In a holistic sense I guess. Kirihara had been improving since Kanto like the other sophomores and Sanada must have recently learned Rai and In (I mean, if he maxed out his legs, it means he didn't have full awareness or full control of the ability).
Next question: Kirihara? I always got the impression he was one of the stronger people on his team. Even stronger than Renji in my opinion (you know how I feel about Renji). But in the last match Kirihara was the one having the hardest time. I don't know if that means everyone else on the team is now stronger than Kirihara, but thats kinda hard to believe.
Yukimura, Sanada and Renji were always stronger than Kirihara. Yes, even in Kantou. I believe nothing has changed. They all improved, so the same standings would be present. Kirihara was the last to improve, but that still makes him in the same position as he was in Kantou.
What volume/chaps were the Rikkai pretext and Rikkai kanto matches in? I want to go refresh myself on old events a bit.
Hmm... I was under the impression that, as opposed to Fayte and Kitsune, that Rikkai lost their first two matches because Nagoya stacked their line-up. I mean, the pictures in the manga showed that Jackal/Bunta and Yagyuu were like, tired and beaten up after the match.
Then, in chapter 339, it says that everything was for the sake of their three wins, since if you win three matches, you advance to the next round. i took this to mean that they stacked all of their strong people at the lower positions (i.e. Lilliaden Krauser was the strongest on their team).
Anyone want to explain this to me?
It said on the manga that Nagoya did it on purpose to try to finish it all in 3 sets.
But hey, if I'm wrong I'm willing to hear about it.
The purpose of losing the other 2 on purpose was to show Nagoya, the team who isn't familiar with Rikkaidai, the power of the Rikkaidai "three". In other words, the Rikkai-Monsters.
Since Yukimura didn't play in the game, Kirihara took his place, since Kirihara is going to be the pillar of Rikkaidai. So they basically sacrificed the other 2 games just to explode on them with Kirihara, Renji, and Sanada being the final executioner.
You sound like you know a little more than the usual knowledge. Where did you read that? I still nod at it, though. If they really wanted to show the monsters strength they could just put the big timers on the first 3 matches, unless they were so arrogant they'd let their opponents lead 2-0. And also, if that was the case there's no reason for them to swap Yukimura for Kirihara just like that.
Originally Posted by Fayte
^ Fayte is right, I don't remember what chapter it was on but when Renji and Niou won Im certain that some person/people say that it was all a set up. Yukimura then tells Sanada to finish it off.
EDIT: Okay I just checked on Onemanga and the chapter is 339, here is the link: http://www.onemanga.com/Prince_of_Tennis/339/
Just read the first two pages and it can't be any more clear that the whole thing was a set up. They (rikkaidai) were trying to "dillusion the young ones". Kirihara is also surprised when Niou mentions this because he wasn't in on the plan.
Yeah. They made it very clear that they lost the first two on purpose. For what, I'm not completely sure. "Dillusion the young ones" sounds like quite a crappy reason, though, if you ask me.
^ I agree it does, lol.
It's amazing that they risked everything on Kirihara because he was about to lose. But then again Yukimura is god so he must've known that Kirhara will break through and win.
Yukimura is the friggin man!