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Prince of Tennis Character Names

I got a bit annoyed at westernisation of Japanese names in Prince of Tennis. I’ve always prefered the Romaji as pronounciation guide to haphazard approximation of their English spellings, like adding unnecessary ‘h’, dropping ‘u’, to contracting ‘oo’ to ‘o’, etc.

So, to save myself some future searching around, I’ve decided to list character names by kanji, hiragana (which I can read and translate to romaji) and romaji, and maybe meanings of the kanji too. From the Kanji names, you could pretty much figure out how the names can be contracted to give them ‘nicknames’. Such as Momoshiro, consists of two characters, momo and shiro. Momo translates to peach. Shiro, some have translated to city. I need to check the kanji, but I remembered Tsukishiro (CCS’s Yukito’s surname) was translated as tsuki-moon and shiro-castle.

I’ll be updating this as and when available. If you find any error or have anything information to add to this page, please leave a comment. Thank you.

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Tragic Hero Archetype – Tezuka Kunimitsu

Tezuka lost 3 matches; against Atobe in Kantou Tournament, against Sanada in National Finals Tournament and against Echizen Ryoma in unofficial match.

Tezuka vs Atobe is one of the most moving matches in the series.  It was a battle between captains. Atobe started the match with the intention of winning it at all cost. This includes exploiting his insight into the fact that Tezuka’s, although given a clean bill of health by his doctor, had an old injury on his left arm joint. Tezuka was warned against playing long matches or use his signature Zero-shiki dropshots. Read the rest of this entry »

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Captain’s seat #2 – Oishi Syuichirou

Oishi became temporary captain of Seigaku during Tezuka’s rehabilitation in the Kantou tournament and Junior selection camp. Here, we get to see a change in leadership style exhibited by Oishi and how it affects team dynamics. At the beginning of his stint, Oishi lacks the self-confidence to fill the very large hole left by Tezuka. Their partnership relies on each other to inject balance in the team management and leadership. Read the rest of this entry »

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Captain’s seat #1 – Tezuka Kunimitsu

Seishun Gakuen’s captain, Tezuka Kunimitsu, is the most developed character among the captains. Personality-wise, he is serious, reserved, independant and highly principled person. He is normally shown as unemotional, expressionless with inscrutable poker face. At first glance, Tezuka is boring, uncharismatic (in contrast to Yamato’s charismatic and eccentric personality), unapproachable (habitually shown with unsmiling,even frowning expression), indifferent (despite Inui’s attempts to get him interested in gossip such as Momoshiro’s date, Tezuka hangs up on him, showing that Tezuka will not poke his nose into matters that are not his business) and detached (ignoring and refusing to rise up to provocations by Akutsu at Perfectural, Kakinoki’s Kuki and Kyushuu’s tennis club members).

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Prince of Tennis – Captains’ table

Prince of Tennis story lines revolves around a Junior High School tennis club (Seishun Gakuen) and their goal to make it to the National Tournament. The school had been in a slump, unable to even secure an entry in the National Tournament until recently.

Typical of sports and games type anime, the main arc focus on pitting Seigaku against various schools. To keep each match interesting, the rival schools were given their own characteristics and unique members.

In a typical team, the members consist of a coach (teacher), captain, vice-captain, manager, regular members (top school players who will compete in tournaments) and non-regular members.

In the Captains’ table, I’d like to analyse the captain of each team, their leadership style, personality, motivations and background.

This was intended to be a short post. I should know better. It went long and longer and even longer. So I’ve decided to break it up into a few pieces and link from here.

Captains :

1. Tezuka Kunimitsu (Seishun Gakuen Captain)

2. Oishi Syuichirou (Seishun Gakuen Vice-Captain)

3. Atobe Keigo (Hyoutei Gakuen Captain)

4. Yukimura Seiichi (Rikkai Daigaku Fuzoku Captain)

5. Sanada Genichirou (Rikkai Daigaku Fuzoku Vice-Captain)

6. Tachibana Kippei (Fudoumine Captain)

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Study of Japanese modes of address and honourific

I guess I better start off with a disclaimer. I’m not Japanese. I studied it a bit and I have more than passing interest in it. So, this is what I can understand in my limited self-study and I may expand on this as I find new materials, aspects and understanding.

One of the interesting characteristics of Japanese language is the use of honorifics and the way someone is addressed shows the degrees/desire of familiarity in their relationship to each other. It even conveys the person’s personality, such as one who is normally formal or informal, open or distant, traditional or modern, rebellious, obedient or easygoing. A lot of these nuances are lost in translation to English. Which is why I feel it’s better to watch anime or japanese drama with English subtitles and original Japanese audio. You get the nuances and the depth of the story much better that way.

This post is an off-shoot from another article I’m writting on Prince of Tennis, The Captains’ Table, which is still half-done. I was looking at how Tezuka’s personality reflects the team dynamics and how it is conveyed and reflected in the members’ style of speech. So I’m afraid most of the examples require certain knowledge of Prince of Tennis. I’d recommend watching it, if only to study the nuances of Japanese language. But you should be able to observe similar usages in any anime or j-drama as well.

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Prince of Tennis – Tezuka Kunitmitsu

I have originally thought to write about various story telling and character design aspects of Prince of Tennis (see previous Post), but as I was rambling on, I realised I was writting a lot (I mean really a lot) about Tezuka. So, I’ve decided to snip out Tezuka specific sections and start another post just on Tezuka. So some parts are sort of fragmented since it was suppose to flow in the previous post.

I’m just writting whatever thoughts that happens to occur to me after finishing the anime and halfway through the manga. As such, there is no timeline and I do tend to jump around as I build connections between events as they occur to me. Mostly, I’ll be referring to anime version. I’m looking at story elements, what works, what doesn’t, what appeals and what disappoints. These are my personal opinions of the moment, not fact or intents of the mangaka, Konomi Takeshi. If it sounds fangirlish, well, it’s because I’m currently in Tezuka zone till further notice. *wink* But all said and done, I try to keep it objective and analytical.

This post is full of spoilers, so if you haven’t finished watching/reading Prince of Tennis, I suggest you stop now and come back later.

Tezuka Kunimitsu - 14 years old

Tezuka Kunimitsu - 14 years old

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