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In order to understand this perfect moment, you must understand Tetsuo Rivalsan.

Namely, he's a failure.

His three great ambitions in life are to beat Ricky Feeple, his sister Yumei, and to become Ninja King!

At which he failed utterly.

You don't truly need to know the rest beyond that, there's a fair amount of spoilers from the Ninja High School Shidoshi arc and it's plenty Perfect even without, but read if you want the background :)

Tetsuo's been the rival of the main character Ricky Feeple, son of the legendary Red Ninja of the Five Elder Stars (the heads of the NHS ninja world, akin to the Kage from Naruto), for a long time. He's also plagued his sister Yumei with similar challenges.

And he's a son of the legendary Rivalsan Ninja family! Not only should he best them, he's determined to be ninja King!

Except it never quite worked out that way. When he was at his pinnacle of ninjitsu skill, he could make Ricky take him seriously, but never win. Yumei, he couldn't beat in a real fight either, the closest he's come is tricking Yumei into marrying a robot. Yea, it's as sad as it sounds.

Tetsuo wasn't even a bad ninja per say, above-average even, but he was no Ninja King and didn't compare to his family or his rivals.

There was even this girl, picked off the street by his family's company to be trained as his partner/minion, Nanashi (a name he chose due to her not having a name- literally, 'No-name'), who really looked up to him, and through tremendous dedication was able to catch up to, and even pass him, standing up to an enemy he could not, something that tore on him considerably.

Though a series of events that followed that he reconsidered his life, and went to travel the world with Nanashi for years, his ambition set aside, and he came to love her on their journeys.

Finally, an event happened that drew him back. His grandfather, the leader of the Elder Stars, set him up to be married to a ninja of another family, and not Nanashi. He challenged his grandfather of course, but lost badly. But then, an opportunity arose! His old rival Ricky had returned from a long mysterious absence claiming the title of Red Ninja, a position in the Stars, with the skills to back it up. So he had Ricky challenge them to overturn it instead, Ricky not holding a grudge.

And before Ricky could finish arguing with them.... Tetsuo caved. He married Sun, the girl he was arranged with, who's family had power and status. Give up on Nanashi. Told her to get lost.

Now Ricky, the Red Ninja, has come into conflict with the Five Elder Stars who do not approve of him breathing while holding that title, which is fine with Ricky because he disapproves of their very means of operation and wants them broken, so he has assembled a team of the best fighters he knows to face them.

You can tell if another character is three times as badass of a fighter as Tetsuo is by the fact that they're here.

Tetsuo Rivalsan- Loser. Failure. Badass. Ninja King.

7 pages from Ninja High School 174 by Ben Dunn and Robby Bevard

Date: 2010-07-29 10:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tsunamiwombat
Basically, he sucks at being a ninja, but realizes he is AWESOME at Xanatos speed chess and completly pwns everyone in this one speech?

I think that fits the definition of Ninja King.

Date: 2010-07-30 03:55 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Well, really, 'Ninja King' simply means 'leader of the ninjas', not 'best damn ninja of them all who can kick anyone's ass'. It's like being called a 'Warrior King' - it describes who you lead; it doesn't mean you have to beat all the other warriors in single combat to get there.

Date: 2010-07-29 11:06 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] falseaesop
I got lost somewhere along the interesellar alien conglomerate that trades in planets and marrying interdimentional kings.

Date: 2010-07-30 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] philippos42
I know who the Ichinohei clan are, & I started getting lost in the middle of that.

Wait, is Lendo married to Ichi-kun now? And Jeremy to Asrial? I did not see that coming. At all. Last I was reading it, Lendo was still hung up on the girl from the noodle shop.


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