They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of I’ll/CKBC, Code:Realize – Sousei no Himegimi – Set a Thief to Catch a Thief, Shin Tennis no Ouji-sama OVA vs. Genius 10, and more!
MAL Score: 6.26
Two boys, Tachibana and Hiiragi were once brutal rivals in the game of basketball. Hiiragi soon transfers into Tachibana’s school and basketball team. They begin as team-mates, but with Hiiragi’s family pushing him to play on a better team. Tachibana and Hiiragi must now play against each other.
This OVA is pretty underground having passed by largely unnoticed and will appeal mostly to those who have read the excellent manga by Hiroyuki Asada.
One has to say that this is more drama oriented than sport, but the competitive atmosphere and the dilemma of the characters is something all sport fans have felt.
– ANIMATION –
The animation is fluid and the scenes transpire at a pace fast enough to keep up with. Both episodes build up to the final match, mixing in flashbacks of the characters’ past encounters with the present time. As the anime revolves around a basketball court, the background and surrounding imagery is pretty basic; yet the definition of detail is kept at a good standard. Although there is not much playing action during the anime, the few moments that do, show the typical problem in trying to animate sports play. The speed of the ball dribbling or other player movements are sometimes either too slow or fast for portraying how accurate the realism should be; so you find a lot of slow-motion frames or only upper body shots burdened with dialogue. However, the style of the characters is thankfully kept to that of the manga.
– SOUND –
As far as voices are concerned the japanese dialogue fits well with the characters. One regrets that the background music is not that noticeable, apart from the very addictive closing theme song. The sFX are very good and are what you would expect to hear when playing a basketball match inside a sports hall – a lot of sneaker and friction sounds
– STORY & CHARACTER –
Regretably the storyline is very much restricted as it is only a 2 episode OVA, so in addition the viewer fails to really see the inner conflicts of the main characters and see their paths develop. The character designs seem to focus too much on the stereotypical. Most of the boys are portrayed as attractive and fit individuals capable of stealing the cheers from supportive girls, while the comic relief character seems to be more ‘unathletic’ and ‘nerdy’ of the team.
Apart from the two main characters one really does not learn much about the supporting secondary characters of the series and so the sense of the ‘team’ is lost.
– VALUE & ENJOYMENT –
I must say that I was somewhat disappointed with this OVA since I am a big fan of the manga. The manga title is a long story arc with a lot more attention given to the problems of all the team members and how they come to terms with them. There is also a lot of fast pace basketball scenes in the manga which one would have hoped the OVA would focused more on. Sadly the anime lacks the much desired gameplay sequences. One feels a lot was missed out from the series in its translation from manga to OVA, but these two episodes do a heartworthy attempt in presenting a somewhat more mature and introspective side of two athletes trying to realize their potential.
6: Code:Realize – Sousei no Himegimi – Set a Thief to Catch a Thief
English: Code:Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ OVA, Code:Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ Chapter 13: Set a thief to catch a thief
Japanese: Code:Realize ~創世の姫君~
MAL Score: 6.74
It has been a month since London was struck with tragedy, and a ceremony symbolizing peace and restoration will soon be held. In light of these events, Arsène Lupin plans to throw a party for Cardia Beckford to honor the fulfillment of her wish. Lupin sets out on a search for the perfect gift to offer her; however, he finds himself caught up in the theft of a valuable jewel, and he is framed and believed to be the culprit. With Lupin locked behind bars, his friends work along with Cardia and an unexpected ally to clear Lupin’s name and find the real perpetrators behind the heist.
5: Shin Tennis no Ouji-sama OVA vs. Genius 10
English: The Prince of Tennis II OVA vs Genius10
Japanese: 新テニスの王子様 OVA vs Genius10
MAL Score: 7.62
After a month abroad, the Foreign Expedition Team has returned to the Japan U-17 training camp. The group consists of 20 players, each with strength and technique that far surpasses those who occupy the camp’s top court. In anticipation of the team’s arrival, the coaches announce that 20 of the best players would be selected for further training. Tension begins to rise when only high school students are chosen to participate, but the middle school students challenge the players who possess the 11th to 20th positions to steal their places.
With the delayed appearance of the “Genius 10,” the middle school students begin scheming among themselves to claim those spots as well. Unlikely pairings start to work together, combining their efforts to defeat the top 10 players of the country. It is a battle of wits, deception, and skill—all for the privilege of representing Japan at the U-17 World Cup.
If you’ve watched the original Prince of Tennis, you’ll definitely see how crappy the New PoT is.
Prince of Tennis is one of the best franchise in Japan. The reason why this series got a lot of adoptions is because of how high their sells are. Even I cannot believe how many the tenipuri fans are. As long as the anime sells, they’ll make a new adoption. Not concerned if it ‘s good or not. And in our case, it is not.
In this series, tennis isn’t even tennis anymore. They introduced a lot of violent techniques. A glowing shot that damages the court and can tear a water tank down. There was even a fight where you can see a pirate like wtf isn’t this supposed to be tennis? Most of the matches aren’t even thrilling. I hate how the producers skipped and altered a lot of scenes/chapters from the manga. The supposed to be fun part aren’t in the anime. What the hell are the producers thinking?!
And the most disappointing part is that how come the Pinnacle of Perfection is being achieved by many. Isn’t Teni Muhō supposed to be the top of the top? In the ORIGINAL PoT, Ryoma did achieve the Teni Muhō and his skills were unbelievable. The ball cannot be seen and the opponent can’t even score a single point. But in the New Prince of Tennis, this is not the case. Teni Muhō is now just an achievement you’ll attain when you enjoy tennis. I’ll give them the credit if they made the matches more interesting but no. The matches is the New PoT are boring. It doesn’t matter if you enter Teni Muhō or not. What matter in this series is how you’ll survive in the match. What an unbelievable tennis.
