Ace wo Nerae! (live-action TV [2004])

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[ adapted from Ace wo Nerae! (manga) ]

Alternative title:
Aim for the Ace! 
エースをねらえ! (Japanese) 
Genres: comedy , drama , romance , slice of life 
Themes: tennis 
Objectionable content: Mild 
Plot Summary: On her first day at Nishi High School, 16-year-old Hiromi Oka watches star tennis player Reika Ryuuzaki practicing in the court, prompting her to join the Tennis Club in hopes of befriending Reika. One day, a man named Jin Munakata enters the court and addresses himself as the Tennis Club's new coach and has the club undergo rigorous training. Despite her inexperience, Hiromi's perseverance prompts Munakata to select her as one of the club's five regular players. She receives peer pressure from her seniors at first, but shortly proves them wrong by using her full potential to defeat her opponents and become a top tennis player. 
Running time: 46 minutes per episode 
Number of episodes: 9 
Episode titles: We have 9
Vintage: 2004-01-15 to 2004-03-11 
Release dates: We have 1
Opening Theme:
"エースをねらえ!(Ace wo Nerae! [Aim for the Ace!])" by Hiromi 
Ending Theme:
"Ai no Tame ni" by Aya Ueto 
Trivia: We have 2
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Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Original creator: Sumika Yamamoto 

Theme Song Performance:
Aya Ueto (ED) 
HIROMI (OP) 
Aya Ueto as Hiromi Oka 
Rio Matsumoto as Reika "Ochoufujin" Ryuuzaki 

Ayana Sakai as Ranko Midorikawa 
Masaaki Uchino as Coach Jin Munakata 
Masaki Uchino as Coach Jin Munakata 
Yuu Yoshizawa as Takayuki Todou 

Ayaka Morita as Maki Aikawa 
Ayano Ōkubo as Ayumi Watanabe 
Becky as Saeko Hōriki 
Emi Hasegawa as Yuka Yoshida 
Haruka Mizuno as Megumi Nakamura 
Hiroko Sakuragawa as Hitomi Itō 
Hitomi Takahashi as Michiko Oka 
Isao Natsuyagi as Soichiro Ryuzaki 
Kami Hiraiwa as Mariko Shima 
Katsumi Takahashi as Shuzo Oka 
Maaya Ono as Saori Tanaka 
Maki Mizuno as Todou's sister 
Masahiro Komoto as Kensaku Ōta 
Misako Shioyama as Miho Hoshino 
Sayaka Kaneko as Kyoko Otowa 
Seira as Mai Takahashi 
Shiori Kanzaki as Ai Satō 
Shuuji Kashiwabara as Takashi Chiba 
Yasufumi Terawaki as Coach Daigo Katsura 
Yuna Wakaba as Aoi Wakatsuki 
Yuri Saitou as Aya Suzuki 
Yuuma Ishigaki as Yu Ozaki 

Japanese companies
Broadcaster: TV Asahi 
Music Production:
Nippon Crown (OP) 
Pony Canyon (ED) 
TV Asahi Music 
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