List of The Prince of Tennis episodes

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The episodes of The Prince of Tennis (テニスの王子様 Tenisu no Ōjisama?) anime series created by Takeshi Konomi are directed by Takayuki Hamana, animated by Trans Arts, and co-produced by Nihon Ad Systems, J.C.Staff, and Production I.G. The anime is an adaptation of Konomi's Prince of Tennis Japanese manga series.[1] The series revolves around a 12-year-old tennis prodigy named Ryoma Echizen, who moves back to his native Japan in order to attend his father's alma mater, Seishun Academy, a private middle school famous for its strong tennis team.

The anime series first aired on the terrestrial Japanese network TV Tokyo from October 10, 2001 to March 30, 2005, airing a total of one-hundred and seventy-eight episodes, which spanned across forty-five DVDs in Japan.[2] In April 2006, an OVA continuation of the anime began to be released on DVD, totaling thirteen episodes across seven DVDs.[3] A second OVA also began being released on DVD on June 22, 2007. It spanned a total of six episodes that are spread across three DVDs, the last of which being released on January 25, 2008.[4] The third and final installment in the National OVA series contains seven episodes spread across four DVDs released from April 25, 2008 to January 23, 2009. The OVAs are animated by Production I.G and Bandai Visual, with the latter also handling the DVD distribution of the OVAs in Japan along with Amuse Soft Entertainment.[5]

Viz Media handles the distribution of the series in North America,[6] where the episodes debuted as streaming media on Viz's and Cartoon Network's joint online broadband service called Toonami Jetstream on July 14, 2006.[7][8] It first began airing on North American television as part of Toonami's Saturday programming block on December 23, 2006.[9] However, it was removed from Toonami's schedule on June 9, 2007, and was also removed from Toonami Jetstream after episode fifty's broadcast on December 3, 2007.

As of January 15, 2008, a total of four DVD compilations, containing the first fifty episodes, have been released by Viz Media.[10] All four compilations contain three discs, each containing four episodes, save the final discs of the first two compilations, which contain five episodes.[11][12]

The 1986 J-pop song Valentine Kiss by Sayuri Kokushō was covered multiple times by multiple characters in the series. From February 2004 through February 2010, a total of nine different versions were released (seven individually, and the final two together). The first one, featuring the character Keigo Atobe (voiced by Junichi Suwabe) reached #14 on the Oricon charts.[13]

Anime series[edit]

Notes concerning English titles and airdates

Seasons 1 – 2: 10/2001 – 10/2002[edit]

