That's a rude thing to walk up to someone and say... What do you want?
Hey, you wanna go to a mixer this weekend? We need one more guy to balance it out. I tried asking a couple of the others, but they all said they had to study or practice. But I figure you're free to go, right?
Hmph... You mess around a lot, don't you?
What's wrong with that? In this academy, tests are the worst thing we gotta worry about.
And since I never gotta practice for baseball, I've got a ton of free time!
No matter how talented you are, if you don't polish your skills, they'll just rot away. You haven't gone to practice or played any baseball at all recently...have you?
I never go to practice cuz it's a pain in the ass. Also, this place doesn't even have a team.
Besides, why are you lecturing me when you haven't done any tennis at all? I get enough of that from the teachers. I didn't expect to hear it coming from you, too.
You're right. Right now, I... I'm no different from those nosy people who think I still care about tennis.
Hmph...I've still got a ways to go. Please forget it.
Yeah, that's the spirit! Forget everything that's a pain in the ass! You don't need to play tennis and I don't need to play baseball!
Is that how you really feel...?
Huh? Of course it is. I'm sick of being forced to shave my head for games.
Is that your only reason for not playing? If you go pro, there are teams that would let you have whatever hairstyle you wanted.
You've got that option, don't you...? Unlike me.
Well, I'm also sick of being covered in sweat and dirt after playing baseball! You're lecturing me after all! It's none of your business, you busybody!
Oh, I'm not just being a busybody... I'm just trying to annoy you now. I realized I can't talk to you as an equal. Hmph...because you're just not cool.
Wh-What the hell? I'm uninviting you to the mixer, you jerk!
Sorry for making you wait. I hope grape soda's okay.
Oh, that's my favorite. Thanks. I was surprised you'd come to talk to me. As thanks for the drink, I'll answer your question.
You want to hear about why I quit tennis, don't you?
That's not the reason I wanted to talk to you... But it'd be a lie if I said I wasn't curious. I remember hearing about what you did on the news.
Hmph...from your perspective as a reserve course student, it's probably infuriating, huh? Even though I had a talent, I threw it away... You probably think I'm an idiot.
N-No...that was probably your only choice. For a guy as talented as you to throw it all away...I imagine it was a hard choice.
Sorry...those were harsh words to put in your mouth. *I'm* the one who thinks I'm an idiot.
I never once thought about the consequences of my choice back then... Even if you've got talent, one wrong choice can make your future vanish in an instant.
You should be careful. You can choose any path you want, but be sure to think carefully about where it will lead.
Hmph...as thanks for the drink, I gave you a lecture... That's a poor trade.
No... It was helpful. I can choose any path I want... My friend told me something like that.
It seems like you've got good friends... That's a valuable thing to have.
You had a long discussion while drinking some soda...
Today is the summer sports festival... You're going to participate in table tennis. Even though it isn't tennis, holding the paddle brings back memories... What will you do?
This is for class...I'll do what I can
I lost... I suppose I don't have much of a chance against you, Ryoma.
As a detective, you've got good instincts, but your reflexes still have a ways to go.
...You look like you're having fun, Ryoma.
Hmph... Quit it. I don't want to have to tell you to get your eyes checked.
...That was a pretty good game!
I'll just let my opponent win
Everyone else is doing their best, so I thought I could give you the win, but...
It can't be... After I spent all night reading that famous table tennis manga...I lost.
I think "It can't be..." is my line. Even when I try to throw the match, I win...
...You tried to let your opponent win, but you ended up winning anyway!
Hmph... I'll give it my all, for a change
Thanks, Ryoma. That was the best game I could've hoped for.
You've suffered a crushing defeat, but you look so happy...
Of course... I was able to get a glimpse of your amazing talent! One day, I'd love to see you holding a tennis racket instead of a table tennis paddle.
Hmph... I don't like this guy.
...You won the game, but it left a bad taste in your mouth.
Today is the school festival... You're manning a stand that sells cream puffs! Business is excellent. Here's another new customer... How will you greet them?
Didn't expect *you* to buy so many
Oh, sorry...was it inconvenient? I did just buy a lot...
Hmph... Not at all. I just thought it was unexpected.
Hehe...did you think all this was for me? It's for my friends, too. They went out to buy the other foods and drinks.
Oh, I get it now.
Here you are. Take them to your friends. Can you carry all that?
I can hold it... Do I really look that weak to you?
...I guess I am.
No... People judge me by how I look all the time, too. I should've been more considerate.
