Really strong? Nah, I don't think so. It's just that Seigaku members have a growth rate that's bloody outrageous. With the exception of Tezuka, of course. He's the equivalent of a Demon God whose powers have been sealed away and can only be released at the end of the final battle. Oh, and Oishi, but he sucks ass anyways.
Fudomine versus Seigaku: Seigaku were, from the beginning, superior. Still, they had a close match, with Shinji being someone who was nearly as good as Fuji in terms of skill development. And Tachibana was supposed to be good enough for Tezuka to want to battle. But when we get to the Shitenhouji battle, Shinji, who was equal to Ryoma early on, gets totally crushed by Kintarou and injures himself. Ryoma, on the other hand, can return the equivalent to a 108+ level Hadokkyu without any harm. Ishida younger, who's Hadokkyu was enough to cause Kawamura to forfeit, is later on completely destroyed by Ishida older, and even with his aura his Hadokkyu can't measure up to Ishida older's Hadokkyus. Kawamura, on the other hand, can return up to the 23 level Hadokkyu and manages to win (on a fluke, but a win, anyways). Tachibana loses to Chitose (though he could have won if he'd battled without limits) in a close match, and Chitose loses completely to Tezuka.
Higa and Rokkaku versus Seigaku: Seigaku and Rokkaku had a close (read as close, analyzed as not really close) match where even Fuji had a hard time in the Doubles. Until Kika brings out his Seal Step. The same Saeki who gave Kika such trouble, however, is crushed by Kai, who in turn is beaten by Kika. Kaidou, who had a close battle to Aoi (or whatever the captain's name was) manages to fight 1 on 2 against two Higa members and win. Aoi, on the other hand, has his techniques rendered obsolete. In fact, Rokkaku has nothing but loses, while Seigaku has nothing but wins against Higa.
I'm too lazy to go on.
That's true. I think one of the problems early on was that they had a degree of notoriety in the tennis circuit for their skill, so the situation you described was practically a given. It's not like they all had potential, but needed to start from scratch--Kawamura was the only player who didn't have great tennis skills to start with AND limitless potential to grow.
Originally Posted by kawaiikitsune
I mean, seriously--Tezuka could use HJnK when he was, like, 8 or something, and Yukimura was even stronger still. How are we supposed to get into the matches when their growth is as outlandish as the game itself?
My god, I thought I was gonna be hated for saying it, but the truth is that the manga has gone off Konomi's hands. Read all the 345 chapters and please tell me ALL the times you see this phrase or some variation: "I never thought I could see this in a Jr. High match" My god I've seen 1000000 times.
Heh. You won't be hated.
Don't know about other places, but here the fans are pretty sensible. We don't go flaming people just because they have an opinion. At least, most of us don't.
^I think I did that 2 posts ago to a person who regurgitated the standard yet old criticisms.
But Eudor is right. All the matches since the Fudoumine match have had Inoue saying that (notice how its always him or the coaches).