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Shūsuke Fuji
Kanji

不二 周助

Rōmaji

Fuji Shūsuke

Nicknames

Tensai (Genius/Prodigy)
Dream Pair (together with Eiji)
Fujiko-chan (by Kawamura & Eiji)

Characteristics
Gender

Male

Age

14

Height

167 cm

Weight

53 kg

Birthday

February 29

Horoscope

Pisces

Eyesight (Unaided)

Left: 1.2
Right: 1.0

Blood Type

B

Family

Father
Yoshiko (Mother)
Yūta Fuji (Younger Brother)
Yumiko Fuji (Older Sister)

Education
Junior High

Seigaku (3rd Year)

Class

3-6

Seat

14

Club Position

Regular

Elementary School

Seishun (Seiharudai) Third (Dai-san) Elementary School

U-17 Training Camp

Court 7 (former)
Court 6

Tennis
Dominant Arm

Right

Play Style

Counter Puncher

Doubles Partner(s)

Kawamura Takashi

Racquet(s)

Prince (Michael Chang Titanium)
Prince (Triple Threat RIP)

Shoes

Nike (NIKE READY AIR BISCAYNE MID III)

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

Yuki Kaida (Japanese)
Adam Lawson (English, episodes 1–30)
Johnny Yong Bosch (English episodes 31–50)

Shūsuke Fuji (不二 周助, Fuji Shūsuke) is one of the Prince of Tennis characters. His name is romanized as Syusuke Fuji in the Japanese anime, and Shūsuke Fuji in all the English versions.

Background

Fuji Shūsuke is a third year student at Seishun Academy. He is given the title "tensai", or genius, due to his tactical skill on the tennis court. He is in the same class as Kikumaru Eiji, and is Eiji's good friend. Fuji is a leap year baby (February 29), and thus he can only properly celebrate his birthday once every four years. Fuji is cheerful and easygoing, though sometimes called sadistic because of his tendency to playfully tease those around him.

He is the middle child of the Fuji family. His unnamed father is a foreign-based employee, and is never seen in the series. His mother, 49-year-old Yoshiko, who also has perpetually-closed eyes, is seen in the manga as a kind and dedicated Japanese housewife. His younger brother, Yūta, is a tennis player at St. Rudolph. Fuji's older sister, 24-year-old Yumiko, is considered very attractive and is popular among both Fuji and Yūta's friends.

He grew up in Chiba, where he became friends with Saeki Kojirō, the current vice-captain of Rokkaku Middle School Tennis Club. Later on, he moved to Tokyo and entered Seigaku.

Fuji usually takes the position of S2 (Singles 2), although sometimes he is paired with Kawamura Takashi or Kikumaru Eiji in Doubles (with Kikumaru, they are called the "Dream Pair"). He and Echizen Ryoma temporarily take turns for the position of Singles 1 when captain Tezuka Kunimitsu is in rehabilitation.

Though Fuji is considered No. 2 in Seigaku, second to Tezuka, Chitose Senri expresses his thoughts that between the two, Fuji is scarier. Similarly, while Fuji believes the legendary Chitose to be the strongest in Shitenhoji, Tezuka believes Shiraishi Kuranosuke to be more frightening.

Fuji also seems to be one of few Seigaku Regulars (along with Oishi Shūichiro) who is genuinely close to Tezuka Kunimitsu , the captain of the tennis club. He and Tezuka are often seen together.

Appearance

  • An "Awakened" Fuji
  • Fuji with his eyes opened
  • A terrified Fuji in his freshmen year.

Fuji is often seen with a calm and content expression on his face, with his eyes seemingly closed from lightly smiling. However, when he is excited or provoked, or when playing seriously, Fuji reveals his sharp eyes (blue in the anime and light brown in the manga). He has well-layered light brown chin-length hair. His hair covers most of his forehead. He, like few other characters, has a pointy chin. His body is also fairly pale and slender.

Personality

No one truly knows his limit, not even he himself. Many belie
Fuji bros

The Fuji brothers out shopping.

ve that his limitless abilities can surpass each and every player in Prince of Tennis.

Fuji generally seems very relaxed and in control, whilst his opponent is pushing himself to the limit, giving many the impression that Fuji is either a genius, who knows how to save his energy during plays, or that he does not really care about tennis itself. There are very few people who can "wake" the true player in Fuji and force him to play seriously, and these few are either nationally-ranked or extremely talented tennis players. Seigaku teammates Tezuka Kunimitsu and Echizen Ryoma, Shitenhōji captain Shiraishi Kuranosuke, and Rikkai Dai Fuzoku Chuu regular Niō Masaharu have been acknowledged by Fuji to be actual challenges.

Fuji is particularly protective of his younger brother Yūta (probably to make up for former disagreements that almost brought them apart), as displayed throughout the series; he actively tries to "destroy" and punish those who have defeated his younger brother or have made him go through something dangerous (as proved by how differently he treats Akutagawa Jirō from Hyōtei and Mizuki Hajime from St. Rudolph. Though he holds no personal grudge towards Jirō, who won fairly against Yūta, he does resent Mizuki for a long time after seeing how he treated his brother as someone expendable to ensure his team's victory).

Yūta is also not the only person he has been protective of in this sense. He is very upset when he learns that Kirihara Akaya is the source of Kippei Tachibana's  injury, and forces his decision to 'destroy' him.

