English: Prince of Tennis II
Synonyms: Shin Tennis no Ouji-sama
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 5, 2012 to Mar 29, 2012
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: G - All AgesL represents licensing company
Score: 7.771 (scored by 5925 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Apr 14, 2012
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!
Jan 5, 2012
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
Jan 4, 2012
Nov 2, 2012
Don't get me wrong. I absolutely loved the series and am still reading the manga. But I am not here to rate and talk about the whole series. I am here to talk about this particular season, I am going to review the 13 episodes I watched.
The story starts off where the last one ended. Seigaku became national champion and almost all of its regular members have left. But where are we now? Now we suddenly are at a U-17 training camp for tennis. And this U-17 camp is for the representatives of Japan.
I was really disappointed by this set-up. It would have been interesting to see Tezuka, Fuji and the rest fade to the background while Arai and others become regulars and face a hard time trying to defend their title. Instead we get this. A clusterfuck of characters where each of them get 5 minutes of actually playing tennis and not creating a single good match. I am here to watch a lengthy exciting tennis match, damn it!
Like I said, the characters getting about 5 minutes of screen time each is disappointing. Another thing which was quite Prince of Tennis like was a training camp. Oh wait, again? Yes, again. And to be honest it isn't even exciting, there is not some kind of big challenge ahead. And the only thing we see them doing is run around saying "I can't accept this training" and then "I finally understand the meaning of this."
What I am saying with this is; a good build up is wasted without a (proper) story. In the case of New Prince of Tennis it might be different, this time around they only got 13 episodes to air and for such a slow paced anime which likes to take its time to create amazing matches. It has been far too little.
Art. There is not a lot to say about it. It is as good as it was in its prequel. Which may sound disappointing, but certainly is not. The faces of the characters seem alive and lots variances in their faces.
Animation is also superb like it was. The actual tennis has lots of moving around and nothing sloppy for me to criticise.
Sound is a part of the review which never is heavy for my final score. Because frankly there is not too much to talk about, the opening was not to my tastes. It doesn't fit a usually action packed anime like Prince of Tennis. The voice actors didn't change from the previous series as far as I noticed.
The one problem Prince of Tennis always had is: Characters. It had way too many of them. And it also unnecessarily revives supporting characters over and over again too give the already big bunch of main characters even less screen time. Not saying any of them really sucks, but they are unneeded. I think if it cut back on the characters used for this 13 episode anime. There would have been a lot more actual action and tennis matches.
Though I will say this. Even though it always had way too much characters. All of them were entertaining too watch when put them up against each other and the "evil" team was actually seemingly a bit malicious.
Overall I didn't enjoy this. The plot wasn't what I would have liked it to be. And the characters were in to many numbers and little of them contributed to the plot.
- The variety of characters were not similar and all of them had their own little thing.
- The goal for the protagonist was set high and was not overcome with "resolve".
- The comedy was quite good.
- You need not look further than the characters page, it has way too many and created for little plot.
- Cut-off matches. Only small portions of a tennis match were shown and far too less happened.
- The opening song did not fit for its theme: Tennis.
So if you loved the prequel for its characters and was not a too big fan of the action, you will probably dislike this one.
Life lesson learnt: Quality over quantity.
Apr 5, 2012
Okay, Let me start off this review by giving my own opinion on it's story then after that giving my rating to the other aspects in reviewing an anime.
At first, When I saw this coming. I was like "doubting" if i should watch this or not 'cause i've been a fan of it's 1st season and the 1st installment was actually good. I really never knew that they will be airing a second season 'cause i think it was the end (I am not a manga reader that's why). Above all that, I gave this one a mediocre 7 'cause it's like the first one. There are plot developments going on but it didn't really implant a sense of viewership for me. Tbh, The first one was a lot better but this one's good enough to keepn the viewer going on what he/she is watching.
Compared to the 1st season, the art is a little bit upgraded with slight changes. Its enough to keep the viewer on watching. I have no other comments than this one 'cause they've done pretty well with the art. It's more like an innovated Prince of Tennis art style. Much better than the 1st installment.
Sound? It's Good. I have nothing to say about this. I guess I'll go with "It's good enough" The voice actors did a good job and I have no complaints or whatsoever. The sound effects were good but it can be worked out due in order to be better.
Very Good. Completely the same with the first one. There were some that were deep and there were some that were shallow. In fact, the characters does imply some good values that needs to be learned in a field of sport, Not only sports but a wide variety of fields. whether it may be on something good or something bad (You can even apply it in real life so+1 there).
I'm Glad that I enjoyed this one even if it was not that great in terms in keeping me in tact with it. Good so far but could be better. There was a lack of awesome fights that's why i didn't enjoy it that much.
Pretty Good Series with a good charcter development and story development. Mediocre Series.
Great Series if your a sport fan.
Jan 5, 2012
May 21, 2012
Just for starter, everybody is in this series, and I mean everybody, from Tezuka to Atobe,. The series rely on your familiarity of PoT in general. Oh, they are also adding the high school players. This may alienate new viewers, but the story is fairly simple that it shouldn't be a big issue. Just don't expect much. It's only 13 episodes.
