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Niou Masaharu Love Post

The Trickster Has His Day

There ARE spoilers for the entire series in this post!

And not all images are safe for work.

And yes, this is extremely and horribly biased in favour of Rikai Dai. Be warned.

In recent weeks there was a bit of, well, less than love for Niou. And there has also been quite a lot of confusion about who, exactly, Niou is. Seeing as it is Niou’s birthday today, I wanted to share the Niou love in the hopes to celebrate him as a character, as well as to celebrate the fact he is now a grand old nineteen years old.

Niou Masaharu, here’s to you!

"That beauty mark below his mouth is sexy! Isn’t it?"

-Smash@Rail, Tezuka Meet Rikkai?

1. Unlike Yagyuu the doubles slut (three partners in five matches, oh my!), Niou exclusively plays doubles with Yagyuu.

According to volume 20.5 (nicely summarized on FET, Niou plays doubles with Yagyuu in Round 2 and the Finals of the Kantou Regionals in 2002 (current year of the tennis circuit). As well, in Genius 269, based on the positions of the characters in panels on pages 12, 13 and 15 it can be surmised that Niou and Yagyuu likely played doubles together in the Nationals Round 2 against Murigaoka.


Niou is not just a doubles player. In the Kantou Regional Semifinals against Fudomine, Niou was slated into the singles one position.

2. Niou has confidence, which could be as a result of playing for Rikkai, or which could be a reason for him playing for Rikkai Dai, the top team on the junior high school circuit.

3. Niou has a very famous catchphrase: "Puri!"

4. Niou can be sly.

5. And a bit of a pest sometimes.

6. Unlike Kirihara, Niou has already [at least mostly] gone through puberty.

7. Niou is not a hedgehog!

8. But Niou does have a distinctive hairstyle. A bit old-school late eighties/early nineties, but would Niou care? Probably not.

9. The animators have fun with his hair.

10. Niou is known to be a bit tricksy at times.

11. But he has never lost a game of tennis! (That we know of ;)

12. Niou can give Chitose and his rainbow sparkles a run for their money.

13. True to his Sagittarian nature, Niou likes darts.

14. Niou is no idiot. He is also loves math.

15. Niou is one of the few who will stand up to Sanada*.

16. Niou was very, very cute as a little bugger.

17. And he makes a relatively attractive girl, too!


Much of the interest (or lack thereof) about Niou has to do with him in apposition/parallel to one person.



18. Niou has a close relationship with Yagyuu.

19. He and Yagyuu do look a bit alike. And Yagyuu, incidentally, looks a bit like Kaidoh, too.

20. But Yagyuu and Niou do not look the same down below.

21. Niou had the guts to go up to a megane dork on the golf team and dare him to play tennis instead.

Which obviously worked.

22. Niou and Yagyuu both like to play around.

23. Niou can also hit Yagyuu’s laser beam.

24. Niou does a decent impression of Yagyuu, both on the court, and personality-wise

25. Niou, though, is not the mentally unstable one.

26. As adaptable on the court, so too can Niou top or bottom.

27. Niou likes to experiment as well.

Niou Masaharu, Happy Birthday! Here’s hoping you get lots of love from fans and Yagyuu, too!

P.S. Niou doesn't really like to sing, either ;D ;D ;D

*Note: That is actually Yagyuu, but who’s to say Niou wouldn’t have said the same thing?

Images from, in no particular order: Maybism, Nono, Coco, Negahyst, Kakushiazi, Jet Monster, and Satoumizu, in addition to official manga and anime images. Thanks to Whisper and obsessed_love for the help with this post. :D :D :D

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Date: 2006-12-04 03:22 pm (UTC)
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heeeh, enthusiasm's infectious. *loveles*

Date: 2006-12-04 03:25 pm (UTC)
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I just spent over four hours coding on lj.

*shrivels up and dies*

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Date: 2006-12-04 03:29 pm (UTC)
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*flails* Niou love! Love! ♥ &heartsf

That hedgehog was cute, though.

♥ Niou! ♥

Date: 2006-12-04 03:33 pm (UTC)
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It's Pascal, off this baby animals site.

:D :D :D

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Date: 2006-12-04 03:45 pm (UTC)
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That was fun. Such love for Niou. He has so many fun layers and I don't get why he's not loved more. Though in general, Rikkai seriously lacks proper love from most of the fandom.

Very nice Birthday tribute. And Yagyuu as the doubles slut made me laugh aloud in the office.

and Atobe and Yukimura is the closest icon I have to Rikkai love.

Date: 2006-12-04 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I forgot to mention he plays one of the coolest and one of my personal fav games in the entire series.

*fails at life*

Yagyuu IS a doubles slut, though: Jackal, Niou, Kaidoh (*coughs*sleeping with the enemy?*coughs*) It's a wonder Niou hasn't ragged him out for being such a ho.


