Prince of Tennis 3DCG Film Features Ryōma And Sakuno’s Musical Duet in New Clip

The official website for the Ryōma! Shinsei Gekijōban Tennis no Ōji-sama (Ryōma! Rebirth: The Prince of Tennis Movie) 3DCG anime film previewed a new clip, featuring Ryōma Echizen and Sakuno Ryūzaki’s musical duet to the song “peace of mind ~Hoshi no Uta o Kikinagara~” (“While Listening to the Song of the Stars”). The clip also featured various scenes from the upcoming film.

The 3DCG film is set to open on September 3 this year, featuring a new original story that takes place between the events at the end of the The Prince of Tennis manga and the start of The New Prince of Tennis manga. Two versions of the film will be screened, where some scenes will be different to push the story forward on two tracks. The “Decide” version focuses on the Seigaku team captain Kunimitsu Tezuka and Rikkai team captain Seiichi Yukimura, while the “Glory” version focuses on Hyōtei team captain Keigo Atobe and Shitenhōji team captain Kuranosuke Shiraishi. The film was previously slated for a 2020 release, but was delayed to 2021. 

Original manga creator Takeshi Konomi is supervising and writing all insert songs for the film, with Hiroshi Koujina (Hunter × Hunter 2011) directing at The Monk Studios and Keica with cooperation by Studio KAI. Takehiko Hata is the film’s scriptwriter with Patricia Hishikawa as CG supervisor, Kei Yoshimizu as animation director, Momoko Yamada as CG director, Takeshi Takadera as sound director, and Kei Tsuda as music composer. The characters will rap to lyrics written by Takeshi Konomi.

The film’s cast members include Junko Minagawa as Ryōma Echizen, Takashi Matsuyama as Nanjirō Echizen, Ryotaro Okiayu as Kunimitsu Tezuka, Junichi Suwabe as Keigo Atobe, Mikako Takahashi as Sakuno Ryūzaki, Romi Park as Emerald, Shunsuke Takeuchi as Boo, Tomokazu Sugita as Wolf, and Ryota Takeuchi as Foo. 

Anime News Network describes the film’s story as:

Ryōma arrives in the United States, and finds Sakuno Ryūzaki being accosted by a “tennis gang.” Ryōma swings a ball at them to help Sakuno, but ends up hitting a ball tossed by a mysterious wheelchaired man. At that moment, Ryōma and Sakuno somehow travel back in time to the time when Ryōma’s father Nanjiro was still playing in America as “Samurai Nanjiro.”

Takeshi Konomi originally serialized The Prince of Tennis series in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1999 to 2008, following middle school tennis player Ryōma Echizen as he battles to reach the national tournament. The manga inspired a 2001-2005 television anime, two anime feature films and a theatrical short, various video anime projects, a live-action film, a live-action television series in China, and a popular stage musical series.

The New Prince of Tennis manga series was then launched by Konomi in Shueisha’s Jump Square magazine in 2009, where it follows Ryōma Echizen joining Japan’s top training camp for players under 17 after the national tournament. The ongoing series was then adapted into the 2012 The Prince of Tennis II anime series. The Prince of Tennis II OVA vs. Genius 10 series ran from October 2014 to June 2015, spanning five volumes.

The franchise most recently spawned The New Prince of Tennis: Hyotei vs Rikkai Game of Future anime project, which was streamed in two parts. The first part was streamed on February 13 while the second was released on April 17. 

The final volume of Konomi’s original Prince of Tennis manga was published by Viz Media in North America in 2011. Crunchyroll streamed The Prince of Tennis II television anime as it aired in Japan and streamed the spinoff original video anime projects.

Source: Anime News Network

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