The Prince of Tennis

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The Prince of Tennis (テニスの王子様 Tennis no Ōjisama) is one of the most popular manga and anime titles in Japan. It is written by Takeshi Konomi, who has also written a manga called Cool. The manga is published in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in Japan, and is published in English in North America by Viz. The anime showed it's final episode in 2005 on TV Tokyo in Japan. The timeslot has since been replaced by Eyeshield 21

The series has produced a half-hour weekly radio show, over 100 music cd's, several games, and a large selection of paraphernalia.


Contents

Plot

This sports manga takes place in Tokyo. Ryoma Echizen, who is a prodigy in tennis, goes to a school called Seishun Academy Middle School (青春学園 Seishun Gakuen), or Seigaku (青学) in short, a school famous for its strong tennis club and talented players. Because of his cool and apathetic attitude, upperclassmen challenge him to play tennis. However, Ryoma had won the American junior tennis championship tournaments four times in a row, and easily defeated the upperclassmen.

Making new friends and learning new tennis tactics, Ryoma and the Seigaku tennis club strive to win the All-Japan junior high tennis team championship tournament.


Characters

Seigaku Tennis Club Regulars

Notable Rival Schools

Others


Episode List

Season One

  • 001: The Prince Appears
  • 002: Samurai Junior
  • 003: The Seigaku regular members have arrived
  • 004: A man know as a viper
  • 005: Snake Shoot
  • 006: That man, Nanjiroh Echizen...
  • 007: Two Ryoma's
  • 008: Split step
  • 009: The hard day
  • 010: Counter attack ! Sasabe once again
  • 011: Ryoma vs Momoshiro !
  • 012: The Two A-UN Boys
  • 013: Men play doubles
  • 014: The Swallow Return
  • 015: Their Respective Fights
  • 016: Boomerang Snake
  • 017: The small winning pose
  • 018: Love Letter
  • 019: Ryoma is injured
  • 020: Time Limit
  • 021: Is the tennis court heating up ?
  • 022: The troubles of Kaoru
  • 023: Appeared ! Inui's Juice Deluxe
  • 024: Ryoma's hollyday
  • 025: The Strongest Man in Seigaku Part 1
  • 026: The Strongest Man in Seigaku Part 2

Season Two

  • 027: Karupin's Adventure
  • 028: A new Regular Appears !?
  • 029: Momo and the Viper
  • 030: Mizuki's Scenario
  • 031: Moon Volley
  • 032: Super move! Eiji's "pretend to sleep" attack!
  • 033: Tiebreak
  • 034: Twist Spin Shot
  • 035: Drive B
  • 036: Syusuke Fuji, the big brother
  • 037: Tennis ball with Ryoma's face
  • 038: Penal(TEA) !
  • 039: Bear Drop
  • 040: A Duel In the Rain
  • 041: Trouble
  • 042: Oishi being targeted
  • 043: Lucky Sengok
  • 044: Jack knife
  • 045: The Devil on the Court
  • 046: Samurai Spirit
  • 047: Will Not Lose
  • 048: Decisive Moment
  • 049: Different Kind of Fight
  • 050: Seigaku's claim to fame
  • 051: Inui's Challenge
  • 052: Seigaku's Biggest Crisis

Season Three

  • 053: The Momo who's Returned
  • 054: Kaoru's Special Training
  • 055: Hyotei Presses Near
  • 056: Double for 3
  • 057: Scud Serve
  • 058: The Worst Compatability
  • 059: The Hidden Trouble
  • 060: Power VS Power
  • 061: Duel of Hadouky
  • 062: The Disappearing Serve
  • 063: The last Triple Counter
  • 064: Compilation stories "TenniPuri"
  • 065: The piller of Seigaku
  • 066: Ruin from London
  • 067: End of the ball
  • 068: End of the Tie
  • 069: Who's turn is it to take
  • 070: Tennis VS Ping Pong
  • 071: It's a date!
  • 072: Kaoru, becoming Ryoma
  • 073: Tezuka's decision
  • 074: A message from Echizen
  • 075: Farewell, Tezuka Kunimitsu
  • 076: Seigaku's Taijou formation
  • 077: A fight of calmness and passion
  • 078: Thunderbolt