Prior to the Kantō Reigonal Tournament, Fuji states
Fuji defeated

Fuji's reaction when Tezuka defeated all of his Triple Counters in one play.

to himself and Tezuka that he has no motivation to win (at least in tennis). However, that changes upon seeing Tezuka's match against Atobe Keigo, and he plays seriously for the first time against Tezuka. He becomes so serious to the point where he even sheds a tear afterwards because the feeling of losing after trying his best was so "horrible" yet the "best".

The first to play a truly awakened/serious Fuji is Shiraishi Kuranosuke. Besides tennis, Fuji seems to hate lose in anything else he does, such as beach volleyball and winter sports. The first time his teammates have ever seen Fuji extremely disappointed in anything was after his match against Shitenhōji's Shiraishi Kuranosuke, where he suffers his first loss in a Singles match at an official tournament.

Fuji is possibly the only person on the entire Seigaku team who is immune to (most of) Inui Sadaharu's various concoctions. He is, however, not immune to "Aozu", a horrific blue vinegar and cod liver oil concoction; this drink causes his only blackout. His odd taste in food does not stop at Inui's gruesome health drinks, and he takes delight in wasabi rolls, honey-mustard, and horse radishes. However, later on, Fuji seems to work harder to not end up drinking the oddly colored liquids.

Fuji also has a bad habit of teasing the people that he like
Seigaku 3rd Year middle schoolers (reallt look like High Schoolers though)

The Seigaku seniors.

s, especially his young brother Yuuta. This is also evident in the dating sim Gakuensai no Oujisama where he would often make fun of the heroine in order to see "cute" her reaction. This would range from his flirtacious dialogue (saying heroine would look good in a maid costume or teasingly asking her if she'd like to be Yuuta's sister in law) to pretending he was exchanging diaries with Tezuka (indicating an intimate relationship).

Anime Only

It also appears that he has a bit of a sadis
  • "I like to see people suffer even more."
  • Fuji relaxing at home.
  • Fuji dressing up as a shinobi.
tic side, as revealed when Momoshiro asked him why he was running so hard in order to avoid drinking Inui's penal tea (even though he liked it). Shusuke simply answered with a smile that he enjoyed seeing other people suffer even more. This fact has only ever been mentioned in the anime.

He can't drink "Aozu", a horrific blue vinegar and cod liver oil concoction, though (Prince of Bowling). Inui has since believed that Fuji holds a grudge against him (shown in Prince of Billiards).

According to what Yumiko tells Mizuki Hajime and Yūta, Fuji never gets angry about what happens to him personally, and will only lose his cool if his family or friends are endangered (although this is somewhat contradicted by the events of the National Tournament. For example: Fuji is more upset about Tachibana Kippei's injuries and Kirihara's insults to Seigaku and Fudomine. He does not react in the same way when coach Ryūzaki is attacked during his doubles match with Kawamura Takashi against Higa Chū.

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Fuji in class.

Although Fuji does reveal his Fourth Counter in this match, never is his anger awakened like it was with Kirihara, making Fuji use more dangerous moves like the Knuckle Serve).

At times, Fuji tends to behave eccentrically. In episode 70, there is a mixed club day at his school, where the students are not allowed to play the sport that they are in. During this day, Fuji plays curling, which no one else plays, thus his words are, "Participants: zero, the championship is mine." (And perhaps indicating that he does at least at times care about "winning").

Fuji is fairly popular amongst
Initially Seigaku's 3 strongest before Echizen arrived

Seigaku's 3 strongest besides Ryoma.

his peers. In episode 134, he goes on a "date" with Kurumi (he had no choice; Momoshiro and Kikumaru made the decision for him), a grade schooler who falls in love with him at first sight, believing him to be her prince charming.

Despite his penchant for jokes and pranks off-tennis, Fuji can be insightful and even sweet when his friends need it. During his so-called date with little Kurumi, when she reveals that she doesn't believe Narumi, her older twin sister, understood her feelings, Fuji helps her sort out their problems, seeing his own situation with Yūta reflected in the sister's quarrels.

History

Two years Prior To The Storyline

Two years prior to the start of the series, Fuji along with Tezuka Kunimitsu and Inui Sadaharu stood out amongst the other members of the school. As it stated before in the anime that Seigaku were a Prefectural level school during that time. In an OVA the three of them are seen defeating their senpais with relative ease, and it is mentioned by Kawamura how amazing they were along with Oishi never losing in Doubles and Kikumaru's acrobatic ability.

Fuji challenges Tezuka to a match as Tezuka claimed his arm was fine. Fuji annihalates him 6-0 and realizes his arm must still be injured for such a win to happen. Fuji is completely mad at Tezuka and the two promise each other another match eventually.

One Year Prior To The Storyline

Fuji is stated in the Databook to have been a regular during this time.

Current Year

Fuji is first introduced in the series along with all of the other Seigaku regulars and is shown easily winning in his Intra-School ranking matches and is seen with the other regulars impressed with Echizen Ryoma as he pulls of huge upset defeats upon his arrival in beating Kaido Kaoru and Inui Sadaharu.

Districts

During the Tokyo Quarter-finals, Fuji was scheduled to play in the singles 1 slot against Gyokurin. He won the match easily with a 6-0.

During the finals against Fudomine's Ishida and Sakurai, Fuji played in the doubles 2 slot along with Kawamura. This is where Fuji revealed his first counter of the Triple Counters, Tsubame Gaeshi (The Swallow Return). On the brink of victory, Fuji nonetheless decided to forfeit the match after seeing Kawamura's wrist broken from returning Ishida's fearsome Hadoukyu.