Since this is an OVA, and judging how disappointing its prequel is, I did not expect anything from it. But let me just say that this series… is definitely better than its prequel. However, the story is very misleading. There are many scenes in the manga that the anime didn’t adopt. Which lead to bad pacing, ridiculous opinions, and bad character development. Tenipuri has a lot of characters and 10 episodes can’t possibly give significance to even at least ten characters.
The art is expected. Production I.G did a good job. They raised a lot of beautiful bishounens (especially Fuji damn he looked so hot). I thank you for that. I love the sound as well. The opening was okay but I find the ending song cute and adorable. I even pre ordered the “Party Time” album cause the characters are so cute!
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed watching this anime. I’m a solid PoT fan, you see. And I love watching them go cray with their matching oozing sex appeals. Fan service isn’t bad once in a while, he. Tenipuri fans will definitely enjoy this OVA but as for the others… I don’t know. It will depend on your taste if you’ll give it a try or not. In the end, I still enjoyed watching how the characters fight for their death. This anime still has a lot of interesting stuff and I love the manga. I just hope the sequel will be more interesting than the first season.
Comparing to the bare bones storyline of New Prince of Tennis, this story is slightly better but still quite boring. They’re still in the training camp doing training camp things but they have a shuffle match against the first strings (basically all of them are overpowered as hell) who have just returned and that’s it. Literally it. Still lacking but good enough i guess. 5/10
Looks good. People move ok enough although I still think that sometimes the overhead shots of rallies lack power and simply look like weak. That’s an issue i’ve had with the animation of this series for quite a while, the balls lack what looks like momentum, they lack punch. It’s been a minor annoyance with me since the beginning of the series but hey, it’s pretty good nonetheless. 7/10
Well it’s pretty good. Though literally everything was taken from the previous series. The sound effects sound great and somewhat makeup for the lack of power mentioned previously. Overall pretty nice, it works, doesn’t particularly excel at anything but still doesn’t lack anything. 7/10
Now here’s an issue that plagues the series in general. The issue with the series is that it tends to focus on too many characters so many characters lack development severely well in this case that’s addressed quite well. Many characters both lack development and screentime but the ones that get screen time tend to have subtle changes done to them. But in the end character interactions are still pretty entertaining. 7/10
It was fun to watch. It was just like the other series in the way it was just fun to watch, there’s no real way to explain it but it was just a good solid fun watch from beginning to end and sets up a real nice dynamic by the end of the series that will be expanded on (hopefully) when there is enough chapters to make a new OVA series on. 8/10
It was pretty nice. Yeah it wasn’t the greatest thing i’ve seen, and it was pretty insane at some points i mean come on, ripping a hole in space by swinging is pretty stupid. But that’s what this series as whole really is, it’s stupid fun. You know it’s exaggerated and almost impossible to do 90% of the moves done in the series but it’s still a fun watch so I recommend any fans of the series in general to watch this, and any one who somehow stumbled onto this without prior knowledge to watch the original series or read the original manga then watch the National Tournament OVAs, The New Prince of Tennis then this. 7/10
This time we return to the U-17 training camp where the last season of “Shin PoT” was left, for now if we adapt the final part referring to “Genius 10”. The reality is that something similar to the previous season happened to me that seemed to start its first chapters on the right foot, but little by little it was distorted with an abrupt rhythm of the story that led to all the characters of “Genius 10” see as a blank page within the show, with a very summarized development and being that they play a preponderant role as representatives of Japan. But I don’t want to go around the bush, going back to history in general we once again have our dose of “daily tennis matches”? If you can say that! The truth is that the average of games is high for this season (compared to its prequel) with good games but most of these do not receive more than 20 minutes in length. But the funniest and most anecdotal is the example compared to the 1st season. The games there lasted 2 to 3 chapters on average and I only played one set, now they literally play 3 sets in 20 minutes. They have their meme there.
Now, Mas there are of these problems of the program (which are not minor) the show manages to give rise to a decent ending so to speak, and with good aspirations to give a possible continuation, so it is to rescue.
Art: 8.5 / Sound 7
The visual section continues to be the source of life for “New PoT”, thanks to the work that Produccion I.G contributes, leaving great moments and designs, just as I had already mentioned in the previous season. While on the Sound side it has improved thanks to the fact that they gave it an OP much more in line with the type of show and the ED does not feel so bad, although it could be better and to end the OST it fulfills its mission without having too much new repertoire. has shown above
Again one of the sections that receives the greatest damage to the program along with the story for obtaining a decreased number of chapters are the characters, which although we have a large number from last season with all the known opponents of Seigaku and those already known from the field training, now the appearance of the main Japan high school team “Genius 10” is added, plus the introduction of an unknown character who gains strength towards the end of the show. But unfortunately it all comes down to this NUMBERS !, since in reality the content we receive from each one is lousy, with introductions of these very brief and that do not stand out too much.
The reality is that it hurts to see how one of the bases that supported the program as the main characters of Seigaku from its first season, they were disappearing but literally. Nothing is the same, neither the comedy, nor the parties or the attractiveness they propose.
This season has shown not many more than the previous one, but with some ambitions more than its prequel and already showing a line at the end pointing to the U-17 World Cup, it is satisfactory at the end of the day, but everything else would be a summary of all the points and the problems that the show suffers, especially in the characters that the inflection point by which the viewer is attracted and was always the engine of the Anime, but since all the secondary schools joined and began to defragment the developments of each one and became unrecognizable to the point that you never find out where you have to really pay attention since it transmits it seems irrelevant.