Episodes: 1 - 52

Season 1
Ep #Japanese titleEnglish titleOriginal airdateEnglish airdateShort Summary
1王子様現るA Prince AppearsOctober 10, 2001July 14, 2006Echizen Ryoma arrives to Seigaku for the first time, meeting a girl named Sakuno along the way. However, he is five minutes late for his match and is then disqualified. Moments later, Sasabe, someone he sasses earlier, decides they should have a match of their own. Even though Sasabe does some cheap tricks to try to win, Ryoma ultimately overpowers him using his non-dominant hand and gains victory.
2サムライ·ジュニアSamurai JuniorOctober 17, 2001July 24, 2006Ryoma and three other freshmen are challenged by two juniors to play a game that involves hitting a can with the tennis ball. The juniors play a cheap trick, but Ryoma is not fooled and ends up hitting the target each time. Afterwards, he is challenged by Momoshiro Takeshi to play a match. Momoshiro quits while losing, but he has a sprained ankle during the match.
3登場!青学レギュラーThe Seigaku Regulars Make Their DebutOctober 24, 2001July 31, 2006Ryoma seems to annoy Arai, a junior, so Arai and his friends devise a plan to steal Ryoma’s rackets and humiliate him by making him play a match with a frail, broken racket. However, Ryoma is able to overcome the challenge quickly and defeats Arai. The Seigaku regulars are also introduced, and seem interested in Ryoma. Tezuka adds Ryoma to the ranking tournament after seeing his potential skill.
4マムシと呼ばれる男The One Named ViperOctober 31, 2001August 7, 2006The Ranking Tournament is finally here, and the matches to determine the regulars are ready to prosper. Ryoma easily dominates the matches with the non-regulars. However, one of Ryoma’s opponents in Block D is Kaidoh Kaoru. The game begins with nothing unusual. However, Kaidoh soon uses a special move called the ‘Snake’. This forces Ryoma to get serious and switch to his dominant hand. In whose favour will the match continue?
5スネイク·ショットSnake ShotNovember 7, 2001August 14, 2006Ryoma has a bit of trouble returning the Snake at first, but quickly learns the footing. However, Kaidoh’s actual plan is to tire Ryoma out by making him run from line to line trying to return the shot. It’s quite a surprise when Kaidoh actually ends up exhausting because Ryoma secretly is also tiring him out by shooting deep shots that make Kaidoh bend his knees. That, and Ryoma disgruntles Kaidoh by learning the Buggy Whip Shot, which is similar to the Snake. In the end, Ryoma wins the match.
6その男, 越前南次郎Nanjiroh EchizenNovember 14, 2001August 21, 2006Inoue and Shiba head off to visit Nanjiroh Echizen. However, when they reach him, Nanjiroh declares that he will only answer any questions if Inoue can get one point past him in a match. Unfortunately, no matter how hard Inoue tries, Nanjiroh is simply too experienced. Still, he does state that Ryoma’s current tennis style is a copy of his and for Ryoma to improve, there is something he must do. Meanwhile, Ryoma is shown playing tennis identical to his father.
7二人のリョーマThe Two RyomasNovember 21, 2001September 5, 2006Ryoma’s match against Inui finally begins, and Ryoma needs to win in order to secure his position as regular. Although Ryoma is playing fairly well, Inui can foresee all of his movements after collecting precise data, leaving the Seigaku freshman in a muddle. However, it seems Ryoma may have a plan up his sleeve…
8スプリットステップThe Split StepNovember 28, 2001September 18, 2006Using a new move called the Split Step, Ryoma is able to react to Inui’s shots faster and returns them with such speed that Inui has a hard time hitting them back. However, it is not until the end when Ryoma does the Twist Serve that he takes full advantage of the match. Also, the episode shows Ryoma playing with his father and getting utterly beaten, along with their father-son interaction.
9ザ·ハード·デイThe Hard DayDecember 5, 2001October 2, 2006Once Ryoma beats Inui, his position as a regular is set. However, Kaidoh takes the last remaining spot, kicking Inui off the regulars. Instead, Inui is responsible for the training sessions for the regulars. Although the training he suggests is creative and helpful, the punishment for messing up is a full glass of Inui Juice, a rather horrible drink as the regulars soon discover!
10逆襲!佐々部再びCounterattack! Sasabe Again?December 12, 2001October 16, 2006Ryoma ends up facing Sasabe's father, the Golder Retriever. The older man can return almost every shot that comes his way, but his weakness is that he stays at the baseline the entire time. Ryoma seems to be struggling in the match, but it turns out he simply wasn't playing properly because he considered the match 'warming up'. However, they do not complete the match because Sasabe's father pulls a muscle as a result of not stretching first.
11越前VS桃城Ryoma vs. MomoshiroDecember 19, 2001October 23, 2006Momoshiro and Ryoma realize that they both want to be in a singles match for the district tournament. However, with only three singles spots and two already verified for Fuji and Tezuka, they learn that only one of them can earn the spot. Deciding to settle it between each other, they search for an open court to play in, but only end up finding a street court. It's perfectly fine - until they learn the street court is used for doubles only. Although their infinite strength allows them to beat most doubles teams, they lose 6-0 to a good doubles team because Ryoma and Momoshiro are amateurs at doubles. However, as the leave, they overhear the people they lost to making fun of them an decide to play doubles in the district tournament to prove them wrong.
12ア·ウンな二人The Perfect MatchDecember 26, 2001October 30, 2006The first match of the tournament is Doubles Two; Momoshiro and Ryoma. They end up facing exactly who they wanted to - the two players that beat them in the street courts. At first, Ryoma and Momoshiro do fairly well, as they've come up with a technique to conquer the middle of the court. However, they soon are confronted with the fact that doubles is about synchronization and start to get aggravated when the other makes a mistake. They continuously make the mistake of leaving the other side empty, and although extremely strong players, it looks like Momoshiro and Ryoma might just lose this doubles match...
13男はダブルス!Real Men Play DoublesJanuary 9, 2002November 6, 2006Both Momoshiro and Ryoma play Double even they're bad at it And they didn't expect to Lose half of the point so they decided to play like Singles to regain their Points.
14つばめ返し!The Triple CounterJanuary 16, 2002November 13, 2006Instead of playing against Kakinoku in the finals as first expected, Seigaku faces Fudomine who have resurrected as a new team since a violent episode the former year.
15それぞれの戦いTo Each His Own BattleJanuary 23, 2002November 20, 2006Determined to overcome Fuji’s skills, Fudomine’s Tetsu Ishida tries a desperate measure to seal Fuji’s Tsubame Gaeshi by using a hit of considerable strength called Hadokyu. When he aims it directly toward Fuji, Kawamura decides to get in its way when he realizes that Fuji would not be able to return it. Hoverer, though he succeeds in returning it, he hurts his wrist in the process, forcing Seigaku to lose the match.
16ブーメラン·スネイクThe Boomerang SnakeJanuary 30, 2002November 27, 2006The players are waiting for the rain to subside in order for the matches to resume. Kaido is up against Fudomine's Kamio. Kaido's Snake is thrown against Kamio but the latter is known for his speed demon technique. As a result of which, Kamio returns most of Kaido's shots. During this time, Kaido makes a comeback by debuting his Boomerang Snake.
17小さなガッツポーズA Little Gesture of TriumphFebruary 6, 2002December 4, 2006Kaido wins the match against Kamio.
18ラブレターThe Love LetterFebruary 13, 2002December 11, 2006Echizen starts his tournament game against Fudomine's Shinji, and Echizen is pressing Shinji hard to keep his lead. During the game a flashback to when Nanjirou Echizen was overcoming his weakness with the aid of his coach.
19傷だらけのリョーマBattle-Scarred RyomaFebruary 20, 2002December 18, 2006Ryoma Echizen gets injured during his grueling match and desperately searches for a way to win. During a series of intense matches marked by extreme angles, tough spins, and gutsy play, it start to look like the favorites will be taken down!
20タイムリミットTime LimitFebruary 27, 2002December 26, 2006Echizen has to finish his game against Shinji in 10 minutes, or else he will have to forfeit the game. Echizen is in a tough spot however with Shinji using his "Spot" technique to numb Echizen's arm muscle for the split second Shinji needs to get the point. Just when the time limit is up, Echizen wins the game, thus, earning Seigaku's 1st place in the tournament.
21テニスコートは燃えているか?Is the Tennis Court Burning Up?March 3, 2002January 2, 2007Because of the recently concluded tournament, reporters and non-Seigaku students are flocking Seigaku's tennis courts. To confront two non-Seigaku students, Momoshiro and Echizen teams up in a doubles game.
22薫の災難Kaoru's TroublesMarch 13, 2002January 16, 2007Momoshiro, Echizen, and the Freshmen Trio go to a shopping duty. As they are walking in the street, a thief come running in their direction. Momoshiro chases the thief and steals a bicycle from Fudomine's Kamio unknowingly. As the misunderstanding is cleared up, they face a fight against Atobe and Kabuji from Hyotei. Meanwhile, Eiji and Kawamura run into the thief. All of these situations disrupt Kaido's daily training.
23登場!乾汁デラックスHere Comes Inui's Deluxe Drink!March 20, 2002January 29, 2007It’s nine days away from the Metropolitan Tournament! Captain Tezuka and Inui introduce a new way to train. The team members are separated based on their style of play and rally against each other...
24リョーマの休日Ryoma's Day OffMarch 27, 2002February 12, 2007Coach Ryuzaki asks Ryoma to take Sakuno to restring her racket, but everybody else thinks he’s taking her out on a date!
25青学最強の男〈前編〉Seigaku's Strongest Man, Part 1April 10, 2002February 26, 2007Captain Tezuka challenges Ryoma to a match because he feels Ryoma’s tennis is a copy of his father’s game, even though he is staking his own health. He wants to challenge Ryoma to aim higher, beyond just wanting to beat his father.
26青学最強の男〈後編〉Seigaku's Strongest Man, Part 2April 10, 2002March 12, 2007Shuichiro Oishi watches Tezuka and Ryoma play their game, worried that Tezuka may injure his already weakened arm.
Season 2
Ep#Japanese titleEnglish titleOriginal airdateEnglish airdateShortSummary
27カルピンの冒険Karupin's AdventureApril 17, 2002March 26, 2007Karupin's toy got slipped into Ryoma's tennis bag so Karupin followed Ryoma to his school. While Ryoma was in class, he opened the tennis bag and found Karupin's toy. He thought he saw Karupin wondering in the school campus, so Ryoma started to search for him.
28新レギュラー現る!?A New Regular Appears?!April 24, 2002April 9, 2007
29桃とマムシMomo and ViperMay 1, 2002April 23, 2007
30観月のシナリオMizuki's ScenarioMay 8, 2002April 30, 2007
31ムーンボレーThe Moon VolleyMay 15, 2002May 7, 2007
32必殺!英二の寝たフリ攻撃!?Mortal Blow: Eiji's Feigned Sleep AttackMay 22, 2002May 14, 2007
33タイブレークThe TiebreakMay 29, 2002May 21, 2007
34ツイストスピンショットTwist Spin ShotJune 5, 2002May 29, 2007
35ドライブBDrive BJune 12, 2002June 4, 2007
36兄, 不二周助Big Brother, Syusuuke FujiJune 19, 2002June 11, 2007
37リョーマ印のテニスボールA Tennis Ball with Ryoma's FaceJune 26, 2002June 18, 2007
38ペナル茶!Penal-TeaJuly 3, 2002June 25, 2007
39ヒグマ落とし!The Brown BearJuly 10, 2002July 2, 2007
40雨の中の決闘A Duel in the RainJuly 17, 2002July 16, 2007Echizen continues his practice match with Fuji. The others also starts their practice matches: Tezuka against Momoshiro, Kaidoh against Kawamura and a duel between the two members of the golden pair.
41波乱!TroubleJuly 24, 2002July 30, 2007
42狙われた大石Oishi is TargetedJuly 31, 2002August 13, 2007
43ラッキー千石Lucky SengokuAugust 7, 2002August 27, 2007
44ジャックナイフJackKnifeAugust 14, 2002September 10, 2007
45コートの上の悪魔A Devil on the CourtAugust 21, 2002September 24, 2007
46サムライ魂Samurai SpiritAugust 28, 2002October 8, 2007
47負けられない!I Can't LoseSeptember 4, 2002October 20, 2007
48決着の瞬間(とき)The Decisive MomentSeptember 11, 2002November 5, 2007
49異種核闘戦Free Style FightingSeptember 18, 2002November 19, 2007Ryoma, during cleaning duty, encounters three uperclassmen, to whom he challenges to a free throw duel. Meanwhile, Akaya Kirihara ends up wondering around the tennis courts at Seigaku because he overslept on the bus on his way to school.
50青学名物!A Seigaku TraditionSeptember 25, 2002December 3, 2007As the regional tournament approaches, the Seigaku tennis club decides to hold another intraschool tournament to determine the eight Seigaku regulars who will be representing their school.
51乾の挑戦Inui's ChallengeOctober 2, 2002?Inui faces off against Tezuka in the final match of the intraschool tournament and we find out that data isn't all that Inui has.
52青学最大の危機Seigaku's Biggest CrisisOctober 9, 2002?In the conclusion of the match between Inui and Tezuka, Tezuka shows why he's the captain of the Seigaku Tennis Club. And Momoshiros absence has not gone un noticed as it causes more than a few incidents between other teammates.