Date: 2006-12-04 03:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yagyuu and I adore you. We really really do.

and that art at the end... the exposed one? Glorious.

So beats my gift of a kitten.

Date: 2006-12-04 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I knew my doujinshis would come in handy one day. I was happily scanning and cropping images this weekend. But I don't have very many D1. :/

Kittens? o.0 They are cute and warm and fuzzy and mewling cuteness of cat love. That's pretty shiny (or should I say fuzzy)!

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Date: 2006-12-04 04:05 pm (UTC)
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contribution - weak as it is.

Date: 2006-12-04 05:38 pm (UTC)
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I love how they are like, two of the kinkiest characters in the series. Well, sorta.

;D ;D ;D

(And their dresses looked v nice. V nice indeed. ;)

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Date: 2006-12-04 04:16 pm (UTC)
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I was about to scream how I had missed all the new fic, except then I realised you backdated them, or something?

...except now I have to go to work. :((

Date: 2006-12-04 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Fic? I have no idea what you speak of. I just posted love post for Niou, since it's Masaharu-kun's big day today. ;P

Date: 2006-12-04 04:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Truth be told, I didn't really like Niou the first time I saw him... But a few chapters later the cosplay trick took place and I couldn't help but cheer for Rikkai's D1! Ah, the memories... XDD

But YOU together with tenimyu's Niou, because he was sweet enough to remember his character's birthday have just reminded me of just how awesome Masaharu is!
+ "Rewind Forward"... *________*
And there I was naive enough to think that I might get some sleep tonight! XD

Thank you for this great post! ^^

Date: 2006-12-04 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Sometimes, I have to think to myself why the characters rock the way they do. And then I make mental lists to remind myself.

I got into D1 basically as soon as I read their match in the manga (I read the match before I saw the anime, I believe. But I forget) and then I hunted down all the fic I could and balled my eyes out because some of it is so miserable and sad and mindfucked and Niou is murdered or runs away in half of them. Poor bugger.

Looks like two of us will be up ridonculously late! ;)

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Date: 2006-12-04 05:43 pm (UTC)
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The last one (if it's the uncut one) is by Negahyst, who does a fair but of D1 doujinshi.

Date: 2006-12-04 05:26 pm (UTC)
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Niou deserves this love.
everyone has to live him.

thanks for making something like this <3

Date: 2006-12-04 05:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No probs. After all the hating a few weeks ago, I vowed I would make this post and show people why I (and they should too) loff the bugger.

And why he is NOT Yagyuu, too.

Two different characters.

Easily confused if you only watch the anime, maybe.

Date: 2006-12-04 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Oh! Oh. :D Love. Much love. Thank you so much for putting in the effort with this. *looks at shiny pictures*

And now... *runs off to read fic* :D

Date: 2006-12-04 05:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The coding. The coding.

*dies at the coding*

But, it was for Niou-kun's special day, so how could I not? ;)

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Date: 2006-12-04 05:55 pm (UTC)
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8. But Niou does have a distinctive hairstyle. A bit old-school late eighties/early nineties, but would Niou care? Probably not.

I like to think of it as the 'Pat Sharp'.

Coincidentally, I just read the Rikkai matches so I could read this without getting spoiled. What fun :D

Date: 2006-12-04 06:08 pm (UTC)
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Oh, but I spoiled for the snationals, I did. ;D ;D ;D

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Date: 2006-12-04 05:58 pm (UTC)
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*melts* Niou is a sexy bugger. :D And he and Yagyuu are two of my very favorites. Given how much I love Rikkai, I can't believe I haven't written much for it.

Probably because you've got it covered and I can just enjoy yours. :D

And I have something for youuuuuuuu ~ but you don't get it til tomorrow or Wednesday. :D :D :D

Date: 2006-12-04 05:59 pm (UTC)
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Me and my trigger finger.

Thank you for all the effort you put into this. ♥ I found it educational and enjoyable. :P

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Date: 2006-12-04 06:13 pm (UTC)
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EEEEEEE NIOU! <333333333

EEEE *will not fangirl too much* <333333 YAAAAY NIOU! <3333333

Date: 2006-12-04 06:14 pm (UTC)
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Woops, ended up entering before I finished D8

Where is that wonderful last picture from, a doujin? *_* It's so lovely! <3

Wonderful job with this~ XDDDDD Nious is simply awesome! <3

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Date: 2006-12-04 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Oh Niou. How people can character bash him is beyond me. This post is amazing. So much art and fic and manga. Even anime. Okay, I'm just in heaven here. Mmm.

Date: 2006-12-04 10:47 pm (UTC)
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I downplayed the anime, however, because it's not as interesting, imo. Except for the hairplay. wtf.