Tokyo Prefecturals

During the Quarter-finals, Fuji was pitted against the school of his younger brother, St. Rudolph. He played in the singles 2 slot against St. Rudolph manager Mizuki Hajime. At first, Fuji looks like Mizuki has found all his weaknesses and loses 5 games in a row, only to reveal that he was toying with him. Fuji destroys Mizuki and sweeps the remaining games without the loss of a point, and wins 7-5.

Seigaku advances to the finals with the forfeit of their semi-finals opponents. In the finals, Seigaku played against Yamabuki Middle School. Fuji played in the doubles 2 slot with Kawamura against Nitobe and Kita. They lost (5-7 in the anime, 3-6 in the manga).

Regionals

In the first round of the Regionals, Seigaku played against Hyotei Academy. Fuji played in the singles 2 slot against the person who defeated his younger brother in a mere 15 minutes, Akutagawa Jirō. He easily won the match after not allowing Jiro to reach the net, 6-1. It is in this game that he reveals his Disappearing Serve and his third counter, Hakugei.

In the Quarter-finals, Seigaku played against Midoriyama (Josei Shonan in the anime). He was in the Singles 1 spot, but did not have the opportunity to play since Seigaku won three of the matches already.

The semi-finals were against Rokkaku Middle School, the top school from Chiba and a long-time regional tennis powerhouse. Their two schools were also long-time rivals and partners for practice matches.

Fuji played in the doubles 1 slot along with his close friend Eiji. They played against Fuji's childhood friend, Saeki Kojirō, and his partner Itsuki. They are initially at a disadvantage, with Eiji's movements being tracked by Saeki, and with Fuji initially stopped from hitting Tsubame Gaeshi by Itsuki's returns being devoid of any spin. But Fuji and Eiji eventually win (6-3 in the manga, 6-2 in the anime) after Fuji realised how to make a near perfect Tsubame Gaeshi by using his own racket to add more spin to the ball. He and Eiji later trick Saeki to hit towards Fuji for him to return with a Tsubame Gaeshi.

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Fuji after being hit in the head by a shot from Kirihara.

During the finals agaist Rikkaidai, Fuji played in the singles 2 slot against their second year ace, Kirihara Akaya. Fuji was injured multiple times but he did not care about his own well-being but for others. After learning that Kirihara was behind Ryoma's knee injury, he was angry enough that he began to play seriously. He used all his triple counters against Akaya; however, that was not enought to win. When the score was 3-0 in Fuji's favor, Kirihara smashes a ball at Fuji's head, which leaves him temporarily blind. Despite being blind, his senses were sharpened and he was eventually able to return the balls by feeling their presence. He won the match with a score 7-5 when Kirihara while in Muga no Kyōchi lost his grip on the racquet from hitting Sanada's Ka.

Regional Select Invitationals Camp

In this anime-only arc, Fuji along with his Seigaku teammates recieve an invite to the Kanto Region Japan Junior Training Camp.

Regional Select Invitationals

Fuji is chosen as a representative for the Kanto Region Japan Junior Team. He is selected to play as Singles Two against Arnold Ignashov, who was known as 'tennis machine'. This resulting a battle of the genius vs the tennis machine. Though Arnold's coach talked to him in an attempt to make him feel sorry for Arnold and ensure that this one would win, Fuji won the match for he realized that the only reason a loss would result in Arnold returning to his hellish previous life was his coach.

Prior to Nationals

A few days after returning from the joint training camp with Rokkaku, Fuji plays a practice match against Fudomine's Tachibana Kippei, a national-level player who breaks each of Fuji's Triple Counters. Realizing that his counters are not enough for a national-level tournament, Fuji develops his fourth counter, Kagerō Zutsumi (Dragonfly Illusion).

Nationals

  • Fuji using Higuma Otoshi.
  • Fuji/Kawamura after defeating Hirakoba/Chinen pair.
  • Fuji on the brink against Shiraishi

Fuji and the rest of the Seigaku team arrive at the Nationals and witness the straight set demolition of Rokkaku by Higa Chuu, who are set to be their first opponents of the tournament. Higa display a violent manner of tennis while playing against Rokkaku which Seigaku greatly disapproves of.

The 2nd Round begins with Seigaku taking on Higa Chuu and after Echizen Ryoma wins Singles 3 against Tanishi Kei , giving Seigaku the lead, Fuji plays in Doubles 2 with Kawamura against the Chinen Hiroshi and Hirakoba Rin pair. At first, Fuji and Kawamura are in trouble as for the first time, Fuji's triple counters are completely sealed by Hirakoba Rin who uses Shukuchiho to great effect.

In addition to this, Hirakoba's technique Habu, which involves a wild spin on the ball after bouncing makes Hadoukyuu nearly impossible to use. The match drags on to Higa Chuu taking a 5-3 lead. At triple-match point for Higa, Hirakoba decides to show off Ohabu, an even better form of Habu. It is here that Fuji reveals his Fourth Counter. Both Chinen and Hirakoba were helpless against the shot. And due to Hirakoba's overuse of Habu, the next Habu serve had far less spin on it, and Kawamura was able to return it using his now unsealed Hadoukyuu. Thanks to Fuji's Fourth Counter and the newly revitalized Hadoukyuu, Fuji and Kawamura eventually win 7-5.

