03-01-2007, 12:18 PM
If my suspicion that Tooyama is using a wooden racquet is correct, then the guy should try upgrading his racquet before getting Pinnacle of Perfection.
The difference between racquets used decades ago and the racquets today should be huge.
6 years ago or so when Sampras was still playing it was a big deal if someone served at 125 MPH. Now Roddick clocks them around 150 occassionally.
Sampras and Roddick are two different players, but the difference in those service speeds is about 20% - and that's just for a 4-6 difference in technology.
So if Tooyama is using a racquet from the 70s or something, Shinji's lucky to just have a sprained wrist. If Tooyama was using a modern racquet Shinji could have a dislocated shoulder.
Last edited by RogSqdLdr; 03-01-2007 at 12:24 PM.
03-01-2007, 12:32 PM
in the Pot world , i dont think any of those facts will matter . maybe we'll get some sort of explanation about the wooden racket . OR MAYBE we'll get another abrupt ending out of nowhere .
03-01-2007, 01:55 PM
Hm... Yeah... That's interesting.... I never thought about that, RogSqdLdr. But didn't Rokkaku use wooden rackets? And it seemed like they were doing just fine. *shrugs* Maybe Kintarou is just used to using that or something.
03-01-2007, 04:19 PM
Yeah... Kintarou's got a wooden rocket... racquet.
Imagine how much more Ryoma would be raped if Kintarou's racquet were some newgen thing... like an nCode or Babolat or whatever. "*It's exciting"*
03-01-2007, 04:27 PM
Raquets won't matter in this match. I want Ryoma to beat Tooyama's as*. I would like to see Ryoma open one of the doors in this match preferrably the "Pinnacle of Hard Work".
03-01-2007, 04:44 PM
Nanjiroh also plays with a wooden racket. I don't want echizen to open a door yet, I first want to see a rikkaidai match, before echizen can shine
The legend of zelda!!
03-01-2007, 05:02 PM
He's never gonna upgrade it or get a new one because his racket is his treasure or something like that. Been a while since I read the Wild chapters.
Originally Posted by RogSqdLdr
03-01-2007, 06:04 PM
Yeah, Tooyama tresures his racquet very much. He would use his racquet carefully and I highly doubt that he would change it.
Anyway, Tooyama's movements are like monkey's. Whoah, he moves really fast. He spin around and return the Twist Serve easily. Toyama is a lot stronger than Ryoma.
03-01-2007, 06:04 PM
Alright I'll try not to go off topic too much more, but I'm surprised Konomi doesn't try to milk his series more financially by flaunting tennis brands and getting money from tennis manufacturers.
I know Echizen uses a Yonex and Eiji uses a Wilson ( it was extremely obvious in his match versus Kai ). I'm fairly certain that most players from Seigaku use racquets that are real-world models.
If I were Konomi, and Wilson's Japan office said "Konomi, make Echizen's next opponent a total bada**, let him appeal to the fans, and let Echizen's opponent use our racquet. Display it with no sign of embarassment. Do that and we'll give you 10 grand"
Then I'd say "Dude, I make way over 10,000 yen an hour..."
Just kidding, but you see my point. I think the series could help sell racquets for the major tennis companies. I'm glad that Konomi isn't shameless and doesn't try to use every chance he has to market a product, but part of me is surprised he doesn't abuse how his series is read by a fair portion of the younger Japanese population and use it as a potential marketing tool.
If you read/watch Initial D, you either know or guess what it's done for Eight-Six sales. I know someone in the US that bought an Eight-Six for over 10 grand ( which is ridiculous considering it's a 20 year old car ). I've read that the popularity of the Eight-Six has soared in Japan. Initial D has even put the Subara WRX STI in my mind as a possible car to buy.
So if I'm a car manufacturer, I wouldn't be able to wait to shell out money to Initial D's mangaka to put my sports car in his manga.
Extend that idea to Prince of Tennis and I would think a good amount of tennis product companies would want to pay Konomi to display their goods.
After reading the manga that doesn't seem to be the case. The marketing of tennis products isn't that frequent. It's failed somewhat for me because I can only match up two brands with two players ( Echizen and Eiji ).
So either Konomi does have some pride, or the tennis companies don't really know/care about using this manga as a selling tool.
03-01-2007, 06:21 PM
Probably the compaines haven't thought about it yet. You see it more in movies and dramas but in Anime not really. . .Personally i really don't think I want that to happen in anime. . .I mean flaunting ads in movies and changing the scripts around to focus on those placement asds really is an eyesore. . .So I am glad that anime really doesn't frequently have placement ads.