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Shin Tennis no Oujisama: First Chapter Released!

As announced last December 2008, a sequel to the Prince of Tennis manga has started in Shueisha’s Jump Square magazine this March 04, 2009. Lucky people who got the magazine earlier than those who will hit the stores tomorrow have shared previews of the long first chapter (a whopping 59 pages including the ads). Three colored ads with a shot of the little Hyoutei boys (flashback) with the announcement that it will be an OVA soon, ten colored pages into the chapter and the rest a peek at some players from Seigaku and other schools, this chapter is a promising win for me. From here on, I’ll try my best to share my thoughts, or shall I say spazz, about the new chapter. Please note that I don’t understand a thread of the dialogue, since they’re in Chinese o.o.

The next part will contain spoilers for the previous series, too.

The new uniforms are still a bit hard on my eyes, but I can’t say it’s bad. Sure, they look like the good old Junior Senbatsu uniforms, but I’d rather have the uniforms red than other weird colors (plus, I always associate red with Japan :3). Echizen’s entry clothes, though, looks amazing. Leather jacket XD;.

I am amused that the chapter starts with Echizen boarding a train which, despite the difference in location, is very much like one of the first scenes in the first series. Here I learned another use of tennis in every day life: hit a twist serve towards the train guard’s whistle so he wouldn’t be able to order the doors closed. Hm. Anyway, the little trick + sliding Echizen did makes the people in the train go, “OMG.” I don’t understand a word of what was said, though (aside from the random English lines XD). As Echizen walks, he is told that something fell off his person, it was a letter. Cue Echizen with a cool faraway look taken from a side angle, enhancing his hair, smirk and kappa necklace (I am not joking).

Meanwhile, the rest of the Seigaku team are in their jerseys and seem to be on the way to attending a camp. It’s nothing surprising, we see them all the time in jerseys. They look slightly different, though (aside from Tezuka, who still looks as stoic as ever :P), especially Fuji, who has numerous shots with his eyes beautifully open! The usual shenanigans when it comes to Seigaku ensues: there’s a brief Momo-Kaidoh fight, a brief Fuji observation moments, Kikumaru climbing a pole to make peace signs at the security camera, Oishi trying to calm everyone down, etc.

As a treat, glimpses of the other teams, teams we’ve loved through all those nine years of the first series, are shown. There’s Shitenhouji (Kintarou and Chitose, etc.), Hyoutei (Atobe, Oshitari, Hiyoshi), Rikkai (Sanada, Yukimura, Niou, Yanagi, Marui, Kirihara), Fudomine (Kamio and Tachibana), Yamabuki (Sengoku), Rokkaku (Davide), Higa (Kite) and others I probably missed.

There are a couple of U-17 players who decided to play a game against the Seigaku team. I think it’s the same trick used by Arai earlier in the first series :P. So, as another treat, individual shots of the Seigaku players are shown. Momo and Kawamura almost flatten the cans with their serves, Inui pinpoints the can with his Waterfall, Kaidoh uses Snake while Oishi uses Moon Volley, Kikumaru uses his acrobatics and Fuji uses his Hakugei (I think, and with an amazing backside shot, too *_*). Then, Fuji hands Tezuka the ball he just retrieved from his Hakugei and Tezuka amazingly hits three cans in just one serve. Quite a flashy introduction, if I might comment.

As they entered, the organizer-cum-leader of the camp (I think), appeared and an airplane showers balls on the players. The players (maybe they were instructed) then try to gather as much balls as possible (Atobe had an amazing ball stash afterwards). And then, when there is only one ball left and people start scrambling for it, it’s taken, tossed into the air and caught — all with a racket, by who else, but Echizen Ryoma (in his leather jacket, Fila hat and kappa necklace). End amazing first chapter.
While the first chapter is amazing, as I repeatedly said here and spazzed about in my other blog, there are some questions left unanswered (some of them my friends brought to my attention). Some of them are:

1. What is the timeline of this series. At first, I thought this series is during their high school days because Echizen and the others seem older. However someone pointed out that this series happens just a few months after nationals, which means this would be just when the players are restarting school. But wouldn’t Fuji, Tezuka, Oishi, etc. be graduating by then?
2. What happened to Echizen’s career in the US? Because we all know that at the end of the first series, he was in America, meeting a bunch of tennis players.
3. What happened to Tezuka’s Germany dream? Someone pointed out to me that Tezuka did an OMGWTF decision towards the end of the first series to go to Germany and become a pro there. I don’t want to think that his injury is acting up again so he couldn’t continue his dream, but I’m glad he’s back.
4. Where is St. Rudolph? D: Did I miss them somewhere?

