Mada Mada Dane: Ah This!

“We will part ways eventually, but we will always be the Golden Pair.”

– Oishi to Eiji

Ahhh..the feels! Watching The New Prince of Tennis definitely ignited the anime freak in me! Moreover, it gave me the urge to write a blog again after months of hiatus.

Real talk. Any anime freak would totally understand why at some point we cry while watching our favorite animes – be it because of the scene, the lines, the background music, the characters themselves or whatever reason we may have. As for me, seeing the members of Seishun Academy together again just melts my heart – how the Senpais always look after Ryoma-san and how the latter shows his appreciation and love to his seniors in a subtle way, such scenes will always be my favorite.

I couldn’t be more grateful to my brother for downloading the first 13 episodes of The New Prince of Tennis. Gaaaah! I realized I miss watching this anime so much! It feels like meeting a long lost love! (LOL!) Seeing Echizen Ryoma with the whole gang makes me so happy! What’s even better is the addition of really interesting characters here and the fact that I’m getting to know more of the players from other middle schools like Sanada, Atobe, Kintaro-chan, Yukimura and the likes. It’s really great!

This is just so cute!!!
This is just so cute!!!
This is how you do an entrance.
This is how you do an entrance.

I had a lot of favorite scenes from episodes 1- 13. First in the list of course, is about Echizen Ryoma. It was during the 1st episode entitled The Return of the Prince (this is the only episode title I remembered out of the 13 episodes. Hehe! ) Here, we can see that the Seishun Academy Varsity Tennis Team was invited to join the U-17 Training Camp – this includes the Captain, Kunimitsu Tezuka, the Vice Captain Shuichiro Oishi, Shusuke Fuji, Eiji Kikumaru, Takashi Kawamura, Sadaharu Inui, Takeshi Momoshiro and Kaoru Kaidoh. Ryoma was missing in action at first (he was in the opening scene though, where he showcased his awesome tennis moves in order to catch the train) but his entrance in the training camp was undoubtedly the best and the welcome hugs of his Senpais is just the cutest!

Prince of Tennis 2 players
Hyoutei, Seishun and Rikkaidai School Tennis Monsters

At first, I thought that only the Seishun Academy Varsity Tennis Team got invited in the camp, but it turns out that other promising players from their rival schools were also invited. To name a few, we have Kippei Tachibana from Fudoumine; Jin Akutsu from Yamabuki; Keigo Atobe and Wakashi Hiyoshi from Hyoutei Academy; Seiichi Yukimura and Genichiro Sanada from Rikkaidai and many others. If I remember it correctly, there were a total of 50 middle school players invited in this camp. It’s really a good move for the writers of this anime to not only focus on the Seishun Academy players this time around (I can say I grew up watching this anime, alongside Dragon Ball, Detective Conan, Slam Dunk and many others, so the characters of Ryoma, Tezuka and the other Seishun varsity players are very familiar to me) and I couldn’t be any happier that the story flow is like this.

It’s very heartwarming to see how Atobe encouraged Tezuka (and not to forget the former Seishun Team Captain as well, Yudai Yamato, during their match) to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional tennis player. It’s already within reach since the German tennis team recruited him. Captain Tezuka is someone who never backs out of a game, would risk his life to win the game for his team and someone who gives solid support to his members. He always puts the interests of the team first before his. He’s the Pillar of the Seishun Academy Tennis Team for a reason. So yeah, it’s really good to finally see him take the first step towards his dreams. Atobe got his back, so I’m sure he won’t fail Tezuka. 🙂 (Even though I’m really sad to see him go because that means several episodes without Tezuka, but yeah, I’m happier than sad.)

I also like the couple of episodes where Ryoma together with Kintaro and the other “losers” (they were the ones who got beaten by their partners in what turned out to be a singles match instead of doubles) trained for several days under Coach Nyudo. Ryoma and Kintaro had different opponents though – not their co-middle schoolers, but the high school tennis monsters who go by the names Tokugawa and Juijiroh Oni respectively. It’s fun to see Kintaro always tagging along Koshimae-san aka Ryoma. Even though Ryoma always tell him to go away, when it comes to playing tennis, they just automatically agree with it. They may be the youngest in the bunch but man, they have the guts to challenge anyone especially these high school tennis monsters. 🙂

Those who rose from the grave.
Those who rose from the grave.

