It's pretty clear regardless what you think is creating the X-ball mechanism, it takes 10-ball level to return a 10-ball tech. It's flat out stated you must be able to hit 10-ball as well to have a shot a defeating Tokugawa or Oni (who obviously can do 10-ball). I don't see how it can be just a speed thing because we've seen characters overcome tremendously difference in ball speed (Ryoma hit Fuu back which is at least 3 times faster than him against Sanada). It can't be illusion because we know people have been shown the ability to see the 'truth', most notably by Yukimura who apparently can see through any illusion at least in POT.
Quantum mechanics says for sufficiently small objects (photons and so on), the act of observing the particle makes the particle cease to exist, yet the particle existed before you attempt to observe it. Therefore, by attempting to hit the extra balls you make them cease existing, but the balls are real if you do not observe (hit) them.
By no means is this even possible (a tennis ball is a supermassive object compared to a photon) but it's no more crazier than Sanada moving at the speed of light to use Rai (laws of relativity goes out of the window here), or even power shots somehow causing mass to increase given power shots are not fast (first law of thermodynamics goes out of window). This would also mean there is no possible way to hit the 'last' ball because ALL the balls are real if you don't hit it. This also is consistent with the earlier statement that you must have 10-ball to stand a chance against Tokugawa/Oni, namely without being able to do 10-ball yourself, the ball you miss will always be the real ball so you can never stop this tech without having the same 10-ball tech. Yes this creates a problem if you let multiple balls slip through as you'd have extra ball being created out of thin air, but I'm just going to handwave that and I doubt you'll ever see a case where someone use X-ball tech on someone who will miss more than 1 of them anyway, as that'd be way overkill to begin with.
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By the way to be consistent with quantum mechanics then the first 9 balls should've disappeared as Kintaro hit it (they'll cease existing), so it'd be more correct to say the 10-ball borrows the concept of 'everything is real if you don't observe it' from quantum mechanics, which eliminates the possibilty of 'finding the real ball' as a way to return it.
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Schrodinger's Cat, a thought experience that is done with objects that are not elementary particles, is probably an easier way to explain the concept used here:
Basically you can setup a deathtrap device and lock a cat inside it and at some point the cat is both alive and dead and you can't know unless you open the box. Applying this to POT, you can just imagine they use their supernatural power to create a sitation where the ball is both real and fake until you attempt to hit it. Note that nobody is actually sure if this is true in theory (that's why it's a thought experiment). POT is simply taking two concept loosely related from QM, namely:
1. Some things can both exist and not exist at the same time.
2. The act of observing an object changes its existence.
And using it to create an uber technique that is supposed to be stronger than people moving at the speed of light, or balls spinning in totally impossible ways, and so on.
What's the point of Aktusku at the U-17 camp? he really think he even stand a chance vs Ryoma ...... he is gonna get beat by Ryoma again
To be fair Akutsu has no idea that Ryoma can practice with 10 balls. Presumably the 5-ball was taught to him by Oni (the spectator reaction infers this is the first time some MSer even seen this tech) and he figure that'll be like a trump card for guaranteed win, except he didn't know the best coach in U17 resides on top of a mountain.
Does anyone honestly believe Akutsu will actually have a problem with playing against 10-ball? I just don't find that realistic at all. I think it's safe to assume Akutsu will get 10-ball as well.
Is there a chance that Akutsu was about to challenge Ryoga and not Ryoma?
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By the way, Quantum Mechanics isn't really as far out there as it sounds. A quantum computer, if built, would basically have the equivalent of infinite computing power. This device is definitely theoractically possible. In fact there are people who are trying to figure out build such a thing. It's likely we'll never figure out how to actually construct such a device but such a device can definitely exist.
The 'tap into extra parallel universes and only pick the favorable outcome' concept isn't exactly unheard of. In fact, the way the 10-ball always picks the favorable outcome for the one who used the technique is exactly the same as how a quantum computer, if it exists, can always find the correct parallel universe where it solved the problem in constant time due to sheer luck and then collapse that universe into the one we're in.
About quantum computer, I believe D-Wave has created some kind of quasi-quantum machines.
Maybe that was the reason why Ryoga took his racket with him, otherwise what's the usefulness of a racket in the restroom? And who would bring a racket into the restroom?
It would show how Akutsu improved mentally (he won´t be just a guy searching for revenge in a match we all know how it will end against Mr. Plot Power; although he would be challenging one of the top players in the series so far) AND he wouldn´t be playing doubles (like I said 300 times before).
If Akutsu ends up playing against Ryoma... I hope he beats the crap out of him ( I only like underdog Echizen, nowadays even the characters know that he won´t lose, thanks to plot power).
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Akutsu/Ryoma in doubles match would have been a twist. I don't think it's going to happen. But it'll be fun.
I know Ryoma sucks at doubles. But hey, they just have to play "singles" like back then.