These questions may or may not be answered in the following chapters, but this doesn’t stop me from being excited about the new series. The art is wonderful and the coloring was just right. I’m looking forward to better character designs, new characters and of course, more insanity. Will they be developing more godly techniques? We just have to stay tuned :P. In the meantime, have some shotabait!Hyoutei :).

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  1. POTFanatic
    March 4, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    ah..your comments are amazing and made me damn curious so i googled for the manga…i’ve downloaded the raw version and the parts that i can read are the english and kanji words(since its basically chinese words)…ANYWAY,i dont really care what they said but the manga is really awesome!and i can see taht ryoma has grown up!
    really,cant wait for the next volume!and someone please translate them for the sake of mankind!*sweat*

  2. POTFanatic
    March 4, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    ah..can u read chinese?i found a mediafire file that was translated to chinese..thanks to dnakapula.blogspot actually..here’s the link:http://www.mediafire.com/?qdmd1zemnro…enjoy!

  3. March 5, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Thank you. I’m glad you found my review that way |3. I agree that the manga is awesome! Unfortunately, I cannot read Chinese :<. i guess I’ll have to wait for Japanese scans :).

  4. POTFanatic
    March 5, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    erm,i also have the japanese scan…just go to http://www.raw-paradise.com...^^

  5. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 12:48 am

    will the manga be anime one day??

  6. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 12:53 am

    sure!i read somewhere that there will be OVA of the new POT..just imagine,there will be tenimyu,rajipuri and OSTs for it..cant wait!
    anyway,onemanga.com already have the scanlations…go check it out!^^

  7. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 12:58 am

    thx!!
    can’t wait!!hehe..
    i hope it’s gonna be out soon..
    real soon….

  8. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 1:03 am

    dunno bout real soon…but im keeping my fngers crossed!^^
    i cant stop thinking bout this 1 tiny question..u see,the POT manga took 9 years to end its series..now,how long will the new POT take then?
    im already 20 so how long have i to wait??? ^^”

  9. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 1:36 am

    wow..9 years..
    haha..
    if we’re lucky,maybe it won’t take 9 years…
    well..as long as i’m alive, i will wait..
    i love POT..so it’s ok for me to wait..
    ^_^..
    soon i’ll be 20 too…few more years though..

  10. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 1:39 am

    i will wait too!but its just hard to u know..and the manga will only out once every month…*sigh*
    cant wait to find what happen to my seigaku team in the camp!^^

  11. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 1:51 am

    yeah..once a month…
    when i think of it..i wanna shout “how infuriating”
    but then..i’ll survive..
    there are lot’s of manga too…so i’m gonna waste my time watching animes n reading mangas..

    seigaku is the best!!

    btw..my english is….baby english..
    probably u might find many mistakes…

  12. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 1:57 am

    hahaha..baby english?nah..your english are just fine..as long u get the message across,ne?^^
    yeah,im thinking of re-watch the anime and tenimyu and everythg but have to find time to do so…exam weeks..D:….

    long live ryoma!long live my tezuka!^^

  13. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 2:04 am

    haha..yes..
    if i watch POT again ,then it’s gonna be the 4th time for me…

    ooo..exam…
    i hate it!haha..always makes me stress
    well than,goodluck for u..

    hehe..long live seigakus members
    sometimes they are seriously funny!

  14. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 2:08 am

    thanks…
    did u notice,seems like we dominate the comments here..haha…
    hope the owner of this blog will excuse us as we are behaving like a couple of pot maniacs..haha…
    i just love discussing bout pot…and i cant stop listening to their songs!^^*im listening now*

  15. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 2:14 am

    hahaha…yeah…
    we’re ‘SORRY’ owner..’REALLY2′ sorry…
    haha..all my POT songs are now gone..
    thx to some virus my friend send me…*sigh*
    hey,i gtg for now..
    cya..

    once again..
    ‘SORRY owner’

  16. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 3:04 am

    sumimasen…*bow*
    ^^

  17. March 7, 2009 at 10:23 am

    It’s okay, guys :). I’m glad that you get to talk about PoT here <3.

  18. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    nya~~!doumo!
    but i hope more people can join too..
    lets spread the love of the new pot!! lol..^^

  19. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    thx owner..
    u’r so kind..

    yeah..the more ppl,the merrier…
    POT!!
    btw..which is faster….
    onemanga or mangafox?

