Right now I am rolling on the ground like a little kid. “I WANT TO SEE THE LATEST OVA OF PRINCE OF TENNIS! I WANT TO SEE THE LATEST OVA OF PRINCE OF TENNIS!” to tell the truth I am not sure what is worse. To like a school that come out so late so that they only come out in the ova (ie.Shitenhouji) or like a school that come out quite early but kind of get ruined. (Rikkai. I actually watched the ‘battle’, ok…match between Yagyuu/Niou and Ooishi/Eiji. But I think it seems like a battle more. And seriously, Rikkai got ruined in the anime, I can see why Rikkai fans really does not like it.) I think my conclusion is that I am acceptant…I’m so glad Shiraishi’s match with Fuji ddin’t get changed to Fuji become really really amazing (as the golden pair did in the game against Niou and Yagyuu.) But that is not what I want to talk about today, I will probably be talking about my thoughts on the above some other day.

Anyway, after seeing extracts of the Prince of Tennis musical, where the members in a team will sing a description of a certain character, then that said character will say something. I immediately started to picture one for Shitenhouji, and on last weekend, I finally managed to write it. Now, I am ‘a modern poet’, ie.my poems doesn’t really have rhymes and rhythms so it will obviously not be able to be a proper song cause some line will be much longer then others but hey…I write because I like writing so why cares if it doesn’t have thymes or rhythms? As long as I enjoyed writing it, and I am sure not everyone is so traditional. So I really hope that one or two people might enjoy this poem that I wrote.

Now, the biggest problem I had is not being able to fit Chitose in it. I intended to include him but somehow I just have no idea about what I should write about him. Additionally, I personally think that Chitose is almost rather mercenary, as I don’t feel that he have any loyalty to Shitenhouji or Shiraishi (unlike everyone else). To tell the truth I can’t even imagine him saying their school’s principle: the whole the one who win is the winner, and go and win it if you can win it. In the end, after much frustration due to unsuccessful attempts, I simply decided to not include him. (Ok, I admit, Chitose is probably the one I like the least in Shitenhouji.)
But this scene/poem is then a response to Chitose’s departure, the idea of saying that Shitenhouji is still really strong even if he is not there.

Alright! Here is the poem. I just hope that someone will enjoy it, but it’s just basically talking about the individual members of the Shitenhouji tennis team. “speaking” means this line is said (I admit shamefully, I sort of picture this as being a scene…) I’m not saying it’s good enough but it is just that we all have our moment of daydreaming.

Poem dedicated to Shitenhouji
Watanabe:
The one who wins is the winner
so they will win their game if they can win it
This principle that these boys faithfully follow
is the guide that let them reach this point

Naniwa’s infamous joking doubles pair
embarrassment does not matter to them
They will happily use laughter as their main weapon
as they will be the one who have the final laugh

Hitouji:
With the genius whose IQ is well above two hundred
all the weakness of your attack will be exposed
Koharu:
The prince of impression will force you to doubt your partner
even make you play against yourself

Watanabe: “Which makes this doubles pair invincible.”

Koharu and Hitouji: “If you ever laugh once, then the game is our’s.”

The one who wins is the winner
so we will win the game if we can win it

Zaizen:
The speed star of Naniwa will engage you,
in a race of hide and seek
Leaving you far behind at the starting point
while he effortlessly reaches the finish line

Kenya: “You are much, much too slow.”

The arrogant second year tennis genius
a cocky smile masking his capability
He will sharply deliver the killing strike
even as he mercilessly attacks you wish his words

Zaizen: “Oh, was that crappy serve actually your best shot?”

Kenya and Zaizen:
This principle that we faithfully follow
is the guide that let us reach this point

Hitouji and Koharu:
The owner of a hundred and eight levels of Hadoukyuu
which player can even return his lightest serve?
Japan’s acknowledged number one power player
a title that remains unchallenged

Gin: “I have yet to hit beyond the first level.”

All the above:
Shitenhouji’s bible: the perfect man
the buchou who always lead us to victory
You won’t be able to find one single fault in his perfect tennis
his heart, technique and body is a rank above all

Shiraishi: “Every one, keep up the good work. We are almost at the final.”

The one who wins is the winner
so I must win the game if I can win it
This principle that I faithfully follows
is the guide that let me reach this point

A child of the wild who have no limits, Kansai’s rising star
his natural strength and tennis surpasses us all
I want you to help me bringing us to the final
so this dream will finally become a reality

Kintarou: “Hurray, I won again! Who is my next opponent then?”

Everyone:
The one who wins is the winner
so we will win the game if we can win it
This principle that we faithfully follow
is the guide that let us reach this point



Ok…now…my explanations…

The arrogant second year tennis genius
a cocky smile masking his capability
He will sharply deliver the killing strike
even as he mercilessly attacks you wish his words

Zaizen: “Oh, was that crappy serve actually your best shot?”
We really don’t have much information about Zaizen but I think he is quite sharp tongued so we seems like one who would actually taunt his opponent quite a bit.

Gin: “I have yet to hit beyond the first level.”
If Kawamura’s version is only the first level then I really don’t think Gin will need to hit beyond the first level…

All the above:
Shitenhouji’s bible: the perfect man
the buchou who always lead us to victory
You won’t be able to find one single fault in his perfect tennis
his heart, technique and body is a rank above all
Because Shiraishi is the buchou I decided to let everyone talk about him. (I admit…my personal bias…). I’ve seen the whole heart/technique and body is a rank above translated in two ways- either that it is specifically referring to Fuji, or that it is in general, for this poem I decided to opt for the second, which I think should be acceptable, since he probably is a top player in Kansai.

Shiraishi: “Every one, keep up the good work. We are almost at the final.”
He would probably say something like “Ecstasy!” (for those who does not know what I mean, go and watch the OVA…) but I want to show him as being in the role of buchou, and this is meant to be just before the semi-final…

I want you to help me bringing us to the final
so this dream will finally become a reality
While I don’t think there is a Shitehouji’s version of the pillar of Seigaku I do think that Shiraishi sees Kintarou as being able to help Shitenhouji reach the finals. So I think he would think something like that, although I doubt he would ever say it out aloud. I think the closest he’ll say is just ‘It’s all on you, Kin-chan.’ But I believe he would think something like the above inside his head.

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