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16 August 2006 @ 09:23 pm
Me Tarzan, you Jane hoi hoi (brought to you from the Seme!Eiji support group)  
Shiny. moshi, darling, I owe you a greater debt than I can ever repay.



I like the new songs even better. However, I have to wonder what's up with the lyrics -- are these just random pop songs spliced into the credits? Consider the following:

No matter where, the feelings about you
Are hidden away because of my weakness
These feelings ride in every wind


Yes, I know Prince of Tennis brings the gay, you know Prince of Tennis brings the gay -- but. Do the producers of the programme know it brings the gay too?

Right on!

That happens to be my favourite song. I saved Episode 48 to my hard-drive so that I could play it over and over and dance to it and so on. (It makes for a great cha-cha.)

The programme keeps getting funnier and funnier. Not to mention that the tennis sequences are considerably more polished, with glowing things going on and bouncy music. Back at the start -- when it was just a head sliding across the screen with the sound of running feet -- that was considerably odd, I have to admit.

I wrote down a bunch of quotes I lessthanthree'd more than life itself:

Inui's juice! Doesn't just contain vegetables!

Damn right it doesn't. Sperm is full of protein, too.

(… come on, I can't be the only one who thought that about that.)

You sexual harasser! [to Nanjiroh]

Perfection encapsulated. Nanjiroh's creepy crab-walk was a sight to behold.

Tennis isn't the only thing in life.

Yes, Ryoma, there's also gay sex. But don't worry -- we've got that covered.

Bitch! [Mizuki to Fuji]





WOW.

And Fuji's protectiveness (er) is kind of cute. 'You hurt my brother? You go to the bad place now!'

(Only avec elegance, because Fuji falls foul of having to be elegant. I thought he just struggled with cool -- along with Tezuka -- but no, he's elegant too. Never mind that his hair looks like a beaded lampshade. He is ELEGANT OMG.)

A sticky match.

I can't remember which one this was -- early in the twenties, I think -- but it doesn't matter anyway. Because they are obviously not referring to a tennis match. Oh no.

Those two [Momo and Kaidoh] have been going at it since they joined the team.

You can say that again.

Those two have been going at it since they joined the team.

Sigh.

When I was fourteen, 'it' only meant one thing. While it did involve balls, it did not involve matches or umpires or Pete Sampras.

The ball hits the sweet spot.

No-o, of course that's not a euphemism for the prostate.

I'll keep you company all night. [Mizuki to Yuuta]

Jesus H. Christ. (H stands for horny.) Blatant is not the word.

Except that it is.

That's Momoshiro Takeshi. He killed someone!

I don't think I've laughed so hard at anything in a manga before or since, and seeing/hearing it in the round was even better.

Is Momo worried about Viper?

Yes, he is.

Amongst other things.

It's not like there are black whales.

Oh Kaidoh, my heart.

However, there are some lines that need to be not so much cut as scorched with a flamethrower until dead. The ones I particularly abhor are:

Sakuno saying 'Ryoma-kun' at random intervals, in a tone that suggests impending kidney failure. At least add 'you're so fine you blow my mind' or something, girl.

Kachiro going 'Awesome.' GET. A. THESAURUS.

'What a guy!' -- repeated far too often by the three fanboys. I mean poolboys. No, I mean ballboys. (Yeah, that's not suggestive at all.) Does anyone actually ever say 'What a guy!' I honestly can't picture it. 'He just performed open-heart surgery in under three minutes!' 'Really? What a guy!' Um, NO.

Is Sengoku Japan's token leprechaun? I mean really. He is also the most annoying character in the series so far. No, it's not lucky to win games when you have an immense back-up in the form of natural talent and daily practice. Never mind a thesaurus -- this one needs a dictionary.

Note to Tomo-chan: never mind Echizen -- Kaidoh's sleeping face is the cutest Japanese export since Hello Kitty. I think you're a wee bit blind biased, love.

But Oishi is my sweetheart. I think his 'head-fangs' (thank you, reposoir) are darling. Then when he got stampeded by autograph-hunting females and blushed -- oh, be still, my beating heart! I'm in love. With someone who doesn't even exist.

