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Kunimitsu Tezuka
Kanji

手塚国光

Rōmaji

Tezuka Kunimitsu

Nicknames

King of Seigaku (described by Inoue Mamoru)
Dorobo-niichan (by Miyuki and Senri Chitose)
Seigaku's Pillar of Support (as a freshman and junior)

Characteristics
Gender

Male

Age

14 (The Prince of Tennis)
15 (The New Prince of Tennis)

Height

179 cm

Weight

58 kg

Birthday

October 7

Horoscope

Libra

Eyesight (Unaided)

1.5 (both eyes)

Blood Type

O

Family

Kuniharu (Father)
Ayana (Mother)
Kunikazu Tezuka (Grandfather)

Education
Junior High

Seigaku (3rd Year)

Class

3-1

Seat

12

Club Position

Captain
Regular

Elementary School

Seishun (Seiharudai) First (Daiichi) Elementary School

Japan U-17 Camp

Court 5 (Former)
Court 3
Dropped Out

Foreign U-17 Camp

German U-17
Representative

Tennis
Dominant Arm

Left

Play Style

All Rounder

Doubles Partner(s)

Inui Sadaharu
QP

Racquet(s)

MIZUNO (PRO LIGHT S90)

Shoes

MIZUNO (WAVE DUAK LIGHT <6K93009>)

Media
Manga Debut

Genius 4

Anime Debut

Episode 3

Movies

Atobe's Gift
The Prince of Tennis - The Two Samurai: The First Game
Battle of the British Castle

Voice Actor

Ryōtarō Okiayu (Japanese)
Kirk Thornton (English)

Kunimitsu Tezuka (手塚 国光, Tezuka Kunimitsu) is a third-year who is currently the captain of the Seigaku tennis team. He is known to be a National-level player and has been noted by many characters in the series to be one of the toughest opponents in their era.

Background

A serious and strict third year, he gives the series' protagonist, Echizen Ryoma, a chance to become a regular by allowing him to participate in the Intraschool Rankings Tournament. Furthermore, throughout the series, he, seeing the immense potential in Echizen, encourages him to develop his own style of tennis and to become Seigaku's "Pillar", leading the latter to consider him to be both a mentor and a rival. Like Echizen, he was made into a Seigaku regular during his freshman year.

Throughout the series, Tezuka constantly struggles with the pain in his left arm, which was caused by an injury inflicted upon him by an upperclassman two years prior to the start of the series. However, he is often willing to sacrifice his arm in order to defeat his opponent and to lead his team to the Nationals.

Despite being known as Seigaku's "strongest man", he initially remains on the sidelines during tournaments, as another teammate would sometimes play in his usual position of singles 1 or his team usually defeats their opponents in straight sets. Though he secretly challenges and defeats Ryoma in an unofficial match in an attempt to reach his junior to become Seigaku's new "pillar of support", his true skills are first shown during an Intraschool Ranking match against Inui.

Appearance

Tezuka has dark brown hair and wears glasses. The parting in his hair, while as a child, was on the right side of his head. As a 3rd Year, the parting is on the left side. He is often seen with a stoic expression.

Personality

Tezuka in action

Tezuka in his PE kit about to perform a drop shot.

As the captain of the tennis team, Tezuka is serious about everything he does, and is very strict; one of his trademark phrases is "Don't let your guard down" ("Yudan sezu ni ikou") and to Ryoma "You will become the Seigaku pillar of support" ("Omae wa Seigaku no Hashira ni nare"). Still, he is fair and sticks to his word; if the rules are broken, he punishes everyone, including the regulars.

He would often make the entire team run laps when they break the rules - a trait which he inherited from Yūdai Yamato. Though his arm heals to some extent, the doctor still warns Tezuka against long matches and using his signature drop shot. Tezuka, however, considers his health secondary to the team's success, and continues to risk re-injuring himself in his matches to ensure his team's victory, even after returning from his medical treatment.

Tezuka after winning in the Team Shuffle for the 5th Court

Tezuka's rare smile as he leaves to go to Germany.

