The arrival of Sakuragi’s gang enables Mitsui and Sakuragi to break away and head to the 3rd round match which they are late for , and results in the trouncing of Ryu and his gang members. In spite of all this, along with Yohei they are among Sakuragi’s most loyal supporters, going to his games to cheer him on, and helping him out when he had to make 20, shots in one week to prepare for the national championships. Later on in high school, he encountered Mitsui again after the latter had become a delinquent and was shocked to see how much he had changed. It is also worth noting that Tatsuhiko has had a crush on Haruko since they were young. This was one of the reasons why Coach Mitsuyoshi Anzai refused to give him his approval when Rukawa told him that he intended to go to the United States, and told him to become the top-ranking player in Japan before he even thought of it.
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They have known each other since high school, when they themselves played for their respective schools, forging a fierce rivalry since that time. His signature shot is a tear drop shot, which has a release so high it is impossible to block, even for Sakuragi. It is said that the only difference between Maki and Fujima is the power Maki has that no other point guards have.
An imprudent early return to the court severely compounded the injure in that knee, leading to a basketball hiatus of over a year. Unsourced material may sla, challenged and removed.
He is commonly noted to appear older than he is; Maki responds by pointing out that Akagi looks even older. In the anime he is voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa. Hikoichi’s older sister Yayoi is a reporter for a weekly basketball magazine.
Their entire team is composed of elite players and demonstrates incredible stamina and defensive ability. However, he also injured his back during the match against Sannoh when saving the ball from going off the court, and underwent rehabilitation after Shohoku’s subsequent loss to Aiwa Academy.
In the anime, Ryu challenges Tetsuo’s leadership by recruiting new members and targeting him after Mitsui rejoins the basketball team. Sendoh succeeds him as team captain.
Mitsui comes upon them, but refuses to fight because of the vow he made to Coach Anzai not to fight again. Like Riki Takato of Kainan, Domoto also has a tough training regimen, which has motivated his key players such as Sawakita and Masashi Kawata to have previously skipped sessions. He is one of the top point guards in Kanagawa and a force to be reckoned with. When he went for help, he met with high school students whom he had fought previously, with misui students this time.
Despite having opportunities to join more prestigious high schools like Ryonan, he choose to go to Shohoku because of Coach Slwm Anzai had given him the courage to win in the Junior High tournament by encouraging him during mitzui last seconds of the match. Jin has a very mild personality and always looks calm and agreeable. He can be lazy at times and has a reputation for arriving late to practice sessions and matches.
However, he was outplayed by Eiji Sawakita back in junior high. Both men are still friends, but are also rivals.
However, he is also a beginner at basketball and can only score when he is close to the basket. Minami however makes up for it later, as the night before the match against Sannoh, he gives Rukawa an ointment to help his eye heal and warns him about Sawakita.
She is voiced by Yuko Nagashima. He is also known for having a sports mustache. Remove from Favorites Add to Favorites. His personality also varies depending on which role he is playing in the game. He has something of a rivalry going on with Sakuragi from the first time they learn of each other, when the latter was depressed over the loss to Kainan and was near a basketball court where Fukuda was practicing.
In spite of all this, along with Yohei they are among Sakuragi’s most loyal supporters, going to his games to cheer him on, and helping him dnk when he had to make 20, shots in one week to prepare for the national championships. It tells the story of Hanamichi Sakuragia teenager who falls in love with Haruko Akagi after being rejected by 50 other girls.
He also has a reputation for being a virtually unbeatable defender. His defensive ability while playing center completely shut down Sakuragi during a practice match as well as Fukuda in the match against Ryonan.
Sannoh hopes to have him become an eventual starter. If he had his way, Taoka’s dream team would have consisted of Sendoh, Uozomi, Mitsui, Miyagi, and Rukawa, with the latter three playing the same positions they now play for Shohoku.
He still mitsuii an eye for talent, as he recognizes Uozomi’s potential and gives him encouragement when Uozomi’s skills were weak and he was thinking of quitting. Kazuma Lsam and Tadashi Mutou round out their starters.
As a mifsui, in an exhibition match at Ryonan, Fukuda released his pent-up aggression on Taoka and attacked him.