Seasons 3 – 4: 10/2002 – 8/2003[edit]

Episodes: 53 - 97

Season 3
Ep#Japanese titleTransliterationTranslationOriginal airdateShortSummary
53帰ってきた桃Kaettekita MomoThe Momo Who's ReturnedOctober 16, 2002Momo returns to Seigaku Tennis Club after playing with Tachibanas Sister (Ann) in the public court.
54薫の特訓Kaoru no TokkunKaoru's Special TrainingOctober 23, 2002Teams draw for positions in the regional tournament and everyone steps up there training.
55迫りくる氷帝Semarikuru HyōteiHyotei Presses NearOctober 30, 2002
563人のダブルスSannin no DaburusuDoubles for ThreeNovember 6, 2002
57スッカドサーブSukaddo SābuScud ServeNovember 13, 2002
58最悪の相性!?Saiaku no Aishō!?The Worst CompatibilityNovember 20, 2002
59あくなきこだわりAkunaki KodawariThe Hidden TroubleNovember 27, 2002
60パワーVSパワーPawā VS PawāPower vs. PowerDecember 4, 2002
61波動球合戦!Hadōkyū Gassen!Duel of Hadokyu!December 11, 2002
62消えるサーブKieru SābuThe Disappearing ServeDecember 18, 2002
63最後のトリプルカウンターSaigo no Toripuru KauntāThe Last Triple CounterDecember 25, 2002
64番外編 てにぷりBangaihen TenipuriCompilation stories TeniPuriJanuary 8, 2003
65青学の柱になれSeigaku no Hashira ni NareBecome Seigaku's Pillar of SupportJanuary 15, 2003
66破滅への輪舞曲Hametsu e no RondoRondo Towards DestructionJanuary 22, 2003
67最後の一球Saigo no IkkyūThe Last ShotJanuary 29, 2003
68終わりなきタイブレークOwarinaki TaiburēkuThe Never Ending Tie-BreakFebruary 5, 2003The match between Tezuka and Atobe ends up becoming an endurance match. Atobe wins and since it's 2 to 2 and a no-game, the last point is decided by the subs. Echizen faces Hiyoshi Wakashi, who's family runs a Kobujutsu dojo, which is why his tennis style is very much influenced by martial arts. Hiyoshi is overwhelmed by Ryoma's energy and consecutive Drive Bs, and Ryoma wins the match. Seigaku wins.
69レギュラーの座は誰の手に?Regyurā no Za wa Dare no Te ni?Who Will be a Regular?February 12, 2003
70テニスVSピンポンTenisu VS PinponTennis vs. Ping PongFebruary 19, 2003
71デートだ!Dēto Da!It's a date!February 26, 2003
72薫, リョーマになるKaoru, Ryōma ni NaruKaoru becomes RyomaMarch 5, 2003
73手塚の決意Tezuka no KetsuiTezuka's DecisionMarch 12, 2003
74越前へのメッセージEchizen he no MessējiA Message for EchizenMarch 19, 2003
75さらば, 手塚国光Saraba, Tezuka KunimitsuFarewell, Tezuka KunimitsuMarch 26, 2003
76青学対城成湘南Seigaku tai Jyousei ShōnanSeigaku vs. Jyousei ShounanApril 9, 2003
77冷静と情熱の戦いReisei to Jyōnetsu no TatakaiFight of the Calm and the PassionateApril 16, 2003
78サンダーボルトSandāborutoThunderboltApril 23, 2003
Season 4
Ep#Japanese titleTransliterationTranslationOriginal airdateShortSummary
79I (アイ) フォーメーションI (Ai) FōmēshonI FormationApril 30, 2003
80プリテンダーの戦法Puritendā SenbōStyle of the PretenderMay 7, 2003
81マムシVSニセマムシMamushi VS Nise MamushiViper vs. Fake ViperMay 14, 2003
82華村の誘惑Hanamura no YūwakuHanamura's TemptationMay 21, 2003
83最高の作品Saikō no SakuhinThe Best MasterpieceMay 28, 2003
84ディープ·インパルスDīpu InparusuDeep ImpulseJune 4, 2003
85死闘の果てShitō no HateThe Result of the Deadly DuelJune 11, 2003
86リズムにHigh!Rizumu ni High!High on Rhythm!June 18, 2003
87テニスの王子様スペシャル!Tenisu no Ōjisama Supersharuna!Prince of Tennis Special! (Part I) (Prince of Bowling!)June 25, 2003
88テニスの王子様スペシャル!Tenisu no Ōjisama Supersharuna!Prince of Tennis Special! (Part II) (Super deformed story)June 25, 2003
89青学, ダダダ壇Seigaku, Da da da DanSeigaku, Da da da DanJuly 2, 2003
90房総ビーチバレーBōsō BīchibarēCheap Housing Beach VolleyballJuly 9, 2003
91六角中の一年生部長Rokkaku Chū no Ichinensei BuchōRokkaku's Freshman CaptainJuly 16, 2003
92長ラケットの男Naga Raketto no OtokoThe Boy with the Long RacketJuly 23, 2003
93ダッシュ波動球Dasshu HadōkyūDash HadokyuJuly 30, 2003
94菊丸封じの秘策Kikumaru Fūji no HisakuThe Secret Plan to Seal KikumaruAugust 6, 2003
95つばめ返し, 破れたり!Tsubame Gaeshi, Yaburetari!Tsubame Gaeshi, Broken!August 13, 2003
96燃えろリョーマ!Moero Ryōma!Ryoma, Get Pumped!August 20, 2003
97決着のスマッシュKetchaku no SumasshuFinishing SmashAugust 27, 2003

Season 5: 9/2003 – 4/2004[edit]

