The Prince of Tennis, Volume 1

The Prince of Tennis, Volume 1

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by Takeshi Konomi
     
 

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The exciting backdrop of high school tennis serves as the setting for the sports drama and coming-of-age story, The Prince of Tennis. From creator Takeshi Konomi, the manga depicts the on- and off-the-court adventures of Ryoma Echizen, who joins the Seishun Gakuen Middle School tennis team, known for being one of the most competitive teams in Japan. FreshmenSee more details below

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The exciting backdrop of high school tennis serves as the setting for the sports drama and coming-of-age story, The Prince of Tennis. From creator Takeshi Konomi, the manga depicts the on- and off-the-court adventures of Ryoma Echizen, who joins the Seishun Gakuen Middle School tennis team, known for being one of the most competitive teams in Japan. Freshmen rarely have a chance to actually play during their first year, but Ryoma's cool confidence, combined with a deadly, un-returnable "twist serve," gain him a coveted starting spot. With rigorous and extremely intense practices, the upperclassmen of the team expect the very best from themselves, and expect even more from the new members of the team. He's made the cut but can he survive the intense competition? Join Ryoma and other first year players, as they train hard, make friends, and try to find a place for themselves on the team. Also meet Ryoma's cute but chronically shy classmate, Sakuno Ryuzaki, who hopes he will notice her. Ryoma Echizen is The Prince of Tennis. He may be ready for the Seishun Gakuen tennis team, but are they ready for him?

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This sports manga stars Ryoma Echizen, a 12-year-old boy who tries out for the 16-and-under tennis group. This is almost unheard of since the team consists entirely of upperclassmen and Ryoma is only a 7th grader. Will he make the cut? It sure looks that way to me. Ryoma beats an 8th grader playing with his right hand (he's left-handed), beats another upperclassman playing with a rickety racket that's about 100 years old, and shows he can hit a twist serve (whatever that is). The Prince of Tennis is a hit in Japan, and it's especially popular with young girls, which makes sense since all the boys in this manga are drawn as hunks. Ryoma himself is a hunk—he's slim, a gifted athlete, somewhat mysterious, and basically too cool for words. I had a few issues: Ryoma is such a good tennis player it's hard to view him as an underdog, which he's clearly meant to be; also, his personality is somewhat unformed and he hasn't yet forged any relationships with the other characters. That's okay because he's somewhat mysterious, and this is only the first volume of a long series (20 volumes and counting). Quibbling aside, The Prince of Tennis is well drawn, well written, and very suitable for younger readers. Recommended for libraries with manga collections. (Vol. 1). KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 1999, VIZ, 189p. illus., Ages 12 to 15.
—George Galuschak

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591164357
Publisher:
VIZ Media LLC
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Prince of Tennis Series, #1
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
298,014
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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