Fuji is rested during the match against Hyotei in the Quarterfinals. It is the first time that he was placed as a reserve player. In the Semifinals, Fuji plays in Singles 3 against Shiraishi Kuranosuke of Shitenhouji. At first he is shockingly overwhelmed by Shiraishi's "Perfect Tennis" or "Bible Tennis", which breaks all his counters and quickly falls behind 5-0, unable to get even a point. Seemingly at the brink, Fuji finally awakens his dormant potential, and reveals not only an evolved form of all three Triple-Counters, but additionally revealing his Fifth Counter, Hecatoncheires no Monban, and catches up. Ultimately though, he loses 6-7 in a heartbreaking fashion due to a last lob (which left Shiraishi helpless) ended up being a few centimeters out.

In the Finals of the Nationals, Seigaku were on course for a complete disaster after losing a tense Singles 3 and Doubles 2 to Rikkai Daigaku Fuzoku. With everything on resting on the shoulders of Fuji for Singles 2 against Niou Masaharu, Fuji jumps into an early lead, but the Trickster of the Courts shockingly takes the shape of Tezuka and later Shiraishi. The fate of Seigaku rests on Fuji's ability to defeat his two strongest adversaries. It is in this game that Fuji unveils his Sixth Counter.

U-17 Camp

  • The Fuji brothers easily obtain balls.
  • Fuji at the start of the Team Shuffle.
  • Fuji requesting a serious match against Tezuka.
  • Fuji against Tezuka before the latter leaves to Germany.
  • Fuji in action against Tezuka.
  • An emotional Fuji after what is likely his last match with close friend Tezuka.

Fuji along with the rest of the Seigaku regulars and several other middle schoolers recieve invitations to the All-Japan Junior Training Camp, which, for the first time ever, allowed Middle Schoolers to compete for Representative places along with High Schoolers. Fuji like all the 50 middle schoolers, was able to obtain a ball that fell from the helicopter where the conditions were those without a ball must go home.

Afterwards, the Mental Coach arrives and asks individuals to pair up. Believing this to be for doubles games, Fuji pairs up with his younger brother Yuuta. The Mental Coach coldly requests all pairs to play short tie-break games. The loser of the tie-break games must go home. Fuji effortlessly beats his younger brother, however Yuuta is pleased his older brother played seriously. Later on, Yuuta is taken to the mountains to train while Shusuke defeats his next High School opponent(s) to become a member of the 6th Court.

Fuji, Yukimura and Shiraishi's room, with Shiraishi and his pet bug Kaburiel

Fuji with Yukimura Seiichi and Shiraishi in the U-17 Camp Dorm.

In the anime, during Ryoma, Kenya, and Kei's special mission for Coach Nyudō, Fuji wakes up after Kei causes the alarm system to sound after running through the lasers. He and Shiraishi are confused as to why the alarm was sounding, but they never find out that it was because of their fellow middle schoolers.

Team Shuffle

Fuji looks on as part of the large audience of the Team Shuffle between 5th Court and 3rd Court where the 5th Court became victors and swapped places with the latter. Afterwards, he and Tezuka have their promised match after Tezuka unlocks Muga no Kyouchi: Tenimuhou no Kiwami.

Fuji is unable to match this like all other players in the series and is effortlessly defeated by Tezuka, the first time in the series that Fuji was shown to be effortlessly defeated. However Fuji in this scene promised to himself that he has to go higher. Fuji returns back to the Team Shuffle with Kikumaru Eiji who witnessed the match between his teammates while Tezuka goes off to Germany. The middle schoolers then get involved in a massive pillow fight.

U-17 Camp Revolution

Fuji is then present at the camp for the return of the Top 10 and the shocked to hear news that No.s 11-19 have all been replaced by Middle Schoolers (Yukimura + members of the "Revolutionary Brigade").

Genius 10 Challenge

After the battle for the No.1 nation ended with Byoudouin Houou defeating Tokugawa Kazuya followed by Echizen Ryoma's expulsion from the camp for interfering with the match, the head coach who is revealed to be Mifune announces that there will be a World Cup U-14 division and Fuji is amongst the list of Middle Schoolers announced on the team of 14 players to represent Japan. 

Tennis Record

Tournament Matches

Tournament Round School Position Partner Opponent(s) Score
2008 Tokyo District Quarterfinals Gyokurin Singles 1 None Nakano Won (6-0)
2008 Tokyo District Finals Fudomine Middle School Doubles 2 Kawamura Takashi Ishida Tetsu/Sakurai Masaya Forfeit (5-3)
2008 Tokyo Prefectual Quarterfinals St. Rudolph Singles 2 None Mizuki Hajime Won (7-5)
2008 Tokyo Prefectual Finals Yamabuki Middle School Doubles 2 Kawamura Takashi Nitobe Inakichi/Kita Uchiuma Lost (3-6)
2008 Kantō Regionals Round 1 Hyōtei Academy Singles 2 None Jirō Akutagawa Won (6-1)
2008 Kantō Regionals (NOTE-1) Quarterfinals Midoriyama Singles 1 None Tsuta Akane None (NOTE-2)
2008 Kantō Regionals (NOTE-1) Quarterfinals Josei Shonan Singles 1 None Kajimoto Takahisa None (NOTE-2)
2008 Kantō Regionals Semi-Finals Rokkaku Middle School Doubles 1 Kikumaru Eiji Saeki Kōjirō/Itsuki Marehiko Won (6-2)
2008 Kantō Regionals Finals Rikkai Dai Fuzoku Chuu Singles 2 None Kirihara Akaya Won (7-5)
2008 Nationals Round 2 Higa Middle School Doubles 2 Kawamura Takashi Hiroshi Chinen/Hirakoba Rin Won (7-5)
2008 Nationals Quarterfinals Hyōtei Academy Reserve Player None None None
2008 Nationals Semi-Finals Shitenhōji Singles 3 None Kuranosuke Shiraishi Lost (6-7)
2008 Nationals Finals Rikkai Dai Fuzoku Chuu Singles 2 None Niō Masaharu Won (7-5)
  • NOTE-1 The match against Midoriyama only took place in the manga, while Josei Shonan's match existed only in the anime.
  • NOTE 2 No results due to Seigaku already winning 3 sets
  • NOTE-3 In the manga, Fuji won with the score of 7-5, while in the anime, Fuji won with the score of 6-4.