Episodes 98-115: Getting Ready for Rikkaidai Arc

Ep. #TitleOriginal Release Date
98"The Prince of Billiards"September 3, 2003 (2003-09-03)
Fuji exacts his revenge for the previous bowling outing by introducing the team to billiards, only for Ryoma to foil his victory.
99"The Cursed Racket"September 10, 2003 (2003-09-10)
Ryoma finds a mysterious racket lying in front of his house and because of it, strange misfortunes happen in Seigaku.
100"Captain Oishi"September 17, 2003 (2003-09-17)
In the absence of Tezuka, a tense Oishi puts the team through its paces.
101"Eat Rikkaidai"September 24, 2003 (2003-09-24)
Lunch at Kawamura's sushi place; the team watches Fudomine's defeat by Rikkaidai, witnessing Akaya's play that injured Tachibana in the game. The team vows to extract revenge and win.
102"Mizuki's Whispers"October 1, 2003 (2003-10-01)
Momoshiro and Kaido get tricked into playing a doubles match with Mizuki from St. Rudolph and Kajimoto from Josei Shonan. They were forced to set aside their differences to win or else they would have to leave Seigaku.
103"Sleepless Night"October 8, 2003 (2003-10-08)
The night before the big match with Rikkaidai, the Seigaku players realize where they should really be.
104"Ryoma vs Sanada"October 15, 2003 (2003-10-15)
The match with Rikkaidai is suspended for a week due to the rain; nonetheless, Ryoma challenges Genichirō Sanada of Rikkaidai to a match.
105"Ryoma Utterly Beaten"October 22, 2003 (2003-10-22)
Ryoma lost to Sanada, he begins sulking and becomes unable to practice to his full potential, its up Akutsu teaches him a lesson and help him realize his mistakes.
106"Off To The Cottage!"October 29, 2003 (2003-10-29)
The Seigaku team goes on a training trip. Meanwhile Inoue checks on Seigaku's next opponent, Rikkaidai.
107"The Captain Appears!"November 5, 2003 (2003-11-05)
Yamato Yūdai, the previous Captain of Seigaku, shows up for the training camp. He teaches a skeptical Ryoma some valuable lessons about tennis.
108"Surprise at Camp"November 12, 2003 (2003-11-12)
A "bear" intrudes upon the training camp, and it's up to the regulars to defeat it and save the hostages. After using a combination of their moves, the "bear" is revealed to be a burglar who has been breaking into the areas' homes.
109"Tennis Biathlon"November 19, 2003 (2003-11-19)
A special training session awaits.
110"Jump, Kabaji!"November 26, 2003 (2003-11-26)
The Hyotei Academy tennis team shows up for an intensive session with Seigaku. Kikumaru faces off with the genius copycat player Kabaji Munehiro, while Inui faces Hiyoshi Wakashi. Kikumaru eventually wins as Kabaji tires, unable to sustain the copying of Kikumaru's acrobatic play. Inui has tied with Hiyoshi at 6 to 6 games. Hiyoshi thinking he would have won anyways finds Inui tied with him wearing 20 lbs of weight training gear.
111"Original Prodigy: Fuji Shūsuke"December 3, 2003 (2003-12-03)
The genius players, Yūshi Oshitari of Hyotei and Shusuke Fuji of Seigaku, face off while Ryō Shishido faces Oishi. The match between Fuji and Oshitari evolves into a battle of Higuma Otoshi and ends with Fuji overcoming Oshitari's Higuma Otoshi and gaining victory. The second match ends as a tie forcing both players to retire from the game.
112"Hadōkyū vs Scud Serve"December 10, 2003 (2003-12-10)
Mukahi Gakuto plays Momoshiro while Ootori Chotarou faces Kawamura.
113"Atobe the Beautiful"December 17, 2003 (2003-12-17)
Kaidoh faces Akutagawa Jirou, while Ryoma faces Keigo Atobe. Kaidoh eventually uses the Hadōkyū to hit a Boomerang Snake, which knocks out Jirou.
114"Ryoma is Going!"December 24, 2003 (2003-12-24)
Atobe sees Ryoma's limitless potential. During this game, Ryoma starts to develop his new move, and he practices it with Oishi after his practice game with Hyotei.
115"Baseball Game Filled With Men"January 7, 2004 (2004-01-07)
A chibi episode where the characters play a game of baseball, followed by a Western shootout comedy.

Episodes 116-128: Vs. Rikkaidai Arc

Ep. #TitleOriginal Release Date
116-117 [Special Episode]"Seigaku vs Champion Rikkaidai! I'll be the One who'll Win!"January 21, 2004 (2004-01-21)
This is it! After one week's postponement of their match, it's finally here! But Momoshiro and Kaidoh are missing!
118"Battle Ceremony"January 28, 2004 (2004-01-28)
Momoshiro and Kaidoh vs. Bunta Marui and Jackal Kuwahara.
119"Tightrope Walking Doubles"February 4, 2004 (2004-02-04)
Marui's move is revealed. The ball "walks" across the net. In the end, Rikkaidai wins.
120"Kikumaru Was Read By Niou"February 11, 2004 (2004-02-11)
Kikumaru is read by Niou, which angers him. The Golden Pair experiences a tension that makes the first half of the game in favor of Rikkaidai.
121"Yagyuu's Decision"February 18, 2004 (2004-02-18)
The Golden Pair is able to make a comeback, thanks to Oishi's patience. But in the end the Golden Pair still lose to Rikkaidai.
122"Inui Hollers"February 25, 2004 (2004-02-25)
Inui faces his former doubles partner, Renji Yanagi, in a match that will determine who's stronger.
123"Conclusion of the Remembered"March 3, 2004 (2004-03-03)
Everybody is surprised when Inui says that he'll forget all his data, only to find out that he actually didn't. Renji is manipulated by Inui, who makes their match from before continue.
124"Kirihara's Red Trap"March 10, 2004 (2004-03-10)
The genius of Seigaku, Shūsuke Fuji, faces Rikkaidai's Akaya Kirihara. A battle of an 'Angel' against a 'Demon'. Kirihara intentionally injures Fuji's right knee.
125"Angry Fuji"March 17, 2004 (2004-03-17)
Kirihara continues to injure Fuji. Tachibana arrives despite his injury (also dealt by Kirihara) and cheers Fuji on. However, when Kirihara attempts to injure Tachibana again, Fuji finally becomes angry at Kirihara's sadistic style of tennis and unleashes his potential on Kirihara and tells him that "tennis must not be used as a tool to breed hatred." Though being told he should go to the hospital, Fuji insists on staying for the next match to support his teammate.
126"Clash! Ryoma vs Sanada"March 24, 2004 (2004-03-24)
The deciding game!! Sanada's invisible swing initially pushed back Ryoma, putting him at a disadvantage. Ryoma hasn't won in 3 games, but he gains advantage by using a new move called "Cyclone Smash", holding Sanada back.
127"Invisible Serve"March 31, 2004 (2004-03-31)
Having all his moves sealed, Ryoma can only use his "Cyclone Smash". However, having used it repeatedly while enduring Sanada's serves caused him to tire out and his eyes to hurt, so he continued the match with his eyes closed. Pushed by the need to fight for Yukimura (Rikkaidai’s captain), Sanada uses his “Invisible Serve”, a move that effectively hides his swing and the path of the ball.
128"Conclusion ~ Which One will Win?"April 7, 2004 (2004-04-07)
Ryoma, after temporarily losing his morale due to not being able to return the “Invisible serve”, eventually starts to feel the pressure from his peers and challengers. This, along with his desire not to lose, pushes him to go into the State of Self-Actualization and uses the techniques of other players. Rikkaidai loses the game and heads to the Nationals as runner-up. When they go to Kawamura's sushi place to celebrate, coach Ryuzaki comes with news that Rikkaidai's captain Yukimura Seiichi's surgery is successful.

Season 6: 4/2004 – 12/2004[edit]

Episodes 129-135: Recreation II Arc

Ep. #TitleOriginal Release Date
129"The Samurai's Ballad"April 14, 2004 (2004-04-14)
The story of Nanjiro Echizen and how he met his wife, Rinko Takeuchi. We see a bit of story behind why he retires abruptly from tennis.
130"We Want To See Tezuka!"April 21, 2004 (2004-04-21)
The team visits Tezuka in Germany. Tezuka brings them around the city; however, some of them got split up. Ryoma ends up playing a match with a lady that turns out to be Tezuka's trainer.
131"Never Give Up"April 28, 2004 (2004-04-28)
Thanks to Ryoma's persistence in playing, the lady, Hannah Essenheimer, found her will to return to professional tennis.
132"The Zany Teni-Puri Family"May 5, 2004 (2004-05-05)
A chibi Tenipuri Family episode where Ryoma is featured as the eldest son, Momoshiro as the younger daughter (Momoko) and Kaidoh as the youngest son. Also includes Oishi as the mother (Shuko), Inui as the father, Fuji and Tezuka as Grandmother and Grandfather and Kikumaru as the Family Cat.
133"The Best Sushi Chef in Japan"May 12, 2004 (2004-05-12)
Kawamura's father, the sushi chef, was injured, and Kawamura has to do his part in the shop along with a troubled man named Gen.
134"My Prince"May 19, 2004 (2004-05-19)
Kurumi, a young and insecure girl who has lost her will to pursue her dream, becomes infatuated with Fuji and gets a date from him. Meanwhile, Momoshiro, Ryoma and Kikumaru befriend the person who unwittingly crushed little Kurumi's illusions... her own little sister Narumi.
135"Kikumaru's Summer Vacation"May 26, 2004 (2004-05-26)
Kikumaru won a contest to have his popular idols, the Chocolates J-Pop idol group, visit his house. The problem is, his teammates keep showing up.