We reached the end of the trip and it left me with a more bitter taste than I expected, but despite this he wants to hope that the film that will come out in 2021 is the point to reactivate the program, being that this last adaptation was in 2015 and it can be reissued, but beware, with different nuances and with a studio that is responsible for giving it the time and the chapters it needs to once again demonstrate what Prince of Tennis used to be at its best.
En esta ocasión regresamos al campo de entrenamiento del U-17 donde quedo la ultima temporada de “Shin PoT”, para ahora si adaptar la parte final referida al “Genius 10”. La realidad es que me sucedió algo similar a la temporada anterior que parecía comenzar con el pie derecho sus primeros capítulos, pero poco a poco se fue desvirtuando con un ritmo abrupto de la historia que conllevo a que todos los personajes del “Genius 10″ se vean como una hoja en blanco dentro del espectáculo, con unos desarrollo muy resumidos y siendo que estos cumplen un papel preponderante como representantes de Japón. Pero no me quiero ir por las ramas, volviendo a la historia en general volvemos a tener nuestra dosis de ¿”partidos de tenis diario”?, si se puede decir así!. La verdad es que el promedio de partidos es elevado para esta temporada (a comparación de su precuela) con buenos encuentro pero la mayoría de estos no recibe mas de 20 minutos de duración. Pero lo mas gracioso e anecdótico es el ejemplo comparación con la 1° temporada. Los partidos allí duraban de 2 a 3 capítulos promedio y solo jugaba a un set, ahora juegan literalmente 3 set en 20 minutos. Allí tienen su meme.
Ahora, Mas haya de estos problemas del programa (que no son menores) el espectáculo consigue dar pie a un final decente por así decirlo, y con buenas aspiraciones a dar una posible continuación, por lo que es para rescatar.
Arte: 8,5 / Sonido 7
El apartado visual sigue siendo la fuente de vida para “New PoT”, gracias al trabajo que aporta Produccion I.G dejando grandes momentos y diseños, tal cual ya había mencionado en la temporada anterior. Mientras que por el lado del Sonido a mejorado gracias a que le dieron un OP mucho mas acorde al tipo de espectáculo y al ED no le sienta tan mal, aunque pudo ser mejor y para finalizar el OST cumple su cometido sin tener demasiado repertorio nuevo mas haya del mostrado anteriormente
Nuevamente unas de los apartados que recibe mayor daño al programa junto a la historia por obtener un numero disminuido de capítulos son los personajes, que si bien tenemos una gran cantidad desde la temporada pasado con todos los oponentes conocidos de Seigaku y los ya conocidos del campo de entrenamiento, ahora se le suma la aparición el equipo principal de preparatoria de Japón el “Genius 10”, mas la introducción de un personaje desconocido que toma fuerza hacia el final del espectáculo. Pero desgraciadamente todo se resume a esto NUMEROS!, ya que en realidad el contenido que recibimos de cada uno es pésimo, con introducciones de estos muy breves y que no destacan demasiado.
La realidad es que duele ver como una de las bases que sustentaba el programa como los personajes principales de Seigaku desde su primer temporada, fueron desapareciendo pero literalmente. Ya nada es lo mismo ni la comedia, ni los partidos o el atractivo que proponen.
Esta temporada a demostrado no muchas mas que la anterior, pero con algunas ambiciones mas que su precuela y ya mostrando una linea al final apuntando al mundial Sub-17 lo resulta satisfactorio al final del día, pero todo lo demás vendría siendo un resumen de todos los puntos y los problemas que el show aqueja, sobre todo en lo personajes que el punto de inflexión por que cual el espectador se ve atraido y siempre fue el motor del Anime, pero desde que se sumaron todos las escuelas secundarias e comenzaron a desfragmentar los desarrollos de cada uno y se volvió irreconocible al punto que nunca te enteras donde hay que poner verdaderamente atención ya que lo transmite parece irrelevante.
General : 5,3
Llegamos hasta el final de viaje y me dejo con un sabor mas amargo del que esperaba, pero a pesar de esto quiere tener esperanza en que la película que saldrá en 2021 sea el punto para reactivar el programa, siendo que esta ultima adaptación fue en 2015 y pueda volver a emitirse, pero ojo, con matices diferente y con un estudio que se haga responsable de darle el tiempo y los capítulos que necesite para que vuelva a demostrar lo que supo ser Prince of Tennis en su mejor momento.
4: Tennis no Ouji-sama: Another Story – Kako to Mirai no Message
Japanese: テニスの王子様 OVA ANOTHER STORY ～過去と未来のメッセージ
MAL Score: 7.65
Naniwa no Ouji-sama: Zenpen (The Prince of Naniwa: First Act)
Following Nationals, the Seishun Academy Boys’ Tennis Team are invited to Osaka by Shitenhouji Middle School to play practice games against each other. However, the two teams end up fooling around more than playing tennis with a surprise encounter from Higa Middle School’s tennis team, who have been left stranded in Osaka by their coach. When asked about the reason for accepting the invitation, Seishun’s captain, Kunimitsu Tezuka, hints that there is an ulterior motive behind the meeting of the two schools.
Fuun Shounen Atobe (Turbulence: The Young Atobe)
On the first day of school at Hyoutei Academy, the freshman class representative, Keigo Atobe, declares himself “King” of the school and donates his family’s wealth to fund new facilities. Setting his sights on the school’s tennis club, he plans to make himself the captain after overthrowing its current hierarchy by defeating all of the team’s regulars. Atobe’s arrogant personality rubs Ryou Shishido and Gakuto Mukahi the wrong way and the two decide to challenge him, refusing to accept him as the team’s new leader. But the two quickly learn that the kid who is all talk also happens to have the skills to back it up.