Seigaku Ranking Matches

Day Block Opponent(s) Score
4/2008 Block C Nagayama Michio Won (Unknown)
4/2008 Block C Kawamura Takashi Unknown
6/2008 Block C Hiratsuka Kazuya Won (6-0)
6/2008 Block C Yoshimura Yū Won (6-0)
6/2008 Block C Yoshimura Shun Won (Unknown)
6/2008 Block C Arai Masashi Won (6-0)
6/2008 Block C Kikumaru Eiji Unknown
8/2008 (ANIME ONLY) Block D Tezuka Kunimitsu Loss (6-7)

Unofficial Matches

Day Location Type of Match Partner Opponent(s) Score
2006 Seigaku Singles Match None Tezuka Kunimitsu Won (6-0) (NOTE-1)
5/2008 Seigaku Singles Match None Echizen Ryoma Interrupted (4-3)
7/2008 Seigaku Doubles Match Unknown Kamio Akira/Ibu Shinji Unknown
8/2008 Seigaku Training Camp (Anime only) Singles Match None Oshitari Yūshi Won (7-5)
8/2008 Street Tennis Courts Singles Match None Tachibana Kippei Unfinished (NOTE-2)
  • NOTE-1 Due to Tezuka's arm still being injured after an incident, he was unable to play to his full potential, which was something that Fuji was not happy about.
  • NOTE-2 The score was at least 15-30 during the 1st game (with Tachibana serving), but due to Fuji's racquet strings breaking, the match was unable to be continued.

U-17 Camp Results

Type of Match Partner Opponent(s) Score
Tiebreaker-Style Elimination Match None Fuji Yuuta Won(7-0)
Player Shuffle None Unkown High Schooler Won(Unkown)
Unofficial Match None Tezuka Kunimitsu Lost(Unknown)

Playing Style and Techniques

Fuji is a counterpuncher, playing a steady game and attacking at the right time. Most of his techniques are designed to specifically counter an opponent's strength, which gives him the title of a genius. Throughout the series, he has been shown to utilize his counters in creative ways, as shown in the anime matches against Rokkaku and Tezuka, and against Shiraishi with his upgraded counters.

Fuji's tennis senses are extremely amazing, which adds to his title as a genius. His ball control is amazing enough to keep an amazing serve-and-volley player like Jirou chained at the baseline even without Hakugei and he can hit cord balls despite having his eyes closed. His control is emphasized more in the anime, where he has been shown to force an opponent to hit a cord ball. He is able to adapt to situations relatively quickly, being shown to play with Closed Eyes in the manga despite being blinded in a short period of time and coming up with several new counters on the fly, as shown against his match with Shiraishi. His senses are sharpened to the point that he can read the wind, allowing him to create amazing counters such as Hakugei and Hoshi Hanabi.

His body is noted to be very flexible, evidenced by his playstyle which utilizes many amazing moves and beautiful shots, although Shiraishi has noted that Fuji does not move very efficiently. Fuji's power is somewhat lacking compared to others, as Ishida assumed that he would be unable to return his Hadokyu in their Doubles match and in a private match against Tachibana, Fuji was overpowered by Tachibana's raw power in his Wild Beast Mode.

Serve and Volley

After facing Jirou in the Hyotei arc, Fuji sometimes during matches might change his play style to serve and volley. Though he is not nearly as good as a regular serve and volley player, he still can do it.

Counters

Sometimes called the "Three Counter Moves" (or more often called the Triple Counters). Game sealing returns, the counters are techniques that could only be pulled off by a genius like Shūsuke Fuji. Each counter has a very low chance of being returned. Later on in the series, during the Nationals, Fuji upgrades his Triple Counters and reveals more counters: Kagerō Zutsumi, Hecatoncheires no Monban and Hoshi Hanabi.

Although Fuji develops six counters, his set of counters is still called "Triple Counters". Fuji's first four counters are based on animals: Tsubame Gaeshi: Swallow; Higuma Otoshi: Brown Bear; Hakugei: Whale; Kagerō Zutsumi: Dragonfly. When Fuji "evolves" his Triple Counters in his game against Shiraishi, their new names are based on mythical creatures: Houou Gaeshi: Phoenix; Kirin Otoshi: Qilin; Hakuryu: Dragon.

TsubameGaeshi

Tsubame Gaeshi

Tsubame Gaeshi (つばめ返し, Tsubame Gaeshi, trans. "Swallow Return")

The first of Fuji's counters to be shown and the one he is often most associated with. Fuji utilizes his opponent's topspin by returning the ball with an extreme slice that doubles the amount of spin. The slice combines with the topspin and causes the ball to dip toward the ground and continue rolling across the court without a bounce. Tsubame Gaeshi can still be returned if it is hit before it touches the ground, which only a handful of players have succeeded in doing. Additionally, Tsubame Gaeshi can be sealed when an opponent can hit "sinkers" (balls without spin). Fuji can still hit an incomplete Tsubame Gaeshi by rolling the ball with his racket, adding some spin to hit a heavy slice, but it is not complete, as the ball does not have enough spin to roll across the court, and will still have a slight bounce. However, Fuji can force the opponent to hit cord balls (balls that hit the top of the net before going in), which forces the ball to spin, and along with rolling the ball with his racket, he can pull off a perfect Tsubame Gaeshi.

