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[Prince of Tennis] PairPuri vol 4 Kikumaru x Niou File 05: doubles [pg.18-19] 
5th-Mar-2010 12:39 am
fishbones: yagyuu
PairPuri vol 4 Kikumaru x Niou
File 05: Kikumaru and Niou's look into doubles [pg.18-19]

Scans thanks to sai_the_shaman~


File 05: Kikumaru and Niou's look into doubles

With Kikumaru and Niou as the focus, we'll take a complete look at the double players from each school. We'll find out the characteristics of each doubles type.

PairPuri All Character Profiling

We will not only focus on Kikumaru and Niou but will work with themes of all kinds regarding all the Tenipuri characters in this profiling.

The characteristics of doubles and the requirements of famous combinations


"Combination is the life of doubles."

"Let's finish this in one shot."

In doubles that demands unique strategies, unified and compatible decisions become more important than individual abilities. Two people who cannot match their breathing cannot become a famous doubles pair.

The rules of doubles



Left: doubles
Right: singles

The courts are larger than for singles. Service is one game each, and the receiver changes with each point. During a set change, the order of serving can be changed.

Famous combinations
Serena & Venus
Nicknamed "The Williams sisters" (tennis players)
Reginald & Lawrence
Nicknamed "The Doherty brothers" (tennis players)
Ogura Kumiko & Shiota Reiko
Nicknamed "Ogushio" (badminton players)
Fukuhara Ai & Ishikawa Kasumi (ping pong players)
Araki Masahiro & Ibata Hirokazu
Nicknamed "Araiba" (baseball players)
Ou Sadaharu & Nagashima Shibao
Nicknamed "ON" (baseball players)
Tenryuu Genichirou & Ashura Hara
Nicknamed "The Ryuu Hara Cannon" (pro wrestlers)
Hayashiya Pei & Bako (talents)


Kikumaru's doubles
Net player | Type: Synchro Type


"The front player is standing over the center line!!?"

"Eh!?"

Usually, Kikumaru specializes in being the net player in the "Australian Formation". However, when playing according to "Oishi's Territory", Kikumaru becomes the rear player.

Relationships with his partner


"Oishi..."

"Let's show them the limitless possibilities of doubles!"

A combination formed from a strong and trusting relationship, they cover for each other's weaknesses. No one is the leader out of this balanced pair.

Applying it in singles


"Then I'll go with doubles."

He did show us orthodox baseline play, but he wins with the rhythm of doubles. He recognizes once again the importance of Oishi's existence.



Niou's doubles
Net player | Type: Give-and-Take (Equal Footing) Type


"Too easy!!"

He is often the net player, but when he uses trick play or his illusion, he characteristically gives little regard to his position.

Relationships with his partner


"You have played around too much, Niou-kun."

The clashing between strong individuals builds their strength and is the basics to this relationship. But this does not mean he neglects the combination.

Applying it in singles


"Even Tezuka Kunimitsu is surprisingly not useful."

More than saying he applies it in singles, he observes his opponents and partners' schemes during matches and seems to think of plans for manipulation.


Inspecting the types and characteristics of doubles pairs

A clear master and servant relationship or an intimate pair, whichever works depends on the personality of the two. The formation that allows full strength to be utilized changes depending on the partner. Here, we will use their mutual relationships as the base to separate the doubles teams into types.

Mutual Trust Type

The trusting and thoughtful synergy effect

[pic of Dabide and Bane]
"That bastard!"

This is the type that realizes an effect greater than that of basic addition with their trusting combination. Even against opponents they can't win against in singles, they might be able to win [in doubles].

Amane (Rokkaku): If it's Bane-san and me, we're in good condition* no matter what the match...pft.

*he uses the kanji for principal

Minami (Yamabuki): Even if we're the Jimmies, if we polish our combination, we can win.

