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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. Freshmen

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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:
256,966
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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The Prince of Tennis, Volume 1 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm mostly into Naruto, Bleach, Death Note, all of the very popular manga. And I never thought I'd like any sports related manga. Sure, I was being stereotypical, but it's true! But when I grabbed the first volume of The Prince of Tennis, I fell in love! I read it through to the end in about 20 minutes. Trust me, you will absolutely adore Kanomi-sensei's characters, personalities, and plot all in one clever series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good sports manga for those new to manga this is recommended.The artwork is very unique,and the story is good.Great for ages 11 and up.Overall 8.5/10
Selbe More than 1 year ago
I really really enjoy this series. At first I thought the artwork could've been better, but as the series progressed, so did the artwork. Also, the manga definitel makes me want to read more. I tried watching the anime, but it was pretty poorly animated and the English voice actors were poor. The manga is funny, dramatic, and will keep you reading until The Prince of Tennis series 2 comes out in English. Hopefully that'll be soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great manga. I read it in a hour and a half. I couldnt put it down. This coud be my new favorite manga. It is definetly the best sports manga. This will make Shonen Jump stay the worlds most popular manga. (Not that I evr thought they wouldnt remain the worlds most popular manga) This also will make people beg the writer to make more manga series and The Prince of Tennis.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ryoma Echizen, the son of a highly renown and skilled tennis player Nanjiro Echizen, has moved back to America after 4 consecutive wins in the U.S.! After playing with 'starters' of the new highschool in Japan he is attending he is chosen to become a regular. From there he learns, wins A LOT, and loses (rarely!) When I read these series, I actually though it would be boring because it was about tennis. And I don't like sports, but after I read this I actually started practicing tennis, and this is my #1 motivator to become a better tennis player so...give this book a try, it is sooooo addicting.(btw, the animation series are also great!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great series.I never liked tennis before(more of a football fan),but this was a complete surprise.The action of the game is exciting to look at.It is like watching a real tennis match.Reccomended for any sports fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this anime//manga is totally awesome. I love Ryoma Echizen. He`s so cute in the book and anime. Also I love it when he wins matches and all the 'techniques' they use. Echizen is actually really good with any type of sports after he learns how to play. In addition, he is a quick learner and super smart. =]
Guest More than 1 year ago
Prince of Tennis is awesome. I wasn't really into tennis, but when I read it. It was getting good. You should try to watch the movie. You'll understand it more and Know what I'm talking about. There are so many events and detail that you won't want to put the book down. So give PRINCE OF TENNIS a chance. You won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this story. i first came in contact with the prince of tennis is the anime version. the manga didn't do a great job on the animations. this could of degraded it a little. the anime which i highly recommend, so good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my nook, and it said it was here... but I can't read my favorite manga now. What happened? Is it just a mess up? Well, I hope the people at B&N fix the mess. Then I want to be able to read it. I don't want to have to pay for it again, and still not be able to read it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If your someone who likes action and fun, or the basic thrill for sports This is the manga for you. Prince of tennis is one the best manga out there. It has great characters and its all a round funny! buy it today
Guest More than 1 year ago
This manga isn't just for tennis and sports fans, it's for everyone! A must read for those who like exciting stories and great characters. I highly recommend the anime as well, it's incredible!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm so excited that shonen jump is finally publishing a sports manga. Even though they aren't publishing it in the magazine, I still plan on buying all the graphic novels. If you want to know more, go to May 2004 of Shonen Jump for the sneak preview!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very exciting manga about tennis, I got hooked in right away and I'm not that much into sports! I'm really happy that this story was translated. Lots of funny characters and cute pets!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it could use more action and less girls. Of course,I only read one volume...