Legendary Charisma Captain (Anime Only)
0.25 (both eyes)
Seigaku-presumed (2nd Year)
Captain (Middle School)
|Japan U-17 Camp||
Court 3 (Former)
Head Metallix 2
MIZUNO WAVE EXCEED AC7
|“||Within everything that reflects upon your eyes is an illusion of the original action that caused it. Is it merely a dream you are seeing, or was it in fact reality...||”|
— Yamato to Tezuka
Like the flowing river, he possesses an ideology of splendour. Standing at the precipice and seeing the big picture, he maintains a conduct befitting one of such vast promise.
Yamato was Seigaku's captain during Tezuka Kunimitsu,Oishi Shuichiro, Shūsuke Fuji, Kikumaru Eiji, Inui Sadaharu, and Kawamura Takashi's freshman year. Similar to Tezuka, during a match he went beyond the limitations of his arms capabilites and damaged his dominant arm severely to the point that tennis would no longer be possible. After an unspecified amount of time, it is revealed that Yamato had an operation to fix his arm.
Within these two years, he drastically improved as a player to the point that Yamato was able to join U-17 and reunite with Tezuka with a whole new appearance. Both Tezuka and Yamato were selected to play Singles 2 during the Team Shuffle, where Yamato played his apparent retirement match against his underclassman and helped Tezuka realize that he had accomplished everything he wished to do, and helped Tezuka regain the fun of tennis.
During his junior high school years, Yamato had long black hair and wore blue circular glasses.
However, in his appearance in New Prince of Tennis, Yamato reappears as a 2nd year high schooler. He takes on a rather different appearance- his hair is dyed orange, he has serveral piercings, and took off his glasses, revealing grey eyes.
There is a scar on his right arm due to the operation he had to fix his arm. Just like Yukimura Seiichi, Yamato (when off the court) always wears his jacket on his shoulders.
Eccentric, insightful and gentle, Yamato has a unique "way" of explaining things that even Sumire Ryūzaki has trouble understanding him. However, his way of explanation inspired many people from Seigaku, such as Tezuka and later Ryoma, for instance. In the anime, he stated that he never knew why Coach Ryuzaki chose him for captain, as he thought he was an average player with no leadership skills.
In New Prince of Tennis, Yamato reappears as a second year high schooler. He takes on a rather different appearance, although Tezuka stated that Yamato "didn't change a bit." During this time, though he is a rival of Tezuka and the other middle schoolers, he still helps his junior unlock his true potential during the Court Shuffle match. In the anime, he even travels to the mountains to invite Ryoma to watch the match between the two Seigaku captains.
He is one of the few high schoolers in the entire U-17 camp who is not arrogant of their tennis abilities.
Two Years Prior To The Storyline
Yamato was Seigaku's captain the current Seigaku 3rd years' freshman year. During his time as captain, for Seigaku's sake, he recklessly went over his limits and damaged his dominant arm to the point that he would have been unable to play tennis. However, it was around that time when Tezuka joined the club and defeated Yamato 6-0 with his right hand, and while others had their doubts on Tezuka's skills due to Yamato's injured state, Yamato understood that Tezuka was truly skilled.
Tezuka became injured by Takesue, a nonregular member of the tennis club, and was on the verge of quitting, but Yamato was able to convince him otherwise, requesting and (successfully) persuading Tezuka to become Seigaku's pillar of support. Thanks to meeting Tezuka, Yamato wished to play tennis once more and went through a harsh rehabilitation process to the point that he had to get surgery for his left arm, but this only made Yamato wish that Tezuka would not become like himself, and wished that Tezuka would play tennis for his own sake.
Shortly after, Tezuka and Fuji agreed to play serious match against each other, as Fuji wanted to test himself against the best in the club. As the two engage in their match, Fuji annihalates Tezuka with a love-set. Yamato bare witness to the whole match between the club's two star freshmen. Fuji however was most disappointed with the result and grabbed Tezuka by the collar in frustration. Despite winning, Fuji was well aware that Tezuka's arm had not healed much meaning the match was a waste of time and just far too easy for Fuji with Yamato standing back as he watched Fuji request a rematch however despite Yamato being just outside of the cage of the court and being the only audience to the match, he let himself remain unnoticed by Fuji and Tezuka.
One Year Prior to the Storyline
Yamato started his first year at the Seigaku High School division.
In the original series, Yamato is mentioned many times through flashbacks until he makes his first appearence in the anime at the Seigaku Training Camp before the Kanto Finals against Rikkai Daigaku Fuzoku. At first, Ryoma, Kaidoh, and Momoshiro Takeshi run into him in the mountain, believing that he was a stranger that wandered into their camp grounds. Yamato later reappears at the cottage where the 3rd years immediately get up and greet him with a bow, addressing him as "Captain Yamato" while Horio describes him as the Legendary Charisma Captain. Later, Yamato has a long and deep conversation with Ryoma while they were stranded together waiting for other team members to come save him.
Yamato first appears in the manga storyline in the U17-Camp as a member of the 3rd Court, implying he has become far stronger than the Prefectural level that he was was two years ago. In the manga, he bumps into Tezuka at the camp while Tezuka is jogging, and the two of them talk, as Yamato is surprised that Tezuka was still able to recgonize him despite his very different look from two years ago. In the anime, Yamato goes to the mountains and invites Ryoma (who remembers him) to watch the match between himself and Tezuka, as it might be Tezuka's last match in Japan for a while.