In his match against Tezuka, Fuji uses the Tsubame Gaeshi in a reverse manner, dubbed the Reverse Tsubame Gaeshi (リバースつばめ返し). Instead of adding backspin to an opponent's topspin shot, Fuji adds extreme topspin to a slice/backspin shot. This also causes the ball to simply roll along the ground, like the original Tsubame Gaeshi, making it almost impossible to return.

Brown Baer

Higuma Otoshi

Higuma Otoshi (羆落とし, Higuma Otoshi, trans. "Bear Drop")

By quickly rotating his body, Fuji uses centripetal force to absorb the force of any overhead smash; he then returns the ball with a lob that almost always lands on the opponent's baseline.

This counter is first broken by Echizen Ryoma, who hits cord balls to change the trajectory of his smash, therefore altering the position of Fuji's lob and forcing the ball out. Powerful smashes can also overpower the centrifugal force used to nullify the force of a smash. In the first round of the National Tournament, the Shukuchihō technique of Higa Chuu renders the counter useless, as Higa players can move from the baseline to the net and vice versa in "one step".

Hakugei

Hakugei

Hakugei (白鯨, Hakugei, trans. "White Whale")

Fuji's third counter, Hakugei is a super slice lob with such extreme backspin that as soon as it passes over the net on to the opposite court, it curves upwards out of sight, than it falls straight down (usually on the baseline), and it flies back to Fuji's hand. However, Fuji needs wind to use Hakugei. It is first shown during Fuji's match against Hyōtei's Akutagawa Jirō. Hakugei can be returned if the opponent is fast enough to hit the ball as it flies back to Fuji's hand. Fuji can also change the direction of the ball after it hits the opponent's court, either to go with the direction of the wind or to lessen the chance of a return.

In the anime, Fuji changes the direction in his match against Tezuka, where Tezuka approaches the net to wait for the technique, but Fuji adapts and the ball instead flies into the net away from Tezuka.

Hakugei is completely broken by Shiraishi Kuranosuke's Perfect Tennis when he changes the direction of how he returns the ball by 90 degrees, hitting it softly in a lateral way.

4th Counter

Fourth Counter absorbing and removing spin from a shot.

Kagerō Zutsumi (蜉蝣包み, Kagerō Zutsumi, lit. Dragonfly Illusion)

Fuji's fourth counter, Kagerō Zutsumi uses both hands as he brings his racket down in an overhead swing that both contains and nullifies all spin on the ball. The ball is then returned devoid of spin, and gives the other player the illusion that the ball is farther than it actually is. {C}This counter is first revealed in Seigaku's first Doubles match with Kawamura against Higa Chū in the National Tournament. However, Kagerō Zutsumi is apparently useless against Kuranosuke Shiraishi's Perfect Tennis as the returning ball without spin comes to Shiraishi's court very slowly and he simply smashes the ball to win the point.

Houou Gaeshi

Fuji using Houou Gaeshi.

Hōō Gaeshi (鳳凰返し, Hōō Gaeshi, lit. Phoenix Return)

The upgraded version of Tsubame Gaeshi Fuji creates in his match against Shiraishi. Unlike Tsubame Gaeshi, Hōō Gaeshi sinks at a higher rate and is closer to the net, thus making it much harder to return before it lands.

Hōō Gaeshi is first defeated by Niō Masaharu in Tezuka's form; like the Tsubame Gaeshi, the ball can be returned by hitting the ball before it touches the ground.

Kirin Otoshi

Fuji using Kirin Otoshi.

Kirin Otoshi (麒麟落とし, Kirin Otoshi, lit. Kirin/Qilin Drop)

The upgraded version of Higuma Otoshi. The only visible difference from this technique is that Fuji uses two hands to repel Shiraishi's smash rather than the one handed Higuma Otoshi. In the OVA, it reaches the opponent's baseline much faster than Higuma Otoshi.

Kirin Otoshi is first defeated by Niō Masaharu, who uses Tezuka's form to return the ball by using the Tezuka Zone to make the ball enter his side rather than letting it go to his baseline.

Hakuryuu

The way Hakuryuu does not return.

Hakuryū (白, Hakuryū, lit. White Dragon)

The upgraded version of Hakugei. Unlike Hakugei, Hakuryū rises much higher into the sky. Instead of spinning backwards to Fuji, the ball will bounce towards the sides.

Hakuryū is first defeated by Niou Masaharu, who uses Tezuka's form and returns the ball by smashing it before it bounces.

5th Counter

Fuji using Fifth Counter - Hecatoncheires no Monban.

Hecatoncheires no Monban (百腕巨人の門番, Hekatonkeiru no Monban, lit. Gate Keeper of Hecatoncheires)

Fuji's fifth counter (first stated to be his "final" counter), Hecatoncheires no Monban, is actually translated to "The Hundred Armed Giant", but this is a title from Greek Mythology, and thus kept with the name "Gate Keeper of Hecatoncheires".

