Yamabuki (2nd year)
Kita Ichiuma is a regular from the Yamabuki Tennis Club. He plays doubles and his partner is Nitobe Inakichi.
Although Kita and his doubles partner Nitobe Inakichi were introduced during the Tokyo Prefectural finals, they didn't have a speaking part until the Kantou Tournament where they mocked Keigo Atobe's attitude. A formidable doubles team, Kita and Nitobe are part of Mikiya Banda's strategy of a quick three-set victory. Kita and Nitobe defeated the Seigaku couple Fuji-Kawamura in the Tokyo Prefectural Tournament, albeit without major explanation.
Kita has light brown hair with black eyes. He is always seen wearing his Yamabuki Regular uniform. There are very pecular marks on his cheek. In Atobe's Gift, when asked what these marks were, nobody could answer.
Yamabuki power their way through to the Semifinals of the Tokyo Prefectural Tournament and meet underdogs Fudomine Middle School who had already caused an upset in the tournament. However Yamabuki did not have to go through a long match with Fudomine as Ibu Shinji suffered an injury before the match making him forfeit meaning Yamabuki were gifted an extra win and were able to easily reach the Finals of the Tokyo Tournament where they met Seigaku in the Finals.
He and Yamabuki went to the Regionals and cruised through to the Quarter-finals.
Yambuki gets off to a good start in the nationals defeating St. Icaria. Yamabuki ease their way to Round 2. Unfortunately due to the loss of Akutsu, Yamabuki couldnt win the next round against Nagoya Seitoku, ending their run in the Nationals
Playing Style and Techniques
None of Kita's matches were truly shown throughout the whole Prince of Tennis series, but it's been stated that Kita is skilled in Doubles. Inui noted that both the Yamabuki Doubles teams in the previous year went to the Nationals, but it is unknown if Kita was one of them. Kita's Doubles skills and cooperation with his partner Nitobe were skilled enough to defeat Fuji and Kawamura due to Nitobe and Kita's higher-level experience at Doubles. It's assumed that Kita works less efficiently with Nishikori, although Kita and Nishikori's loss against Nagoya Seitoku can also be a result of a difference in skill rather than a lack of cooperation.
- Favorite Food: Celery, Tomato, Codfish Salad