And this bus aint going to no mountain. I don't think it's just the copycats, I think Konomi is going to filter down the characters to focus on for the Japan team. Everyone else will just become spectators for the rest of the series.
I end up liking the panel "Welcome to 1st Stringer" more than I thought I would. It's kind of epic XD.
Konomi went as far as to make him the cover of Volume 8.
So far, he has only had the awesomeness MSers be the cover of the Volumes.
In order of the volumes: Ryoma, Kintaro, Atobe, Yukimura, Tezuka, Sanada, Shiraishi then Niou.
Niou is to awesome to get fodderized like Kabaji I believe. I think Niou will stay as a 1st Stringer.