Naniwa no Ouji-sama: Kouhen (The Prince of Naniwa: Second Act)
Tezuka places the second years, Kaoru Kaidou and Takeshi Momoshiro, in charge of creating a lineup for the Shitenhouji practice matches. Struggling to pick worthy club members, Kaidou and Momoshiro begin to lash out against their fellow teammates. After being told to cool off, the two begin to search for the meaning behind Tezuka asking them to take on such an important responsibility.
Rikkai Retsuden: Ouja ni Idomu Hangyakuji (The Trials of Rikkai: A Rebel Who Challenges an Emperor)
In his first year at Rikkai University-Affiliated Middle School, Akaya Kirihara boldly proclaims that he will join the tennis team that won last year’s national tournament and become Japan’s #1 tennis player. When he single-handedly defeats the team’s third years, he mistakenly believes that the group is weaker than they were reported to be. Kirihara soon learns that the reason Rikkai won last year’s national championship was due to the “Big Three” and quickly finds himself losing without them breaking a sweat. Angered and humiliated by his loss, he begins to train hard by himself in order to challenge them again.
P.S. The OVA Bonus that has the same title as this one but with OVA Bonus on the end and only has 2 episodes is actually identical in material to this title’s episodes. The OVA Bonus is actually the first 2 episodes of this title. Regardless, enjoy the content, it’s great.
3: Tennis no Ouji-sama: Zenkoku Taikai-hen
English: Prince of Tennis: National Championship Chapter
Japanese: テニスの王子様 Original Video Animation 全国大会編
MAL Score: 7.92
Freshman tennis prodigy Ryouma Echizen and the Seishun Academy Boys’ Tennis Team have finally reached the National Tournament, eager to fight for the championship title and claim it as their own.
Seishun’s first match is against Higa Middle School, the Okinawa-based team labeled as the “dark horse” of the tournament. After watching Higa defeat their first round of opponents using dirty tactics, the Seishun team is determined to show them the value of a fair, hard-earned victory.
Awaiting the winners of the matchup in the quarterfinals is one of Seishun’s old rivals: Hyoutei Academy, who are determined to restore their pride after the events at the Kanto Regionals. Hyoutei seeks to prove to everyone that they deserve to be at the Nationals despite only qualifying through a special invitation.
Tennis no Ouji-sama: Zenkoku Taikai-hen covers the beginning of the long-awaited National Tournament as Ryouma and the Seishun team meet foes of past and present, each with their own unique ideals on how tennis should be played!
Seigaku tennis club already have Tezuka buchou, so they’re ready for the nationals!and Ryoma came back from America to support them.
And then, Oishi had a decision, all of the good players should play,so oishi had a deal with ryoma if he had a Love game to ryoma, then ryoma could play in the nationals.
….and in the end, ryoma won, so he’ll play in the nationals.
…..This is a sequel to THe Prince of tennis, everybody who watched the prince of tennis should also watch this one… This will also bring you excitement and enjoyment while watching.!
…watch it and you’ll know the whole story!!It’s amazingly good!!~Trust me!
Well 2nd installment of Tennis no Ouji-sama, this time it continues from the pending account that was the “National Tournament” with a great change in terms of production and study in the course of the year in which its first adaptation ended, which As for this section, it is no less since due to the low reception of chapters that the show gets, it is forced to compress too much content and really especially in the last games that were the most relevant and receive only an average of 1 chapter per match! When we were used to having between 2 or even 3 in special cases which does not leave the best impression from my perspective, something similar to what happens only in the first chapter that too many important events happen very briefly in 20 minutes. So although it remains faithful, for my taste it no longer contains that solidity that it knew how to obtain in its prequel, what is more what stands out the most is the chapter on the ultra random beach but by far the most fun of the season
Art: 7 / Sound: 7
As for the visual section, it has been able to strengthen due to the change of study with much more polished character designs and a more fluid animation in the movements, in addition to not constantly recycling scenes. On the musical side, it maintains the OSTs that are icons and nostalgic in the show, so it is a point in favor, but it does not look so renewed with new OSTs to implement and on the side of the openings and closings they are regular but I expected anything else
We keep the same main cast since its prequel but we have lost a lot of the secondary elements that gave more excitement to the matches such as the 2 journalists who only have one appearance but bad memories in the entire adaptation and the girls from the Ryoma fan club (Although I see these as more acceptable from the side that are not playing in the city and maybe they are too far away to suppose round trip expenses). As for the rest, it remains to the letter with their respective personalities although with some developments not so well executed due to lack of time, what did hurt me is not having more of those chapters where the characters feel so free and they make you enjoy as much as you can like the episode on the beach that was too fun.
For better and for worse, what stands out in all this adaptation is the content and the way in which it is overcome and rushed, the good thing is that the pain of seeing “TnO” in this way is relatively short because with only 13 chapters it is difficult not to continue a story that you want to see as far as it goes, even if it has declined in this way. I would have liked them to summarize more the games against the first school that were irrelevant especially when they had already won 3-0 and save those extra chapters for some games in the 4th finals would last longer.
Clearly the change of study affected the series that although it gave it a better color palette and animation, receiving a single “cour” for so many games seriously damages the entertainment that the show provides, but in the end we will continue Ryoma’s journey and his friends.