Using the reverse side of the racket, Fuji uses the slide of the oncoming ball over the gut and forcing a super spin to the ball. Then by instantaneously reversing his wrist and using the other side of the racket, he doubles the spin yet again. The way this counter works is from the extreme underspin Fuji creates, forcing the ball being returned back to him being a topspin, and topspins have a faster sink, making the ball sink before it passes the net.

Shiraishi Kuranosuke manages to overcome the tremendous spin of the ball and breaks this counter by creating a counter-spin on the ball just strong enough for the ball to go beyond the net as a cord ball.

Hoshi Hanabi (星花火, Hoshi Hanabi, lit. Star Fireworks)

Hoshi Hanabi is Fuji's sixth counter. He reveals it during the Singles 2 match against Rikkai Dai's Niō Masaharu in the National Finals.

When the opponent hits a cord ball as a result of returning Hecatoncheires no Monban, Fuji responds by launching the ball straight into the sky, out of anyone's field of vision. Due to a certain wind, the ball will then crash land at a very high speed with an irregular spin and it will bounce to any side. He first used this technique in his match against Shitenhōji's Shiraishi on his last shot but the shot was out. The name of the technique was not yet revealed that time.

According to Sadaharu Inui, Hoshi Hanabi can be performed by Fuji because he can read the wind.

Serves

Disappearing Serve (消えるサーブ)
Cutserve

Fuji using Disappearing Serve.

Otherwise known as a "cut-serve", but because Fuji spins the ball as he drops it, this particular underhand serve makes the ball also disappears. While not as fast or powerful as most serves, many players are caught off guard by the way the ball abruptly "cuts" to the left (the returner's right), and in a sense "disappears". Fuji first uses this move when he faces Jirō Akutagawa from Hyōtei Academy.

The Disappearing Serve is completely broken by Shiraishi's Perfect Tennis during the National Semifinals.

Others

Closed Eye

Fuji using Closed Eye.

Closed Eye (心の瞳)

A state that sharpens Fuji's abilities greatly. Fuji used it first at Kantō Finals during his match with Kirihara after he blinded him with a smash. But it's at the National Finals in his match against Niō Masaharu when Fuji refines his "Closed Eye" mode, even being able to aim for a cord ball and break all of Tezuka's techniques, including Hyaku Ren Jitoku and Saiki Kanpatsu no Kiwami.

Anime Only

Upper Body Split Step

This move was created out of need at the Kantō Tournament finals during his match with Kirihara who hurt Fuji's knee. The difference in speed allows Fuji to cover the court more effectively.

Australian Formation

In episode 136: Junior Selection Camp, Gathered, Fuji and Saeki pair up as a doubles pair against Inui and Yanagi pair. When they were losing, both Fuji and Saeki surprised viewers with their ability to use the Australian Formation. This allowed Fuji to use his first counter, Tsubame Gaeshi, in the match.

Knuckle Serve (ナックルサーブ)

This move is shown when Fuji is playing Akaya Kirihara from Rikkai Dai in the anime. Due to the fact that Fuji is angry, he uses the Knuckle Serve to take revenge. Before the user throws the ball in the air, the user squeezes the ball first to add an extreme and unpredictable spin. Its direction can only be seen by the one who served it.

U-17 Camp Stats

  • Speed: 3
  • Technique: 5
  • Mental: 4
  • Stamina: 3
  • Power: 3

Personal Information

  • Foot Size: 25 cm
  • Hobbies: collecting/taking care of cactus, photography, and billiards.
  • Uses allowance on: Necessities for his cacti
  • Favorite Motto: "What is precious is invisible to the eye."
  • Elementary School: Seiharudai Daisan
  • Favorite Subject: Classics
  • Worst Subject: Science
  • Committee: Yearbook Production Committee Member
  • Often visited place in school: Photography Room
  • Favorite Color: Beige.
  • Favorite Foods: Apples, Cajun Cuisine, spicy ramen noodles
  • Favorite Movies: Musicals
  • Favorite Books: Interior design magazines
  • Favorite Music: Celtic music
  • Preferred Type: elegant girls with nice manners and pretty fingers.
  • Favorite date spot: Planetarium
  • Most wanted thing right now: Antique interior furnishing or tableware
  • Daily Routine: Looking after his cacti and drinking morning coffee
  • Doesn't like/bad at doing: Sour things, Things that taste like vinegar
  • Special skill aside from tennis: Skiing, ice skating, and other winter sports.

Daily School Life

  • 06:00 - Rises from bed, breakfast (waffles and morning coffee)
  • 06:30 - After taking care of his cacti, morning call to Yuuta
  • 06:50 - Goes to school. Morning practice
  • 08:40 - First Period: Japanese (a secret letter from Kikumaru circulates around and comes to him)
  • 09:40 - Second Period: Music; Jazz Aprreciation
  • 10:30 - Strolls around inside the school during break time, takes a photo of Tezuka with his glasses off
  • 11:00 - Third Period: English; Mini Test
  • 12:00 - Fourth Period: Society/Japanese History
  • 12:50 - Lunch break: After eating his bento, develops the photo of Tezuka in the photography room
  • 13:20 - Fifth Period: Physical Education; Marathon Training
  • 14:20 - Sixth Period: Long Homeroom: regarding Off-Campus Learning
  • 15:30 - Visits the library, borrows a book about myths from Ryoma, who's on [library] duty
  • 16:00 - Club Activities: Practices hitting balls with his eyes closed
  • 18:00 -  Visits Kawamura's house, gets Kawamura to lend him a game
  • 19:00 - Returns home, dinner
  • 19:30 -  Has homemade apple pie with his mother and older sister for tea time
  • 20:30 - Bathes (soaks half his body in the jacuzzi)
  • 22:00 -  Puts on a record while reading
  • 23:30 - Goes to bed after stargazing

Note from Mizuki: Nfufu, it appears that they promised to meet up this weekend. They arranged to meet in a coffee shop? I shall go along too.

