Rikkaidai (3rd Year)
Some school in the South
|U-17 Training Camp||
Court 2 (Former)
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Masaharu Niō (仁王 雅治, Niou Masaharu) is a third year from Rikkaidai Fuzoku. Even within the strongest corps, Niō is rumored to be "the most troublesome guy". Reading ten to twenty moves in advance, his forte is a style of play where he deceives his opponent, but that skill takes great artistry, as many others can attest. He can copy anyone's tennis style, but he is limited by his own physical abilities. This creates the illusion that his opponent is facing a copy of themselves. His parents have a house in Shikoku mentioned in the AnoPuri's.
Nio has silver-gray hair that is pratically always in a rat-tail style, and is normally dressed in his Rikkai tennis uniform, or school uniform. His eyes are blue and he has a beauty mark on his chin. Sometimes he is known to dress up as someone else so he can trick his teamates or rival players
Nio's nickname is "The Con Artist Of The Courts" and this is shown in "Genius 359: Nightmare" when Niou was playing against Seigaku's Fuji.
Niō impersonates Atobe Keigo to make Kabaji Munehiro follow him when all the Middle School losers were climbing the mountain, he ordered Kabaji to carry Momoshiro who was, then suffering from broken wrists. And second was when he ordered Kabaji to get him pillows to join the pillow fights between the Middle Schoolers.
Niō has a habit of saying "Puri!" "Piyo!" and more recently "Pupina!"
Two Years Prior To The Storyline
Niou began Rikkai Dai along with the rest of the Rikkai 3rd Years as 1st years. Sometime during this time, Niou convinced golfer Hiroshi Yagyū from the golf team to join tennis. They practiced together and eventually became doubles partners.
One Year Prior To The Storyline
Niou became a regular during his 2nd Year at Rikkai Dai.
During this time, >Niou lied to Kirihara on where was the tennis club room, and he tricked Kirihara a second time when he disguised as Sanada and told Kirihara to run 100 laps. Thus, since from the start of meeting his kouhai, Niou has been shown to really enjoy tricking and making a fool out of Kirihara.
During the Kantō finals, Niō and Yagyū shocked his opponents when they revealed that they had been impersonating each other. They switch to confuse their opponents, changing their appearance, personalities and play styles for half the game. Showing why they are an undefeated pair in Doubles.
Niou and Rikkai Dai head into the Nationals as underdogs after losing their Regional tournament but after the return of their captain Yukimura Seiichi, they believe victory will be certain. Niou and Rikkai Dai annihalate their opponent until they reach the Semi-Finals against Nagoya Seitoku. After losing the first two sets, Kirihara Akaya makes a 5-0 comeback to destroy Liliadent Krauser for 7 straight games and win, Niou partnered with Yanagi Renji and easily defeat their opponents while it is revealed that Yagyuu Hiroshi, Marui Bunta and Jackal Kuwahara lost their matches on purpose and could acutally have easily defeated their opponents.
In the National finals, even his teammates were stunned when he "became" Tezuka Kunimitsu and later Kuranosuke Shiraishi to take on Shūsuke Fuji. He imitated all of Seigaku's Kunimitsu Tezuka's moves including the Tezuka Zone and Zero Shiki Drop Shot, but Fuji saw through the illusion, saying that Niou's illusion was incomplete because he was not able to use the Zero Shiki Serve.
He then made the illusion of Shitenhoji's Kuranosuke Shiraishi and tried to intimidate Fuji by playing as someone against whom he had previously lost, but Fuji saw through the illusion and declared that he never loses to the same person twice. He then used his final counter, Hoshi Hanabi, and won the game 7-5.
Prior to the U-17 Camp
Niou and the rest of Rikkai Dai carry on with their training after the Nationals, Yukimura Seiichi decides to make sure the players have fun while playing tennis after suffering his first official loss. However, during a training session, Yanagi Renji arrives to practice with a large amount of Inui Juices to show Rikkai Dai. The team, believing that Seigaku also enjoyed it, (unfortunately) willfully drank the drink. This is due to Rikkai Dai refusing to attend the Prince of Yakiniku challenge that Seigaku, Hyotei, Rokkaku, Higa, and Shitenhōji took part in just before the Nationals final (they were unaware of what side effects the Inui Juice put on those who drank it). The drink ended up wiping all members of the club.
Also sometime during this period, Niou and Yagyuu bumped into the Fuji Siblings at the cosplay section of the department store as shown through the Anime PairPuri. Niou tries to scare the Fujis, but was ineffective. They were there because Yagyuu wanted to know where Niou got all the things he used for his tricks. With the appearence of the Trickster and the Gentleman, the Mizuki of the St. Rudolph regular & co. that were following the Fuji siblings believed both Seigaku and Rikkaidai were trying to recruit Yūta Fuji.
