Well I don't think it's such a drastic change Byodoin went through; He just let his hair and beard grow, that's all; It shouldn't take that long. If you want a drastic change in look, then look over at Yamato. Now that's a real makeover!
I suspect Oni for having received his scar in the match against Byodoin.
Honestly, now that Oni and Byoudouin are being given such detailed back story and flashback like good old PoT style I have no complaints.
I'm loving this.
omg... oni is practically like kaidou, all scary and gruff on the outside but a real big softie on the inside...
I have to add that my prophecy was proven right again. Akutsu has 10-ball. Also, I echo Featherwolf. Oni definitely got that scar against Byoudouin.
Akutsu being able to hit 10 balls was a given. Akutsu was without a doubt one of Ryoma's strongest rivals. The only reason why he doesn't have as much showtime and such as guys like Atobe and Sanada is because of his popularity and status and not being a pretty-boy. I'm glad Konomi's sticking to his guns by keeping Akutsu the roughneck bastard we know him to be, going back to the more mundane feel he gave the manga pre-Hyotei.
Very pleased with this month's chapters personally. We're having lots of probably interesting matches to look forward to in the upcoming months, with Akutsu vs Ryoga, Oni vs Kintarou and possibly the Oni vs Byoudouin flashback.
I'm wondering though whether Ryoga hit the orange at the same time as the ten balls (i.e. has 11 at once) or whether it was an extra shot.
- Akutsu hit 10 balls at Ryoga.
- Ryoga dodges.
- The balls unknowingly bounce back off the wall behind Ryoga.
- Ryoga jumps and dodges all of them again.
- While in the air, Ryoga hits all of them back while dropping an orange as well.
- Akutsu dodges 10, but gets hit with the orange.
Goshh Akutsu is so lame right now.
He is particpating in all this shit just to face Ryoma!?!??
He could have stayed training in USA and come back anytime!
He doesn't care for being an An All-Japan Rep, he just wants to face Ryoma... Plot Powered Ryoma will obviously win again.
They're both Tokyo boys so a match can happen whenever they want, they don't live far from each other.
It's just as you said FrostyMouse. "Not in PoT" lmao.
Although Kaoz was partly right in suggesting an MSer would take on Ryoga to show explain Ryoga's hype.
It's Akutsu it seems. Would be nice to see Akutsu get another chance to defeat an Echizen.
I jokingly suggested to Kaoz a while back that Akutsu is going to off screen Ryoga in order to force Ryoma to face him for the No. 4 badge XD
He's an all-round awesome guy.
So he lost to Byoudouin and he's being mature about it. Unlike Tokugawa who is being a lil kid about it and is now playing the sport just to defeat a single person in a match. To the point it looks like he refused travelling on the National team just because of his immature feelings.
I'm starting to see the situation here. It's a bit Yuki/Sanada/Tezuka where prior to the story they had all faced one another.
I reckon this time though quite a few HSers are intertwined in this back story. I'm kind of expecting to see Irie, Tanegashima or Duke somewhat involved.
I think he's referring to your statement about playing the sport just to defeat one person.