Fuji Shuusuke & Kawamura Takashi (Seigaku)
Kawamura Takashi & Momoshiro Takeshi (Seigaku)
Fuji Shuusuke & Kikumaru Eiji (Seigaku)
Kikumaru Eiji & Momoshiro Takeshi (Seigaku)
Sakurai Masaya & Ishida Tetsu (Fudoumine)
Uchimura Kyousuke & Mori Tatsunori (Fudoumine)
Yanagisawa Shinya & Kisarazu Atsushi (St. Rudolph)
Minami Kentarou & Higashikata Masami (Yamabuki)
Kita Ichiuma & Nitobe Inakichi (Yamabuki)
Amane Hikaru & Kurobane Harukaze (Rokkaku)
Saeki Kojirou & Itsuki Marehiko (Rokkaku)
Oshitari Kenya & Zaizen Hikaru (Shitenhouji)
Izumi & Fukawa (Gyokurin)
Kitamura Wataru & Takase Masato (Midoriyama)
Inui Sadaharu & Yanagi Renji (Seigaku & Rikkai)


Equal Footing Type

Clashing individualities give birth to explosions!

[pic of Kaidou and Momoshiro]

The base of these combinations is rivalry. Their clashing individualities can be anticipated to raise their team power. When they don't mesh together, they can fall hard easily.

Ryoma (Seigaku): That's why I hate doubles.

Chinen (Higa): There's a limit to only playing with special techniques.

Kaidou (Seigaku): It's just playing your own tennis.

Echizen Ryoma & Momoshiro Takeshi (Seigaku)
Momoshiro Takeshi & Kaidou Kaoru (Seigaku)
Kamio Akira & Ibu Shinji (Fudoumine)
Kamio Akira & Ishida Tetsu (Fudoumine)
Oshitari Yuushi & Mukahi Gakuto (Hyoutei)
Mukahi Gakuto & Hiyoshi Wakashi (Hyoutei)
Yagyuu Hiroshi & Niou Masaharu (Rikkai)
Niou Masaharu & Yanagi Renji (Rikkai)
Marui Bunta & Jackal Kuwahara (Rikkai)
Hirakoba Rin & Chinen Hiroshi (Higa)
Momoshiro Takeshi & Kamio Akira (Seigaku & Fudoumine)
Kaidou Kaoru & Yagyuu Hiroshi (Seigaku & Rikkai)





Syncro Type
The ideal type who needs no signs!

They represent the ideal doubles who has no need for words or even exchanging glances. They can understand their partner's movement unconsciously, so they do not have any hestitation.

[pic of the Golden pair in Synchro]

They understand all that their partner will do and how they should move. Every movement assists their partner.

Oishi Shuuichirou & Kikumaru Eiji (Seigaku)
Konjiki Koharu & Hitouji Yuuji (Shitenhouji)


Leader [and Follower] Type

Only one control tower is needed!

[pic of Atobe and Kabaji]
"Take that, Kabaji!"

A player with strong leadership leads his partner. If consideration is not involved, a harmonious relationship cannot be built. There are cases where they naturally end up competing in singles.

Atobe (Hyoutei): Ahn, does someone who can command me exist?

Akazawa (St. Rudolph): Playing with singles in mind is no good. Kaneda taught me that.

Tezuka Kunimitsu & Inui Sadaharu (Seigaku)
Inui Sadaharu & Kaidou Kaoru (Seigaku)
Akazawa Yoshirou & Kaneda Ichirou (St. Rudolph)
Shishido Ryou & Ootori Choutarou (Hyoutei)
Atobe Keigo & Kabaji Munehiro (Hyoutei)
Yanagi Renji & Kirihara Akaya (Rikkai)
Chitose Senri & Zaizen Hikaru (Shitenhouji)
Oshitari Kenya & Ishida Gin (Shitenhouji)
Ushida Tetsuo & Miyase Tomonori (Murigaoka)


Others

The three who are over the fixed number [for doubles]

[pic of Oishi]
"They're playing doubles with three people."

The replacement partner takes in all the knowledge about the players, the skills, and the thoughts that aren't on the courts into battle. At a glance, it's just doubles.

Oishi Shuuichirou & Kikumaru Eiji & Momoshiro Takeshi (Seigaku)

Comments 
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5th-Mar-2010 09:12 am (UTC)
Haha, at a glance, totally. XD;

You're welcome~
5th-Mar-2010 09:47 am (UTC)
that first picture of niou...did they gave him brown hair? or was that yagyuu with messy hair? Oo

no kiddin about the love combination xDD I actually searched if every pairing on the lists has their fanbase-names xDD

oh putting koharu and yuuji in the synchro types is just hilarious xDD

thank you!
5th-Mar-2010 11:09 am (UTC)
That's a scene from his first match right? Didn't he have...brown hair right after since they just switched back? I don't remember where that panel is from...if it was from that match, and whether it was before or after he revealed the switch.