Throughout the original manga series, though Tezuka never smiles around his team it is shown that while he is in rehab for his arm he smiles, though he is apparently immensely popular among the female fans of his school. He smiles in a flashback when Oishi's uncle tells them both that he is healed, then when his team becomes the National champions at the end of the series that he shows a smile, though he instantly reverts back when Fuji points out the fact. He smiles again during his match against his Seigaku captain Yamato Yuudai.

Tezuka in Uniform

Tezuka in his All-Japan Junior Camp uniform

Still, the fact that Tezuka never smiles and always looks so serious has been made into a running joke in the series. In the anime, his always serious attitude even prevents him from showing any reaction when drinking Sadaharu Inui's famous vegetable juices, resulting in others believing he is immune to the often dreaded concoctions. However, he quickly and sternly declines an offer to drink it later on.

Tezuka is normally addressed as Tezuka-kun, Tezuka-buchou (buchou meaning captain), Tezuka-san and Tezuka. The only people that refer to Tezuka as Tezuka are Fuji Shusuke, Oishi Shuichirou and Inui Sadaharu. The younger members (Ryoma, Momoshiro and Kaido) address him as buchou or Tezuka-buchou, respecting his position as captain more than as a senior student. Also showing they are not as familiar with him as the third years.

He also picks up some character traits from his grandfather, and a running gag in the story is that Tezuka looks older than his actual age, often as his teammates' teacher, despite the fact that many characters also look older.

  • A terrified young Tezuka
  • A scared Tezuka throwing books in a frenzy
  • Tezuka's shocked reaction after being reminded of the "7 mysteries"
  • Tezuka annoyed at Echizen's uselessness in beach volleyball.

Despite his stoic and calm personality it is shown that Tezuka was not fond of horror stories as a first year. Surprisingly he allowed scary rumors to affect him rather deeply as a youngster. When confronted with the same situation as in one of the seven horrific mysteries of Seigaku, Tezuka immediately became anxious and began rapidly throwing books in a frightened fit. The rumor was regarding a flying library book.

Even when he's in his third year Tezuka still displays a shocked reaction when being reminded of this experience (along with the rest of his fellow 3rd year classmates).

History

See: Kunimitsu Tezuka/History

Tennis Record

The following is of Tezuka's known official matches:

Official Middle School Tournaments

Tournament Round School Position Opponent(s) Score
2007 Tokyo Prefectual Quarterfinals Yamabuki Middle School Singles 3 Sengoku Kiyosumi Won (Unknown)
2007 Tokyo Prefectual Finals Hyōtei Academy Unknown Singles Team Captain Won (Unknown)
2008 Tokyo District Quarterfinals Gyokurin Reserve Player None None
2008 Tokyo District Finals Fudomine Middle School Singles 1 Tachibana Kippei None (NOTE-1)
2008 Tokyo Prefectual Quarterfinals St.Rudolph Singles 1 Nomura Takuya None (NOTE-1)
2008 Tokyo Prefectual Finals Yamabuki Middle School Singles 1 Muromachi Tōji None (NOTE-1)
2008 Kanto Regionals Round 1 Hyōtei Academy Singles 1 Atobe Keigo Lost (6-7) (35-37)
2008 Nationals Round 2 Higa Chuu Singles 1 Kite Eishirō Won (6-2)
2008 Nationals Quarterfinals Hyōtei Academy Singles 2 Kabaji Munehiro Won (7-6) (7-0)
2008 Nationals Semi-Finals Shitenhōji Doubles 1 Chitose Senri/Zaizen Hikaru Won (6-1) (NOTE-2)
2008 Nationals Finals Rikkai Daigaku Fuzoku Singles 3 Sanada Genichirō Lost (5-7)
  • NOTE-1 No results due to Seigaku already winning 3 sets
  • NOTE-2 Doubles partner is Sadaharu Inui, but match is played as a 1-on-1 against Chitose.