During Rikkai's Ocean Festival, Niou plays the Fairy Godmother in the play by the tennis club, however, he is called the Magic Mushroom Man that enchants Kirihara's (as Cinderella) carriage into a giant mushroom pulled by Jackal (as a horse).
Niō and the rest of Rikkaidai was invited to the U-17 Camp along with the other Middle Schoolers. He was able to catch a ball with the 50 other middle schoolers. Right after the first official shuffle match, having Momoshiro losing against Oni and resulting in having intense pain in both of his wrists, the mental coach for the U-17 camp appears: Saito. He asks all the present middle schoolers to pair up with whoever they want, leading them to believe they are to play a doubles pair.
He played a singles tie-break with his doubles partner and close friend Yagyū Hiroshi and lost as the two were tricked into thinking they would be a doubles pair. All the Middle Schoolers that lost their tie-break are taken away from the camp by coach however the driver takes a detour and they are met by the Mental Coach who takes them to where the other middle schoolers that lost their tie-break games are.
He tells them to climb a mountain by the camp if they want the chance to stay in the camp. Oishi and the 26 other middle schoolers complete this task and end up meeting the High Schoolers who were unable to attain a ball from the helicopter. When they reach the top, they see the eliminated high schoolers training under the Drunken Coach.
He trained in the mountains with the Drunken Coach with his extreme methods. Later on, the 27 middle schoolers in the mountains steal the Coach's sake, angering him to the point he decides they should all go back to the camp and start a revolution. Nio returned to the camp with the other Middle School losers and became a player of the 2nd Court.
U-17 Camp Revolution
When the Top 20 U-17 Camp players arrive back to the camp from their Foreign Expedition, Niou watches on with Oishi Shuichiro the sound defeat of Washio Issa and Suzuki Shun by the Mutsu twins who were No.15 and No.16 representatives of the Japan U-17 Camp at the time.
He and Oishi request a doubles match against the identical twins pair Mutsu Yūho and Mutsu Yūma. Niō once again used Illusion and impersonated Kikumaru Eiji thus he was able to use the Synchro with Oishi and took a game from the twins quickly. However, the twins have more physical strengths and abilities in Synchronization. So as the twins become Synchronized, they begin to crush Niou and Oishi. Niou and Oishi, realizing they are about to lose desperately think of a plan. Niou, showing that he had now furthered his Illusion ability so greatly that he could become not only any Middle Schooler but also any High Schooler.
Before they became completey exhausted, Niō impersonated the twins and Synchronized with them. With the three of them Synchronized as triplets, Niou was able to disturb the play by making them play shots and stand in position that would make them vulnerable to Oishi Territory. Niou and Oishi's plan works and the two make a miraculous comeback and defeat the twins making Niou the No.15 All-Japan Junior Representative.
Genius 10 Challenge
Upon the night of their return, Niou returned his No.15 badge as he wanted to aim for a higher representative spot. This is revealed when Atobe calls him from outside Niou's room which was formerly Room 201 but Niou renamed the room label as Niou Kingdom as a pun on Atobe Kingdom. The next day, the match for No.s 10 & 9 take place with No.10 Mūri Juzaburō who was Niou's former Rikkai teammate who won the Nationals with Rikkai last year who was paired with former Hyotei Gakuen Captain Ochi Tsukimutsu known as the High School Doubles Specialists. As Muuri and Ochi step on to the court waiting to find out their challengers, Atobe Keigo steps onto the court by himself, surprising those around him. He shouts out to Niou, who steps onto the court as his partner. Immediately, Niou uses his Illusion to again become Seigaku's Tezuka Kunimitsu who had recently travelled to Germany, shocking the audience even more.
During the doubles match, Niou was shown to be able to use Tezuka's Zero Shiki Serve, an accomplishment that shocked Fuji and the other spectators because he was unable to hit it during the National Finals. When the Zero Shiki Serve is returned by Juzaburo, Niou uses Tezuka Zone and draws the ball in to himself, but Atobe returns it.
As the match progesses to 4-4, Nio and Atobe show they are getting exhausted and that Nio cannot use the Zero-Shiki Serve anymore. When the game reaches 5-4 in the first stringers favour, Nio uses his Illusion to become Kabaji when told they need more power. With the score standing at 6-5 in favour of the 2nd stringers, Ochi's tennis style kicks in and by giving his opponent eye contact, he is able to ruin Atobe's mindset and forces him to double-fault and making him give away a game and taking them to tie-break.