Episodes 136-146: Junior Selection Camp Arc

Ep. #TitleOriginal Release Date
136"Junior Selection Camp, Gathered"June 2, 2004 (2004-06-02)
28 players from several of the surrounding schools have gathered at a camp to decide the 8 people who will be representing Japan against the American team. They are soon divided into three different groups.
137"The Member Who was not Trusted"June 9, 2004 (2004-06-09)
Kamio is accused of a misdeed and sets out to find the real culprit.
138"Ryoma vs Kirihara! Beyond Battle Rage"June 16, 2004 (2004-06-16)
The real culprit of the misdeed is revealed - it's Ann-chan! Also, Kirihara claims he has changed, but can he prove it?
139"Sengoku Kiyosumi Reborn"June 23, 2004 (2004-06-23)
Sengoku shows us his new style of play, a sport inside of a sport, also known as boxing! Ryuzaki-sensei falls ill and must be hospitalized.
140"Welcome Back, Tezuka Kunimitsu (NB. 140 and 141 were originally aired as a 1 hour special)"June 30, 2004 (2004-06-30)
Ryuzaki-sensei got ill! Tezuka returns to Japan to be the temporary coach and is accepted by the team after he proves himself worthy. Atobe and company sang the song "Wonderful Days".
141"The Ultimate Showdown"June 30, 2004 (2004-06-30)
Atobe and Sanada have a match. The two were quite energetic and wanted to prove something. It's all because of Tezuka's presence.
142"The Boy who Came from America"July 7, 2004 (2004-07-07)
The arrival of the American team's Kevin Smith has shown up looking for Ryoma. Unable to find him, he challenges other Jr. Highs, leaving a message, for Ryoma, behind each school he passes. Meanwhile, at camp, Tezuka puts Shishido and Oishi against Ootori and Kikumaru in a doubles match.
143"Tezuka's Choice"July 14, 2004 (2004-07-14)
Tezuka has been thinking about his choice for the Invitational Team and has come to a rather very difficult decision.
144"Formation! A Dream Team"July 21, 2004 (2004-07-21)
Finally! The Team composed of the best players are selected! While this is happening, Akutsu and Kevin are having a battle.
145"Ryoma and Kevin"July 28, 2004 (2004-07-28)
After being ceased by Tezuka from having a match with Kevin, Ryoma tries to find Kevin the next day.
146"The American Team's Ambition"August 4, 2004 (2004-08-04)
The U.S. team introduces themselves in public!

Episodes 147-160: Vs. American West Coast Team Arc

Ep. #TitleOriginal Release Date
147"The Strongest! Atobe and Sanada"August 18, 2004 (2004-08-18)
Atobe and Sanada are paired for doubles and although they lack coordination they are able to show the U.S. team their power.
148"Baker's Scenario"August 25, 2004 (2004-08-25)
Cassidy and Lee of the U.S. team finish observing Atobe and Sanada and reveal their true power.
149"Tango Towards Destruction"September 1, 2004 (2004-09-01)
Atobe and Sanada finally play as a doubles pair, conquering their lack of coordination and winning the match.
150"Gorgeous Guys' Duo"September 8, 2004 (2004-09-08)
Kikumaru and Oshitari are up against the Griffey Brothers while behind the scenes Mr. Baker demands that their performance be an exciting show for the sponsors.
151"Sorrowful Marionettes"September 15, 2004 (2004-09-15)
Mr. Baker orders the Griffey Brothers to lose their match on purpose, however, after witnessing how determind and earnest Kikumaru is, they remember how fun tennis is and end up winning the match.
152"Bobby Max The Beast"September 22, 2004 (2004-09-22)
Bobby, a very physically powerful tennis player of the U.S. team, is up against Sengoku, who seems helpless in the face of Bobby's brute strength.
153"A Battle to the Limits"September 29, 2004 (2004-09-29)
Sengoku manages to oppress Bobby's strength with his own technique, slowly evening out the scores. The match turns into a battle of endurance resulting in both of them collapsing and neither of them winning.
154"The Prodigy Vs Tennis Machine (NB. 154 & 155 were originally aired as a 1 hour special)"October 6, 2004 (2004-10-06)
Fuji vs the U.S. team's "Tennis Machine" Arnold - someone who could accurately hit the ball at the places he wanted.
155"1 mm Battle"October 6, 2004 (2004-10-06)
A very close battle between Fuji and Arnold! Fuji secures another win with Tsubame Gaeshi and Higuma Otoshi.
156"Who Will Play?"October 13, 2004 (2004-10-13)
Akaya vs Kevin Smith. Akaya has developed the Phantom Ball, which is to be used against left handers. The first games are dominated by Akaya until he crashes into the net pole after hitting another Phantom Ball.
157"The Phantom Ball that Vanished"October 20, 2004 (2004-10-20)
Akaya's shoulder injury prevents him from hitting many Phantom Balls, and it finally becomes too much for him to keep on playing. Ryoma takes his place and continues playing from the current score.
158"The Long Awaited Confrontation - Ryoma vs. Kevin"October 27, 2004 (2004-10-27)
Ryoma takes Kirihara's place on the court. After discovering that Kevin copied most of his techniques, Ryoma uses the Cyclone Smash, which Kevin did not have a chance to copy, and reverses the score.
159"Illusion"November 3, 2004 (2004-11-03)
Kevin debuts his original move, Illusion, and the game goes into tie-break. However, Ryoma manages to counter it by watching the shadow of the tennis ball.
160"Game and Match"November 10, 2004 (2004-11-10)
A very nice match between the two rivals! A match that touches the hearts of the audience: the rivalry between Kevin and Ryoma turns into friendship.

Episodes 161-165: Recreation III Arc

Ep. #TitleOriginal Release Date
161"Run, Momo!"November 17, 2004 (2004-11-17)
Momoshiro treated Ryoma for lunch, but something happened that he must pay 10,000 yen before the time limit ends! He leaves Ryoma at the store to insure that he will come back to finish off the payment or Momo and Ryoma's chance at the national tournament is being threatened with a call to the cops for them not paying for the food.
162"The Golden Pair's Memories"December 1, 2004 (2004-12-01)
The Golden pair's memories on how they became friends and eventually became a doubles pair.
163"Kaidoh's Unknown World"December 8, 2004 (2004-12-08)
Kaidoh loses his memory by trying to save Ryoma from a certain head and face injury. Ryoma and Momoshiro try to get his memory back by playing a match against Kaidoh and Yuuta that sparks a really good side of him, and he gains back his memory in the end!
164"Seigaku's Shocking Secret Plans"December 15, 2004 (2004-12-15)
Ryuzaki-sensei will be out of the hospital soon. The Seigaku tennis club wants to surprise her when she comes back. Also, another very surprising thing happens.
165"The Tenipuri Family Goes to Hawaii?! - Christmas at the Tenipuri Family"December 22, 2004 (2004-12-22)
A cute chibi episode of the Seigaku family having their Christmas vacation.

