Updated
08-20-03
      The Prince of Tennis
         
Volumes Available
19
 
Author
Takeshi Konomi
 
Publisher
Shueisha
 
Company
Jump Comics
 
Translations
 
ISBN Numbers
1 ~ 4088728157
2 ~ 4088728513
3 ~ 4088728769
4 ~ 4088728963
5 ~ 4088730240
6 ~ 4088730496
7 ~ 4088730763
8 ~ 4088731123
9 ~ 4088731395
10 ~ 408873162X
11 ~ 4088732014
12 ~ 4088732235
13 ~ 4088732472
14 ~ 4088732839
15 ~ 4088733126
16 ~ 4088733517
17 ~ 4088733800
18 ~ 4088734076
19 ~ 4088734823
 
      In America, Echizen Ryouma has won several tennis championships despite large age differences between him and his opponents (ie twelve year old versus sixteen year olds). Obviously, he has been called a "genius" at tennis, much like his father before him. Ryouma now enters Seishun Academy's junior high (aka Seigaku) school in Japan, which has the unwritten rule that first years cannot compete in tournaments. However, the tennis club never had such a talented first year join the club.

Ryouma is extremely cocky about his skill, and luckily he plays as well as he promotes himself. He doesn't talk much, unlike most of the opponents he faces, but he has the air of superiority. While there is rivalry in the club with this young member, the captain of the team is smart enough to judge by talent and not age, thus Ryouma is the first freshman to play in the tournament.

At first this series seems to be the typical sports genre manga where the main character overcomes the odds with his amazing abilities. While that is mainly the case, it also becomes a hilarious interaction between the different members of the team and other schools.  It takes a a few manga, but once all the regulars of Seigaku are introduced, this series really gains something many sports related manga miss - the camaraderie and trust between players.  It also shows there can be more than one way of being skillful at a game (ie every player has his specialty), thus there is the chance to watch more than the main character showing off every chapter, especially since it takes more than one good player to win a game.

Just as a warning, live in fear of Inui's special vegetable juice drink...

Rating -- 8

 

Sample Covers