Ace wo Nerae!

Aim for the Ace!

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Alternative Titles

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: 7.071 (scored by 40404,040 users)
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Ranked: #39012
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Popularity: #5620
Members: 14,315
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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.

(Source: ANN)

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


Mar 13, 2016
Animation as any other form of art can't avoid the rule of percentages that supposedly determines what is good amidst the mediocrity (that some would claim is around the 90% of the total).
When it comes to old anime as the one object of this review, new factors appear, and the challenge is placed in discerning between what was lacklustre back in the day of its creation and what are the mere consequences of standing the test of time.

Aim for the Ace! (Ace wo Nerae!) is one show worth to be highlighted thanks to the apparent simplicity of its premise, and the good mixture between ...
May 22, 2015
Mixed Feelings
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 ...
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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