As the tie-breaker continues on to favour the 1st stringers 6-0, Nio, in Tezula's form, unleashes Tezuka Phantom, forcing a ball out and scoring the first point in the tie-breaker for the 2nd stringers. Eventually, Atobe and Niou win the first set 7-6 (the tiebreak scoreline being 47-45), however Niou is by then completely exhausted, and the High Schoolers easily pull one set back, winning the second set back 6-0. Atobe and Niou are eventually able to win the third set 7-6, winning the game. This makes Atobe the 9th All Japan U-17 representative and Niou the 10th, though Niou has to be hospitalized, temporarily leaving the camp.
Official Middle School Tournaments
|2008 Kanagawa Prefectural||Finals||Hanomiya||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Won|
|2008 Kantō Regionals||Quarterfinals||Nashikari Gakuen||Doubles 1||Yagyū Hiroshi||Ichimiya Keisuke/Ueno||Won (6-0)|
|2008 Kantō Regionals||Semifinals||Fudomine||Singles 1||None||Mori Tatsunori||None (NOTE-1)|
|2008 Kantō Regionals||Finals||Seigaku||Doubles 1||Yagyū Hiroshi||Kikumaru Eiji/Oishi Shuichiro||Won (6-4)|
|2008 Nationals||Round 2||Murigaoka||Doubles 2||Marui Bunta||Sakakibara/Suzuki||Won (6-0)|
|2008 Nationals||Quarterfinals||Kabuto||Doubles 2||Yagyū Hiroshi||Minamihata/Yoshida||Won (6-0)|
|2008 Nationals||Semi-Finals||Nagoya Seitoku||Doubles 1||Yanagi Renji||David Rivera/Lucas Siebold||Won (6-1)|
|2008 Nationals||Finals||Seigaku||Singles 2||None||Fuji Shusuke||Lost (5-7)|
- NOTE-1 No result due to Rikkai already winning 3 sets.
U-17 Camp Results
|Type of Match||Partner||Opponent(s)||Score|
|Tiebreaker-Style Elimination Match||None||Yagyū Hiroshi||Lost (6-8)|
|Foreign Expedition Group Challenge||Oishi Shūichirō||Mutsu Yūho/Mutsu Yūma||Won (Unknown)|
|U-17 Representatives VS. 2nd Stringers Player Shuffle 1st Set||Atobe Keigo||Mūri Juzaburō/Ochi Tsukimitsu||Won (7-6) (50-48)|
|U-17 Representatives VS. 2nd Stringers Player Shuffle 2nd Set||Atobe Keigo||Mūri Juzaburō/Ochi Tsukimitsu||Lost (0-6)|
|U-17 Representatives VS. 2nd Stringers Player Shuffle 3rd Set||Atobe Keigo||Mūri Juzaburō/Ochi Tsukimitsu||Won (7-6)|
Playing Style and Techniques
Niou is an All-Rounder and is able shown to be very able in both Doubles and Singles. He is also amongst the few characters who have been shown to be ambidextrous. Since in the Kanto Regional Tournament Final he played several games with his Right-Hand while pretending to Yagyuu.
Though he is not one of the 3 Monsters/Demons of Rikkai, Niou is described to be the "most troublesome player on court" by not only Inui, but also his Captain, Yukimura.
He is also able to live up to his nickname as The Trickster. As he is able to create an Illusion in which he can become any other Schoolers and behave and perform like them as long as it is within his physical capabilities which explains why he is shown to only imitate School players.
The Trickster could also referring to many other minor tricks, such as hiding his partner Yagyuu from Kikumaru who finally took the shot, making a false bleeding to make Yagyuu think he is badly hurt and could not run or, in Inui's dream, taking the ball in his racket heart to make Fuji's panic as he was looking for the ball during a Meteor Drive Shot.
Since Nio and Yagyuu are close friends, Nio knows some of Yagyuu's moves, including Laser Beam. He showed he can perfectly use it in a match against Nagoya Seitoku is the semi-finals of the Nationals.
Niou learned the Laserbeam off of Yagyuu and can use the technique efficently however it is significantly slower than Yagyuu's.
Niou creates an Illusion which gives the impression that he has become a different opponent. Niou can become any player as long as he has enough data on them and their play style is within his capability. He can become almost any School player since he has become a vast variety of other schoolers such as Tezuka Kunimitsu, Shiraishi Kuranosuke and Kikumaru Eiji. Through these Illusions, he can use almost all of the techniques of the player he has become, making him an extremely troublesome opponent. Some of the most notable moves Niou can use include:
- Tezuka Zone (as Kunimitsu Tezuka)
- Zero Shiki Drop (as Tezuka)
- Zero Shiki Serve (as Tezuka)
- Tezuka Phantom (as Tezuka)
- Hyaku Ren Jitoku no Kiwami (Pinnacle of Hard Work) (as Tezuka)
- Saiki Kanpatsu no Kiwami (Pinnacle of Great Wisdom) (as Tezuka)
- Synchro (as Eiji Kikumaru with Oishi Shuichiro/a triplet with Yūma and Yūho, or With Keigo Atobe by being Atobe Keigo).
