The Prince of Tennis Vol. 11 (Story and Art by Takeshi Konomi) (A J!-ENT Manga Review)
January 3, 2006 by Dennis Amith
Seishun takes on Yamabuki Junior High in the continuance of the District Preliminaries. Who will win the first two double matches and the first singles matchup? Find out in another exciting volume of “The Prince of Tennis”!
© 1999 by Takeshi Konomi. All Rights Reserved.
MANGA TITLE: The Prince of Tennis vol. 11
STORY AND ART BY: Takeshi Konomi
FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA, Inc.
PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga
RATED: A for All Ages
RELEASE DATE: January 3, 2006
As the Seishun Academy intra-squad games get underway, the match between Momo and Kunimitsu ignites. Kunimitsu decides to take the game seriously after Momo scores the first point. Later on, the semifinal match between Fudomine and Yamabuki at the City Tournament is sidelined when word reaches Kippei that his teammates were involved in a car accident.
But the real excitement begins when Seishun’s Momo enters the court to play Yamabuki’s Kiyosumi Sengoku. Things were going as planned for Momo until he learned that part of Kiyosumi’s bag of tricks is using a racket with an unusually low string tension…
As Seishun prepares for the tournament, the group partake in competition within their own team.
Taka takes on Kaoru and Shuichiro takes on Eiji. Meanwhile, Takeshi Momoshiro takes on Captain Kunimitsu Tezuka. Meanwhile, Ryoma’s matchup with Shusuke continues!
Meanwhile, something happens to Fudomine and Seishun gets ready to take on Yamabuki in doubles competition.
Who will win…Seishun or Yamabuki?
Find out in “The Prince of Tennis” Vol. 11!
What is “The Prince of Tennis”?
In 1999, tennis player and manga artist Takeshi Konomi created a series known as “Tennis no Ojisama”.
Published in Shueisha’s “Weekly Shonen Jump” in July 1999, the series became one of the most popular sports manga series created and would eventually lead to an anime series adaptation by Trans Arts and Nihon Ad Systems & TV Tokyo.
Suffice to say, the series became an incredible hit and popular media franchise which would lead to video games and more!
As the tennis tournament continues and Seishun Academy beating St. Rudolph, Seishun continues to practice and prepare for their next tournament. But a cold, violent player from Yamabuki Jr. High named Jin is a person who is used to communicating with his fists and thinking he is the best, the first thing he does with Ryoma is injuring him by smacking rocks towards his face.
But instead of having Jin disqualified, Ryoma now wants nothing more than to beat Jin in a game of Tennis.
Meanwhile, Seishun Academy is upping the ante of its tennis tournaments and for the practice singles matchup, Ryoma must take on Shusuke Fujii. Who will win between these two excellent Seishun players?
As Ryoma and Shusuke continue with their matchup, others take part in intra-squad competitions within Seishun, meanwhile Momoshiro takes on Tezuka. And from these competitions, will it be the special training they need to take on Yamabuki?
And as the competitions begin, something happens to Fudomine that will affect their tournament competition, meanwhile Seishun’s doubles matches begin against the talented Yamabuki team.
After Seigaku’s golden team Eiji Kikumaru and Shuichiro Oishi’s loss against St. Rudolph, the two have made sure that this time around, they’ll be prepared. But will the two be ready for Yamabuki Junior High’s Minami and Higashigata?
After the doubles matches, the first singles match begins with Momoshiro taking on Kiyosumi, another player who has his own version of a dunk smash.
Character design by Takeshi Konomi are always well-done, the storyline manages to capture the excitement of tennis and strategy of tennis, but also for the series of introducing a cold antagonist. Great artwork and for the most part, his attention to detail for the players and the surrounding environments are well-done.
Volume 11’s matchups are exciting, especially the Momoshiro vs. Kiyosumi matchup. Two players who dunk smash but how the adjust to each other and try to win is quite intriguing.
Overall, this is another exciting volume of “The Prince of Tennis”. Recommended!
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