Season Four

  • 079: I formation
  • 080: Pretender's Strategy
  • 081: Mamushi VS. Nise Mamushi
  • 082: Temptation of Bloom Village
  • 083: The best work
  • 084: Deep Impulse
  • 085: The Result of the Deadly Duel
  • 086: High on Rhythm
  • 087: Tennis Folktale - The Prince of Bowling & Prince Detective
  • 088: Tennis Folktale - The Prince of Bowling & Prince Detective (part II)
  • 089: Seigaku, DaDaDan!
  • 090: Cheap Housing Beach Volleyball
  • 091: Rokkaku's Freshman Captain
  • 092: The Boy with the Long Racket
  • 093: Dash Hadoukyuu
  • 094: The Secret Plan to Seal Kikumaru
  • 095: Tsubame Gaeshi, Broken
  • 096: Heat up Ryoma!
  • 097: Finishing Smash
  • 098: The Prince of Billiards
  • 099: The Cursed Racket
  • 100: Captain Oishi
  • 101: Eat Rikkaidai
  • 102: Mizuki's Whispers
  • 103: Tossing and Turning
  • 104: Ryoma vs Sanada
  • 105: Ryoma's Fiasco
  • 106: Let's Go Camping!
  • 107: The Chairman Shows Up!
  • 108: Surprise at Camp
  • 109: Tennis Biathalon
  • 110: Jump, Kabaji!
  • 111: Original Prodigy: Fuji Syuusuke
  • 112: Hadoukyuu vs Scud Serve
  • 113: Atobe the Beautiful
  • 114: Ryoma is Going!
  • 115: Baseball is a Game for Men
  • 116: Seigaku vs Champion Rikkaidai! I'll be the One who'll Win! (part I)
  • 117: Seigaku vs Champion Rikkaidai! I'll be the One who'll Win! (part II)
  • 118: Battle Ceremony
  • 119: Tightrope Walking Doubles
  • 120: Kikumaru Was Read By Niou
  • 121: Yagyuu's Decision
  • 122: Inui Hollers
  • 123: Conclusion Of The Remembered Game
  • 124: Kirihara's Red Trap
  • 125: Angry Fuji
  • 126: Clash! Ryoma vs Sanada
  • 127: Invisible Serve
  • 128: Conclusion ~ Which One will Win?
  • 129: The Samurai's Ballad
  • 130: We Miss Tezuka
  • 131: Never Give Up
  • 132: The Zany Teni-Puri Family & Continued - The Zany Teni-Puri Family
  • 133: The Best Sushi Chef in Japan
  • 134: My Prince
  • 135: Kikumaru's Summer Vacation
  • 136: Junior Selection Camp, Gathered
  • 137: The Member Who was not Trusted
  • 138: Ryoma vs Kirihara! Beyond Battle Rage

Minor Characters

Names are in English order, with the surname after the given name.

  • Sumire Ryuzaki (竜崎スミレ Ryūzaki Sumire): Coach of Seigaku's tennis club.
  • Masashi Arai : Junior in Seigaku's tennis club who will probably end up a Regular his senior year.
  • Satoshi Horio : Know-it-all freshman in the tennis club with "two years of tennis experience". Main purpose for comic relief.
  • Kachiro Kato (Katō Kachirō): Freshman in tennis club who is a voice of reason for Horio.
  • Karupin : The Echizens' cat.
  • Katsuo Mizuno : Basically the same as Kachiro, but Katsuo is not featured as much.
  • Sakuno Ryuzaki (竜崎桜乃 Ryūzaki Sakuno) : Coach's granddaughter and Freshman who clearly has a crush on Ryoma Echizen.
  • Tomoka Osakada : Freshman who is Sakuno's best friend. Also is president of the Ryoma Echizen Fanclub.
  • Nanjiro Echizen (越前 南次郎 Echizen Nanjirō): Ryoma's father and former tennis pro. Nanjiro currently a monk. His name is spelled Nanjiro Echizen in the English manga and Nanjirou Echizen in Roman characters in the Japanese version of the anime.
  • Nanako : Echizen's cousin who lives with Ryoma and his father.
  • Mamoru Inoue : Reporter for Monthly Tennis magazine who follows the Seigaku team.
  • Saori Shiba : Photographer for Monthly Tennis who follows the team with Inoue.


TV Show

The television program The Prince of Tennis is slightly different from the manga version. While most of the story and characters such as Ryoma Echizen, Takeshi Momoshiro, Shusuke Fuji, etc. are the same, there are small story-changes in the animated version because because the author, Takeshi Konomi, thought it would be too boring to watch what fans have already read.

For example, table tennis scenes exist in the TV version, but not in the manga.

The television program has already ended while the manga has not. There are 178 episodes.


Impact

Interest in tennis in Japan had been decreasing over the years due to the lack of a strong player, but thanks to The Prince of Tennis, tennis is making a comeback in Japan. It is said that the over thirty thousand people who were influenced by the manga had started tennis. The JTA (Japanese Tennis Association) has accepted Ryoma Echizen as a formal image character of the organisation.


Trivia

  • Josh Groban, the american born singer had three songs featured on the final episode of Prince of Tennis. They where "Remember When it Rained", "Hymne a L'amour" and "When You Say You Love Me".
  • Good Charlotte's song "The Battle of Life and Death" is used for the opening sequence in the last episode.


External links

ja:テニスの王子様

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