Seishun Academy (3rd Year)
Unnamed (Younger Sister)
BackgroundOften referred to as "Taka-san", Kawamura specializes in power tennis. He is often placed in doubles and has been paired with Shusuke Fuji and Takeshi Momoshiro, but would sometimes play singles if another power tennis player is pitted in the position. He's also an old friend of Yamabuki player Jin Akutsu, whom he met in a karate dojo before he started playing tennis; when Akutsu retires from tennis after Yamabuki's loss to Seigaku, he makes Kawamura promise that he'll work hard in tennis from then on.
Kawamura has brown hair in a slight Elvis Presley hair style. He has relatively long side-burns. He also also slightly big ears. He has brown round eyes rather than "flat" eyes.
Kawamura is a soft-spoken person off the court, very gentle and shy, though still outspoken and stubborn when he takes a decision. However, he becomes extremely aggressive and loud once he grabs his racket, or any racket. This change in his personality is marked by him shouting "Burning!!!" "Great!!!" "Baby!" His personality along with these keywords when he holds a racket is most likely just for comic relief, but his personality change does have a large impact on his skills.
Kawamura's style of play is Aggressive Baseliner and in the original Japanese, he often punctuates his play with English expressions (In the English adaptations, he uses rather unorthodox language). There was a match were he was especially excited and the three first years commented that he was amazing, but that he was no longer speaking Japanese.
Two Years Prior To The Storyline
Kawamura joined Seigaku's tennis club as a first year student. Although he had a lot of power, he was ridiculed by many of the older members of the club because he had no other skills, and couldn't make successful shots; older regulars even nicknamed him "home-run guy" and said he should switch to the baseball team. However, he found close friends in his fellow first years, most of whom were notoriously skilled, such as Tezuka Kunimitsu, Fuji Shusuke, Oishi Shuichiro, Kikumaru Eiji, and Inui Sadaharu; Tezuka even told Kawamura openly that he was envious of his physical power. Together with them, he became a part of Seigaku's future.
He is currently a third year student, and in this year he has finally made it as one of the tennis team's regulars. He also works at his father's sushi shop, and intends to quit tennis after middle school to concentrate on his future career as a sushi chef. His goal is to own the #1 Sushi store in Japan.
Seigaku's first match in the regionals goes against last year's finalists Hyotei. This match is perhaps the most important match of the year for both teams as it means no matter the situation only one of the two big name teams would be able to go to the nationals. Kawamura plays in Singles 3 against Kabaji Munehiro in the contest between Power Players.
NationalsShitenhōji's Gin Ishida who knows 108 styles of Hadokyū, who appears to currently be the #1 Power Player. Kawamura's top shot is the Hadokyū, which he originally learned after seeing it performed by Fudomine Middle School's Tetsu Ishida, the younger brother of Gin.
After losing 23 points in a row to the first 23 styles of Hadoukyū, he is down 5-0, 40-0 when he is knocked into the stands, where he is caught by Akutsu. Inspired by Akutsu, Kawamura returns newly awakened and begins hitting Hadokyū's again. His final shot, what he called his Final Hadokyū. He injures Gin's wrist because the power of the Final Hadoukyū surpasses Gin's 108 styles of Hadoukyū. In the end, Gin was forced to forfeit and making Kawamura the #1 Power Player in Junior High School.
Prior To U-17 Camp
Shortly after the Nationals, Kawamura went to visit his younger relative who was staying in a hospital in Kanagawa and brought a stuffed to toy for her as a gift. On the way, he walks into a distracted Kirihara who was buying materials for his School's Ocean Festival where the Rikkai Dai Tennis club had to stage a production of Cinderella. AS he walks into Kirihara
Kawamura along with his Seigaku teammates recieves an invitation to the U-17 Camp due to the high quality of middle schoolers in this years tournament. He arrives at the camp with his teammates only to find that several other middle schoolers that the team have faced before are also invited to the camp. Kawamura like all of the 50 middle schoolers invited is able to retrieve a ball that the helicopter drops which was the requirement to be allowed to stay in the camp.