Note form Kawamura: The game that Yuuta-kun wanted to play, I just happened to have it. Since he already went through the trouble [of visiting], we should've gone to eat dinner too.

Tennis Bag Content

  • Cell phone
    For the Fuji family where everyone goes out a lot, the cell phone is an indispensable item.
  • Pass case
    For school commute use from the beginning of the fixed term, all kinds of cards like cash cards and the like are stored here.
  • The Little Prince (English edition)
    The Little Prince is one book in Fuji's heart. He read the Japanese edition, and right now he's in the middle of reading the English edition.
  • Vocabulary cards
    If there are words he doesn't know in The Little Prince, he'll copy them down, and he'll look them up in a dictionary when he goes home.
  • Writing implements
    When anything is duplicated in his camera, this is the notebook used to record the situation or the date and time of the picture and such.
  • Compact camera
    No matter what time, if he comes across a beautiful photographic subject, this handheld camera is for storing the pictures in it.
  • Hand-mirror
    Of course it's to check his personal appearance, and it's also for his reflex camera when he's taking pictures.

Relationships

  • Yuta - Fuji loves his younger brother very much and is protective of him ever since they were very young. Yuuta, initially, seems to dislike his older brother due to the fact he is almost always being compared to his brother. This was the reason why Yuuta left Seigaku to attended St. Rudolph. They eventually have a good brotherly relationship, and it makes Fuji happy to see Yuuta becoming stronger.
  • Tezuka Kunimitsu - Tezuka and Fuji have been very close friends since they were 1st year students. Fuji sees Tezuka as his rival in tennis having even skills against each other. Fuji really values his friendship with Tezuka. When Tezuka left U-17 for Germany - after losing to him - Fuji shed tears, not for his lost in tennis but for the final farewell to his closest friend. Tezuka is almost never seen without Fuji when they were in Seigaku and has shared some smiles with each other.
  • Yumiko - Shusuke and Yuuta's older sister, who is very supportive of her younger brothers. She is barely ever seen in the series. She is usually only mentioned in passing or seen giving Shuusuke rides home or to school.
  • Other senior regulars (Eiji, Oishi, Inui and Kawamura) - Fuji has a good friendship with his fellow seniors, knowing them since their 1st year. He is occasional Doubles partners with Eiji and Kawamura, and shares the same class and is seat mates with Eiji. Fuji and Inui are also on good terms, being that he is the only person on the team that enjoys the other's vegatable juice. He also respects Oishi, who is Tezuka's secondary and  the way he looks after all of them especially during Tezuka's absence.
  • The younger members (Ryoma, Momoshiro, Kaidoh and freshmen trio) - As a senpai Fuji cares for the younger members of the team, despite the usual provoking he does to them. Ryoma and Fuji have quite the rivaly, and has play him against his own limits. He also seems to treat him like his little brother (the fact he is the youngest on the team). Fuji also seems to able to keep Kaidoh and Momo in control when they get out of control. He is also on good terms with them and occasionally has friendly matches with them. Fuji also has a good relationship with the other freshmen club members.

Trivia

Character Trivia

  • Fuji is the youngest of the third years in the Seigaku Tennis club.
  • According to Inui in Fanbook 40.5, Fuji has won an award for his theory research on cacti. His theory paper has become a big topic and the analysis has earned praises from even the university researchers.
  • Fuji is shown to possess skills on the piano( as shown in Another Story 2) as well as horse-riding, and curling.

Anime

  • In the anime only, Fuji has a tendency to borrow items that have earned honor. For example, he borrows Taka's racket after Taka played honorably and he borrows Tachibana's grip tape after Tachibana tried hard to beat Rikkai Dai but sprained his ankle instead.

Other Trivia

  • The kanji for Fuji (不二) stands for 'not second', 'unparalleled', or 'peerless'. His name can also be seen as a bit of a pun when his hobbies and favorite foods are taken into account; Fujifilm is the world's largest photographic and imaging company, and one of Fuji's hobbies is photography. Fuji apples are a type of apple, and they are one of Fuji's favorite foods.
  • In a chibi episode and in TeniPuri family, Fuji is portrayed as a woman, playing off on his somewhat feminine looks. In the TeniPuri family episodes, he is the sweet yet impulsive Grandmother of the family and is often paired up with Tezuka, who plays the Grandfather. In the other Tenipuri chibi episode, settled in the Far West, he plays a damsel in distress-type girl searching for a Lone Gunman who later turns out to be Tezuka.
  • In all the Shonen Jump character popularity poll of series, Fuji has remained in the top two. Besides the second character popularity poll, where Fuji came in first place, Fuji has come in second place in every other poll.
  • Fuji and Echizen Ryoma came joint 1st in the 1st New Prince of Tennis Popularity Poll.
  • In addition, in the Valentine Chocolate specials of the manga, Fuji has constantly been in the top three recipients of chocolate, including receiving the most in 2001, with the exception of the years 2005 and 2006.
  • Fuji is one of the few male characters in the anime who is voiced by a female voice actor.
  • In the Japanese original, both Fuji and his sister Yumiko are voiced by Yuki Kaida.

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