Bet Eiji can make him blush more though, hoi. Excellent handholding on court. Top marks. Never mind winning matches, can they just go around doing that a bit more?

Akutsu definitely plays the most interesting game of tennis. He's ever so … stretchy, is he not? And … bendy. With the body of a minor Greek god. Phew. No wonder he already has a devoted fangirlboy. I love the idea of Akutsu/Dan, but it has to be the porniest ship in existence. Dan's so innocent he'd let Akutsu get away with anything, and Akutsu would do anything. THE. HEADBAND. What's next -- knicker-sniffing? (See what I mean? PORN.)

Kirihara, you make the best spy ever. 'Why are you here?' 'Oh, I'm spying. Aren't I cute? Do you fancy going someplace more private where we can make out like mofos play tennis, Tezuka? Or … anyone?'

It rather reminds me of the clip on TV for yet another season of Bond movies. 'Do you expect me to talk?' 'No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die!' So do I, come to that, but he's thus far failed to oblige me. WTF is up with that. Old age should have nailed him by now, if nothing else.

In further support of the Prince of Tennis producers bringing the gay, there seems to be a lot of random girl-bashing going on. I don't know why the boys are doing it (or more to the point, why the girls are letting them) -- maybe that's just Japan? Ginka torturing Sakuno. ('Do you expect me to talk?' 'No, I expect you to squeak 'Ryoma-kun' like a broken Furby because hell, woman, you just keep doing that.') And Atobe bitching up An. WHY? What's the reasoning behind it? Aside from an anti-het pressure group sending death threats to Konomi, that is. It just seems so randomly vicious.

Ah, Atobe. He doesn't look like a monkey, Ryoma. He doesn't look like he's wearing lip gloss either, fandom. I feel grossly misinformed about Atobe. Also he and Tachibana may be related because of the moles?

Kabaji = the Incredible Hulk. That is all.

I still wonder about the name of this programme. Is 'Prince of Tennis' meant to cover everyone in it? I was reading some sports physiology since the last post I made about this and it did say that good sports players 'self-select' based on their physiology. Like, marathon runners often have genetically bigger hearts before they ever start -- then, they're magically drawn towards marathon running. I'm sure it works for tennis too. I also realise that the show wouldn't be interesting without skilled opponents for Seigaku, but … it verges on unbelievable at times. Like all the time. Still, as long as their skills off-court are equally shared I'm not bothered.

I don't get the multiplicity of people wearing glasses either. A large portion of fandom finds it hot. I can't, because I wear glasses and is it ever a drag. But as far as tennis goes, you need top visual acuity. Even if you did have impaired vision, surely you'd wear contacts so that at least you'd have a full field of vision while you played?

Shiba makes me feel very good about myself. She's about the same age as me but she goes ga-ga for teenage boys too. Or, as she puts it, 'adult LO-VE.'

(Well, if we’re going to be precise, it's them I want to have the adult LO-VE. And then they should let me watch. But we shan't quibble over minor details.)
 
 
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Atobe girlsscoradh on August 16th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
I don't know what comes over me when I come to write about this show. Well, I do actually; I'm possibly infected by the crack. I watched the chibi episode and my brother came into my room to tell me to be quiet, I was laughing so hard. Ryuzuki as Snow White! Agasjrhskjfhs

I guess it was just a way to get Atobe to play Momo. Agree that it was a rather lame premise, but it was played up a lot in the anime v. the manga. I still want to see this fabulous house he's supposed to have. And/or his lip gloss!

I love Japan. I would move there were it not for my complete sucking at languages and boys definitely being too short (and also not into Western women, oh no).

Hee, I'd love that song for my iPod. But only if it's not too much trouble. I mean, I didn't mention it for that. I am bowled over by the gayness of of the songs.

