It takes a lot to reach the top when it comes to tennis. No one knows that better than Ryouma Echizen, a young prodigy tennis player, and his teammates at the Seishun Academy. It was only because they pushed themselves to the limit, spending countless hours preparing for every pulse-pounding match, that they managed to claim victory in the All-Japan National Tournament.
New Prince of Tennis begins with Ryouma and his teammates heading to the U-17 Selection training camp, after receiving a special invitation due to their victory in the Nationals. The training camp is renowned for producing strong tennis players, so the boys of Seishun Academy can’t wait to take their game to the next level. However, not everyone is happy to have them among their ranks, and they’ll have to weather the intense training to prove they belong among the best of the up-and-coming players of their generation.
I never expected Prince of tennis to get a continuation and since I'm a big fan of the series, I got really excited when I heard the good news.
I just started watching it and what I can say for now is:
For this season the art got a little upgraded, not entirely to my liking but it's still really close to the previous art...so no problem there. And since the season just started, the epic battles are yet to come.
So for everyone who likes sports anime, give it a try. It's worth it
For Prince of tennis fans: ECHIZEN'S BACK!! "Mada mada, da ne" :D
WOW i have never been a fan of prince of tennis but i just saw the new one and i love the new feel of it! definitly an anime I'm going to keep up with :DD and I'm sure that anyone who loved the prince of tennis is going to love this new one!
I highly suggest that you watch Prince of Tennis and its National Tournament OVAs before watching New Prince of Tennis.
I loved the original Prince of Tennis (and National Tournament OVAs) and finished it in about three weeks a while ago. The New Prince of Tennis is had a completely different atmosphere that I didn't expect.
Story : The story was acceptable. 50 middle school representatives from the national champions go to the U-17 Japanese representative camp against high school students. I thought it was interesting at first, except when that started to change further in. Then, the story started going downhill from there. I nearly dropped it because it had nearly nothing to do with tennis. There were barely any tennis matches in the second half and I started to lose interest, but then regained it in the last episodes.
The comedy wasn't as great, but it was there to an extent.
Of course, I think that New Prince of Tennis would have been better if it had more episodes to work with. Most of the matches weren't that bad but it would have been more climatic if it were longer.
Art : Nothing much to say.. the art is much more modern, brighter and sharp, which is an improvement.
Sound : To say the least, I didn't like the opening and ending themes to New Prince of Tennis. I thought that it didn't fit properly at all, even though I had listened to them multiple times. (I absolutely loved most Prince of Tennis' opening/ending themes). The seiyuus' did their job but they weren't superbly brilliant.
Character : It was nice to see the old characters back with some development and not just Seigaku's. However, others were almost completely left out. A lot of characters just said a few sentences. New characters weren't that intense either since they didn't show up all that often.
Enjoyment : Overall, it was an arguable anime. I did enjoy it but it didn't live up to my expectations.
Overall : I can't give it a higher score for New Prince of Tennis since it screwed up a bit at the midpoint of the story, and it didn't have an overload of tennis. (What would you expect? "New Prince of 'Tennis'").
New Prince of Tennis is worth watching if you want more material, but don't get your hopes too high if you think it'll be as good as the original. To me, it definitely is a let down and it didn't have a huge impact on me.read more
I liked it. Prince of Tennis is one of my top favorite animes...but this new season...
The story is ok, there is a plot...sort of. It's pretty basic, and not very complicated. The comedy is not sidesplitting. The matches seem repeating, but the techniques they have now are not like the first anime; they make you go "oh cool", unlike the first season where I was beyond excitement.
What devastated me beyond repair is the ending. To not spoil anything, I will not go in detail. It is among the worst ending I have ever watched, and if it's not for the following reasons, I am really annoyed:
1) Creating another season
The art is pretty much the same. I don't EVER have a preference in art for anime or manga, unless it's unbearable to look at. Whatever the art is, it's usually easy to adjust to. The NPOT is not exceptionally detailed like CLAMP, but it's not amateur like the really, really old mangas. The expressions shown are understandable.
I don't pay attention to the sound much, unless, of course, it is impossible to decipher any words they are saying. The quality this time was not very good...there was the occasional static around the voices and afterwards. The voices of the actors sometimes sounded muffled. The background sounds were pretty basic sounds, but it's as expected, same as the art level. As for the static problem, it might have just been the source, maybe it sounded fine if someone bought the DVDs, whereas I watched it online. And as always, Japanese seiyuus are amazing!
I enjoyed it as always. I waited eagerly for each episode to come out, and was never disappointed. After finishing one, you just want to watch the next one ASAP! The matches made my attention go down a bit, but I drank in every detail because I am just that big of a fan of POT.
I would recommend it only for patient or experienced anime watchers. As it is a sports anime, it may be hard for your attention span, and is not a good first impression for an anime newbie. POT is still better, and of course watch that before you watch this! read more
Tennis has been around in anime for some time now, but the number of series dedicated to it are surprisingly low. In the following list, we'll take a look at five popular tennis anime, including not only iconic classics, but also some newbie gems!