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30 March 2005 @ 10:08 pm
最後のアニプリ.. (The last Anipuri)  
That was it.. I barely know what to say now. Actually, that's a lie. I have so many thoughts.

They ended it really well for what they had to work with. It was a pleasant surprise. To think they'd been hiding this episode up their sleeves for such a long time while all those bad filler ones played (TezuFuji*cough* Not that it was bad, but 3 episodes? badly animated?)

Beware of the mention of nekkid!Atobe..!

Let's start off with.. the episode was really well animated. I thought so at least, coming from someone with a degree in animation I feel qualified in saying that. It was pretty.

You all know that I'm a huge Kevi-Ryo fan, so the beginning of this episode had me fangirling all over the place. Basically, not only has Kevin become Ryoma's friend, he's become his biggest fan. He was fanboying over Ryoma cheering him on enthusiastically from the stands (no, really!) and stalking him in his hotel room. AND stalking him at the hotel, convenience store, etc. (Jamie is in heaven at this point.. there is no denying the LOVE Kevin is showing for Ryoma here.. dude, Kev was laughing, smiling, cheering, in love.. yes, I swear love.. just wait.).

Ryoma, though, isn't doing so hot. Yes, he's beating everyone in the tournament and basically kicking ass (which has Kevin AND the reporters all hot), but when he's interviewed, he says that he doesn't have any feelings about it. What he doesn't tell anyone is that he's constantly thinking about Seigaku and all of the rivals that he left behind. Mostly, Tezuka. He REALLY regrets leaving Seigaku behind, and when he receives a phone call in the middle of the night from Taka, Momo, and (sort of) Eiji, it really hits home. He gets the same recurring dream that he's had for a while, where all of his rivals are fading away.

So, Ryoma decides to go back. Because Kevin is stalking him (and so is the shopkeeper across the street), he finds out that Ryoma's on his way back to the airport, and he hops in a cab and manages to beat him there. When Ryoma gets out of the car, Kevin runs forward and punches him in the face. He's that pissed about Ryoma leaving. Ryoma doesn't fight back but the sponsor guy (whasis name?) stops Kevin from fighting any more. Kevin and Ryoma then have a talk about how he has to go back and why. Kevin doesn't like it, but hangs around, even offering to let Ryoma punch him back (which he doesn't). Kevin looks devastated when Ryoma leaves.

Some middle things happen here, dealing with Atobe getting himself buffed up for the upcoming Nationals. His team is at practice wondering where he is, and it turns out that he's at his own gym ("Atobe Gym") and totally obsessed on thoughts of Sanada and Tezuka. And apparently Ryoma, for he gets REALLY mad when he passes by a newspaper talking about Ryoma in the American tournament. After this, we're treated with a delicious scene of Atobe's naked ass and backside in the shower, with LOTS of steam. Whole buttshot here. Whoa, fanservice. *fans self* (I cannot wait to screencap THIS)

Ryoma hasn't told anyone but Tezuka that he's coming back, because he's only coming back to fight Tezuka. That's all. Then he intends to go back to America. This is something that he has to do. So... they get together for the long-awaited Tezu-Ryo match. Somehow Ryuuzaki-sensei has found out about this and shown up to be the judge. None of Seigaku knows about this, but very very conveniently, the ichinensei are pining away for Ryoma at a train station (well, mostly Horio, who is whining about Ryoma being gone now and how sucky that is..), and Kachiro manages to see someone familiar in the tennis courts below/near the station. He freaks out.... "RYOMA?!! LOOK LOOK IT'S RYOMA BACK IN JAPAN!!" The ichinensei decide that they have to run back to school and tell everyone what they saw-- Ryoma playing Tezuka. Everyone freaks out, and there are LOTS of cries of "Ryoma's back in Japan?! What??". They all run to see this up close and personal. And along the way, Sakuno and Tomo find out what's going on and more of the same types of shouts. They all end up going to watch the match of course.

Watching the match made me think about the movie. Seriously. It was really well animated. Ryoma and Tezuka traded shots, but actually, the match was almost nonexistant in our eyes. We only got to see the highlights. Which included a Tezuka zone complete with meteorites, Ryoma pulling his super-tornado version of the cyclone-smash again, and more. ^^ And both of them rocking, especially Ryoma. I think, though, Ryoma was barely holding his own (though of course he was loving it), until he took it upon himself to thank the team.

....... until now I had managed not to cry. But Ryoma ruined it for me. He won the match, using every return or serve that he had to say thank you. It was kind of like, "Momo-sempai, ima made arigatou gozaimashita!"  ("Momo-sempai, thank you for everything up until now")  ::hits the ball Momo-style::, "Kaidoh-sempai, ima made arigatou gozaimashita!"  ("Kaidoh-sempai, thank you for everything up until now") ::hits a boomerang snake:: (Kaidoh says: "ore no boomerang snake......" *tears*), and Ryoma went on. He thanked all of the regulars the same way, and I was bawling. It was REALLY heartfelt. You could hear how Junko was struggling to put a lot of emotion into his voice for him. In the end of the match, Tezuka offered his hand to Ryoma, who was on his knees, but beaming and crying all at once. Tezuka congratulated him for becoming Seigaku's pillar.. (they didn't say who won the match from what I could tell, but it was really implied that Ryoma had won). Tezuka was so proud. Ryoma was crying hard but smiling more than I've ever seen him smile. And most of the rest of the team was crying from behind the fence.

Ryoma, now, has to go back to America, and the rest of the team wishes him good luck. They'll carry on here, while Ryoma goes and wins it for them in America.