Sweet. I ♥ you too, muchly.
Halrloprillalarprillalar on August 16th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
I hate to bug you about this, but that Atobe icon is one I made to use myself, not to share. (Any of my icons that aren't credited are ones I made for myself.)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Eggsscoradh on August 16th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
Shit! I'm so terribly sorry. I nabbed a bunch of them at the start and never went back for credit and stuff. I'll go remove them now. Sorry again. [dead from sucking]
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(no subject) - scoradh on August 16th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
yes.: so you've seen it too fuji?grasshopper on August 16th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
He really does have the huge house! We see it in episode... 120-something, and in the Insane Gay Boat Movie. Lipgloss is unconfirmed, but he does end up wearing lavender ruffles, which must count for something?

But I agree with you on the oddness of this. Before I saw how very flamboyant and very rich he was in canon (he um, owns a Harrier jet, apparently?), I kept thinking that what I saw around LJ was just a fanon interpretation, much like fanon!Draco or fanon!Snape. But no, he really is like that (well, a bit more nuanced than just pretty-rich-boy, as you'll also see, but still :)
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Halrloprillalar: tezuka/oishiprillalar on August 16th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
These eps are so much fun. :) Oishi has the prettiest eyes of anyone. I constantly want to squish him.

Momo and Kaidoh are my favourite doubles pair EVER. Even if I didn't ship them, I think it would still be the case. They understand each other so perfectly and they spark spark spark all the time.

The lack of girls in this show is a bit odd. But PoT is incredibly atypical of shounen sports series. Which is both frustrating and glorious.

One of the fanbooks says that Oshitari's vision is fine and he just wears glasses for fashion reasons. So vain, that boy. :)

And it's impossible to adequately describe that scene with Mizuki and Yuuta to someone who has never seen it. The first time, I think I had to stop the video and just stare.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Hadesscoradh on August 16th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, Oishi. He is a thing of beauty and a joy forever, no doubt about that. (Except that he totally bottoms, homg.)

I know! I've always loved those dynamics best; they're the ones I invoke in others, so I know my way around. ;D It's funny how Kaidoh is more difficult to rile than Momo, at least where the two of them are concerned.

Do they usually have more girls? This is my first foray into this type of thing.

reposoir told me that. All those years I twisted my self image into something horrible and ugly based on my glasses, and there are people wearing them for fashion? How does that work? Meh.

So did I -- I rewound it (or switched frames, whatevs) just to make sure I'd heard right. Then I emailed moshes about it to make sure I wasn't seeing things.

[sigh] There are hardly any words to describe the love.


Halrloprillalar: tezuka/oishi schoolprillalar on August 16th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
Except that he totally bottoms, homg.

Not to Tezuka, he doesn't! (Oishi/Tezuka is my favourite, really my only, Oishi ship. And probably my favourite Tezuka ship at the moment. Their love is so going to Nationals!)

Most shounen sports series have a girl manager for every team and there's often a bit more emphasis on love interests. Once in a while, there are even actual girls teams who play and do well. Which always makes me happy. :)

Prince of Tennis doesn't follow a lot of other conventions as well. If it hadn't been the first sports series I watched, I think I would have been confused as hell. I still am, sometimes.
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I, Ociwen: oshitari [on fire]reposoir on August 17th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)


:D :D :D
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No Apologies: pot eiji is happy and so am iaidenfire on August 16th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
POT ♥

yay. :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Beltsscoradh on August 16th, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
FOR THE WIN.
I, Ociwen: fudominereposoir on August 17th, 2006 12:57 am (UTC)
Actually, Atobe and Niou are mole cousins whereas Tachibana's mole is actually a ladybug stuck to his forehead.

I didn't make it up. A doujinshi did. *nods*

;D
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Bitchsmitescoradh on August 17th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
That thought makes me happy in my mind.

But aren't ladybirds red with black spots? Or is this a NINJA STEALTH LADYBIRD?
I, Ociwen: kamioreposoir on August 18th, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)
Kamio plucked it off and it was a ladybug, so go figure. ;)
(no subject) - scoradh on August 18th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
I, Ociwen: 2882reposoir on August 17th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
Aw, hell, why not this too?

(One of my fav fav fav fav images EVAR from Tenipuri)




That oughtta whet your appetite a little. ;D ;D ;D