As an anime coming out of the 70s, about tennis, and by Madhouse, I had certain expectations and let downs.
First off, this screams 1973 perfectly from the clothes the characters wear, the sound/music, all the way to blood flowers. You'll know what I mean when you watch it.
There is so much to love about Aim for the Ace. First off, the main character Oka Hiromi is a bit of a cry baby and is easily overcome with emotions. But, she slowly evolves into a strong-willed women and matures as much as she improves her tennis game. She undergoes very tough training to improve her game and it is exactly what you want in a sports anime.
At first the art style will throw anybody off, mainly sparkle sweat. I quickly got used to it within the first episode and grew to love it.
What I loved the most about Ace wo Nerae is the banter between Hiromi and her best friend Maki. Oh and the tennis matches were fantastic. "You" can see where and what other sports anime take from this one.
I truly believe that if you are a fan of sports anime and/or shoujo, "you" owe it yourself to give this a good try. read more