Opening & Ending Music

SeasonOP/EDSong TitleArtistEpisode
Season 6OPShiningYuki Shirai129 - 153
Season 6OPParadiseYuki Shirai154 - 165
Season 6EDSakuraYomu Hamaguchi129 - 140
Season 6EDWonderful DaysPull Tab to Can142 - 165 [From www.beepthegeek.net]

Season 7: 1/2005 – 3/2005[edit]

Episodes 166-176: Intraschool Ranking Arc III

Ep.#TitleOriginal Release Date
166"Seigaku's Specialty, again"January 12, 2005 (2005-01-12)
Kawamura vs. Oishi showdown.
167"Eternal Rivals, Momoshiro Vs. Kaidoh"January 19, 2005 (2005-01-19)
Intraschool ranking match again! It's getting tense because Ryoma, Momoshiro and Kaidoh all belong to the same block. It's Momoshiro Vs Kaidoh as the highlight of the afternoon match.
168"Ryoma's Decision (NB. 168 & 169 were originally aired as a 1 hour special)"January 26, 2005 (2005-01-26)
Ryoma confronts his father about his invitation to the US Open. Also, Kikumaru vs. Inui! Inui's eye is revealed for the first time!
169"Wavering Feelings"January 26, 2005 (2005-01-26)
Ryoma couldn't think well because of the US Open, and the Nationals are coming near. What will he do?
170"Be Passionate, Echizen!"February 2, 2005 (2005-02-02)
Still about the US Open. Ryoma is about to decide. Ryoma and Momo are having a match and Momo is already full-going from the start.
171"To my Dear Friend"February 9, 2005 (2005-02-09)
Momoshiro is still angry with Ryoma. Meanwhile, Ryoma is moping and having conflicting feelings about going to the U.S. Open. Eventually, the two make up and play a friendly match. Even though Ryoma wins, Momoshiro technically wins for the block. However, Momoshiro urges Ryoma to take the opportunity and go to the U.S. Open. Finally having made up his mind, Ryoma decides to accept the offer.
172"Goodbye Seigaku"February 16, 2005 (2005-02-16)
Ryoma is about to leave Japan for the US Open. Everybody is doing something for Ryoma.
173"Samurai in New York"February 23, 2005 (2005-02-23)
Ryoma Echizen at New York at last! He's adjusting to the place and he even met with Kevin Smith there and played tennis with him.
174"Tezuka Kunimitsu Vs. Fuji Syusuke"March 2, 2005 (2005-03-02)
Tezuka and Fuji have a match to determine Seigaku's number one in the intraschool ranking. This match, which lasts until episode 176, truly awakens Fuji's full potential as a tennis player. Flashbacks reveal a match between the two when they were first years, their subsequent friendship, and the implications of Tezuka's injury. Fuji takes an early lead, but the match is far from over.
175"Seriousness in the Third Year"March 9, 2005 (2005-03-09)
Tezuka and Fuji's match intensifies as they each gradually begin to reveal their best moves (Tezuka's Zero-Shiki Drop/Tezuka Zone and Fuji's Triple Counters). Tezuka slowly begins to surpass Fuji. As he begins to struggle, Fuji reminisces about their first year match (which included the promise of a rematch) and their developing friendship. He then realizes that he is afraid of finding out the results of both of them playing to their full potential and that this is quite possibly the last match they will ever have against each other, and he concludes that if he doesn't play his hardest, he will regret it. His hits suddenly get sharper, and Tezuka comments that the true Fuji has awakened.
176"Climax"March 16, 2005 (2005-03-16)
Once Fuji starts playing his hardest, Tezuka starts to get pushed back. With heart and soul completely in the match, the two battle at their hardest. Tezuka wins by using Zero-Shiki Drop Shot with his right hand while in mid-air, surprising Fuji and everyone else.

Episodes 177-178: Start of Nationals Arc

Ep.#TitleOriginal Release Date
177"Unforgettable Promise (NB. 177 & 178 were originally aired as a 1 hour special)"March 23, 2005 (2005-03-23)
Ryoma goes back to Japan to play a game with Tezuka because he wants to put an end to the rivalry that he left so he can mentally move on to the US Open.
178"Goodbye, Prince"March 30, 2005 (2005-03-30)
Last episode of the series, which shows how Ryoma defeated Tezuka. The Opening Rites of The All-Japan Nationals are also shown.

Opening & Ending Music

SeasonOP/EDSong TitleArtistEpisode
Season 7OPDream BelieverOsami Masaki166 - 178
Season 7EDLittle SkyKentaro Fukushi166 - 177
Season 7EDFuture (long version)HIRO-X178

OVAs[edit]

National Tournament[edit]

OVA series Episodes 1-13: The Nationals Arc

Ep. #TitleOriginal Release Date
01"Return of the Prince"March 24, 2006 (2006-03-24)
First match of All-Japan National Tournament: Rokkaku vs. Higa. Ojii explains the Shukuchi Method, and Ryoma comes back from America!
02"Hot and Cool"May 26, 2006 (2006-05-26)
Seigaku's first round's matches start with Higa Middle School. Ryoma faces Kei Tanishi, and shows his souvenir from America - the Cool Drive, as well as Drive C, a less powerful version of the Cool Drive!
03"The Fourth Counter"May 26, 2006 (2006-05-26)
Fuji and Kawamura play together in the Doubles 2 match. During the match, Higa's coach signals his player to attack Ryuzaki-sensei with the ball. Fuji and Kawamura get angry at this and start playing at full force. However, it's not that easy because of the Shukuchi Method. Fuji uses his Fourth Counter: Kagerou Zutsumi, a.k.a. Dragonfly Illusion.
04"Kikumaru All Alone"July 28, 2006 (2006-07-28)
Kikumaru plays Singles 2 against Kai from Higa. During the game, it is shown how hard Kikumaru had trained to raise his stamina. His lateral movement has improved so much that it looks like there are two Kikumarus. This motion is called Seal Step, and it looks as if he has a doppelganger.
05"The Longest Summer"July 28, 2006 (2006-07-28)
Rikkai Dai's Yagyuu meets Kaidoh and asks him what he would do without his Snake. Kaido then asks Inui to let him play Doubles by himself and see how far he could go without his signature move.
06"The Man Called Killer"September 22, 2006 (2006-09-22)
Tezuka plays against Higa Chuu's Captain, Eishirou Kite. Kite shows that he would do anything to win, even throwing small pebbles at Tezuka. Tezuka shows everyone his true form using Hyaku Ren Jitoku no Kiwami - The Pinnacle of Hard Work.
07"The Prince of Beach-Volleyball?!"September 22, 2006 (2006-09-22)
In between matches: Seigaku is now a beach-volleyball team and plays with Rokkaku before training for the next match.
08"Premonition Before the Storm"November 24, 2006 (2006-11-24)
Hyotei reminisces about their loss at the Kantou tournament and strive to win the quarterfinals against Seigaku. Also, Kintaro arrives at the tournament and meets with Echizen at the stadium.
09"Heart Not Giving In"November 24, 2006 (2006-11-24)
The first match in the quarterfinals is Oshitari vs Momoshiro! Momoshiro in the Singles 3 Spot shows off his new style of play, but eventually loses because of an injury.
10"Short-lived Match"January 26, 2007 (2007-01-26)
Doubles 2, the second match of the quarterfinals: Inui-Kaido pair vs Mukahi-Hiyoshi pair. In a try for a short match against Inui and Kaido, Mukahi and Hiyoshi play with all they've got from the beginning. Inui reveals a new move at the start. When Mukahi and Hiyoshi are at match point, Kaido shows a new move!
11"Tezuka Kunimitsu"January 26, 2007 (2007-01-26)
Tezuka vs Kabaji in Singles 2 of the quarterfinals. An untold history about Tezuka in the Kyûshu Region before his rehabilitation is shown. In the present time, can Tezuka stand up to Kabaji's imitation of himself?
12"Two Of Us"March 23, 2007 (2007-03-23)
A duel of the Golden Pairs: Kikumaru-Oishi vs Shishido-Ootori. Ootori's improved Neo Scud Serve & the Pile-Mirage formation puts Seigaku's Golden Pair to the test! But the Golden Pair achieves a new state: Synchro! However, the win goes to Hyotei as Kikumaru "prevents" Oishi from hitting the ball further and causing more injury to his wrist.
13"Deathmatch · King vs Prince"March 23, 2007 (2007-03-23)
In Singles 1, Ryoma faces Atobe to see who advances to the semi-finals of the national tournament. Ryoma uses the State of Self-Actualization, but it is useless against Atobe and his new move, "Koori no Sekai". But Ryoma counters Koori no Sekai with an incomplete version of his father's "Zone" technique, which is the same as the "Tezuka Zone". Eventually, the two go into what seems like a never-ending tie-break.

