Monday, October 21, 2013

Manga Mondays #167: The Princess of Tennis vol. 2 by Takeshi Konomi

Manga Mondays Meme

*Sorry I haven't done Manga Mondays for the past few weeks. I've been out of town every weekend for the past three weekends. And I'm actually still out of town. I'm in Oregon for the next week. But I managed to get a Manga Mondays post up. It's not quite right - I can't update the image and I'm not positive the linky will display correctly. I'll try to get back to regular posting now.


I've been doing Manga Mondays every week since I started my blog 3 years ago. It started out as a personal feature, but I decided to turn it into a meme last year. There are quite a few people who do Manga Mondays. I don't claim by any means that I owned or created the idea of Manga Mondays - it's an obvious choice given the alliteration. I think a meme is a great way for everyone to publicize their own Manga Mondays and get a little more publicity.

The linky will be below my review.

The Princess of Tennis vol. 2 by Takeshi Konomi


Summary

Ryoma Echizen just joined the Seishun Gakuen Middle School tennis team, which is known for being one of the most competitive teams in Japan. Its members are incredibly talented, gifted, and athletic. With rigorous and extremely intense practices, the upperclassmen of the team expect the very best from themselves and they expect even more from the new members of the team. W...more Ryoma Echizen just joined the Seishun Gakuen Middle School tennis team, which is known for being one of the most competitive teams in Japan. Its members are incredibly talented, gifted, and athletic. With rigorous and extremely intense practices, the upperclassmen of the team expect the very best from themselves and they expect even more from the new members of the team. While most of the first years are on pins and needles hoping they won't get cut from the team, Ryoma Echizen is confident, cool, and collected. Some might even say he's cocky, but at least he's got the skills to back up his attitude. With his virtually unreturnable "twist serve," Ryoma is sure to make the starting team. 


Ryoma plays two matches in the volume. He wins both of course. There's some tension because it looks like he's on the verge of losing at one point but he's really not. 

Some tennis magazine journalists came to observe the competition. I thought this was silly at first - the idea of professional journalists coming to watch junior high kids play. But since many of the great tennis players became pro at very young ages it's not that unrealistic. 

There are many times where I'm laughing at the manga not with it but all in good fun. One of my favorite aspects is how Ryoma is drawn as a very little boy and the eighth and ninth graders look like they're at least 20 and mostly dress like they're Yakuza members.

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3 comments :

  1. Oh,that okay I guess. I thought you give up doing Manga Mondays post. And I was wrong. I glad you back. Manga looks interesting. When I've free time, I'll check out.

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  2. Glad to have you back! I'd love to see the huge contrast between Ryoma and the older characters. He does seem to look more mature than your average middle schooler.

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  3. I've never read this one but I know it's really popular

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