  20. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    hmm…i dunno but i think onemanga…
    coz the scanlations is out one day after!0-o
    anyway,i never go to mangafox..is it good?do they have THE PRINCE OF AFTER SCHOOL?

  21. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    one day after..that’s fast
    i think it’s ‘ok’.but the scans are faster at onemanga..i don’t know..never heard of it..
    what’s the story about?

  22. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    oh..i thought u know bout it…
    ok..after i tell u,as a POT fan,u have to search for it,ok?haha…
    PRINCE OF AFTER TENNIS or houkago no oujisama is a short 4 panel comics like garfield or peanuts comics..
    its also called the prince of tennis tribute..its so funny and the mangaka is not KONOMI-sensei but he supervise this new comic…if u want to read the 1st chap,google in ryacolaa.com…
    enjoy~
    report back to me yea!^^

  23. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    hehe..
    ok..gonna read it soon..today for sure..hehe

  24. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    just extra info…
    the tribute comics already have 5 chapters but so far i have only till chap 3(in chinese)…
    if u can read chinese,give me your email and i’ll mail it to u!^^

  25. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    i can’t read chinese..
    well..only a bit though..
    but still..i can’t read chinese..
    i always regret for not continuing to learn chinese..
    >.<
    stupid me..

  26. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    haha…dont worry bout it..im sure there’s scanlations somewhere…
    in fact,i myself learn chinese…im eternally grateful to my mom who insisted me to learn chinese..haha…
    have u found the tribute?

  27. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    there must be!!
    lucky u…my parents never force me to learn something..they should’ve said no when i told them i want to quit learning….
    not yet..

  28. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    until u found it…..
    anyway,whose your fave in POT?
    mine is tezuka!”saa,yudan sezu ni ikou!”
    ^^

  29. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    ryoma..n i love karupin!!
    smart cat..hehe..

  30. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    sugoi..unique choice!hahaha…

    currently im busy looking for translations of POT songs…

    exam be damned…^^”

  31. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    haha..
    oo..sorry i can’t help u with the trans..oo wait..how bout animelyrics.com?

    haha..bubye exam..

  32. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    nah..animelyrics dont have what i wanted..xD
    actually im looking for ‘hello & goodbye’ translations…cant find it…*disappointed*

  33. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    hello n goodbye??never heard it…
    do u have arigatou??can u send it to my email..
    i couldn’t find the song anywhere…

  34. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    arigatou?sang by…?

  35. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    ryoma..

  36. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    go here http://crysaliz.livejournal.com/17061.html
    this site will awe u with the songs collections..^^

  37. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    it’s a great site.^^
    but no arigatou…
    btw thx..

    i’ve been thinking..POT is funny because of inui’s drinks..
    dangerous drinks..

  38. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    yeah!in fact its ridiculously dangerous!dunno why inui keep experimenting with them..0-o..
    anyway,i found a song titled ‘banana no namida’ or ‘tears of banana’ sang by tezuka and sanada..damn funny!!wahahaha…

  39. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    i wonder if there are ppl like inui in real life..
    must be interesting..

    haha…silly title!
    banana no namida…hahaha
    and also by tezuka n sanada
    weird couple..xD

  40. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    well,i kinda like inui..i like his evil laugh!haha..coz it doesnt sound evil at all!xD

    i downloading a bunch of songs right now..seriously silly song that ‘banana no namida’…funny translation too!*rofl*

  41. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    POT won’t be funny without inui..n i’m curious bout his eyes..
    haha…is it from the site u gave me?

  42. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    i think they show his eyes at 1 episode..i think its when the match between him and yanagi renji..

    yeah..those songs are from that site…my laptop is nearly burst with all the POT songs i downloaded…xD

  43. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    really?
    i must’ve forgot..

    u know..that is one of my many reasons y my brother scold me..
    i downloaded too many songs..

  44. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    well..i used to be scolded too..
    but since i use my own laptop now who can scold me..?xD
    i want to recommend songs by aozu and cap to bin..they are really nice!and funny!try search for them at youtube..

  45. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    owww…
    it’s nice to have u’r own private laptop…
    watched it just now..hehe..nice..
    o yeah…what is the best site to watch POT??

  46. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    best site?i would say veoh…mostly i just download them from any fansubs…since veoh ban malaysia…*sigh*…
    there’s a lot of site to watch them..just type ‘watch prince of tennis anime’ in google and u’ll see the result..0-o
    anyway,youtube got lots of pot anime to…^^

  47. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    ooo..u’r from malaysia??
    veoh banned indonesia…
    yeah..but i’m too lazy to watch it from utube..