And that's where the story is a bit of a letdown. The opening made it seem like they would form a new "ultimate" team at the end of the series, but obviously it won't happen in just 13 episodes. This feels more like a teaser, for the upcoming season(s), maybe. The episode where Tezuka played with Seigaku's former captain was the highlight of the series for me. It's still the typical PoT pattern (or pretty much any sports/fighting anime), and features even more ridiculous training and tennis moves in addition to fan favorites, but the short series made it so a lot of the matches being cut short/over-simplified. This is true especially in the end. But at least the fan service is there. I mean come on, who doesn't want to see Tezuka zone one more time? In short, it's a teaser series for the fans.
Everything else, it's PoT. The same animation, moves, etc. It's fair. If you are a PoT fan, you already know what to expect. If you're new to the series, it won't hurt to watch the previous series first and/or consult your online sources to get some background on the multitude of characters. I just wish they did the opening differently so people don't have some kind of expectation at the end,and be disappointed. read more
Dec 10, 2012
With a new series comes with a new story as the majority of the players from the previous one are gathered in a training camp. There are new and much bigger obstacles that the players have to face. It is way harder than all the obstacles they’ve faced before. There’s also a whole new and different kind of drama. The previous one was interesting enough but I think it was still lacking with the certain excitement that would make you anticipate what was really happening. This time, I believe it is way more interesting and exciting as there are some twists in the story.
I am not really following the manga so I am not sure with the time gap from the last one but I am pretty sure it’s not that long since the national tournament but I think there are some characters who noticeably grown, particularly Ryoma. Oftentimes, I am genuinely wondering if these guys are really middle schoolers. It is given that with a new series comes with new characters as well. But the fun and interesting part is that we get to see almost all the characters from different schools working together. Enemies of yesterday are “nakamas” of today. As the characters are divided, we get to see who will improve more. It’s the battle of the players training in the modern way with the most advance technology or the players training in the most primitive way of survival in the mountains. We also get to see characters that seemed so invincible before, push to their limits and actually get beaten for the first time which really proves that the opponents this time are in a complete different level.
I strongly believe that the most obvious improvement and change is the animation. Now, we get to see what the series would look like if it’s done today. There are tremendous improvements in the character designs. Some of the nasty looking characters are now gorgeous looking. Sometimes, it feels surreal seeing their 2012 versions. Before I know it, I am already snapping away lots of pictures with just the first few episodes of it. But what I am more excited about is how the moves and techniques improved this time around. As always, this series just loves exaggerated moves which makes it look like it is no longer tennis at all but that’s just the way this series is. But the good thing is, it really improves now. It is no longer overly done. It is cleaner and a lot sophisticated compared to the lousy ones before. You can really feel that it is latest.
I genuinely like this one way, way more compared to the ones. It definitely improved a lot in almost all important aspects of it. And I will admit that I enjoyed this one more compared to the first season and national arc together.
Dec 6, 2012
The plot was okay, nothing spectacular, a lot like the first season, except maybe a lot less developed. But that's to be expected, after all, the first season's plot was slow and took a long time to begin (I'd say probably until episode 50 something was when the matches finally started getting amazing), and it had 170 something episodes + the national tournament OVAs, while this only had 13 episodes. However, a lot of the things that made the plot in the prequel is missing here. The matches are super-short, and not as interesting as before. No plot whatsoever in them, unlike the almost over-the-top plot involved in the matches in the prequel. A major part of the story, the matches, are shortened down to a few minutes. And none of the matches were even good. Or at least, if they were good, they didn't show enough of it for us to realize it. The best match was probably Atobe's, but even that was too short (like, half or 3/4 of an episode?). Otherwise, the plot was like the prequel.
Oh, and I have to mention, the ending is horrible. Like, it feels like it hasn't ended yet, and it's just the end of one episode or something. It's no different from any other episode's endings. Maybe its just me, but I think endings should be special. I guess they wanted to give us a cliffhanger, leaving us off like that in the middle of the match, but they did it wrong. Instead of a cliffhanger, the match just didn't feel impressive. It felt boring, and typical. Even though they never gave us who won, I have to say, I really don't care. It doesn't bother me at all. If it was ended correctly, it would've driven me mad wondering who won, but no.
The art was great, even better than the prequel's. Really nothing more to say about that.
Good, nothing special, not too bad though.
Like the characters of the prequel, the characters here were great as well! They were all just as good if not better than the prequel's. The only thing I have to mention is that none of the highschoolers are really strong. Well, they are, but none of them give a good match. They are either weak, or they didn't show enough of the match to make them look strong. Like honestly, I expected a much better fight from the highschoolers. In the end, perhaps it was because of the short off-screen matches that made the highschoolers look so weak.
I have to say, I did enjoy it. Like it's prequel, it's fun and enjoyable, and keeps you hooked. It's a great anime, just not as great as it could've been. That's the only reason I gave it a hard review. However, my ratings were pretty high.
If you watched season 1, and liked it, you'll probably want to watch this. It's okay, just a way to prolong Prince of Tennis I guess. read more