...But you're such a wonderful person.
People who judge based on looks are everywhere... I say, just let them talk.
Though...I guess that's not something I should be saying after judging you by your appearance.
No, don't worry... I'm a little braver now, thanks to what you said.
...You gave Chihiro a free cream puff!
You looking for something?
*sigh* It appears they do not have gyoza here, either.
Well, of course not. We're a cream puff stand. Do you...like gyoza?
Is that unexpected? I absolutely love them.
I thought that at least one place would have gyoza, but...I can't seem to find one.
Gyoza at a school festival... I guess some people might do it, but I haven't seen any.
How disappointing... It makes me yearn for it more now that I know I can't eat it.
Teruteru should be doing a restaurant. I bet he'd make you some if you asked.
Oh, splendid idea. Why didn't I think of that?
I look forward to gyoza made by the Ultimate Cook. I will ask him. Well then, goodbye.
...Celeste left without buying anything.
What's wrong? Are you gonna buy any?
I stopped...because I can't overlook it! Ryoma...what is that in your mouth!?
Hmph... Did you think it was a cigarette? This is just candy.
It seems that's true... My apologies.
No, I know it's easy to mistake. You were just doing your job as a member of the morals committee. No need to apologize.
Thank you! I'm grateful for your understanding!
...Hm? Wait, hold on a moment.
It's rude for customer service representatives to have candy in their mouths! Ryoma! Get your work station in order!
What a volatile guy...going from depressed to angry that fast.
You put away your candy cigarette to placate Kiyotaka.
Your last winter at the academy... Today is Christmas. Himiko asked you to help with her Christmas magic show. How will you help?
I'll help her set up inside the gym
Did Himiko get you to help her out, too?
Well, something like that. You too?
Yeah. I may not be as fit as I was back in my glory days, but it should be enough...
How pathetic... An athlete at your level should say stuff like, "I'll take on any challenge!"
Hmph... Don't bring up such an old story now. Those days are long past.
I don't care about your past!
I played tennis in middle school, so I know about you.
Hmph... Is that so? Well what's your point?
There are plenty of tennis players that look up to you. They're trying to surpass your memory. One of them might become the next Ultimate Tennis Pro!
So quit it with that mopey face you've got on all the time! When you see a tennis fan, can't you just smile at him and say, "Tennis is pretty great, huh?"
That's all... I just wanted to say that to you before we graduate.
Were you...just waiting for a chance to talk to me about tennis? That doesn't seem like you.
What do you mean? I always wait for the best time to talk about stuff!
Well, even if I agreed to...do you really think you're qualified to talk to me about tennis? Well...you'd probably say that something like that didn't matter.
Heh, so you get it, after all!
You really do just say whatever you want. Well...that's fine sometimes.
You worked on setting up for the show while talking to Kaito about tennis...
I'll go shopping for things she needs
Hm? If it isn't Hajime. You here for a Christmas party?
Yeah. Chiaki invited me to hers. How about you? Are you going out somewhere?
I'm about to go shopping for things Himiko needs for her magic show.
Hmm... The Ultimate Magician's show, huh? That sounds like it'd be fun.
If you've got time, why not stop by? I've never seen it before, but it's supposed to be pretty good.
Yeah, I'll check it out. You're going to it too, right?
No, I won't be there... I'm just going to help set up, then leave.
If I have too much fun, I might...forget my place. After I graduate, I'll go back to prison and be forced to do hard labor...
In that case...I think it's even more important you go to the show.
You made one bad choice in your life, right? But it's not like your life ahead of you has completely disappeared. You have tomorrow and the day after and the next. Treasure your bonds with your friends.
So you don't make that mistake again. No...so even if you do, you've got a place return to.
Hmph... Are you trying to talk to me about the future?
Just a little bit of advice from a guy you chat with... But I'm sure you don't need it.
No...I'll remember it. Hmph... You're such a nosy guy.
You decided to go see Himiko's show after all...
I'll bring something from the dining hall
Hm? Are you the only one here?
Nah, Teruteru's in the back. He's with the girls in our class getting ready for our party.
Oh, yeah. Your class is having their Christmas party today.
If you wanna eat something, the dining hall's open till the party starts.
In that case, I'll talk to Teruteru when he's got a moment. Thanks.
Hey...hold on a sec. While you're here, there something I gotta say to you.
What would a yakuza want with me? If it's a fight you want, I'm not interested.
