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Ryoma Echizen and the rest of the Seigaku players enter the district tennis tournament as the school to beat. But an unknown team comes from out of nowhere to put them to the test. During a series of intense matches marked by extreme angles, tough spins, and gutsy play, it starts to look like the favorites will be taken down! Ryoma even gets injured during his grueling match and desperately searches for a way to win. Can he pull it off and keep his reign as The Prince of Tennis?
Episode 14: The Triple Counter
Episode 15: To Each His Own Battle
Episode 16: The Boomerang Snake
Episode 17: A Little Gesture Of Triumph
Episode 18: The Love Letter
Episode 19: Battle-Scarred Ryoma
Episode 20: Time Limit
Episode 21: Is the Tennis Court Burning Up?
Episode 22: Kaoru's Troubles
Episode 23: Here Comes Inui's Deluxe Drink!
Episode 24: Ryoma's Day Off
Episode 25: Seigaku's Strongest Man Part I
Episode 26: Seigaku's Strongest Man Part II
As the first season of the popular shonen (boy's) series Prince of Tennis concludes, the Seigaku Junior High team is preparing for a city-wide tournament that could propel them to a new level of competition, and 7th grade ace Ryoma Echizen is confronting his personal demons. Much of the story is devoted to a preliminary match with Fudomine Academy, whose team is led by a proudly independent student-coach. Ryoma suffers an injury while playing an underhanded opponent, but recovers using the "Two Sword Style," a technique for switching hands in mid-play developed by his father, legendary pro Nanjiro Echizen. That victory reveals Ryoma's problem: he emulates his father while seeking to escape from his shadow. Team captain Kunimitsu Tezuka pressures Ryoma to develop his own playing style and become the "Pillar of Seigaku." These adventures grow more entertaining as Ryoma's icy facade crumbles and he befriends irrepressible Takeshi "Momo" Momoshiro. In addition to Momo, other team members emerge as interesting secondary characters: They win Ryoma over with their celebratory hijinks in a sushi bar after beating Fudomine. In short, the second collection of Prince of Tennis is far more enjoyable than the first. (Rated A, suitable for ages 10 and older: minor violence, minor risqué humor, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon