Tennis no Ouji-sama

The Prince of Tennis

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Alternative Titles

English: The Prince of Tennis
Japanese: テニスの王子様


Type: TV
Episodes: 178
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 10, 2001 to Mar 23, 2005
Premiered: Fall 2001
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: VIZ Media
Studios: Trans Arts
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, SportsSports
Theme: SchoolSchool
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.881 (scored by 6541465,414 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #7232
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1114
Members: 155,234
Favorites: 2,814

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At the request of his father, tennis prodigy Ryouma Echizen has returned from America and is ready to take the Japanese tennis scene by storm. Aiming to become the best tennis player in the country, he enrolls in Seishun Academy—home to one of the best middle school tennis teams in Japan.

After Ryouma catches the captain's eye, he finds himself playing for a spot on the starting lineup in the intra-school ranking matches despite only being a freshman. Due to his age, the rest of the Seishun Boys' Tennis Team are initially reluctant to accept him, but his skill and determination convinces them to let him in.

Armed with their new "super rookie," Seishun sets out to claim a spot in the National Tournament, hoping to take the coveted title for themselves. In order to do so, the team must qualify by playing through the Tokyo Prefectural and Kanto Regionals. Yet, the road ahead of them is shared by a plethora of strong schools, each playing tennis in unique ways for their own reasons. Ryouma and his teammates must learn to cooperate if they want to become the champions they aspire to be.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Tennis no Ouji-sama aired on TV Tokyo from October 10, 2001 to March 30, 2005.

On April 24, 2007, Viz Media released the first DVD box set in the United States. An additional three box sets have been released since January 15, 2008. However, these four sets only contain 50 of the 178 episodes.

On April 2, 2021, Funimation obtained licensing rights to the series and announced a new dub was in the works.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Hamana, Takayuki
Director, Storyboard
Hiramitsu, Takuya
Sound Director
Andou, Masahiro
Episode Director, Storyboard
Takashima, Daisuke
Episode Director


Opening Theme

#1: "Future" by Hiro-X (eps 1-26)
#2: "Driving Myself" by Hiro-X (eps 27-53)
#3: "Make You Free" by Kimeru (male version), hisoca (female version) (eps 54-75)
#4: "Long Way" by Ikuo (eps 76-101)
#5: "Fly High" by Toshihiko Matsunaga (eps 102-128)
#6: "Shining" by Yuki Shirai (eps 129-153)
#7: "Paradise" by Yuki Shirai (eps 154-165)
#8: "Dream Believer" by Osami Masaki (eps 166-178)

Ending Theme

#1: "You Got Game" by Kimeru (eps 1-26)
#2: "Keep Your Style" by Masataka Fujishige (eps 27-35, 38-39, 41-47, 49-53)
#3: "Walk On" by Masataka Fujishige (eps 36-37, 40, 48)
#4: "White Line" by Aozu (eps 54-75)
#5: "Kaze no Tabibito" by Fureai (eps 76-101)
#6: "Sakura" by Yomu Hamaguchi (eps 102-140)
#7: "Wonderful Days" by Pull Tab to Can (eps 141-165)
#8: "Little Sky" by Kentaro Fukushi (eps 166-178)

Sep 8, 2007
VK11 (All reviews)
The Prince of Tennis - a sports-driven anime that debuted back in 2001, depicts the story of Echizen Ryoma and his experiences in the world of tennis. Along with Hajime no Ippo, the Prince of Tennis helped start the rave with sports-driven anime craze, and its not really a wonder why a lot of those anime use many of the elements from the Prince of Tennis - its so good that its still being animated (in OVA form) this very day.

Normally, with sports anime, you see the rise of a certain young star from not being a very good player to being the ace read more
May 31, 2008
KimimaroKenshin (All reviews)
Story - 10
The story is very original, where the protagonist comes from America to Japan as a well-developed tennis player. His father has him enroll in Seigaku Tennis Club, where he plays opponents who can challenge his skill, while the team seeks to reach the National Tournament. Although the story sounds simple, there are many episodes that get more in depth by revealing more of the characters and the storyline, which I would rather not spoil.

Art - 9
The art in this anime is spectacular! However, it is a long series, so some frames are repeated throughout games, yet it is still well done to the read more
Apr 12, 2013
Masserati_ (All reviews)
"Mada Mada Dane"

Once upon a time in Japan, a manga artist by the name of Takeshi Konomi came up with a manga by the name of Prince of Tennis, and it quickly became one of - if not the - most popular sports manga of all time, doing for tennis what Slam Dunk did for basketball, it caused a massive boost in popularity for the sport in its native country. To this day, it's hard to really say that Japan ever got past Prince of Tennis fever, one look at the various pieces of Prince of Tennis merchandise like the musicals or even the live-action read more
Jan 19, 2008
MichelleKay (All reviews)
Prince of Tennis, in my opinion, is like .. superpower tennis. Not in a bad way, but that's what makes this show enjoyable. Ryoma is your typical tennis prodigy who overcomes players more skilled then he is. Story overall was good, with some bumps and twists along the way. The episodes that contain side-stories and stories where the characters are chibis are hilarious. Best I thought was bowling and Snow White.

Art was good, though when in tennis matches, you'll notice repetitions such as their special techniques and missing the ball. That's okay, unless you don't like the moves. The good thing is the art's read more

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