He watches as his fellow Middle Schoolers annihalate the weaker High Schoolers from the 10th Court and below who challenged them for the balls they obtained.
Right after the first official shuffle match, which was Momoshiro Takeshi losing against High Schooler Oni Juujiro and resulting in having pain in both of his wrists, the mental coach for the U-17 Camp Saito appears. He asks all the present middle schoolers to pair up with whoever they want, leading them to believe they are to be a doubles pair. Kawamura pairs up with his unruly friend Akutsu Jin who he not long ago persuaded to not start a fight with Oni. The Mental Coach suddenly declares all Middle Schoolers that the person that they paired with is the person they must take on in a tie-breaker match where the winner stays in the camp but the loser is sent home.
Kawamura is defeated by Akutsu 7-1 and is sent home. On the coach home, the losers argue amongst themselves about the fairness of being sent home and wanting a chance to take on those who defeated them again. The driver suddenly takes a detour being completely different from the route home which alarms the Middle Schoolers. The coach pulls up and tells the Middle Schooler's they have arrived. The Middle Schoolers step off the coach only to see the Mental Coach with the two Super Rookies Echizen Ryoma and Tooyama Kintaro waiting for them.
Coach Saito tells the Losers that if they dont want a gap to exist between those who defeated them and themselves that they should see if they can climb the cliff behind him. The Middle Schoolers brave the mountain climbing and reach the hidden mountain training camp with the drunken coach. While there, Kawamura and the other middle schoolers get involved in various dangerous tasks and most dangerously an eagle hunt.
Afterwards, the Middle School losers come back, not as losers but as the 2nd Court. It is unknown who took part in the matches, but the 8 players of the previous court were defeated and replaced. After some quick shuffle matches, the Top 20 U-17 players of Japan arrive back at the camp from their expedition. Kawamura and Kabaji watch from the background in one of the outer street style courts of the camp as challengers Nakagauchi Sotomichi and Miyako Shinobu get defeated and left in a bloodied state by 3rd Year High Schoolers No.12 Date Danji and No.13 Ban Rikiya and appear in front of them implying they want to challenge them. Date accepts the challenge and a match goes underway.
Unfortunately for Kawamura and Kabaji, Ban is able to handle every shot they throw at him displaying overwhelming technique as all but few shots were able to go past him. Date sends them flying countless times and leaves them in injured bloodied states with his Springtime of Danji shot. At match point for Date and Ban Kawamura uses the most powerful level of the 108th Hadoukyu which is the most powerful level of the shot against them as a serve. The serve is so powerful it stuns Ban and shatters a floodlight behind him which falls on top of him leaving Ban helpless in fear.
Luckily in the nick of time, Ban is saved by the selfless act of Kawamura and Kabaji who prevent the floodlight from crushing Ban by standing over him together. Moved by this, Date demands he and Ban hand them their badges despite overpower the Middle Schoolers completely, showing the great respect the High Schoolers have.
With this, Kawamura and Kabaji become 1st Stringers and the 12th and 13th Representatives of U-17 Japan and meet up with the new No.11-19s who were also Middle Schoolers that had just defeated 1st Stringers. The new No.s 11-19 return to the main courts and surprise the camp's members. The next day, the Top 10 take center stage and play against their Middle School challengers with the majority of the camp playing as the audience.