- Perfect Tennis (as Shiraishi Kuranosuke)
- Twist Serve (as Ryoma Echizen)
Meteor Drive (In Inui's dream)
In his singles match against Seigaku's Fuji, Nio shows his own move. This move is similar to Fuji's Hoshi Hanabi. Nio hits it high into the air and crash lands by the baseline of the opponents side of the court, meteor style.
U-17 Camp Stats
- Speed: 3
- Technique: 5
- Mental: 5
- Stamina: 3
- Power: 2
- Hobby: Playing darts.
- Father's Occupation: Company employee (construction company)
- Spends allowance on: secret
- Motto: Straddle the black, white horse. Back up by going forward, forward
- Best subject: Math
- Worse subject: Music
- Most visited spot in school: Rooftop
- Favorite Color: Blue
- Favorite Food: Yakiniku (fried meat)
- Favorite movie: "8 1/2"
- Favorite book: Paradies der falschen Vögel (The Trickster's Paradise)
- Favorite music: Jazz
- Favorite type: A girl who is full of strategies or good at diplomacy
- Favorite Date spot: Sea
- Most wanted item now: Screw and driver (usage unknown)
- Daily routine: Preparation and review for class
- Dislikes/bad at: Heat
- Special skill aside tennis: Archery, gun-shooting games
Daily School Life
- 06:45 - Oversleeps. Forgets to eat breakfast
- 07:00 - Goes to school. Morning practice
- 08:30 - First Period: Music
- 09:30 - Second Period: Calligraphy
- 10:40 - Third Period: Science/Meteorology
- 11:40 - Fourth Period: Mathematics
- 12:30 - Lunch break: Brings his yakiniku special from Umikaze to the rooftop
- 13:15 - Impersonates a teacher at the eastern gate and feeds a stray cat
- 13:30 - Fifth Period: Civics (afternoon nap)
- 14:30 - Sixth Period: German
- 15:30 - Tennis Club. Becomes Yukimura with his Illusion
- 18:00 - Gun shooting at the game center
- 18:30 - Eats dinner at the coffee shop
- 19:30 - Returns home, works on something
- 20:00 - Gathers information on the internet
- 20:30 -Calls Yagyuu and asks about the scope of the test
- 21:00 - Ups his concentration by throwing darts
- 21:30 - Goes out to watch the late show
- 01:00 - After returning home, showers then sleeps
Note form Marui: Even though we had a recorder test, he wasn't in the music classroom. It's too bad he wasn't there to hear my genius performance.
Note from Yukimura: He can even become me. What a truly frightening guy. However, during practice, it's better if you don't become me too much.
- When Sanada lost to Ryoma, Nio had the opportunity to slap him.
- Nio is not afraid of Sanada.
- According to Shiraishi, Nio does not take the required amount of calories in a day.
- Apparently, Nio is low in Vitamin D.
- Whenever Nio becomes Yukimura, he would be a victim of Yips.
- At the age of 12, Nio skipped the sports festival. Also, he participated in learning outside of school at a circus.
- He visited the architecture department of a technical high school during the high school/college observation trip.
- Yanagi has witnessed Nio feeding a stray cat on the school grounds.
- As a child, Nio loved surprising people and acting differently- a reason for why he says "Puri" and stick his tongue out while imagining his family becoming frantic
- According to Jackal, Nio has used Illusion to become every tennis regular, except for him.
- He is so mysterious that no one knows where he lives.
- Nio enjoys spreading rumours about people. His latest victim was Sanada (saying he was flirting with someone).
- His family members all mimic one another.
- In the Ano Koro no Oujisama - The Princes From Back Then, Nio is seen riding on top of the rails of a bridge after leaving behind a note saying, "I'm going on a journey." He left his parents' house in Shikoku and was heading towards Honshuu. However, he got hungry in the end and went home in the evening.
- He is left-handed, which means that up to the point when the switch was revealed, both he and Hiroshi Yagyū were playing with their non-dominant hands for the match against the Golden Pair.
- He is the only Rikkaidai member Inui Sadaharu doesn't have a data on.
- There is a large tree on campus where a lot of love confessions happen. In databook 40.5, there is a photo of Nio being confessed to. Nio very politely declined the confession.