ANIME & MANGA - Article
12:06 - 23rd February 2012, by Matt Kamen

The New Prince of Tennis

Since its print debut as a hugely successful manga series, Prince of Tennis has gone on to inspire an initial 178 episode TV anime charting the team's rise through the leagues and up to the All-Japan Nationals tournament, 27 OVA episodes that continue the tale through that milestone, four movies - three animated, one live action, with Kanata Hongo of Gantz fame in the starring role - and even a series of stage musicals. Prince of Tennis is nothing short of a phenomenon, and its return to Japanese airwaves is receiving a warm welcome, as it debuts with a brand new series, Prince of Tennis II.

Directed by Le Chevalier d'Eon's Hideyo Yamamoto, the new series brings the fantastically tense - and often personal - matches to life with a speedy presentation that perfectly captures the fluid nature of the sport. Framing battles through the one-on-one game of tennis (and the occasional doubles match, of course) is undeniably a different approach to delivering the action, but with almost super-powered racket moves and incredible visual flair, there's excitement enough to give even the most devoted Naruto or Bleach fan the thrills they crave.

Check out our exclusive expose of the series in issue 95 of NEO, on sale today!

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