Official Middle School Tournaments
|2008 Tokyo District||Quarterfinals||Gyokurin||Singles 2||None||Shimizu||Won (6-0)|
|2008 Tokyo District||Semifinals||Mizu no Fuchi||Doubles 2||Fuji Shusuke||Egawa/Yamanishi||Won (6-0)|
|2008 Tokyo District||Finals||Fudomine Middle School||Doubles 2||Fuji Shusuke||Ishida Tetsu/Sakurai Masaya||Forfeit (5-3)|
|2008 Tokyo Prefectual||Round 3||Kamata||Doubles 2||Momoshiro Takeshi||Murata/Yagi||Won (6-0)|
|2008 Tokyo Prefectual||Round 4||Akiyama 3rd||Doubles 2||Fuji Shusuke||Morishima/Nishikawa||Won (6-0)|
|2008 Tokyo Prefectual||Quarterfinals||St.Rudolph||Reserve Player||None||None||None|
|2008 Tokyo Prefectual||Finals||Yamabuki Middle School||Doubles 2||Fuji Shusuke||Nitobe Inakichi/Kita Ichiuma||Lost (3-6)|
|2008 Kantō Regionals||Round 1||Hyōtei Academy||Singles 3||None||Kabaji Munehiro||No Game (2-2)|
|2008 Kantō Regionals (NOTE-1)||Quarterfinals||Midoriyama||Singles 2||None||Kongawa Junpei||None (NOTE-2)|
|2008 Kantō Regionals (NOTE-1)||Quarterfinals||Josei Shonan||Reserve Player||None||None||None|
|2008 Kantō Regionals||Semi-Finals||Rokkaku Middle School||Doubles 2||Momoshiro Takeshi||Kurobane Harukaze/Amane Hikaru||Won (7-6)|
|2008 Kantō Regionals||Finals||Rikkai Daigaku Fuzoku||Reserve Player||None||None||None|
|2008 Nationals||Round 2||Higa Middle School||Doubles 2||Fuji Shusuke||Hirakoba Rin/Chinen Hiroshi||Won (7-5)|
|2008 Nationals||Quarterfinals||Hyōtei Academy||Reserve Member||None||None||None|
|2008 Nationals||Semi-Finals||Shitenhōji||Singles 2||None||Ishida Gin||Won (0-5) NOTE-3|
|2008 Nationals||Finals||Rikkai Daigaku Fuzoku||Reserve Member||None||None||None|
- NOTE-1 The match against Midoriyama only took place in the manga, while Jōsei Shōnan's match existed only in the anime.
- NOTE-2 No result due to Seigaku already winning 3 sets.
- NOTE-3 Due to Ishida's hand being injured after directly attempting to return Kawamura's "Final Hadokyu," he was unable to continue and thus had to forfeit the match.
Seigaku Ranking Matches
|4/2008||Block C||Nagayama Michio||Won (Unknown)|
|4/2008||Block C||Fuji Shusuke||Unknown|
|6/2008||Block B||Ninose Manabu||Won (6-0)|
|6/2008||Block B||Nakahama Yūya||Won (Unknown)|
|6/2008||Block B||Hayashi Daisuke||Won (6-0)|
|6/2008||Block B||Nishi Hideto||Won (Unknown)|
|6/2008||Block B||Kaidō Kaoru||Unknown|
U-17 Camp Results
|Type of Match||Partner||Opponent||Score|
|Tiebreaker-Style Elimination Match||None||Akutsu Jin||Lost (1-7)|
|Foreign Expedition Group Challenge||Kabaji Munehiro||Danji Date/Ban Rikiya||Won (Unknown)|
Playing Styles and Techniques
Kawamura is an aggressive baseliner, mostly using his power to overwhelm his opponents. He mostly uses a two-handed forehand and backhand.
- A state which occurs whenever Kawamura holds a racket. He gets pumped up, giving his shots more power and increasing his skill level. In episode 70 in the anime, he entered "Burning" holding a baseball bat while he was playing baseball.
- Burning Serve (バーニングサーブ)
- An extremely fast serve that Kawamura uses when he is in his "burning" state.
- Hadoukyū (波動球)
- A very powerful maneuver that uses 120% of an arm's strength or power. Originally from Ishida Gin, copied by his brother, Tetsu Ishida of Fudomine, Kawamura began using Hadoukyū after being on its receiving end in a match between Seigaku and Fudomine. This fantasy move is based on the nonexistent principle that if given time to prepare, a player can charge the strength of his shot to give it more power. The technique is very dangerous to the arms of both the user and receiver. The move itself and its name is very similar to Street Fighter's Hadōken.