Bueno 2° entrega de Tennis no Ouji-sama, en esta ocasión continua desde la cuenta pendiente que era el “Torneo nacional” con un gran cambio en cuanto a producción y estudio en el transcurso del año en el que finalizo su primer adaptación, que en cuanto a este apartado es no menor ya que debido a la poca recepción de capítulos que obtiene el show, se ve obligado a comprimir demasiado contenido y realmente sobretodo en los últimos partidos que eran los mas relevantes y reciben solo un promedio de 1 capitulo por partido! cuando estábamos acostumbrados a tener entre 2 o hasta 3 en casos especiales lo que no deja la mejor impresión desde mi perspectiva, algo similar a lo que pasa tan solo en el primer capitulo que suceden demasiados acontecimientos importantes muy resumidamente en 20 minutos. Por lo que si bien sigue siendo fiel, para mi gusto ya no contiene esa solidez que supo obtener en su precuela, es mas lo que mas destaco es el capitulo en la playa ultra random pero por lejos de lo mas divertido de la temporada
Arte: 7 / Sonido: 7
En cuanto al apartado visual si a sabido fortalecerse debido al cambio de estudio con unos diseños de personajes mucho mas pulidos y una animacion mas fluida en los movimientos, ademas de no reciclar escenas constantemente. Por el lado musical mantiene los OST que resultan iconos y nostalgicos en el espectaculo por lo que es un punto a favor, pero no se lo ve tan renovada en con nuevos OST a implementar y por el lado de las aperturas y cierres son regulares pero esperaba algo mas
Mantenemos el mismo elenco principal desde su precuela pero hemos perdido gran parte del los elementos secundarios que le daban mas emocion a los partidos como los 2 periodistas que solo tienen una aparición sino mal recuerdo en toda la adaptacion y las chicas del club de fans de Ryoma (aunque a estas lo veo mas aceptable desde el lado que no en ciudad se encuentran jugando y tal vez esten demasiado lejos como para suponer gastos de ida y vuelta). En cuanto a lo demás se mantiene al pie de la letra con sus respectivas personalidades aunque con algunos desarrollos no tan bien ejecutados debido a la falta de tiempo, lo que si me dolió es no tener mas de esos capítulos donde los personajes se sienten tan libres y te hacen disfrutar a mas no poder como el capitulo de la playa que fue demasiado divertido.
Para bien y para mal lo que destaca en toda esta adaptación es el contenido y la forma en que se sobrellevado e apresurado, lo bueno es que dolor de ver a “TnO” de esta forma es relativamente corto por que con tan solo 13 capítulos es difícil no continuar una historia que quieres ver hasta donde llega, por mas que haya decaído de esta forma. Me hubiera gustado que resumieran mas los partidos contra la primera escuela que eran irrelevantes sobretodo cuando ya habían ganado 3 a 0 y ahorrar esos capítulos extra para algunos partidos de los 4° de final duraran mas.
Claramente el cambio de estudio afecto a la serie que si bien le dio una mejor paleta de colores y animacion, el recibir un solo “cour” para tantos partidos perjudica gravemente el entretenimiento que proporciona el show, pero en fin seguiremos el viaje de Ryoma y sus amigos
2: Tennis no Ouji-sama: Zenkoku Taikai-hen – Semifinal
Japanese: テニスの王子様 全国大会篇 Semifinal
MAL Score: 7.92
The National Tournament continues for Ryouma Echizen and the Seishun Academy Boys’ Tennis Team as they face off against last year’s semifinalist, Shitenhouji Middle School. As winners of the Kansai Regionals, Shitenhouji is one of the top contenders to win this year’s tournament. What’s more, each member of the Shitenhouji team has skills that are said to surpass their Seishun counterparts. Shitenhouji also has Kintarou Tooyama, another “super rookie” who rivals Ryouma in strength and technique. Seishun will have to push the limits of their abilities to stand a chance at defeating the Kansai champions in this East versus West matchup.
One of my favorite arc for POT…
Story: Perfectly done. Although this is just the Semi Finals and an OVA it really compels the story and one of the important match you should not miss, that leads to Fuji’s perfection.
Art: As good as ever but not perfect. For a sports anime though? It’s more than enough…
Sound: It really captures the emotion of every characters as well as their matches. Dubbing, OP and ED is brilliant as well but nothing out of the ordinary.
Character: I loved the characters in this arc, Shitenhouji to be specific is one awesome team. And of course Seishun Gakuen.
Enjoyment: Out of all the POT OVA I think a lot will enjoy this most aside from the Finals itself that concludes POT Season 1..
Total Score: 7
First of all, let me clarify that in this section there will be a majority of “SPOILERS” regarding these OVAs, because I want to exemplify the reason for my discharge. Now with this explained let’s get started.
In previous reviews I have always chosen to defend this title, its history and above all the fantasy that carries over it, because there is more of this, there was always an “extra” that caused you not to notice so much in the amount of inconsistencies and situations outside of physics they were happening so it was fun. Unfortunately at this point there is nothing of the kind, The matches are ultra summarized to the point that even some last less than 1 chapter, in which they are only based on showing their “special movements” without any credible context, the rivals they are quickly discarded without developing, without comedy (although well, the parties are already a joke) and the worst thing is that we are not in a first stage, where nobody is interested in the parties or members! are the national semifinals !!!! And it is lived more like a comedy, than in a true context and settings. Also in another sense the idea of balls that become invisible, characters flying 5 rows over the stands, balls that split in the middle and so on. It seems too out of context to me considering that they are characters who are 16 years old at most and what will they do when they are older? Throw planets by the elbows ?. To finish I reiterate the same as in the beginning, I have tried to turn it around in a thousand ways and see the positive side, but it seems to me everything has a limit in that sense. Tennis no Ouji-sama overflowed the glass
Art: 5 / Sound: 7.5
Just as in the previous season I mentioned that the study change was an improvement in terms of animation, in this sequel it really declines again, many times the situation of static movements is repeated and even scenes out of context, as in a rally exchange that You only show how it ends and the best example is in the case of Kawamura flying into the stands without showing how it turned out there.