Nah, it ain't like that. In fact, it's the opposite.
The opposite? What do you mean?
I didn't have a whole lot of chances to talk to you the last three years... But I know what you did before you came to this academy...and why you did it.
I see... I guess it wouldn't be strange if you of all people knew about it.
I'm not mad at you or anything. In fact, I think you got some serious balls. So if you got nowhere to go after graduation...come talk to me. Looking out for guys like you is pretty much my specialty.
I'm surprised. You don't know me all that well, but you're still concerned about me.
...You made an unexpected connection before graduation!
Appearances in Seasonal Events for Other Characters
Your last winter at the academy... The closing ceremony is over, and you're heading home. You were having a meal and thinking about gifts when the dining hall started to get busy. Who would you like to talk to?
Ryoma! You wanna sit here?
In that case, I'll impose on you. There aren't any other seats, anyway.
Sure, do whatever. It won't be awkward or anything.
Hmph...is that so?
...So I heard you were talking to a pro baseball scout.
Huh? How do you know about that...?
What, did Hina or Makoto blab to you or something?
Who cares where I heard it from?
*sigh* Yeah, it's true. I've been scouted by a few teams. I'm feeling them out.
But hey, can you blame me? Maybe when I go pro, I'll date some hot announcers. Not that I'd wanna break so many hearts...
Hmph...you're the same as ever. I hope the world of pro baseball finally knocks you down a peg. I'll look forward to your games.
Hey, just watch me. I'll throw so many strikeouts and hit so many home runs!
You and Ryoma talked about your future in sports while you ate...
Your last winter at the academy... Christmas has passed and graduation is coming up. Lately, a lot of people have asked you to take pictures as keepsakes. You brought a few of them to the closing ceremony. Who do you give them to first?
I'll give Ryoma his class pictures
Oh, it's you... Is this about the pictures you took the other day?
Yeah. Here, pictures of you and your classmates.
Oh, thanks. That's a big help.
Hey...why did you ask me for pictures of your class?
It's not that important, but... I don't know what'll happen after I graduate. But no matter what, I'm not going to throw my past away this time... I'll carry it with me.
Ah, so it *was* something like that. But I don't like the way you're saying it. You make it sound like you're going to disappear.
Hmph...I've got no plans to do that. Don't worry. This really is just in case.
I wasn't worried or anything... But, I'm glad. I was going to get mad if you said it'd all be over after graduation.
I won't let it end so easily. During the the three years we spent in this academy... I found something I don't want to let go of. Something I thought I'd never find again...
And your pictures...have captured their smiles so clearly. These pictures will always remind me that the time I spent here was worth every second.
I see... Thank you.
You felt glad that you were able to help Ryoma out.
Today is the school festival... You decided to do "it" to athletes you've chosen! A promising student is walking by right off the bat... How do you approach them?
You wanna stop by my booth?
Your booth's specialty is..."it"? It must have to do with your team manager talent, right? You must not be busy if you're bothering me. I'm sure other people need your help.
Well...I knew I'd get turned down.
Hmph... I can tell by looking at you that you're disappointed.
But...it's different from the expression nosy people usually make...
I am a manager. This is the only way I know how to be.
What an awkward guy. I guess I don't mind that, though...
You couldn't get Ryoma to come in...
Your last winter at the academy... Graduation will be here before you know it. There's someone you want to talk to while you still have the chance. It's...
A MAN WITH A HEAVY HEAAART!!!
Ryoma...I've been worried about you. Sometimes it's necessary to sit back but... I didn't know if I should step in or not.
Ryoma...I've been worried about you. Sometimes it's necessary to sit back but... I didn't know if I should step in or not.
Hmph... You were right to not step in. First off, I'm not an athlete anymore.
It's regrettable, but...if that's what you think, then I can't stop you. To battle...to win...to stand on the court... I can't help someone who doesn't want those. But your relationship with your manager doesn't end when you step off the court.
Hey...since when were you my manager?
You're right. I'm not your manager. But I was worried about you... Worried about what you'd do after leaving tennis behind.
But it seems like I didn't have to worry. You've had a fulfilling life here the past three years.
...You really think so?
Oh, I can see it. When you first came here, your expression said you'd thrown everything away. Now, even though you've got a heavy burden, you can lift your head and keep on walking... That's the kind of expression you've got now!
Hmph... Is that so? A fulfilling life, huh...? I never thought I'd be able to have something like that now.
You and Ryoma discussed your school memories with each other...