Okay, so I've been rewatching the first few episodes of the Prince of Tennis anime this week, and it's funny how weirdly out of character everyone is at the beginning. Like, Kaidoh always walks hunched over and hisses all the time and is just completely terrifying, and Eiji is strangely bland and...buff? He acts a lot like Fuji at the beginning, I think, maybe because he always seems to be standing next to him for some reason. I think this happens in a lot of TV series, where it just takes a while for the creators to figure out exactly who the characters are and get the details right, or where the creators are giving the audience a very very basic idea of the character to build upon in future episodes. But it's weird to see it here. I think I chalk it up to seeing them through Ryoma's eyes, because at first he sees the regulars as one homogenous group of older tennis players, and it's only later that he gets to know them and becomes a part of the group. And I guess we're supposed to see the regulars as formidable opponents who are all nine feet taller than Ryoma instead of taking for granted that Ryoma could beat the crap out of almost any of them.
Look how old and built and intimidating and serious everyone looks!
Eiji being bland and unexcited:
Kaidoh walking like a creeper and using this stance for basically the only time in the series (that I can remember anyway):
This first shot creeps me out. THANK YOU FOR NOT BEING THIS RIDICULOUS AND TERRIFYING FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES KAIDOH.
I don't know why all of those pictures were necessary but once I started capping I couldn't stop, as per usual.