Ace wo Nerae! (1979)

Aim for the Ace!: The Movie

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Synonyms: Ace o Nerae: Theatrical Version, Aim for the Ace! Movie, Aim for the Best!, Jump High Hiromi!
Japanese: エースをねらえ!
English: Aim for the Ace!: The Movie
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 8, 1979
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Discotek Media
Source: Unknown
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, SportsSports
Theme: SchoolSchool
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 1 hr. 28 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.011 (scored by 19911,991 users)
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Ranked: #43052
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Popularity: #8622
Members: 4,759
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High school freshman Hiromi joins the tennis club because of her admiration for Ryuzaki. Ryuzaki is a senior, who's the best tennis player on the team and also nicknamed "Ochoufujin", ("Madame Butterfly"), because of her elegance on the tennis court. However, the new coach, Jin Munakata, wants the inexperienced Hiromi to play in a forthcoming tournament.

Due to this, Hiromi considers quitting tennis for good but, in the depth of her soul, she soon realizes that she loves tennis after all. She returns to the club and, under Munakata's coaching, her talent starts to bloom.

In the end, Hiromi develops a strong emotional bond with her coach, not knowing that Munakata is risking his life because of a chronic illness.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Dezaki, Osamu
Director, Storyboard
Fujikawa, Keisuke
Script, Screenplay
Nakamura, Ryuutarou
Key Animation
Morimoto, Kouji
In-Between Animation


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''Mabushii Kisetsu ni (まぶしい季節に)'' by Shounen Tanteidan (少年探偵団)

Ending Theme

''Haruka na Yume (まぶしい季節に)'' by Shounen Tanteidan (少年探偵団)


Jul 1, 2020
Aim for the Ace! is the shortened movie version of the '73 series of the same name. Most notable for its part in the boom of tennis in japan and inspiring Gunbuster, Dezaki creates another sports anime rife with melodrama and sparkling eyes. I highly recommend viewing this movie if you are not interested in the original anime as the production quality leaves a bit to be desired. The movie adaption is truly a masterpiece of 70's anime as we lose the art of manual animation. With rich colors, great framing, varied shots, it truly is eye candy for anyone a fan of 70’s ...
Feb 10, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Per my rating, I have mixed feelings on recommending this. I watched it hours after finishing the tv series.
Starting off with the pros, the high budget is clear with beautiful shots and no off-model moments for characters (or at least I didn't notice any)
In the 6 year gap between the series and the movie, Dezaki's directing became so much more refined and distinctly HIS style from the pastel still frames, the shots of birds taking flight, unique camera angles, and color palette changes in intense moments. It very much made the movie for me.
Onto why I am mixed about this, the movie is ...
Mar 3, 2021
Look, the story in this movie is trash. The entire thing is an irrational, emotionally (and at times physically) abusive male coach unreasonably projecting his desires onto a teenage girl, working her until she throws up. You are not told what his motivations are for the majority of the movie, and when it's finally revealed it is some of the most insultingly inappropriate drivel I have ever had narratively pushed on me in film. The movie has the audacity to have the main character be grateful to this man for his abuse. This may even be realistic, I do not know how people react in ...

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