|Ryoma: "Ponta! Ponta! Ponta!"|
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Kinky Pair is the generally accepted name that Yanagi and Kirihara are in a romantic relationship.
- Kirihara and Yanagi occasionally pair up for doubles. Kirihara seems to respect him so much that he protected Yanagi from Sanada's slap in Kanto Tournament, as mentioned in pairpuri.
- In the manga at U-17 training camp, Yanagi speaks to Shiraishi directly about Kirihara's welfare. Also, when Rikkaidai loses and Kirihara loses his cool at the hospital, Yanagi uses his first name and calms him down.