This month we bring summer to the anime challenge with the sports anime, The Prince of Tennis. The anime is an adaptation of the manga written and illustrated by Takeshi Konomi. The manga was first published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump, in July 1999 and publication ended in March 2008.
The anime tells the tale of Ryoma Echizen, a tennis prodigy and son of a ‘former tennis rock-star’, which made the world and his peers dub him The prince of Tennis. In the anime Ryoma attends the Seishun Gakuen (Seigaku for short), a school known for its strong tennis club and talented players. It shows how despite being a prodigy, Ryoma finds his own style of tennis, and also chronicles his fellow club members journeys to discover their own styles and paths. It is a coming of age anime well worth the watch, and even if tennis is not your thing, you may find that Prince of Tennis is.