In the sense of Sound I feel more comfortable than in its prequels, the Opening shows more personality than the series required and the cast remains together with the OST, perhaps in this case it was the only section that showed an improvement
Another downturn in these OVAs, undoubtedly falls a lot on the characters, looking far below what they knew how to give in their first adaptation and being much more superficial in this context and added to the lack of development and use of rivals, more like Mention the lack of extras like the reporters or the Ryoma girls club that gave the show a certain color, Not to mention the improvement in their movements of the Seigaku players at critical moments with only a few 1 minute flashbacks, all very basic and conformist
If I said in its first installment that there were easily 7 or 8 spokons that far exceeded it and with a much shorter duration, imagine my thinking today with a few chapters above the account, and with the bad review that I had to give it .
The truth is there is nothing to highlight and the entertainment is very basic. Now, if you are looking for something for a small child to get excited, surely enjoy the show for the number of colors, striking movements, charismatic characters in the beginning and others like who says Captain Tsubasa for the relationship in the style of Spokon, but if you already want a I work something better work and that it is so basic I do not recommend this anime at least you are a fan of Spokon as in my case I continue here
Reseña general: 4,8 de 10
Primero que nada déjenme aclarar que en este apartado habrá mayoría de “SPOILERS” respecto a estas OVA, debido que quiero ejemplificar el por que de mi descargo. Ahora con esto explicado comencemos.
En anteriores reseñas siempre eh optado por defender a este titulo, su historia y sobretodo la fantasía que carga sobre ella, por que mas haya de esto, siempre hubo un “extra” que ocasionaba que no te fijaras tanto en la cantidad de Incoherencias y situaciones fuera de la física que sucedían por lo que era divertido. Desgraciadamente a este punto ya no hay nada de ello, Los partidos son ultra resumidos al punto de que inclusive algunos duran menos de 1 capitulo, en el cual solo se basan en mostrar sus “movimientos especiales” sin ningún tipo de contexto creíble, los rivales son descartados rápidamente sin dar desarrollos, sin comedia (aunque bueno, los partidos ya de por si son un chiste) y lo peor es que no estamos en una primera etapa, donde a nadie le interesa los partidos o integrantes! son las semifinales nacionales!!!! Y se vive mas como una comedia, que en un contexto e ambientaciones verídicas. Ademas en otro sentido la idea pelotas que se vuelven invisibles, personajes volando 5 filas sobre las gradas, pelotas que se parten al medio y demás. Me parece demasiado fuera de contexto teniendo en cuenta que son personajes que tienen 16 años a lo sumo y ¿que harán cuando sean mayores? ¿tirar planetas por los codos?. Para finalizar reitero lo mismo que en el comienzo, eh buscado de darle la vuelta de mil formas y verle así el lado positivo, pero me parece todo tiene un limite en ese sentido Tennis no Ouji-sama rebalso el vaso
Arte: 5 / Sonido: 7,5
Así como en la anterior temporada mencione que el cambio de estudio fue una mejoría en cuanto a la animación en esta secuela realmente decae nuevamente, muchas veces se repite la situación de movimientos estáticos y hasta escenas fueras de contexto, como en un intercambio de peloteo que solo muestras como finaliza y el mejor ejemplo es en el caso de Kawamura volando hacia las gradas sin mostrar como resulto alli .
En el sentido del Sonido me siento mas a gusto que en sus precuelas el Opening muestra mas personalidad que requeria la serie y el cast se mantiene junto al OST, tal vez en este caso fuese único apartado que demostró una mejoría
Otro bajón de estas OVA, sin dudas recae bastante en los personajes, viéndose muy por debajo de lo que supieron dar en su primer adaptación y siendo mucho mas superficial en este contexto y sumado a la falta de desarrollo e utilización de los rivales, mas como mencione el faltante de extras como los reporteros o el club de chicas de Ryoma que le daba un cierto color al show, Ni hablar de la mejoría de sus movimientos de los jugadores de Seigaku en momentos críticos con solo unos flashbacks de 1 minutos, todo muy básico y conformista
Si dije en su primer entrega que facilmente habia 7 u 8 spokons que le superaban ampliamente y con una duración mucho menor, imaginen mi pensamiento a día de hoy con unos cuantos capítulos mas arriba de la cuenta, y con la mala reseña que me toco darle.
La verdad no hay nada que destacar y el entretenimiento es muy básico. Ahora, si buscas algo para un niño pequeño se emocione seguramente disfrute del espectáculo por la cantidad de colores, movimientos llamativos, personajes carismáticos en el comienzo y demás como quien dice Captain Tsubasa por el parentesco en el estilo de Spokon, pero si ya quieres un trabajo algo mejor trabajo y que sea tan básico no recomiendo este anime al menos seas un fan del Spokon como en mi caso que continuo aquí
1: Tennis no Ouji-sama: Zenkoku Taikai-hen – Final
Japanese: テニスの王子様 Original Video Animation 全国大会編 Final
MAL Score: 7.99
After their victory over Shitenhouji Middle School in the semifinals, Ryouma Echizen and the Seishun Academy Boys Tennis Team must now face off against the two-time defending champions of Rikkai University-Affiliated Middle School in order to claim the national title. Rikkai is not only seeking revenge for its team’s previous loss to Seishun at the Kanto Regional Tournament, but they also are aiming to win the national title for a third consecutive year.
In the conclusion of Tennis no Ouji-sama, the titular “Prince of Tennis” is pitted against the “Child of God” in a head-to-head battle for the national championship title. Along the way, Ryouma must teach his opponents and teammates that there is more to tennis than winning.
