THE KING. Severely narcissistic, impossibly rich yet effortlessly charismatic and unbelievably hardworking. That is Atobe Keigo. That moment when he steps on the court to battle Tezuka, with the whole Hyoutei on the side giving the most memorable chant in the series, he snaps his fingers, declares that he will win and then later on drops his infamous “Ore-sama no bigi ni yoi na!” line…that was the moment I told myself that I found another favorite character. One thing I greatly appreciate about Atobe is, yes, he is truly one of the most hardworking character in the series. He may not be born as a tennis prodigy but his consistent perseverance placed him as one of the strongest players. And definitely one of the most interesting to watch…his matches are my ultimate favorites! And despite being a large ham, on the surface most of the time, Atobe cares for his team and have shown that he knows how to respect other players. Him raising Tezuka’s arm after their match will forever be one of my most favorite moments. A truly noble rival. Ah! One last important reason why I love this over-the-top guy: Suwabe Junichi’s legendary portrayal. Ahn~ (─‿‿─)
“We can all be ourselves…We still share the same goal, after all…What goal?…Of course, it’s…Seishun Gakuen Tennis Club…becoming national champions! Number one in Japan! Becoming national champions? That’s everyone’s goal?”
“We’ve been together for 10 years, so next 10 years, next 20 years, let’s stay together, ‘til the day where we can see forever.” — SEIGAKU Seiyuus, TENIPURI FESTA 2011 in commemoration of the Prince of Tennis anime 10th anniversary
Okiayu Ryotaro (Tezuka Kunimitsu), Minagawa Junko (Echizen Ryoma), Konomi Takeshi, Miyano Mamoru (Echizen Ryoga) and Suwabe Junichi (Atobe Keigo) at the New Prince of Tennis Stage (backstage), JUMP FESTA 2015 (source: Konomo-sensei’s twitter)
There, it’s Mamo-chan's official first time on a Prince of Tennis anime stage!
And speaking of Tenipuri stage… my Japanese is very limited but the official twitter account of Shin PoT and Sensei himself strongly hinted that THERE MIGHT BE A TENIPURI FESTA AGAIN NEXT YEAR! It’s still a vague information and Sensei said that we have to wait for the announcement from the Shin PoT official twitter! But if we look back at the past Tenifestas, you can see a pattern. Tenifestas were held on years 2009, 2011 and 2013. They do it every two years! So I really believe that there will be one next year, 2015!
Now, imagine Mamo-chan on a TENIPURI FESTA stage! o(≧∇≦o) Please, announce it officially already! XD
Mamo-chan and KENN doing the HYOTEI CHANT ( ͡^ 3 ͡^) Tenimyu || The Imperial Match Hyotei Gakuen Backstage (2005)
And some years later, Mamo-chan is now voicing Echizen Ryoga in the Shin Prince of Tennis OVAs. So here’s hoping for KENN to get a character and officially be a part of the humongous cast of the Tenipuri anime! (▰˘◡˘▰)
When it was announced that Tezuka will be singing this year’s Valentine Kiss, I had two expectations. Either it will be straightforwardly serious (which is still really hilarious actually because man it’s Tezuka and Valentine Kiss!) or it will be a total crack of a version! I honestly preferred the latter.
I wanted to hear a Sanada-esque ValeKiss from Tezzie… With Seigaku being all over the place and some cameo from Tezuka’s most prominent rivals. Yes, I wanted to hear Atobe or Sanada or Kite's TEZUKAAAAA in the background!
We got the first one, though. Which is still really hilarious and cute and endearing. BUT I WANTED THAT CRACK VERSION SO BADLY TO BE VERY, VERY HONEST. WHHYYYY OKIIII!?!?!
I’ve heard it a million times already but Dear Prince will never fail to tug at my heartstrings. It’s one of those songs that instantly brings back so many memories… Great memories. Well, it was the ending song of the last arc of the original series, so that probably explains it… Ahhhh my heart will always belong to Tenipuri, that’s just it. :)
He’s voicing Ryoga! I thought they would retain his seiyuu from the movie but yeah, Mamoru Miyano will be taking the role! Oh gosh! That’s Yagami Light, Ling Yao, Tamaki Suoh and my dearest Chrollo Lucilfer in my Prince of Tennis. /imcrying
But then, he did started with the musicals, right? Still! I am so excited now for the next tenifesta! asdfghjkl;’