- In the manga "New Prince of Tennis", Kawamura was able to use the 108th level of this technique in a doubles battle between him and his doubles partner, Munehiro Kabaji, against the 1st string high schoolers. This is due to the rigorous training he recieved in the high cliff, where all the other losers went to, after he was defeated by Akutsu Jin.
- Two-Handed Hadoukyū (両手波動球)
- Similar to the original and one-handed Hadoukyū but with both arms. This lowers the risk of arm injuries caused by the original Hadoukyū by balancing the arm strength but reduces the power of the shot due to a smaller follow through. Additionally, using two hands severely limits the range of the shot.
- Dash Hadoukyū (ダッシュ波動球)
- Similar to the original Hadoukyū but performed while running or dashing towards the net. This strengthens the shot, because the momentum of the run or dash concentrates all the power of the body into one shot, but can be only used once or may break the wrist. This shot is first used in the match against Rokkaku in Doubles 2, where Kawamura teamed up with Takeshi Momoshiro against Hikaru Amane and Harukaze Kurobane. During his match with Ishida Gin, however, Kawamura is able to use the Dash Hadokyū multiple times in one match.
- Jump Hadoukyū (ジャンプ波動球)
- Similar to the original Hadoukyū but performed while jumping for a smash. This makes the shot extremely difficult to return. Can be performed using the original or two-handed Hadoukyū. (First seen in his match against Oishi).
- Final Hadoukyū (最期の波動球)
- This is a form of Hadoukyū that hasn't actually been officially named by Takeshi Konomi. Kawamura has only used Final Hadoukyū once, during his match with Ishida Gin. After losing 23 points in a row and getting down 5-0 40-0, he uses this shot with the inspiration of Akutsu. "Final Hadoukyū's" true power level is unknown, but it was said by Gin himself that it was greater than his 108th style hadoukyū. When Kawamura used this shot, he injured Gin's wrist and forced him to forfeit. This form involves using the Tennis racket frame, similar to Wild Ball, and it was also thrown further away than normal serves, due to his unconsciousness.
- Kawamura's trademark quote is "Burning!", but others used often are "Great-o!", "Victory!", "Moreuze! Burning!", "Come on, baby!", "Shocking!", "God damn!", "Its show time!", "Leave it to me, Monkey!" and "Oh my God!". In the CD "Departures" bonus track, Takeshi Momoshiro even makes a comment that he always says "Moeruze! Burning!" so often that he should use a different catch phrase.
- After Junior High, Kawamura plans to quit tennis and focus on becoming a sushi chef.
- Kawamura's home is located on the second floor of the building where Kawamura Sushi, the family restaurant, is located.
- He and Akutsu Jin were neighbors, becoming friends after joining the same karate dojo. Kawamura is also good friends with Akutsu's mother, Yūki.
- In the TeniPuri Family chibi episodes, Kawamura is the only one of the Seigaku regulars who is not a family member. Instead, he is a friend and owner of "Burning Sushi", who delivers sushi to the family at the end of every episode.
- The fact that he gets pumped with the tennis racket is used throughout the series as a form of comic relief. During a few episodes, Ryoma Echizen is seen personally handing Kawamura's racquet to him (for his own benefit), making him faster or slower, as seen in the training they did before the confrontation with Rikkaidai.
- His name is, coincidentally, the same as a Democratic politician; "Takashi Kawamura".
- For the live-action adaptation film of The Prince of Tennis, Tenimyu actor Yoshikazu Kotani portrays Kawamura.
- In The Prince of Tennis Musicals, Kawamura has been portrayed by the most actors. He has been portrayed by actors Yoshitsugu Abe (2003-2005), Ryoji Morimoto (2003), Eiki Kitamura (2004), Yoshikazu Kotani (2005-2006), Kouji Watanabe (2006-2007), Hiro Ogasawa (2007-2008), Teyu Kon (2008-present), Ikko Chou (2008-2010), and Tomohiro Tsurumi (2011-present).