He's a troubled rogue ninja, and Naruto fans love him! Recently we asked fans on naruto.com to select their favorite Sasuke episodes from the Naruto series. The episodes that received the most votes are featured here -- enjoy them!
When I was in high school, playing on the tennis team ("playing" might not be the right word -- "struggling to survive" is probably a better fit), I was in a doubles match against a rival school. At a critical point in the match, tied at 30-30, my partner's first serve went wide, and the other team immediately crowed, "30-40!"
My partner, being the excitable type, charged the net, screaming that everyone gets two serves on each point, and what was up with this blatant act of cheating (the actual words he used were more, er, colorful, but this is a family website). It was all I could do to restrain him from leaping over the net and taking a good swing at our opponents with his expensive Prince racquet. Long story short, we ended up losing the argument and the match.
Watching episode 1 of The Prince of Tennis naturally brought back memories of that traumatic event, but it also makes me reflect on the nature of sports, and sportsmanship. Here in the US, we've been told that "winning isn't everything, it's the only thing," and the newspapers and sports shows treasure our showboating athletes, the players who act like they're bigger than the game. And when they cheat? We shrug our shoulders, soon their errors are forgotten, and the athlete continues on to greater glories.
And then we have a show like The Prince of Tennis, where the path to true achievement lies in respecting the game and your opponent. In episode 1, Sasabe, the obnoxious star of his school's tennis team, isn't really interested in the thrill of competition or the subtleties of tennis -- he's more focused on showing off his (faulty) knowledge about tennis grips and basically acting like the hottest thing since sliced bread. So when he comes up against the coolly confident Ryoma and his superior skills, he does what any braggart does -- he cheats. In the perfect fantasy world of The Prince of Tennis, however, integrity wins out as Ryoma counters Sasabe's strategy with a few shots that redefine the term "spin."
"You still have a ways to go," Ryoma admonishes his opponent, and those words cut both ways -- not only is Sasabe deficient in tennis skills, he also doesn't have the first clue about sportsmanship on the court. As The Prince of Tennis series continues, Ryoma's signature phrase will be trotted out again and again, and each time we hear it, we come closer to the heart of what it means -- how sports can not only be an exciting physical contest, but how it's more satisfying to pursue excellence honestly. What's better, playing at your best against a tough opponent, win or lose, or resorting to low tricks in order to win? I like to think that maybe, just maybe, that opposing doubles team from my high school days is watching episode 1 right now and they're blushing in shame, if only slightly.
-- Ho Lin
What's with this new-fangled thing called the Internet? Hikaru is about to find out in the latest episodes of Hikaru no Go, as he and Sai are poised to become the newest sensation on the Web! View episodes 15-16 (as well as the rest of the series) in the Hikaru no Go section!
Episode 15: The Ghost in the Net
With summertime around the corner, Hikaru and Akira find themselves traveling new paths on their journeys. Akira gives up the Kaio Go Club and decides to take the Pro Exam while Hikaru introduced to the world of Internet Go…
Episode 16: Who Is Sai?
Between Hikaru’s novice computer skills and Sai’s strength at playing Go, they become the most unbeatable player in the world of Internet Go…
So much for brotherly love. In the episode "True Heir," Inuyasha and Sesshomaru fight each other for control of their father's heirloom sword Tetsusaiga. A little sibling rivalry wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for Naraku pulling the strings, with the help of his weasly (yet witty) lackey Byakuya. Sesshomaru knows he's being played but is so intent on finding out who Tetsusaiga belongs to that he doesn't care.
In this way Sesshomaru seems a bit human, though his words suggest he'd cringe at that description. He's trying so hard to obtain Tetsusaiga that perhaps he's missing the bigger picture.
Watch episode 15 to see how their fight shakes down, with a plot-advancing ending that you won't want to miss. On a lighter note, Master Totosai's three-eyed ride doubling as a movie projector is a nice touch.
Today we're launching two new Buso Renkin episodes -- it's double trouble for Kazuki when he runs into a pair of twins who might be more than they seem! Check out the new episodes and more at the Buso Renkin series page.
Episode 9: The Hayasaka Twins
One rainy afternoon, Kazuki comes across two third-year students, school class president Ouka Hayasaka and her twin brother and star player of the Kendo Club, Shusui.
Episode 10: It Seems We're Well Matched
Both Kazuki and the Hayasaka twins cannot hide their shock at learning each other’s identities as Alchemist Warrior and LXE. But the Hayasaka twins are determined to fight. Kazuki proposes to battle Shusui one on one until Ouka returns from shutting down the school security system
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