As the name suggests, Prince of Tennis is a sports anime about tennis. That much is clear the very second you hear about the anime, even if you don’t know anything else but the name. At the beginning of the main series I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, perhaps something pretty similar to most of the other sports animes I’ve seen, meaning something relatively realistic but still somewhat overexaggerated and overly dramatic sports matches, in a good way of course. After some time the show turned out to be something quite different; it’s a pretty clever mix of sports and shounen combat anime, while never going completely to the shounen combat side.
The three OVAs together are the last story arc to the long-running Prince of Tennis, and continue straight where the original 178 episode series left off, except more faithful to the original manga than the final parts of the anime series.
STORY – 8/10
The anime revolves around Seishun Gakuen school’s tennis club and its regular members, one of the members, Ryoma Echizen, a 7th grade tennis prodigy, being the main focus. The story of the OVA is very straightforward and quite simple, but it doesn’t have to be anything complex; the Seigaku tennis team has finally reached their long-sought goal, the national tournament, the most challenging and most important tournament of the whole Prince of Tennis series. Being that, this tournament is the definite climax of the show. Several new opponents are introduced, all national level, who push our heroes to their very limits.
While the premise of the story might not sound the most original for a sports anime, the idea of having one-on-one and two-on-two sports matches with teams is actually very unique, and the matches are intensive. The execution of the story deserves a good score.
ART/ANIMATION – 9/10
The art is excellent in every aspect, the visual quality has improved since the main series. I simply love the drawing style and character designs. The characters’ looks have tons of personality, and their facial expressions convey their feelings and emotions well. The backgrounds are well detailed and colorful, and create a great atmosphere. The animation is great and very consistent; it’s very clean and fluid, and the characters’ movements look very natural. Their limbs move just like I would expect from a tennis player. Also worth mentioning are the visual effects, which are stunning.
SOUND/MUSIC/VOICE ACTING – 8/10
The sound effects sound always realistic and convincing, nothing there made me think anything sounded different than it should. The opening and ending songs are okay, far from my favorites from the series, but not bad. The background music often creates a good atmosphere and adds the right mood. Not all, but some of the background music has a certain old-school style flavor to it, which is not a bad thing, in fact I like many of the BGM tracks a lot. Maybe I’ve just heard some of the tracks so many times they always bring back some of my favorite moments from the anime, but I’m really glad the OVA still has the same BGM from the original series, even though by the beginning of the “Finals” OVA it had already been almost seven years since the original series started airing. Not all the BGM tracks are great, but there isn’t a single track I’d say I dislike. The music was fitting for every scene. The voice acting is handled really well, the voice talents do their job superbly, and many of the voices fit the characters perfectly.
CHARACTER – 10/10
All the Seigaku regulars from the series are present in the OVAs, with many of the central supporting characters. The main cast is great, it’s relatively large and quite varied. It features many different types of personalities, from which every fan should be able find their own favorites. Each Seigaku regular is unique and have their own quirks. There are also many interesting supporting characters, who are also well designed. We got to know a lot about the characters throughout the long main series, the main cast and many of the regular supporting character all have their own personal history, and many things are told which let the viewer better understand them. Even though the story has already proceeded as far the the national tournament, and the matches are naturally the main focus, you’ll be mistaken if you think “Nationals” will only be a race through tough opponents. Though not much, among other things it has some character development too; some characters show new, and sometimes surprising, sides of themselves, while never being out of character. The only big complaint about the characters would be some of the lesser supporting characters, who have kept appearing throughout the whole series, while almost nothing was ever actually told about them. They have simply remained kind of vapid and grown hollow.
ENJOYMENT – 10/10
Prince of Tennis, the 178 episode series together with the National Tournament OVAs, 204 episodes altogether, has definitely been one of the most enjoyable anime experiences I’ve had. Though it started slow, it kept me in its grasp the whole time. When I finished the Finals OVA it felt strange that it was all finally over, it left me longing for more. The national tournament OVAs were very entertaining and I really enjoyed them, and I’m looking forward to a possible second season, which would be based on the New Prince of Tennis manga.
OVERALL – 9/10
Prince of Tennis wasn’t the most realistic nor accurate sports anime to begin with, but in the national tournament it went kind of over the top. Many of the new special moves introduced in Nationals are far more unrealistic and illogical than ever before, and the mechanics of many unusual techniques are never explained, which sometimes bothered me, but not to such an extent as to affect the enjoyment. There isn’t much I felt the OVAs lacked, there was drama and some really funny comedy, and the matches and character interaction were very satisfying. Although it could have helped a lot if it was even one episode longer, because at times I felt things were going a bit too fast. And I would have wanted to know more about the characters’ lives after the tournament.
The anime is a great shounen type experience with great characters and matches, that separate it from other sports animes, and Nationals is a good sequel with high production values that finishes the story of the series. All in all, a great end to a great series. A solid 9.
There are still far more people who have finished the main series, than those who have even touched the OVAs. The OVA series made the anime complete, so for those who liked the main series but still have not seen the national tournament OVAs: mada mada dane, you still have lots more to work on. Do not miss this, as it will be the climax that will bring our heroes’ journey to conclusion. Highly recommended, even if you’re new to Prince of Tennis, in which case just make sure you watch the main series first. And as the anime will most likely be more enjoyable when not taken too seriously,those who would much rather watch anime with serious themes, than follow a group of youngsters’ journey toward the top, spiced with comedic moments and overly dramatic matches, might not necessarily enjoy PoT that much.
