three guys he's been training to beat since his first day in Rikkaidai).
This means that Kirihara only has Devil Mode. Yanagi shuts down Devil Mode.
This means Yanagi kicks his ass again.
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As far as we know of their abilities, Yanagi is better than Kirihara. Kirihara could go Devil Mode but it changes nothing.
Do you honestly see Sanada, Yanagi and Yukimura losing Kirihara anytime soon?
Let's face it, we can name more than 10 Middle Schoolers right now who could kick Kirihara's ass. He has a long way to go.
Kirihara doesnt always improve while playing. He didnt improve mid-match against Ryoma or against Kaidoh/Inui pair.
Yanagi and he are particularly close out of the Rikkai players it seems, as only Yanagi can easily calm Kirihara's Devil Mode.
Not everybody in this series improves during the match and wins. Besides, Yanagi has already had his ass-kicking from Mitsuya. He isnt gonna get so many losses in a row now is he.
Just like Airgrimes said, Kirihara only evolved against Fuji and Krauser, but he didn't get any power-up since his match with Shiraishi. As he only can use Angel Mode in Doubles, Yanagi would rape him as he already did so in the tiebreak matches. Furthermore, not only Yanagi, but Mistuya, who crushed Yanagi, and Fuwa and Hakamada who are higher ranked and are stronger. There are many players above him and I don't think he'll defeat Yanagi for a long time.
Jirou vs Marui would be amazing, two volley genius against each other.
I'd love to see a blood match, for example, Tohno vs Gin or Hakamada vs Kirihara
Yagyuu vs anybody!!!! LASER BEAM!!!!! Haven't seen it in a while.
This is the guy who beat Nioh, the guy who is getting so much attention nowadays.
Maybe yagyuu vs kaidoh, since they have some history together it seems.
Dont care who they face too much.
But for story purposes, Zaizen VS Krauser with Zaizen kicking ass. Oshitari. Y VS Krauser I would also like.
Or better yet, Any of the four I mentioned against old 3rd Court HSers/Old No.s 11-20 Hsers.