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Date: 2006-12-04 11:53 pm (UTC)
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Oh wow. This is all sorts of awesome. ♥ -Niou love!- I simply cannot understand all those haters. D: -shakes fist at them-

♥ Awesome-super-brilliant-lovely post. *_* I fangirl over this. And you. And NIOU. And Negahyst (I am a Negahyst fangirl, yay). Thanks for posting this! :) Niou really does deserve all the love he can get on his birthday~
^_^ Happy birthday, Niou!

Date: 2006-12-05 09:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Negahyst is v pretty, though I only own one of her doujinshis (I tend to buy more Jet Monster and Satoumizu ;)

Am glad you enjoyed this post.

:D :D :D

Date: 2006-12-05 12:20 am (UTC)
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Niiiice post. More people need to do posts about the different characters. It's all kinds of awesome. And that last fanart is quite gorgeous.

I've definitely earmarked your D1 story to read and comment on when I have the time. I'm glad you posted it public.

Date: 2006-12-05 09:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I wasn't going to post it publically. I was going to filter it to 4 people only, then figured, no, I'll hide it instead and only those fangirls who actually read will find it.


Date: 2006-12-05 02:28 am (UTC)
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Oh, wow, this post was fantastic. It must have taken so much work, but it's absolutely brill. *fangirls!* And Yagyuu is such a doubles slut!

(Actually, now I want to fic about this, because oh, man. Somebody needs to write about Kaidoh crushing on Yagyuu and getting his heart smushed, because there was never any chance that it would be anybody other than Niou. And possibly getting a little of his soul squashed along the way, because Niou doesn't play well with others. *g*)

I love, love, love Niou and I love your characterization of him--it seems like fandom either ignores him or just goes by anime characterization (or lack thereof) entirely, which makes me sad. Rikkai D1 and their mindfuckiness in manga own.

*bookmarks Rewind Forward for later*

Date: 2006-12-05 09:44 am (UTC)
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Once I wrote fic with implied Kaidoh-one sidedness.

Am glad you enjoyed this. :)
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Date: 2006-12-05 09:44 am (UTC)
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Enjoy! :)
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Date: 2006-12-05 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Yukimura, of course > everything in the universe. ;)

&hearts &hearts

If this post seems out to lunch, it's the cold talking. The rest, though, is me. ;D ;D ;D

(I can pretend he and I are birthday pals, because Niou pwns Piyo any day. Mais oui. ;)

Date: 2006-12-05 04:48 pm (UTC)
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Hello, Reposoir!!

This was an awesome post!! And a long one, I can only imagine the hard work behind this post (since I cant' even make fake cuts).
I don't know where is all the bashing about D1, but your post gives a lot of reasons to be a D1 fan.
And the interesting fact about your fics are the depth you give to characters and how you fill the empty spaces with such great ideas. I'm really hooked with "Rewind forward" (I have no life!!) and I can't wait to read the next episodes. How are you going to get them together? What is coming next?
I like your Niou and his motivations, his desire to be different and the best at tennis, and how sometimes he questions himself if it's enough (hope I´m not spoiling much, so I leave it here, sorry for not posting in the fic section).
See you around!!

Date: 2006-12-05 05:26 pm (UTC)
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Nfu. You could spoil the whole thing and I wouldn't care. I blather on about spoilers pretty blatantly as is. ;D ;D

Thank you so much, Mayezinha! :D :D :D

happy birthday, missy

Date: 2006-12-05 05:58 pm (UTC)
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happy birthday to two cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute people -- you and Hiyoshi.


Re: happy birthday, missy

Date: 2006-12-05 06:45 pm (UTC)
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Ah, thank you!

And, *hugs* for you.

Date: 2006-12-05 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Hi (⌒▽⌒)ノ"~ I stumbled in here through the santa_smex community. I just realized how hot♥ Niou is after reading the love post. Thank you for sharing★ Kekekeke~ Anyway, I was wondering whether the illustrator of the picture in no. 12 has a website or something? The art is beautiful ♥

Date: 2006-12-05 09:44 pm (UTC)
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it's by maybism, but I can't recall the link off hand., or something like that. :)

Date: 2006-12-07 09:18 pm (UTC)
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wow you did a very good work! ^^
and you're right: niou deserve more love!!!

Date: 2006-12-08 12:14 pm (UTC)
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*spreads the Niou love*

Date: 2006-12-12 10:13 am (UTC)
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Oh, goodness, I need to read my flist more closely. *_____* akjsdhfkajsdf. So many links to click, heeee!! Happy birthday INDEED. Image

Date: 2006-12-12 04:17 pm (UTC)
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Very late. Be glad you're not a Rikkai fan, or the team would lynch you.

Many links, maybe. But not all of them work anymore. >:)

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Date: 2006-12-14 02:08 pm (UTC)
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I'll keep this short......this post is love and so is Niou <3
(he deserves being loved >-< whole team does)
Thanks for posting this

Date: 2006-12-15 01:34 pm (UTC)
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There can never be enough Rikkailove, imo. :D :D :D
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