So the most arrogant and show-off sports protagonist returns together with his teammates to play in the most awaited tournament that they’ve been waiting for; the national tournament. The drama is even more far-fetched and can be extremely over-the-top; players are on the verge of dying just by PLAYING tennis, losing memories before an important game, bloods are spilling everywhere. I mean come on! I almost forgot that I am still watching a tennis story particularly, the finals arc. I completely understand that it’s going for a more dramatic, theatrical and cooler approach as it is after all the ENDING. However, there’s also the concept of TOO MUCH and being incredibly over done. Somewhere along the way, it becomes absolutely far-fetched. I notice that the comedy part really improves. It is no longer far-fetched and can be genuinely funny. And if there are several exaggerated moves and techniques from before, this time they even added stances with supposedly amazing auras which are extremely exaggerated.
Of course, as it is a new chapter it is given that there’s an arrival of new characters. As always, the opponents are arrogant as ever. And if last time there is quite a few nasty opponents, this time some are even nastier and barbaric because they would even resort to hitting couches and elderly people. Well, when opponents are like that it feels even greater when they are amazingly defeated. There are also character developments for not only the main characters but for recurring characters as well. Characters are more expressive this time particularly the ones with poker faces like Tezuka. Some opponents are a lot stronger now as we see some of powerful characters gets beaten or really push to the limit.
I believe the most noticeable improvement is the animation. As always, this series loves exaggerated moves and very fictional techniques during matches. And if in the last season it was made so over the top, this time it improves quite a bit. It is a little bit cleaner now. It looks better and cooler. It’s not that far-fetched compared from the previous season. It might still be exaggerated but at least it is done a little better this time. The improvement of the character design is also very noticeable.
It is true that as always there are countless exaggerated elements in the series. You could even say that it is even more this time. But I guess that just how the series is. I myself may not like that part of the series but I believe it is quite effective for some. And I enjoyed it more compared to the previous one.
Finally we reached the culminating arc of the national tournament, and although it has maintained those constants of being very summarized matches as in its last 2 pre-queues, I have to say that the descending party leaves a good taste in the mouth and with a more consistent development winning so 2 full chapters in it.
I do not want to fall into a spoiler but the “certain event” that occurs at the beginning of the matches is quite pleasant to alternate and show something different from the usual, but there is the typical dynamics of the matches and giving a special flavor to the final, so good Plot twist of the mangaka there.
Art 8 / Sound 7.5
Items that personally meet quite well equally, in the case of the animation was more polished than in the semifinal OVA and did not get as much static image more than necessary. On the other hand, from the sound section if it has been renewed a bit since its first adaptation and obtains certain interesting variations during the chapters, along with regular but not negligible openings and closings
By having a team here that already had the opportunity to face Seigaku, it saves a lot of time in presentations or development because we know their convictions as a team, although it does not mean that in some games these are too blurred like both pairs of doubles of the rival team . Above all, the most remarkable thing on this occasion is Ryoma, and not precisely because of his level of tennis that we already know, but because of seeing him more in other facets (that whoever seen these OVAs will understand) and above all showing that he can smile and enjoy tennis , something that until now on my part I had practically never noticed.
I’m not going to lie on this occasion the show raises its level and draws my attention to the program because, as I mentioned earlier, a twist in the story is re-sought and it falls like a fresh and renovating air within the monotonous show that it had been and how This also gets a change of aptitude in Ryoma, it is very gratifying, especially already closing with a flourish in the epilogue, so I am satisfied, although as you know I expected a lot more from this anime in the beginning, anyway we will continue towards its sequel “New prince of tennis”
Finalmente llegamos al arco culminante del torneo nacional, y si bien a mantenido esas constantes de ser partidos muy resumidos como en sus ultimas 2 pre-cuelas, eh de decir que el partido descenlace deja un buen sabor de boca y con un desarrollo mas acorde ganando así 2 capítulos completos en el.
No quiero caer en algun spoiler pero el “cierto sucedo” que ocurre al comienzo de los partidos es bastante agradable como para alternar y mostrar algo diferente a lo habitual mas haya de la tipica dinamica de los partidos y dandole un sabor especial a la final, por lo que buen Plot twist del mangaka alli.
Arte 8 / Sonido 7,5
Rubros que en lo personal cumplen bastante bien por igual, en el caso de la animacion estuvo al mas pulida que en las OVA de semifinales y no obtuvo tanta imagen estatica mas de la cuenta. Por otro lado desde apartado sonoro si se ah renovado un poco desde su primer adaptacion y obtiene ciertas variaciones interesantes durante los capitulos, junto a unas aperturas y cierres regulares pero nada despreciables
Al tener aqui un equipo que ya tuvieron la oportunidad de enfrentar el Seigaku, se ahorra bastante tiempo en presentaciones o desarrollo por que conocemos su convicciones como equipo, aunque no quita que el algunos partidos estos queden demasiados desdibujados como ambas parejas de dobles del equipo rival. Sobretodo lo mas destaca-ble en esta ocasion es Ryoma, y no precisamente por su nivel de tennis que ya conocemos, sino por verlo mas en otra facetas (que quien alla visto estas OVA entendera) y sobretodo demostrando que puede sonreir e disfrutar del tennis, algo que hasta ahora de mi parte no lo habia notado practicamente nunca.
No voy a mentir en esta ocasion el show eleva su nivel y llama mi atencion hacia el programa por que como mencione con anterioridad se re busca un giro en la historia y cae como un aire fresco e renovador dentro del espectaculo monotono que venia siendo y como esto tambien obtiene un cambio de aptitud en Ryoma es muy gratificante sobretodo ya cerrando con broche de oro en el epilogo, por lo que me quedo conforme, aunque como ya sabran esperaba bastante mas de este anime en un comienzo, de todas maneras continuaremos rumbo a su secuela “New prince of tennis”
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