National Semifinals[edit]

OVA series Episodes 14-19: The Nationals Semifinal Arc

Ep. #TitleOriginal Release Date
14"Fudoumine vs. Shitenhouji Battle"June 22, 2007 (2007-06-22)
End of Singles 1 match between Hyotei and Seigaku. Shintenhouji faces Fudoumine to see who advances to the semi-finals, and Ryoma meets face-to-face with his new rival.
15"Roar"June 22, 2007 (2007-06-22)
The Singles 3 match between Fuji and Shiraishi is played. Fuji's Triple Counters fail against Shiraishi's perfect "Bible" tennis, and everything seems to go downhill for Seigaku. As the match moves on, Fuji evolves the Triple Counters and also produces a new final counter called Hecatoncheires no Monban (Gate Keeper of Hecatonchires), which prevents the returned ball from going over the net. However, in the end, Shiraishi's cunning mind finds a way to hit the ball over the net, bringing the game to a tie break. Things go evenly until Fuji lobs the ball out of desperation. Despite all the effort of both players, the point is decided by a centimeter. It is noted in the following episode when Kawamura says he has never seen Fuji in such a state before.
16"The Horror of Amusing Tennis"September 28, 2007 (2007-09-28)
Doubles 2 with the Momo-Kaido pair. The game favors Shitenhouji thanks to the Amusing tennis style of the Koharu-Hitouji pair, provoking stress on Seigaku's pair. However, Momo comes up with a clever strategy that surpasses the pair, giving Seigaku the win.
17"Seigaku's Dead Weight"September 28, 2007 (2007-09-28)
Kawamura plays against Gin, the original creator of the Hadoukyuu, from Shitenhōji. Gin has 108 levels of Hadoukyuu. Kawamura is not able to return even one shot and loses 0-5 games and 0-40 points. After Akutsu awakens him, Kawamura realizes that he must give his all even if he knows he will lose. He then continues and puts his heart and soul into his final shot, what he calls the 'Final Hadoukyuu', which is stronger than Gin's 108 Hadoukyuu styles. Attempting to return Kawamura's shot, Gin injures his wrist severely. Kawamura wins the match by default and he reaches his dream of being the Number One power player of the Nationals!
18"The Two Doors"January 25, 2008 (2008-01-25)
Doubles 1 turns into a singles match when Tezuka and Chitose decide to duke it out. Inui and Zaizen step aside for their teammates. After Chitose takes the first game with his "Saiki Kanpatsu no Kiwami," Tezuka decides to show Chitose his true power, revealing that he has opened the 2nd door of Muga No Kyōchi. In the end, Tezuka wins with a victory of 6-1. Meanwhile Rikkaidai has a few problems with their opponent Nagoya, and Akaya Kirihara, drenched in blood, has been hit all the way back to fence, making a huge dent...
19"One-Point Match"January 25, 2008 (2008-01-25)
Seigaku wins the match with Shintenhouji and moves on to the finals. Meanwhile, Rikkaidai's Akaya Kirihara transforms into a demon as they turn around from there to win and face Seigaku in the finals--it is revealed by Rikkaidai's members that they lost the first two matches on purpose to prove Akaya's true potential. Kintarō, unwilling to wait one year to be able to challenge Ryoma again--or Koshimae, as Kintarō calls him--asks Ryoma for a one-point match. In the end the ball splits into half, each half on one side of the court, turning the over-40 minutes match into a draw..

National Finals[edit]

OVA series Episode 20-26: The National Tournament Finals Arc

Ep. #TitleOriginal Release Date
20"The Prince of Yakiniku"April 25, 2008 (2008-04-25)
Hyoutei, Shitenhouji, Higa, Seigaku and Rokkaku decide to take a break before the finals, and decide to eat Yakiniku. Here, Eiji jumps to host a Yakiniku eating along with Oshitari Yuushi from Hyotei. Along with the comedies of Inui's pants getting pulled off by Tezuka and heaps of bodies of players from said schools, the players end the night with a ¥1,274,960 bill, along with a ¥63,748 tax.
21"Summit Showdown!"July 25, 2008 (2008-07-25)
Three years ago, after finishing runner up to Yukimura in the Japanese junior tournament, a new player emerged, beating Sanada 6-0, 6-1, only to play evenly with Yukimura. Three years later, the rematch between Tezuka Kunimitsu and Sanada Genichirou. Just as Tezuka sealed doors one and two of the Muga no Kyochi, Sanada sealed the "Lightning" and "Shadow" until he faced Tezuka. Having no answer, Tezuka risked his future, and arm, with the Tezuka Phantom, reversing the spin and forcing the balls out instead of towards him. Tezuka's arm begins to feel the effects as well as Sanada's legs from constantly hitting the Lightning. Yukimura forces Sanada to change his strategy for the sake of three championships for Rikkaidai, using the Lightning and Forest techniques against the Phantom. Tezuka has no choice but to hit the Phantom, wearing his arm out until Sanada gains match point. With one final Lightning, instead of using the Phantom, Tezuka utilizes the Tezuka Zone to bring it towards him. It blew the racquet out of his hand, but the ball flew high into the air and landed on the net cord, teetering on the edge. With everyone watching, Sanada screamed for it to fall on Tezuka's side, which it did, resulting in Rikkaidai's win. Sanada shook hands with Tezuka, saying he'll never play him again.
22"The Way We Play"July 25, 2008 (2008-07-25)
Doubles 2 of the finals: Inui-Kaidoh pair vs Yanagi-Kirihara pair. Inui's best data and Kaidoh's Tornado Snake are ineffective against Rikkaidai's pair. Inui seems ready to give up, but Kaidoh uses Yagyuu's Laser Beam. Kirihara transforms into a demon, purposely aiming at Inui and injuring him severely. Kaidoh turns into a demon himself, but was stopped by Inui. Soon after that, Inui collapses, Seigaku forfeits the match, and Inui is rushed to the hospital. This episode is when Ryoma loses/lost his memory.
23"Can you see the Stars in Broad Daylight!?"October 24, 2008 (2008-10-24)
During the Singles 2 match between Fuji and Niou, Niou uses an illusory movement to transform into Tezuka. Aside from the appearance, he also has the ability to copy his signature techniques and playstyle. While Fuji is able to get out of the illusion, Niou creates yet another one, this time being Shiraishi the copied. It was a very close match,7-5, Fuji wins the match with his new technique, Hoshi Hanabi.
24"The Only One in my Heart"October 24, 2008 (2008-10-24)
As the Golden Pair plays against Marui and Jackal in the Doubles 1 slot, players whom Ryoma had beaten before help him to recover his memory. It is also revealed how Ryoma lost his memories on a trip with his dad. In the meantime, Toyama Kintarou challenges Rikkaidai's captain, Seiichi Yukimura, to a single-balled match just to make time for Ryoma to return. But finally, the Golden Pair wins the game for Seigaku, and all hope of winning is directed to Ryoma's match.
25"The Prince vs The Child of God"January 23, 2009 (2009-01-23)
After Ryoma recovers his memories, he returns to the field court for his final match against Yukimura, just to find a completely crushed Kintarou, whom Ryoma had a hard time against. How far do Yukimura's abilities extend to?!
26"Dear Prince~ To the Princes of Tennis."January 23, 2009 (2009-01-23)
After many hardships and suffering, Ryoma unlocks the final Muga gate, Teni Muhō No Kiwami (Pinnacle of Perfection), and defeats Yukimura with incredible moves. Seigaku wins the Nationals! In the end, we see the Freshmen Trio (now Juniors) along with Momoshiro being the new vice captain and Kaidoh being the new captain. Tezuka plans to go to Germany to become better. Sakuno is carrying a red tennis racket and saying that cherry trees are blooming. We then see Ryoma in America about to beat another pair of tennis gangsters.

