Monday, September 16, 2013

Manga Mondays #165: The Princess of Tennis vol. 1 by Takeshi Konomi

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The Princess of Tennis vol. 1 by Takeshi Konomi


The exciting backdrop of high school tennis serves as the setting for the sports drama and coming-of-age story, The Prince of Tennis. From creator Takeshi Konomi, the manga depicts the on- and off-the-court adventures of Ryoma Echizen, who joins the Seishun Gakuen Middle School tennis team, known for being one of the most competitive teams in Japan. Freshmen rarely have a chance to actually play during their first year, but Ryoma's cool confidence, combined with a deadly, un-returnable "twist serve," gain him a coveted starting spot. With rigorous and extremely intense practices, the upperclassmen of the team expect the very best from themselves, and expect even more from the new members of the team. He's made the cut but can he survive the intense competition? Join Ryoma and other first year players, as they train hard, make friends, and try to find a place for themselves on the team. Also meet Ryoma's cute but chronically shy classmate, Sakuno Ryuzaki, who hopes he will notice her. Ryoma Echizen is The Prince of Tennis. He may be ready for the Seishun Gakuen tennis team, but are they ready for him? (courtesy of Goodreads)


*Warning: Potential spoilers. My manga reviews tend to be more of a summary than a review. I find it hard to review manga in the same way I do regular books.

What a fun manga series. It's about a stellar tennis player, but will appeal to anyone who likes silly, personal drama. And I'm saying silly in a good way.

Ryoma Echizen is a tennis phenom. And boy does he know it. This volume is basically about him challenging players older than him and wiping the floor with all of them. It's all the same scenario. An older player sneers at Ryoma because he's young or he's new or because he's cocky. They challenge him, he starts playing coy, but almost immediately plays perfectly.

I can't decide what I think about Ryoma. He's really arrogant. Is arrogant the right word or is supremely self-confident better? I'm not sure. He has the swagger of a person who is very good at what he does and knows it. Should a very talented person hide his skills for the sake of appearing humble? On the other hand, there's a fine line between being open about your talent and being cocky. I'm not sure where Ryoma stands on that line.

Either way, the first volume of The Prince of Tennis is very cute. It's a good light series that so far doesn't jump down your throat with romance, which is nice. I'll keep going..

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  1. I never read sports thing manga( even a book) but looks like this is fun :D What a explainable( ıs this a word?) review :D

  2. I've heard of this series before but I wasn't sure how heavy it was on the sport. I know absolutely nothing about tennis but glad it was fun to read and silly in a good way.

  3. I'm not a bug manga fan but I do really like The Prince of Tennis. :)

    Cindy @ In This World of Books..

  4. I have never read Prince of Tennis. I prefer the shojo series to the shonen series.

    It's been going on for quite some time, though, so it must be good.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Tammy @ Bo's Book Nook

  5. I like this manga a lot! The drawings are good and the characters are endearing.


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