He is placed in Singles 2 in the Team Shuffle between 3rd Court and 5th Court, implying how strong he had become. In this match, he is drawn against Tezuka, making it a match between Seigaku captains. Tezuka takes a quick and early lead, however Yamato unveils his Gen'u Yume Utsutsu for the first time. A technique which nobody had the camp had seen before as even Irie Kanata comments on how surprising it was to see Yamato use such a technique. With this, he then takes the lead and he and Tezuka are even for a while until Tezuka brings out all of his most powerful techniques which causes Atobe to call out to Tezuka warning him that he will only injure his already fragile shoulder. Yamato then decides to show Tezuka the massive scars of the operation on his right arm which allowed him to play Tennis again, telling Tezuka to make the right choice.
With this, Tezuka for the first time smiles in a match, and thanks his former captain. Tezuka unleashes Muga no Kyouchi's Pinnacle of Perfection. With this Tezuka takes the match and wins. Yamato then thanks Tezuka claiming that he had tended to his retirement match.
Afterwards, Yamato speaks with Ryoma in the anime, who was glad he came to watch the match. Yamato thinks to himself that the match with Tezuka was a good "retirement match," implying that Yamato was planning to quit tennis.
The team Shuffle goes on and Irie allows his match in Singles 1 against Atobe to be a draw for his own amusement, which results in a Reserve match between Oni Juujiro of 5th Court and Takei Toshio of 3rd Court. Oni, being a 1st Stringer level player crushes Takei which results in 5th Court switching places with the 3rd Court. Yamato, though mentioning his retirement, became a member of the 5th Court is chosen as one of the 20 players chosen to play the Top 20 of the All-Japan Junior Camp as they return from their Foreign Expedition. He is chosen to play a member of the Top 10.
U-17 Camp Results
|Type of Match||Partner||Opponent(s)||Score|
|Shuffle Match||None||Kunimitsu Tezuka||Lose (4-6)|
Playing Style and Techniques
His skills as a tennis player is quite a mystery. In the manga, he had lost to Tezuka at one point while Tezuka was still a 1st year. The anime solidifies this further by stating that his level was at a Prefectural level. However, it's clearly obvious that he is skilled when he is re-introduced in the New Prince of Tennis, as he holds prestige as one of the members of the 3rd court, even when his data statistics are all recorded to be below average (scoring a 2 out of 5 in every aspects, as shown in Chapter 37).
The data books have revealed that Yamato is a Counterpuncher and is skilled at outsmarting the opponents and forcing them into his pace, allowing him to speed up the progression of the match to his advantage. This allows Yamato to compensate for his physical disadvantages as a result.
Gen'u Yume Utsutsu (lit. Illusion becoming a conscious dream)
A high-level groundstroke technique which, theoretically, should only be effective against high-level players, this technique uses the fact that the opponent uses their observation skills to predict the strength and course of one's next shot by watching things such as the opponent's movements and breathing to predict what their next course of action need to be. Because of the opponent's high-level analysis, Yamato uses this against the opponent by changing the course of his shot completely during the moment when he hits the ball, which gives the opponent the illusion that the ball they're chasing is the real ball, when the actual ball's course is completely different. However, due to this, it can be inferred that beginner-level players who do not analyze the opponent could probably see where the real ball is.
During his match with Tezuka, it was revealed that it was the first time this technique was used in the camp. Even Irie was impressed by his technique.
Speed - 2: His reaction time and explosive powers are somewhat on the lower end, but he makes up for it by outsmarting his opponent and using his superior battle tactics to assist his low speed
Power - 2: Due to the accident he had in the past, his power is weak. He will need to go through more strength conditioning to defend against his old injury from flaring up.
Stamina - 2: He isn't fit for long periods of play. However, to prevent himself from tiring, he works to waste his opponent's stamina by becoming 'bratty' and hastening the progress of the match to his own favor.
Mental - 2: He possesses a wide field of vision. However, his weakness is that he looks at his own power too objectively and so when he has to face an opponent of higher rank, his tenacity wanes during the bout.
Technique - 2: A special shot where just before you strike the ball, you change its trajectory at the last minute. It has a high degree of difficulty.
Kurobe Memo: After the 5th Court Shuffle Match, It seemed like Yamato was going to retire. Even though his calm discerning insight showed him that his body was nearing his limit, due to the forethought shown to his juniors and the fact that he seems like a coach already even though he's only a high schooler, he was recommended to attend the Leadership Program (in the camp).
- Yamato lives in a dorm by himself. 
- According to Mizuki, he folds his laundry beautifully.
- His contacts are from Menicon.
- Only the Seigaku 3rd Years know the mystery behind his sudden image change.
- He ranked 44th in the 4th Character Popularity Poll.
- In a flashback, he wore his Seigaku jacket on his shoulders like Yukimura Seiichi does.
- The Metallix 2 itself is a super light oversized racket meant for old people and girls who complain about heavy rackets. This helps him to make up for his lower power stat since this thing is a catapult.
- The kanji in Yamato, in Chinese, means big and.
- Hobbies: Humorous Poems (Senryuu), Trekking
- Committee: Health Comittee
- Favorite Color: Dark Green
- Favorite Food: Warabi Mochi (Bracken Starch Dumpling)
- Thing he wants most: Writing Brush
- Thing you're bad at: Seiza
- Specialty outside of tennis: Humourous Poems (Senryuu)
- "And what are you fighting about, everyone? That would be 100 laps around the court. C’mon, group punishment." ("Nani wo mome terun desu ka, minna-san? Guraundo hyaku-shu desu ne. Saa, rentai sekinin desu.")
- "I have not once given up on the dream of going to the Nationals." ("Zenkoku e no yume wa isshun tari tomo akirameta koto arimasen.")
- "Tezuka-kun...I want you to become Seigaku Tennis Club’s pillar of support." ("Tezuka-kun...kimi ni wa Seigaku tennis-bu no hashira ni natte moraimasu.")