With Echizen Ryoma inspiring everyone else to give their best in the training under Coach Nyudo and with Rikkaidai’s Vice Captain Sanada’s leadership as well, these so-called losers were able to rise from the grave clad in Black Jerseys (how can these middle school athletes look so cool in these jerseys? Oh I know..you know 🙂 ). They challenged Court 2 group and didn’t even drop a game in all their matches. Now that’s how you do a comeback huh! Court 2 Leader Migihashi gave Ryoma a hard time at first but ‘shorty’ yet again, improved drastically within the game and eventually brought the former to his knees.

The rest of the Seishun Team (Ryoma, Kaido, Oishi, Inui, Taka and Momo) soon found out about Captain Tezuka’s departure for Germany. Kaido was irritated at first because they all agreed to finish the camp together but later on understood why the Captain had to leave. I love what Fuji said to comfort his members, “Even if we’re far apart, we’ll always be united by Tennis.” Oishi also added, “As long as we keep on playing tennis, we’ll definitely see him again.” I am very much certain that they will all meet Captain Tezuka again in the future.

My favorite doubles pair in the whole world!! :D
My favorite doubles pair in the whole world!! 😀

Kikumaru’s reaction upon seeing Oishi back in the camp was also priceless! (Ahhh, the Golden Pair. I hope I get to see more of their matches in the coming episodes.)

Prince of Tennis Ryoma vs Tokugawa 2 Prince of Tennis Ryoma vs Tokugawa 1

So there, the 13th episode’s final minutes showed the epic rematch between Ryoma and Tokugawa. That match was beyond compare! I tell you, it’s amazing!!

Let’s not forget Ryoma’s trademark line too… (A big thank you to the writers for including this line in the most important part of the episode!)

Mada Mada Dane

Prince of Tennis 2 Ryoma in glasses

The end…for now. 🙂

(Photos used are not mine, credits to their rightful owners)

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Arria Cross says:

    Hello Mary Grace. Great post. “Prince of Tennis” will always have a special place in my heart. It brings back good childhood memories. I haven’t watched this “New Prince of Tennis” but I did read some of the first chapters of the manga. I’ll watch it one of these days. But I watched the first anime adaptation, and it was the anime that made me interested in tennis. Not that I play tennis, I just like watching tennis matches on TV because of it. From this post, I can tell that you really liked this anime. It also looks like the animation improved compared to the first adaptation. That’s good. It makes me more enthusiastic into watching it. Well, one of these days. Anyway, good job. Keep it up. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging words Arria! Yeah, same here, Prince of Tennis made me enjoy watching real tennis matches. I can somehow understand now what a slice shot means. Haha! Thanks to Prince of Tennis! And yeah, you should watch Prince of Tennis 2 when you get the chance. I’ve already started watching the OVA series and just waiting for new episodes to be released. I’m really happy that with this new series, I’m getting to know more of the other characters. Very interesting indeed! Thanks again! Your posts are fantastic, although most of them I haven’t watched yet, but I’m getting more anime choices from it. Cheers to all the anime freaks out there! 🙂

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      1. Arria Cross says:

        You’re very welcome. I’m glad that you find “Prince of Tennis” so enjoyable. I just finished watching “Kuroko no Basuke” and then “Haikyuu!!” just before that, so you can say that I’m in a sports anime watching spree. We’ll see if this mood lasts, so I can watch the “New Prince of Tennis”. We’ll see. Anyway, I hope that you keep on watching anime and blogging about your thoughts about it. And thank you very much for your nice words. Cheers!

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      2. Wow! Those 2 animes are also good! I haven’t watched it yet though but my siblings are addicted to those shows. 🙂 I think any sports-related anime series are good! Haha! Glad to know that a lot of animes are like that. 🙂 I’ll definitely keep on watching animes and will also keep blogging about it. I have a few 2D films ready to watch now. 😀 Cheers!

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      3. Arria Cross says:

        Sports anime are some of my favourites. Not all sports series are good, but most of them are, in my opinion. I hope that you watch those 2 series when you have the time. Cheers!

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      4. I see. I’m happy that so far, out of all the anime series I’ve watched, I’ve not been disappointed. Will definitely add those 2 in my to-watch list!:D Thanks for the recommendations! 😀

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