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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Shonen Jump Graphic Novel Ed edition (April 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591164354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591164357
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A member of the tennis club at school, Konomi submitted his work to Weekly Shonen Jump after graduation from university and was debuted in a special edition of the magazine in 1993 with TETSUJIN SEKAI ICHI KATAI OTOKO. In 1997, his COOL ~ RENTAL BODYGUARD manga was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, followed by THE PRINCE OF TENNIS in 1992. Because of THE PRINCE OF TENNIS, the number of children in Japan who have taken up tennis as a sport has increased exponentially. An anime version of THE PRINCE OF TENNIS was created in 2001, and is still going strong.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on July 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have just come home and read the Prince of Tennis and am still on a high from the story. I skirted around getting it for awhile before my curiosity got to me. Ryoma is a great character, perhaps reminding me a tinsy bit of Akito Hayama fromm Kodocha but with more spunk, fight, and occasional humor. Fairly serious, unresponsive, and blunt nature but with so much more to him. I find him an endearing main character and enjoy every match he wins. I just love characters that beat the odds.
The couple of other 7th graders that pal around a bit with Ryomo in the club are enjoyable side characters, and I'm quite intrigued by the team of the highest players of the school. This book humored me so much and got me helplessly addicted to the story. Another anime you might compare to this could be Princess 9(though I haven't yet watched it). I highly recommend this series! I think if you like series such as One Piece and Naruto, even though they're very different, you would like this.
Tennis anyone?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C.S. on March 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Ok, I honestly love Prince of Tennis. It's my favorite anime of all time, so I'll try to stay neutral in this review :D

The story is very simple:

Echizen Ryoma is a young boy with superb tennis abilities. He enrolls at Seishun Gakuen (or Seigaku for short), a school that has one of the best tennis teams in the region. He is quicky accepted into the team and becomes famous because he's the only freshman who was ever accepted (besides Tezuka). The story goes through 178 episodes of learning about teamwork and spirit (and you get to learn about tennis too!). His father is the well-known Echizen Nanjirou (also known as Samurai Nanjirou). He plays singles, but has also playes doubles.

Special moves: Drive A, Drive B, Twist Serve, Split Step, Nitouryuu,

Twist Spin Smash, Buggy Whip Shot, Cyclone Smash, Super Rising (from Yuuta), Buggy Whip Shot (from Kaidou), Spot (from Shinji), Deep Impulse (from Shinjou).

Seigaku's team is made up of 9 members:

Tezuka Kunimitsu: the captain of Seigaku's tennis team. A complete genius both on and off the court, Tezuka is very mature for age (some even doubt he's a 3rd year student). He was also a freshman when he was accepted into the team. He has a small problem with an arm injury that was caused by a jealous team mate back when he was still a freshman.

Special move: Tezuka Zone (kinda like a black hole. Can't give too much away here ;))

Fuji Syuusuke: Noted as the "prodigy", Fuji is an oppenent you do not want to face. He is constantly smiling and that helps to confuse friends and rivals alike. The only times he stops smiling is when he get serious in a match (like against St-Rudolf's Mizuki and Rikkai Dai's Kirihara). He cares deeply about his brother, Yuuta.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Nowack on August 6, 2004
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Really, I'd give more like 3 1/2 stars, but since that option's not available, I rounded up. This is the first volume of the series Prince of Tennis. The story opens by introducing the main character Ryoma Echizen as a 12 year old entered in 16 & under tennis competition. Disqualified by showing up late, Ryoma enters a "friendly" match with another player he met on the subway. During this match, we find out Ryoma just moved back to Japan and is a tennis prodigy. The story then moves on to Ryoma's first day of junior high and his showing off to the members of the boy's tennis club.

Prince of Tennis is a really good story and I recommend it to everyone. My only problems with this volume (and the series so far) is some obvious typos and the transliteration of Ryoma's cat's name. Other than that, I hope you enjoy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By EcHiZeN_RyOmA on September 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm a big fan of tennis so anything that has to do with the sport interests me... what got me reading the manga is the anime. So far the manga seems good and follows closely with the anime itself, there is some bit and pieces that the anime kinda expands on, but it didn't really hurt the story... the story mainly revolves around Ryoma Echizen, his development and Seigaku's quest for a national championship. But the story doesn't just concerntrate on one character, we see a lot of other characters and their development. as the story goes on, we see that they're not just sidekicks but actually quite important to the whole story.. there's just one thing I kinda don't like about the story, it's that it makes you think that Ryoma is invincible and can win every match, i'd like to see him lose in a match or so.. but overall, i strongly recommend this manga...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cody Saoyrn on December 30, 2005
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I'm actually the biggest TeniPuri fan in my circle of friends, so it saddens me to have to give a "ehh" rating to such a vital part of the overall series. D:

First off, VIZ. Their translations--urgh. They tend to either go too far, losing everything that the original dialogue conveyed, or they barely do anything, basically leaving it at the "Engrish" level. I've found that, except for a few shining moments here and there, it's a near-complete butchery. Additionally, and this is really my biggest gripe, VIZ has the kids refer to each other by their first names instead of their last ["Kaoru" v. "Kaidou," "Takashi" v. "Kawamura," etc.] To born-and-raised dub fans/Americans/whatever, I suppose that this could make sense. But these kids are not American. Or British. They're not anything other than Japanese. The dropping of suffixes I can forgive, because that's still a fairly common thing to do, but to completely change the form of address like that... Call me picky, but I just can't find it acceptable at all. D:

Now onto the manga itself! XD;
I've...never really been a fan of the manga. Reading the first chapters or so was enough to get me interested in TeniPuri, sure, but I never picked them up again until now. [With the end of AniPuri...]
It's the art, honestly. If you're a better person than I, and can read a series without worrying about the artist's abilities, congrats to you. XD But there's just something about the way Konomi draws joints that gets to me after a while. And Echizen's eyes creep me out. *laughs*
Before I start complaining about Kaidou's lack of pretty or Kawamura's uber-monkey face, I'll end on a positive note.
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