Unofficial Singles Matches

Day Place Opponent Score
2005 Jr. Singles Tournament Sanada Genichirō Won (6-0)
2005 Jr. Singles Tournament Sanada Genichirō Won (6-1)
2005 Jr. Singles Tournament Yukimura Seiichi Unconfirmed
2006 Seigaku Yamato Yūdai Won (6-0) NOTE-1
2006 Seigaku Sugiyama Won (6-2)
2006 Seigaku Takesue Won (Unknown)
2006 Seigaku Fuji Shusuke Lost (0-6) NOTE-1
4/2008 Near a train station Ryoma Echizen Won (Unknown)
5/2008 Seigaku Momoshiro Takeshi Won (Unknown)
7/2008 Seigaku (Anime only) Echizen Ryoma Won (6-4) NOTE-1
7/2008 Jr. Senbatsu Camp Takahisa Kajimoto Won (NOTE-2)
7/2008 Jr. Senbatsu Camp Shishido Ryō Won (NOTE-2)
7/2008 Jr. Senbatsu Camp Sengoku Kiyosumi Won (NOTE-2)
7/2008 Jr. Senbatsu Camp Ootori Chōtarō Won (NOTE-2)
8/2008 Near a train station (Anime only) Echizen Ryoma Lost (Unknown)
8/2008 Shishigaku Daimaru Daikichi Lost (0-6) NOTE-1
8/2008 Shishigaku Unoki Junitsu Lost (NOTE-1)
8/2008 Shishigaku Daimaru Daikichi Won (Unknown)
8/2008 Seigaku Oishi Shūichiro Won (6-0)
8/2008 Seigaku Momoshiro Takeshi Won (Unconfirmed)
  • NOTE-1 Note that Tezuka's arm was inhibiting him from playing at his full strength at all of these matches. Against Yamato, Tezuka was using his right arm to hide his true strength, while Yamato himself already had his arm injured due to extensive practicing, which forced Yamato to not play at his best. Against Fuji, his arm was already damaged thanks to Takesue, and against Ryoma, he was using his right hand due to the shoulder injury after his match against Atobe. At Shishigaku, technically, his arm was cured, but he was afraid to raise it due to the fear of another injury, but he was able to overcome it thanks to Chitose Miyuki.
  • NOTE-2 These matches are all exclusive to the Jr. Senbatsu arc of the anime and the "matches" were all pretty much 1-point matches to see if Tezuka was good enough to be the coach. Tezuka only used light swings with his racquet, as per doctor's instructions.

U-17 Camp Results

Type of Match Partner Opponent Score
Tiebreaker-style Elimination Match None Kaoru Kaido Won (7-0)
Player Shuffle None Unknown 5th Court Member Won (Unknown)
Team Shuffle Singles 2 None Yamato Yūdai Won (6-4)

Playing Styles and Techniques

See:Playing Styles & Techniques

Personal Information[1]

  • Foot Size: 27.5 cm
  • Hobby: Fishing, camping, mountain climbing
  • Family Composition: Grandfather, Father, Mother
  • Father's Occupation: Company Employee (firm)
  • Spends Allowance On: Book Fees
  • Favorite Motto: The enemy exists within oneself.
  • Best Subject: World History
  • Worst Subject: None
  • Committee: Student Council President
  • Most Frequently Visited Spot at School: Library
  • Favorite Colors: Green or Blue
  • Favorite Foods: Unacha (a dish where eel is dipped and broiled in soy-based sauce with fish and kelp soup poured over it)
  • Favorite Movies: Famous classics regardless of whether they're Japanese or foreign
  • Favorite Book: Western books
  • Favorite Music: Classical (Beethoven)
  • Favorite Type: Those who give it their all in everything (It's fine if they're a little scatterbrained), A person who is energetic and serious
  • Favorite Date Spot: Fishing in the streams on a mountain
  • What he wants the most at the moment: A photo book of famous mountains in the world
  • Daily Routine: Writing in his journal
  • Dislikes/Bad at: Neglecting one's work, being idle
  • Skills outside of Tennis: Woodwork/Carpentry
  • Favorite Shoe Brand: MIZUNO (WAVE DUAK LIGHT <6K93009>)
  • Favorite Racquet Brand: MIZUNO (PRO LIGHT S90)
  • Catchphrase: Yudan sezu ni ikou or "Don't let your guard down," "Let's go without being careless"
  • Second Best Sport: Archery [2]

Daily School Life[1]

  • 05:30 - Rises from bed. Has breakfast after stretching and weight training.
  • 06:30 - Listens to English lessons on the radio
  • 06:50 - Goes to school. Morning practice
  • 08:40 - First Period: Society/World History
  • 09:40 - Second Period: Calligraphy
  • 11:00 - Third Period: Math III.
  • 12:00 - Fourth Period: Music/Classics Appreciation.
  • 12:50 - Lunch break: Has unacha (bento)
  • 13:20 - Fifth Period: P.E./Hurdling
  • 14:20 - Sixth Period: Science III/Physics.
  • 15:20 - Student council meeting. Takes care of reports on suggested items.
  • 16:00 - Club activities. Free practice.
  • 19:00 - Returns home. Takes a bath
  • 19:30 - Dinner.
  • 20:00 - Watches the TV program "The gluttonous player title." (recording)
  • 21:00 - Reads. (mainly foreign books)
  • 21:30 - Diary. Goes over points that need reflection.
  • 22:30 - Goes to sleep.

Note from Ishikawa Hiroyuki (Principal): Tezuka-kun is our school's pride. As the student council president, he is the captain who controls the entire country. I have no complaints.

Note from Oishi: He doesn't show people his laughter... He seldomly laughs outside, but I wonder if he laughs at home.

Relationships

  • Tezuka Kunikazu - Tezuka has a very close relationship with his grandfather and has a lot of respect for him. Kunikazu also has a strong bond with his grandson. He would even skip his shogi game (New Prince of Tennis OVA 1) just to go fishing and spend some time with him.
  • Fuji Shusuke- Tezuka and Fuji have been friends since they were 1st year, and over the years they have shared a strong bond. Even though Tezuka doesn't show it much, he values his friendship with Fuji and considers Fuji as one of his strongest rivals. He and Fuji are often seen together, have shared a number of smiles with each other, and indeed seem able to communicate with each other without words.
  • Yudai Yamato- Tezuka's former captain during his younger years. Having to suceed him as the team captain, making him the "pillar of support," Tezuka has shown to have a lot of respect for his former captain, Yamato has even helped him remember to have fun in tennis again, and has encouraged him to finally start his tennis profession in Germany.
  • Echizen Ryoma - Tezuka and Ryoma both have a strong senpai and kohai relationship, and has consider Ryoma has his own rival. Tezuka has trained Ryoma to be a player of his own experience, and has given him reason to dream higher and choose his own path to follow. His relationship with Ryoma is quite similair to his relationship with his former captain Yudai Yamato, and just like his freshman days he also made Ryoma the "pillar of support." He has believed in Ryoma till the very end.
  • Other seniors (Eiji, Oishi, Inui, Kawamura) - knowing his fellow seniors since their freshman days, Oishi and Tezuka are on good terms. As his vice-captain, Oishi has helped him lead the tennis club especially during his absence. His relationship with Inui is quite good since he relies on him as team manager and the "data man" to gather necessary data for the team. He seems to have be on good terms with Eiji and Kawamura.
  • Momoshiro and Kaidoh - Tezuka seem quite strict with his 2nd year regulars specially due the number of arguements they have just about everyday. They are often seen being scolded and ordered to run laps but he has a lot of faith in them to one day lead Seigaku.

Criticisms

Tezuka's character has been well-received by readers since his introduction, having ranked in the top five most popular characters in every Shonen Jump character popularity poll of series. He has also remained in the top 10 in the annual Valentine Chocolate Recipient rankings Takeshi Konomi releases in the manga, in which readers mail in who they want to send chocolate to. In publications on manga and anime, however, his character has received mixed reviews.

Reviewers comment on his lack of originality, and that the impossibility of one his techniques is part of why the story seems idiotic. Though one reviewer questions his likability as a protagonist, his personality is praised, with one seeing an example of his devotion as one of the highlights of the series, and another commenting that he is a good captain who is properly motivating the main character.