  48. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    ah..veoh is stupid anyway…dont even know why they banned us…
    i dont like to watch from utube too..the screen is too small…^^

  49. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    yes..too small
    but it’s wider now..

  50. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    btw, which episode that u havent watch?
    is it the national championship OVA?

  51. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    yeah..that one..
    still ongoing though..trying to finish watching it

  52. POTFanatic
    March 7, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    ah…total of 26 episodes…
    ganbatte na…me here wanna try to study..tomorrow exam!
    tezuka,help me answer it!^^

  53. noname
    March 7, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    ^^
    goodluck on u’r exam!
    u should borrow tezuka’s brain..might be useful n handy..haha

  54. Sayui
    March 8, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Heya all!!

    TO ALL PRINCE OF TENNIS LOVERS!!!
    YOU CAN READ THE FIRST CHAPTER OF PRINCE OF TENNIS IN ENGLISH……. JUST VISIT THIS SITE:

    http://WWW.MANGAFOX.COM

  55. POTFanatic
    March 8, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    actually onemanga is faster..one day after it was published,somebody already uploaded it..^^
    btw,u can read houkago no oujisama(prince of after school) chap 2 at mangafox…its is translated by a friend i know through youtube channel…^^
    those who havent read it,believe me,its hilarious!xDD

  56. POTFanatic
    March 9, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    dear noname~~
    i have found the ‘arigato’ song by ryoma…
    do u still want it? ^^

  57. noname
    March 10, 2009 at 1:21 am

    yup!!!please n thank you..^^
    i read prince after school yesterday..
    it’s funny!

  58. POTFanatic
    March 10, 2009 at 1:25 am

    good for ya!
    anyway,give me your email n i’ll send it..^^

  59. noname
    March 10, 2009 at 1:31 am
  60. POTFanatic
    March 10, 2009 at 1:36 am

    sent it!^^
    enjoy~~

  61. noname
    March 10, 2009 at 1:38 am

    thank you ,thank you ,thank you ,thank you ,thank you!!

  62. POTFanatic
    March 10, 2009 at 1:41 am

    haha…u are welcome…
    i like sharing POT stuff with all of u…^^
    anythg else i can help just say it..xD

  63. noname
    March 10, 2009 at 1:44 am

    haha..
    u’r the best!!^^
    it’s almost 1 am in malaysia right?
    u’r not going to sleep?

  64. noname
    March 10, 2009 at 1:46 am

    woops..it should me almost 2 or 1.30..

  65. POTFanatic
    March 10, 2009 at 1:46 am

    actually its almost 2am already…^^
    got a big,irritating exam tomorrow so gonna stay up late to study..>___<

  66. noname
    March 10, 2009 at 1:53 am

    haha..exams..
    during exams week,i stayed up late…
    my friends too..we’re like crazy..
    study until 3 or 4..and our eyes..dark circles below..
    red eyes..
    horrible!!less time to sleep…

  67. POTFanatic
    March 10, 2009 at 1:56 am

    yesterday i stayed up till 6 but i only managed to read 4 pages..>___<
    too busy searching for POT stuff…*rofl* xDDD

  68. noname
    March 10, 2009 at 2:00 am

    lol..
    during exams i tried to stay away from pc n laptop..
    coz they distract me a lot!!
    but in the end..i still touch them..
    couldn’t resist!!

    haha..i know how it feels..
    searching n searching…until midnight..

  69. POTFanatic
    March 10, 2009 at 2:02 am

    until midnight is still ok but usually its until morning..*___*
    worth it though..haha…
    btw,check your mail if u havent..got a surprise..^^

  70. noname
    March 10, 2009 at 2:05 am

    wowwwww….
    morning?!i’m amazed…

    haha..yup
    i received it just now..^^

  71. POTFanatic
    March 10, 2009 at 2:10 am

    what to say..im a FANatic…^^”
    even exam be damned sometimes…not somethg that i should proud of though…>__<
    anyway dear,i really got to go now..the exam is tomorrow and im in a pinch!==”
    come and visit my youtube channel if u got time…^0^ url:http://www.youtube.com/user/seigakuteamlover

    take care~~

  72. noname
    March 10, 2009 at 2:12 am

    hehe..ok..
    i’ll visit it!

  73. Ryomafan
    June 30, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    OMG the new manga is taking wayyyy toooo long!!!! PLZ hurry up!!! I love this manga too much to wait longer!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    P.S. Where is Sakuno?!?!?

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