Mada mada dane...
Ah, what nostalgia. Some of us surely have fond memories of the sports anime craze back in the early 2000’s, which brought us classic titles like Hajime no Ippo, Slam Dunk and today's highlight, The Prince of Tennis.
Yes, it's been thirteen whole years since young tennis prodigy Echizen Ryoma first stepped into Seishun Gakuen. The popular series, often dubbed Tenipuri, follows his journey with the school's elite tennis team in their bid to reach the National Tournaments.
Its vibrant cast, slice-of-life humour and spectacular tennis matches have resonated so well with fans that at one point, Seigaku jackets could be spotted in local schools. Some have even been inspired to pick up a racquet and learn some real tennis!
Tenipuri has come a long way since then. Lately, interest in the series has been reignited among anime enthusiasts, following the January 2012 release of the sequel titled New Prince of Tennis.
The sequel begins where the previous seasons end off, with Ryoma's return from the US. Throughout Japan, various outstanding middle school tennis players are being invited to the U-17 Camp, a talent-spotting training camp pitched at the high school level. There, expect to see old and new faces alike, pitted against one another in a ruthless ranking tournament.
Cutting straight to the action, this short thirteen-episode run is mainly aimed at those familiar with the characters of the original series. With the upgraded art style, spiffy new outfits and epic battles galore, long-time fans would find it a welcome and timely addition to the franchise.
And there's good news for those who can't get enough; judging from the on-going manga, there's still a way to go before the journey of our racquet-wielding heroes reaches its end. That can only mean one thing: more Tenipuri!