Me = crying. Actually, more like bawling. Crying so hard. (;__;)

(Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Ryoma, Nanjiroh has left for America to cheer his son on)

The show ends with Ryoma arriving back in America and back at the tournament. And Seigaku is now at the nationals, without him. Yukimura is there, as promised, and talks to Tezuka saying he's looking forward to the fight. All of the teams are lined up, and there's the end... what will happen? (OVAs? I don't know, but I'd bet there will be SOMETHING. Anipuri is too popular for it to end..)

After that, they change the ending..... instead of regular credits, they replay choice scenes from the first episode along with the first opening song and part of the first opening animation. (;__;) At least they didn't use Kime, or it would have been worse. Then a chibi scene of Atobe leading his team on a run, and a shot of the regulars wishing Ryoma goodbye (not chibi). (;__;)

My eyes are red and sore. I'm so sad that it's over. またね、王子様。いつもありがとう。(Until we see you again, prince. Thank you always.) (<-- movie homage)
Current Mood: sad
Helen: Eiji: Need Youvanillafire on March 30th, 2005 01:15 pm (UTC)

;______; I wish I could think of something more coherant to say myself, but I'm crying now and GAH AniPuri ending is so upsetting, and I thought I'd got over being upset, but apparently not. ;_;

... At least there is Atobe fanservice, and Ryoma being punched in the face! It had to happen someday! XD (Tez's slap was too wimpy)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん): PoT - Kevin x Ryoma OTPhinoai on March 30th, 2005 01:22 pm (UTC)
I love Ryoma getting beat up, so that punch made me really happy. ^^;; Not just because of my OTP. Gah, I love Kevin/Ryoma!!

It's so sad. (;_______________;) I can't just sit here and think that there will be no more. Not after years of it going on, it's just.. owari? wut.... ;_;
美夢_miyuchan_ on March 30th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
You know while I'm readin this...on the screen of my tv there si the curtain call for side mine...and anipuri episode is on its way (downloadin it now) *full of tears in this moment*
Thank you for your report^__^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん): PoT - Cool Ryomahinoai on March 30th, 2005 01:24 pm (UTC)
Dou itashimashite. I'm still so sad... ;__;

Where did you get the episode? I need to get it, like now. Need to rewatch. (;_;)
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キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인: horio: don't you want me??dilettantka on March 30th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC)
The whole Atobe/Hyoutei sequence was taken pretty much directly from the manga. (Although Atobe is even prettier in the manga hehe) It was cool to see it animated because I absolutely freaked when it happened in the manga!

I *wish* Yukimura was at Nationals in the manga, though. -_-

Did you really take the Tezuka/Ryoma match seriously, lol? I was just fast-forwarding through it cuz I thought Erin was coming over (^_^;;;;) but uh. It looked like the movie, but in a context that isn't supposed to be total crack stupidity (or is it??)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 30th, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC)
Of course I did! ^__^

It's Ryoma... come on, you know me better than to do anything less than stare longingly at something that Ryoma's in!! <33 RYOMA! Luv. I worship Ryoma.
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yukiko_emi7 on March 30th, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC)
*cries* That was absolutely beautiful....I'm a KevinXRyo fan myself so I'm really looking forward to this...But meanwhile I'm also not looking forward to watching this because it'll be reality slapping on my face that POT has ended....*cries some more*

Thank you so much for sharing this....*bows* Arigatou Gozaimasu!!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん): PoT - Kevin x Ryoma OTPhinoai on March 30th, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
Aaaaah! It's always LOVE to have more KeviRyo fans in the group!! <33
craze_izumicraze_izumi on March 30th, 2005 01:55 pm (UTC)
OMG this is really sad... just reading this make me sadT_T
Leaving LJ: tarma: ryomasweattarma on March 30th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
*sigh* I'd say more, but I'll be late for my bus if I don't run now. ;_;
angeangelamori on March 30th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC)

And I still haven't downloaded it. *gnaws*

Magbabysyusuke on March 30th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
*weeps* I'm so gonna cry when the torrent release is up...
Chiharumankin_rp on March 30th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)
This isn't fair, you know. You come in with your all mighty episode view from Japan and tells us about the end even though I'm probably not gonna see it for a few month and should thank you and makes me cry.

//kicks computer//

Now I can't stop think about the ending, and how I'm gonna call all of my friends early in the morning when it's spring break and talk nonstop about the ending, even though they don't even like Tenipuri, and would probably hang up on me. ><

And KevRyo-ness. Personally, I want to see Kevin fangirlboy over Ryoma, but everything up till now has made me so sad. Tenipuri is suppose to sound and look boring to attract fans by itself, and when you watch it, you can't stop. Maybe that's one of the best qualities about the story.. ><

Okay, I'll shut up now since I'm getting the keyboard all wet.
越前 リョーマryoma_kun on March 30th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your report ^^

I want see this epis... (and write about, in my lj, after ^^"...).
Hentai Tenshihentaitenshi on March 30th, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC)
I only skimmed, because I don't want to ruin the ending for myself with spoilers, but OMG!!! I can't wait (but still dread) to see this! It sounds very heartfelt and emotional!! ;_; Why can't fansubbers work faster? LOL (Though I appreaciate what they do, I am still impatient cuz my comprehension of Japanese sucks XD)
Artabandonedsoul on March 30th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
Chiakichiaki777 on March 30th, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
Remember, no withdrawl, you can do it.
C L O V E Ridyllica on March 30th, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC)
-bawls- o(TT-TT)o There better be OVAs! I don't want to end it like that! Oh why?!!!!
-cries- I... waiii~ -goes in the corner and cries- o(TT-TT)o
Kiki <3: Kimeru Love--meyamimagic on March 30th, 2005 11:12 pm (UTC)
I'm crying just reading this. Wow, it's just... wow. I'm still trying to get over the fact that the final episode has finally "appeared"... I'd assume there'd be at least some OVAs because tenipuri is too big a marketing scheme to go to waste.