Trivia

Character Trivia

  • Tezuka is very close to his grandfather as they often go fishing together.
  • When he has trouble with math, Tezuka asks Oishi for help.
  • In the official art by Konomi, Tezuka is shown winning a tournament trophy as a pro when he is 25. It also appears that he has been sponsored by Adidas.
  • Tezuka is shown to be so intelligent, that he is able to correct teachers.
  • Since Tezuka looks older than he really is, he has been mistaken for a teacher. [3]
  • At the age of 10, Tezuka has climbed Switzerland's Matterhorn with his father.[1]
  • Tezuka was made vice-captain of the tennis club in his second year.[1]
  • Tezuka has been to Taiwan, before becoming a third year.[1]
  • Tezuka had originally planned to leave for Germany during the Fall trimester, and after the Nationals Tournament. He went as far as to tell Oishi that the tournament would be his last time playing tennis in Japan. [4]
  • Tezuka thinks that Shiraishi’s ability to stay calm and composed through any tough situation is what makes him scary.
  • Tezuka said he can think of 10 things at the same time. This included saying "Ich liebe dich" (I love you in German) while conversing with Fuji, and in turn making Fuji blush, somewhat embarrassed. [5]
  • He can speak German
  • He just bought a pack of new mountain climbing boots and is thinking about which mountain to climb next.

Other Trivia

  • His grandfather Tezuka Kunikazu (Age 72) is old police friends with Sanada's grandfather, Sanada Gen'emon. The two often play Shōgi together with 99 wins and 99 losses each.[6]
  • It is interesting to note that the males of the Tezuka family have their first names begin with "Kuni". Kuniharu (Tezuka's father's first name) means "fine country". Kunikazu (Tezuka's grandfather's first name) means "one country". Kunimitsu means "light country". [7]
  • In the TeniPuri episodes, Tezuka is known to be a leader of Seigaku while defeating the Rudolphian, Mizuki. Also in the baseball episode, he was shown to be going back to Japan for a baseball game. But when he was about to hit the ball, his shoulder suddenly got hurt. And in the Western TeniPuri, he was a lone gunman, but he failed to bring any guns. In the TeniPuri Family episodes, Tezuka is the grandfather of the TeniPuri family, where he is paired up to Fuji, the grandmother.
  • It is only in the OVA, the original anime's epilogue, and fanbook 40.5 that it is stated that Tezuka would be leaving for Germany in the next Spring.
  • Takeshi Konomi described Tezuka as the character who he has the least in common with.

Quotes

  • "I can't forgive anyone who breaks the rules." ("Kiritsu wo midatsu yatsu wa yuru san")
  • "Echizen, become Seigaku's pillar of support!" ("Echizen, omae wa Seigaku no hashirai nai.")
  • "Don't let your guard down." ("Yudan sezu ni iko.")
  • "Is that enough?" ("Mou ii no ka?")
  • (In response to Atobe's drive volley) "Nice drive volley." ("Ii drive volley da.")
  • (During his first year) "I don’t mind that. But instead, Oishi kun...in our time, let’s definitely lead Seigaku to the Nationals." ("Kamau wa nai sa. Sono kawari, Oishi-kun...ore-tachi no dai de wa, zettai ni Seigaku wo Zengoku e michibi te yarou ze.")
  • (In response to Takesue injuring his arm) "Stop screwing around...How many years have you all been playing tennis? Rackets are not used for injuring other people! If this is what this kind of club is...Oishi-kun, sorry. I’m quitting." ("Fuzakeru na...Anata-tachi wa itai nannen tennis wo yatterun da? Racket wa hito kizutsu keru tame ni arun ja nai! Sonna bukatsu nara...Oishi-kun, gomen. Ore yammemasu.")
  • "Don’t hold back, Atobe. Come with everything you have." ("Enyou suru nayo, Atobe. Honki de koi.")
  • "Atobe...sorry, but we will be the ones going to the Nationals." ("Atobe...warui na, Zenkoku ikasete morau zo.")

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Pair Puri Volume 2
  2. Prince of Tennis Fanbook 20.5
  3. Genius 41
  4. Genius 300s
  5. White Heat Remix - fandisc
  6. Pair Puri Volume 1
  7. Prince of Tennis Fanbook 10.5


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