Eleven Arts recently announced that they’ve acquired North American distribution rights for the upcoming anime feature film RYOMA! THE PRINCE OF TENNIS. It is the first 3DCG film in the franchise and release dates for screenings and advanced ticket sales will be announced at a later date.
The story of the new film takes place between the events of the original The Prince of Tennis and its sequel series, The Prince of Tennis II. Series creator Takeshi Konomi supervised the film’s production and wrote the music and lyrics of songs featured in the film. Interestingly, there are two versions of the film that were released. The theatrical cut features different characters and scenes that led to a slightly different ending than the uncut version.
RYOMA! THE PRINCE OF TENNIS was originally slated to premiere in 2020, but was delayed to September 3, 2021. Since its premiere, it has achieved considerable box office success and critical acclaim from fans of The Prince of Tennis.
The 3DCG anime film is based on the long-running tennis manga series by Takeshi Konomi. It was first serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1999 to 2008. A sequel, The Prince of Tennis II, was released in 2009 and is currently running in Jump Square. The sequel series has published 35 tankoubon volumes so far.
The franchise’s success has led to numerous anime adaptations, live-action features, stage plays, radio shows, video games, and more.
Eleven Arts describes RYOMA! THE PRINCE OF TENNIS as:
From the masterpiece Japanese sports manga created by Takeshi Konomi, with more than 60 million copies sold over 22 years, RYOMA! THE PRINCE OF TENNIS is a new feature film about tennis prodigy Ryoma Echizen. Inspired by his tennis champion father, Ryoma is determined to take his game to the next level and train in the US. But in the middle of an intense tennis battle to save his classmate Sakuno from dangerous villains, they somehow find themselves transported back to the past, just as Ryoma’s father is about to undertake his final championship match at the US Open – when he was mysteriously forced to retire.
Source: Eleven Arts