The Prince of Tennis is a long-standing franchise centered around Ryoma Echizen.
After its initial run from 1999 to 2008, the manga was renewed into “The New Prince of Tennis,” which serialized in Shueisha’s Jump SQ. magazine from 2009.
The story picked up after the events of the original series, right after the national tournament.
Recently, the June issue of Shueisha’s Jump SQ magazine announced that a new anime in the Prince of Tennis franchise will be launched soon.
The anime will feature an original story — “Hyotei vs. Rikkai,” a rivalry that hasn’t been seen in the franchise’s long history.
The New Prince of Tennis picks up right after the events of the national tournament. Ryōma joins a select group of middle school players at Japan’s top training camp for players under 17.
The manga was adapted into an anime — The Prince of Tennis II. Currently, the 29th volume release of The New Prince of Tennis has been delayed due to production issues caused by COVID-19.
An interlude movie, titled “The Ryōma! Shinsei Gekijōban Tennis no Ōji-sama” (Ryōma! Rebirth Movie The Prince of Tennis), which shows the three months before the events of The New Prince of Tennis and after the events of The Prince of Tennis was supposed to be released this spring.
However, it has been delayed and will now air in 2021.
About The Prince of Tennis:
The Prince of Tennis is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Takeshi Konomi. The manga was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from July 1999 to March 2008. A total of 379 chapters were published and collected into 42 tankōbon volumes.
An anime television series animated by Trans Arts, co-produced by Nihon Ad Systems and directed by Takayuki Hamana, was broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 10, 2001, to March 30, 2005, spanning a total of 178 episodes.
The story centers around Ryoma Echizen, son of the legendary “Samurai Nanjiro,” who retired very early from his professional tennis career despite his undeniable talent. At age 12, Ryoma begins attending Seishun Academy Middle School in Tokyo, Japan, and joins its boys’ tennis team.
The title of the series comes from Ryoma’s title, “The Prince of Tennis,” after winning four tournaments back in America before the events of the manga.