The Prince Of Tennis (Tennis no Ouji-sama / テニスの王子様) is a Japanese manga series about a tennis prodigy written and illustrated by Takeshi Konomi. The title is often shortened to Tenni-Pri (テニプリ / Tenipuri), a portmanteau of the words “Tennis Prince”. The manga was first published in Japan in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump in July 1999, and ended publication on March 3, 2008. A total of 379 chapters were serialized, spanning 42 volumes. As of volume 40, the manga has sold over 40 million copies in Japan.
The new manga series, entitled New Prince of Tennis, began serialization in the Jump Square magazine on March 4, 2009, with the story taking place several months after the end of the original manga. The manga was adapted into an anime series directed by Takayuki Hamana, animated by Trans Arts and co-produced by Nihon Ad Systems & TV Tokyo. The anime aired across Japan on the anime satellite television network Animax and the terrestrial TV Tokyo network from October 10, 2001 to March 30, 2005, spanning a total of 178 episodes, as well as a theatrical movie.
The story is very original, where the protagonist comes from America to Japan as a well-developed tennis player. His father has him enroll in Seigaku Tennis Club, where he plays opponents who can challenge his skill, while the team seeks to reach the National Tournament. Although the story sounds simple, there are many episodes that get more in depth by revealing more of the characters and the storyline, which I would rather not spoil. I most certainly enjoyed this anime, as anyone else who’s seen it has. The great plot, good art and characters play a great part in this animes success. Everything from the action packed episodes to the comedic chibi episodes were truly enjoyable!.
(this series has many CDs released (include theme song & characters song), please request provide catalog number for me so I can provide download link for you. )