Ace wo Nerae!

Aim for the Ace!

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Synonyms: Ace o Nerae
Japanese: エースをねらえ!
English: Aim for the Ace!
French: Jeu, Set et Match!
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 1973 to Mar 29, 1974
Premiered: Fall 1973
Broadcast: Fridays at 19:00 (JST)
Licensors: Discotek Media
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, SportsSports
Theme: SchoolSchool
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.131 (scored by 35493,549 users)
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Ranked: #35352
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Popularity: #5594
Members: 13,521
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On her first day at Nishi High School, 15-year-old Hiromi Oka is inspired by top player Reika "Ochoufujin" Ryuuzaki to take up tennis. Shortly after joining the school's tennis club, she encounters Jin Munakata, the club's new coach. Munakata puts everyone under rigorous training that even puts Ochoufujin to shame. Despite the hardships, Hiromi's determination prompts the coach to select her as part of the club's main players. Because of this, Hiromi must endure the peer pressure from her seniors to become an ace tennis player.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Dezaki, Osamu
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Maruyama, Masao
Hata, Masami
Oosugi, Kumiko
Theme Song Performance


Opening Theme

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"Ace o Nerae! (エースをねらえ!)" by Kumiko Ohsugi

Ending Theme

"Shiroi Tennis Court de (白いテニスコートで, White Tennis Court)" by Kumiko Ohsugi


Feb 20, 2023
Some genres evolve beyond recognition over the decades. Others have such powerful foundational works that you can still see their DNA in shows made half a century later. Sports anime are very much the latter. The tropes that form the backbone of the genre today can be traced back to shows like Aim for the Ace! Far from feeling like sports anime have left it behind, this 1973 Osamu Dezaki classic is as riveting now as it must have been when first broadcast.

Indeed, the king of melodrama raises the tension to breathtaking heights. Though it follows the straightforward story of a girl learning the hard ...
Oct 8, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Ace wo Nerae! tells of Hiromi Oka's experiences while she is in her school's tennis club. Personally, I think the anime wasn't anything special and it didn't really stick out to me. I gave the anime a 5/10 overall.

The story was standard for most sports anime. Hiromi Oka joins her tennis team with no skill and eventually becomes better through hard work. There was little romance, but it was entertaining. The tennis matches were also enjoyable.

The art was nice for being from the 70s. The character design reminded me of other 70s anime such as Rose of Versailles. None of the art really stuck out ...
Sep 18, 2018
Ace wo Nerae! is an iconic sports series that has been famously referenced in series like Urusei Yatsura and Kill la Kill. Osamu Dezaki, the director behind Rose of Versailles and Oniisama e…, has a directorial style that is notable for using a lot of stills and focusing on dramatic angles of a characters’ personality. I personally am not a fan of his. I think the directing in Ace wo Nerae is artrocious. For a sports show, there is barely any animation in this series AT ALL. When a character hits a ball with their tennis racket, it pans up a still ten times ...

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