Another Story[edit]

OVA series Episode 1-4: ~Messages from Past and Future~

Ep. #TitleOriginal Release Date
1"The Prince of Naniwa"May 26, 2009 (2009-05-26)
After the Nationals, Seigaku goes on a trip to Osaka for the purpose of training with Shitenhouji. Meanwhile, back in America, Ryoma re-encounters with Ryoga, whom he sees training in a slum.
2"Turbulence, The Young Atobe"May 26, 2009 (2009-05-26)
The story of Hyoutei's Third year regulars when they first entered middle school.
3"The Prince of Naniwa, The Second Act"May 27, 2009 (2009-05-27)
When Momoshiro and Kaidoh lose their cool while training the first and second years and Ryoma returns from America to Osaka.
4"The legend of Rikkai, A Rebel who Challenges an Emperor"October 25, 2009 (2009-10-25)
A flashback to when Kirihara first joins Rikkadai and challenges the last years winning regulars of the national tournament so that he can become number one. He loses to Rikkai's Big Three, but he vows to beat them.

Another Story II[edit]

OVA series Episode 1-4: ~The Times We Shared~

Ep. #TitleOriginal Release Date
1"Born! Captain Shiraishi Kuranosuke"August 26, 2011 (2011-08-26)
This is a self-contained story telling the growth of Shintenhouji's tennis club. It covers the arrival of Zaizen and also the making of Shiraishi's Entaku shot.
2"The seven horrible mysteries of Seishun Gakuen"August 26, 2011 (2011-08-26)
Some first-years of Seigaku Tennis Club join Momoshiro and Kaidou in a scary story telling session. They touched upon the 7 mysteries of Seigaku, where Fuji later joins and takes over the narration of how they came to be.
3"The Two Wings of Kyushuu"October 26, 2011 (2011-10-26)
A story that flashbacks to the days when Tachibana and Chitose were team-mates and how their remarkable tennis skills earned them this nickname.
4"Jirou's Awakening"October 26, 2011 (2011-10-26)
So what does it take to get the sleeping princess of Hyoutei to wake up? Entrusted by Atobe with this task, Gakuto and Oshitari follows Jirou after training to find out.

The New Prince of Tennis[edit]

Episodes 1-13: The New Prince of Tennis

#TitleOriginal Release Date
1"The Return of the Prince"January 4, 2012 (2012-01-04)
Seigaku and other middle school students (with a total of 50 middle school students) are invited to the U-17 selection camp,including Ryoma who comes back from America to participate.
2"The Gatekeeper of Hell"January 11, 2012 (2012-01-11)
Momoshiro gets paired up immediately in a shuffle match, being the first middle schooler to do so. His opponent is Jujiroh Oni, introduced in the previous episode. Jujiroh plays with a 2-string racquet, and causes both of Momo's wrists to be shot with his specialty, Black Jack Knife. Momoshiro refused to forfeit but lost in the end, 6-0.
3"Friendly Fire"January 18, 2012 (2012-01-18)
The middle schoolers paired up with friends, and find out that they will be playing singles tie-breaker matches against their partner. Kikumaru and Oishi's match is most focused on, and Kikumaru is trying to prolong the match because it will be the last chance he has to play with Oishi. Trying to find out where Court 1 is, Ryoma defeated a bunch of high schoolers. After beating countless high schoolers, he finally finds Tokugawa of Court 1, and is about to play a match with him.
4"The Captain's Choice"January 25, 2012 (2012-01-25)
More matches are played, Tezuka vs. Kaidoh and Atobe vs. Hiyoshi. Both captains have a plan from the start to teach their juniors a lesson before defeating them. Meanwhile, Ryoma and Kintarō are playing matches with Tokugawa and Oni.
5"Winners and Losers"February 1, 2012 (2012-02-01)
The matches continued at Court 1, with Oni vs. Kintarou and Tokugawa vs. Ryoma. At the main court, the rest of the middle schoolers played against their favorite partner. Those who lost were forced to leave the camp, while the winners remained. What happens now?
6"Cliffs of the Heart"February 8, 2012 (2012-02-08)
The winning middle school team have now started the next stage of their hard training right away, which consisted of complex combinations of exercises. Ryoma and Kintarou joined the other losers in facing together the biggest challenge of their lifetime given to them by the mental coach, Saitou, since becoming the only middle school tennis teams ever invited throughout Japan: to reach the top of a very high and steep mountain in order to prove their strength, will and power, and to close the gap between themselves and the winners. But, what awaits Ryoma, Kintarou and the losing team up there is either a heavenly paradise, or a blazing hell they surely will never forget.
7"Start from Zero"February 15, 2012 (2012-02-15)
The losers finally reached the peak of the mountain. There they met a drunkard coach in primitive clothing, who was seen drinking a wine bottle amidst a bunch of worn out boys lying all over the ground. During the next days, the team had to start from zero and faced a series of raw challenges coming from this man that were so different compared to what they have always been doing before. Plus, they have to do all these without the pride of wearing their favorite school jerseys! Question now is, can they make it to the end, as what they had promised to each other with Sanada?
8"Special Mission"February 22, 2012 (2012-02-22)
Ryoma, Tanishi, and Kenya receive a letter from Coach Nyudo asking them to sneak into the training camp to acquire training supplies as well as Sake for Coach Nyudo. However, the place is completely filled with high-tech security devices and they are unwilling to go. Coach Nyudo pushes them through, but the question is: can they take the heat?
9"Evolution and Change"February 29, 2012 (2012-02-29)
The middle schoolers, once again, have to face the challenging demands of Coach Mifune. This time, they must keep each of their balloons safe from an eagle, and no allowing the bird to pop their balloon. The middle schoolers also realize how much they have improved from the rigorous training.
10"Farewell, Kunimitsu Tezuka"March 7, 2012 (2012-03-07)
At the training camp in the mountains, the middle schoolers are given rackets filled with lead and are forced to hit balls with the rackets. Meanwhile, in the U-17 camp, Court 5 are having team shuffle matches with Court 3. Tezuka is having a match with Yudai Yamato, Seigaku's former captain. Yamato tells Tezuka not to put anymore pressure on his arm, as he may go through intense pain in rehabilitation like Yamato did. Tezuka finally smiles, and acquires the "Pinnacle of Perfection" and wins against Yamato. Echizen came to watch the match halfway through.
11"Promise"March 14, 2012 (2012-03-14)
Tezuka is leaving when Fuji challenges him to a match. Meanwhile a doubles game is going on in between court 5 and court 3. Both battles end, with Tezuka winning the match with Fuji and court 3 winning the doubles match against court 5. The singles game will decide the winner, court 3 or court 5? Irie and Atobe go at it and Atobe is winning when Irie's deception is revealed. Atobe is losing horribly but his determination pull him through towards a tie-breaker. In the end both Irie and Atobe are unable to play any longer after ending at more than 187 points each. The episode ends with an announcement that the next singles match will decide the court shuffle winners and Oni standing and going toward the court.
12"The Start Of A Revolution"March 21, 2012 (2012-03-21)
The people at the training camp in the mountains had to do special test where they had to run a special path while having tennis balls shoot at them.. In the test, Ryoma was able to hit more tennis balls at once. At the end, the path led to a storage cabin where there were black jerseys that looked like that ones that people in the training camp wore. The Black Jerseys then challenge court 2 at U-17
13"Toward Your New Brilliant Selves"March 28, 2012 (2012-03-28)
The Black Jerseys return from the mountain. They challenge court 2 in a heated match. The Black Jerseys show an incredible improvement in their abilities, thanks to the intense training at the mountains. The Black Jerseys defeat everyone with ease, and soon Ryoma faces Migihashi, the captain of court 2. Migihashi employs a technique called "God's Domain", and it utilizes the spin of the ball so that it always draws back to him, much like the Tezuka Zone. Migihashi claims that Ryoma will not be able to send the ball past the right side of the court. They began to add the number of balls from 1 to 8 to 9. However, Ryoma was not able to return 9 balls. Ryoma then returns 9 balls at once, to which he then adds another ball. Migihashi is unable to return all of them, and thus Ryoma wins. The Black Jerseys are now promoted to court 2. In the evening, the students from court 3 and court 2 have matched with each other. Ryoma also has a match with Tokugawa by using multiple tennis balls.

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