Do they all have fanbased names? I'd like to know. Like...Dabide and Bane. What are they called?
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5th-Mar-2010 11:55 am (UTC)
I am howling with laughter at some of those names.

Crybaby pair?
Dog and Monkey pair?
Daddy's Toy pair?
No sociability pair?

AW-SUM.
5th-Mar-2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link. XD

Hm, bronze pair? I have never ever heard of that before. 0___0;; I guess people were going for their own metal/jewel/color wherever those names are coming from.
5th-Mar-2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
i didnt remember any pages of their match being coloured so... lemme check
i was actually searching for it xDD
FOUND IT

It was the first match, after the switch-- it was a coloring mistake?
or is niou just tricking us by making us insane with this picture?! xD oh geez
5th-Mar-2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
Ah, Niou's hair was brown throughout the match. :3 They used a towel to rub their hair afterwards, and their hair then magically turned back to their original color. Either the hair dye came off easily, or they were wearing wigs. XD; But Niou's hair is supposed to be brown in that panel because it's right after the switch and they hadn't switched their hair color back yet.
7th-Mar-2010 09:33 am (UTC)
i didnt know that, i really didnt O.o i thought it was tenipuri magic they can poof whatever color they can~~ OR ~~i always kept imagining they do the "petenshi da"-myu song, do a little dance to distract their opponents, while they changed back to their own outfit

but does that mean yagyuu's hair was still white?? °0° How is that possible~?!
6th-Apr-2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
This is probably really late, but the first picture is actually the Gyakurin pair, that Momoshiro and Echizen lost to and then won against at the Prefecturals. I don't remember their names :S
5th-Mar-2010 11:46 am (UTC)
>.<b U gotta love doubles...Then again follow the leader type isn't so good.
5th-Mar-2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Atobe and Kabaji definitely fall under that type, and I can see it for some of the others. But Tezuka & Inui and Chitose & Zaizen...I don't think they count. They were really playing singles. XD

5th-Mar-2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
That's why there's so many PoT yaoi fangirls like me... lol.
Thanks for translating!
5th-Mar-2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
All the doubles pairs sure provide a lot of canon moments.

You're welcome!
5th-Mar-2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Ah i want a translation of this part :D!

Nioh is a god who can play Doubles and Singles very well, but now i want to know how Nioh and Yagyu began their rivalry-friendship o.o ... oh well maybe next fanbook? Koharu and Yuuji in syncro type xD! ah their can win over Golden Pair in all senses xD

Love the coloured Picture of Nioh (the second when his talking about Tezuka in vs Fuji match) :3

Sankyu~!
5th-Mar-2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
I'd like to know how Niou and Yagyuu even got into doubles in the first place. I doubt the next fanbook has much about that. =/ Ryoma and Yukimura are both not doubles players, but maybe we'll get to learn more about Rikkai through Yukimura.

I love how we're getting colored panels from the manga! :D

You're welcome~!
6th-Mar-2010 08:43 am (UTC)
Thanks for translating. |D Interesting to see the different types of doubles.

I guess that the 'equal footing' type is more the type where the two individuals play off each other? Niou and Yagyuu don't seem like rivals, per se, but it does feel like they're the 'individuals who push each other to do better' sort. (Despite that, it seems like they can read each other quite well, anyway).

There are quite a few senpai-kouhai pairs in the leader-follower section, aren't there.
6th-Mar-2010 09:24 am (UTC)
You're welcome~ :3

The equal footing type does seem to push each other. They have equal status and want to win against each other even when they're working together. I like that. :3

There are! I guess age and grade level have a lot to do with things. Respect and deference and all.
6th-Mar-2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
I wish they would have gone into more detail about Niou and Yagyuu's doubles 8((((((
7th-Mar-2010 05:37 am (UTC)
Me too. ):
6th-Mar-2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
I must admit to being disappointed at not seeing "Saeki Kojirou and Fuji Syuusuke" up there XD
7th-Mar-2010 05:37 am (UTC)
It should have been up there. XD
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