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joeshen's Prince of Tennis Tv Review

Prince of Tennis

Prince of Tennis tv Review

Prince of Tennis takes place in modern Tokyo, following the journey of tennis prodigy Ryoma Echizen. Ryoma enrolls in Seishun Gakuen (Seishun Academy), Seigaku for short, a school famous for its strong tennis club and talented players.
Because of his cool and apathetic attitude, upperclassmen challenge him to matches. However, Ryoma had won the American junior tennis championship four times in a row, and easily defeated the upperclassmen.

Making new friends and learning new tennis tactics, Ryoma and the Seigaku tennis club strive to win the All-Japan Junior High Tennis Team Championship!

Based on the synopsis by niomea.

Story & Characters

There is the basic plot which is stated really early in the series, "Make it into the Nationals". That's a very well driven script right there. From there you get to watch them play their way to reach the goal, and in the process, friendships are made, rivals are gained, and most notably, their tennis games are improved. They chose really nice places to start and end for each of their episodes, which some just made me want to watch the next episode because I couldn't wait to see the conclusion of one event or what happened next.

~The Good Side:
- The story is well done for each, and I repeat EACH, character... including the supporting characters as well.
- When a new move or description about tennis, most of it is very reasonable and understandable.
- Supporting characters as unique as Horio-kun and Tomo-chan, just because in reality, there's probably one of them too.

Rating: 9

Art

The animation (as with all animes) improves as the series itself improves. Now what really bugged me the most was the inadequate background scenery (i.e. example, in one overhead shot they show a full-crowd, but in the 3rd person view it's empty). Other than that however, the graphics involved in things like where the ball is going and how they hit the ball was very well portrayed as to real life... at least sometimes.

~The Good Side:
- What impressed me the most on this part was their interpretation of the rotation of the ball (because that's important in tennis), and how the ball will react when hitting the ground.
- How the animation coincided with real-life movements for certain shots (i.e. The Snake [Buggy-Whip Shot] and the Jack-Knife).

~The Bad Side:
- A little lack of scenery.
- Exaggerating of some of the shots, like Ishida's Flat Shot (the Hadoukyuu)... cause in real life, you know smoke doesn't come whizzin' out of your racket/the ball.

Rating: 7

Sound

Music... now that's delicate, because music in the wrong place could really kill the mood of the scene you're trying to create. The music in PoT was very well organized from the start to the end. The Sound Effects were also something worth commenting. You may not realize it, but sounds of certain shots are ... well... different when hitting a certain surface... they did a real nice job on the various sounds from a drop-shot to a serve.

~The Good Side:
- Sounds were really nice, really clean
- Music was all very... well... suitable?... yeah we'll go with that

~The Bad Side:
- Nope... can't see one...

Rating: 9

Presentation

A nice positive thing about this story is how the characters are diverse (which, again, is a nice touch to reality). From Echizen to Momoshiro to Kaidoh, just by these three alone, you can see that the character's personalities are VERY unique (again, reality). Another positive part about this is how they can get each respective personality to complement each other well when together. Another nice one is just how diverse the characters react when they score a point when they play other teams. The slapstick humor was also a nice touch.

~The Good Side:
- Each individual, as mentioned earlier, is unique with their very own personalities, and by their first tourney, you'll begin to remember their shots and their specialties, as well as their normal personalities.

~The Bad Side:
- The supporting characters also go through a change, but unless you have eyesight like Kikumaru, you won't notice it at first. To top it off, it's not as big as the main characters.


... On a Side Note...
I started watching this because I was a tennis fan, and afterwards it just made me want to play tennis even more. The anime itself made a huge change on me... because I used to not breathe like a snake when walking... I personally think Kaidoh's the bomb, only cause my tennis play style is like his...

Rating: 8

Final Verdict

8.33 (good)

Reviewed by joeshen, Nov 07, 2006

Comments

  1. asinine Nov 07, 2006

    >_< your review is so critical to your own...

  2. himura088 Nov 11, 2006

    Your review is clear in that you specifically pointed out both the bad and good parts and categoraized them.. haha..

  3. wyx Dec 17, 2006

    nice review

  4. loliness Jan 03, 2007

    review=good :)

  5. Sanisa Sep 13, 2009

    cool)))

  6. zero-rei1245 Jan 03, 2010

    Nah... didn't like it. I hope I don't get flamed though.

  7. SchRita Jan 15, 2010

    Thanks for the review!

  8. Sanisa Feb 23, 2010

    Nice

  9. hitsu-chan Jul 20, 2011

    fuuujiiiii! <3 nice anime
    thx ! :3

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