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Aim for the Ace! (TV)

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© Sumika Yamamoto • TMS

Alternative title:
Ace o Nerae! (Japanese)
Aim For The Best!
Jenny, a Tenista (Portuguese)
Jenny, Jenny (Italian)
Jenny, la Tennista (Italian)
Jeu, Set et Match (French)
Raqueta de Oro (Spanish)
Бей эйс! (Russian)
エースをねらえ! (Japanese)
Themes: sports, tennis
Objectionable content: Mild
Plot Summary: On her first day at Nishi High School, 15-year-old Hiromi Oka is inspired by top player Reika "Ochōfujin" Ryūzaki to take up tennis. Shortly after joining the school's tennis club, she encounters Jin Munakata, the club's new coach. Munakata puts everyone under rigorous training that even puts Ochōfujin to shame. Despite the hardships, Hiromi's determination prompts the coach to select her as part of the club's main players. Because of this, Hiromi must endure the peer pressure from her seniors to become an ace tennis player.
User Ratings: 69 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 5 votes (sub:5)
 Excellent: 8 votes (sub:6, raw:1, others:1
1 Spanish dubbed
 Very good: 17 votes (sub:16, raw:1)
 Good: 21 votes (sub:16, dub:2, ?:1, raw:1, others:1
1 Italian dubbed
 Decent: 8 votes (sub:8)
 So-so: 6 votes (sub:3, raw:1, others:2
1 Italian dubbed
1 German subtitled
 Not really good: 1 vote (sub:1)
 Weak: 2 votes (sub:2)
 Bad: 1 vote (others:1
1 Indonesian dubbed
 Awful: -
 Worst ever: -
Seen in part or in whole by 242 users, rank: #3441 (of 9615)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 7.174 (Good+), std. dev.: 1.659, rank: #3025 (of 9750)
Weighted mean: 7.181 (Good+), rank: #2842 (of 9750) (seen all: 7.62 / seen some: 5.89 / won't finish: 5.00)
Bayesian estimate: 7.231 (Good+), rank: #2424 (of 7324)
Running time: 23 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 26
Episode titles: We have 26
1973-10-05 to 1974-03-29
1981-12-02 (Italy)
1988-12-09 to 1989-04-19 (France)
1991 (Spain)
Release dates: We have 20
Opening Theme:
"Ace o Nerae!" (エースをねらえ!; Aim for the Ace!) by Kumiko Ohsugi
Ending Theme:
"Shiroi Tennis Court de" (白いテニスコートで; White Tennis Court) by Kumiko Ohsugi
Links: We have 3
Trivia: We have 1
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Blu-ray (Region A)
    Aim for the Ace - The Complete TV Series (Sub.Blu-ray) 2023-02-28 (from $49.95)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Series Director: Osamu Dezaki
Kazuo Hayata (ep 16)
Masao Maruyama (8 episodes
eps 4, 7, 10, 12-13, 18, 20, 23

Minoru Satō (ep 24)
Mitsuru Majima (8 episodes
eps 3, 6, 9, 11, 15, 17, 22, 26

Tatsuo Tamura (5 episodes
eps 1-2, 5, 8, 10

Yoshio Takeuchi (4 episodes
eps 14, 19, 21, 25

Hideo Kujū (ep 18)
Makura Saki (10 episodes
eps 1-2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 19-20, 24, 26

Masami Hata (8 episodes
eps 7, 10-16 even, 21, 23, 25

Noboru Ishiguro (ep 4)
Sōji Yoshikawa (eps 3, 5, 9, 15)
Susumu Kaida (ep 11)
Takekatsu Kikuta (eps 17, 22)
Music: Goh Misawa
Original Manga: Sumika Yamamoto
Art Director: Noboru Tatsuike
Director of Photography:
Iwao Yamaki
Katsuji Misawa

Assistant Episode Director:
Hideo Takayashiki (13 episodes
eps 1-9 odd, 10, 12, 14, 18-26 even

Yoshio Takeuchi (13 episodes
eps 2-8 even, 11, 13, 15-17, 19-25 odd

Editing: Kazuo Inoue
Key Animation:
Akio Sakai (ep 12)
Emiko Akiyama (ep 20)
Hiromi Yokoyama (ep 2)
Hitoshi Oda (ep 2)
Ikuo Fudaki (7 episodes
eps 1, 4, 7, 11, 16, 21, 25

Katsuhiko Yamazaki (4 episodes
eps 8, 12, 15, 17

Kazuhiko Udagawa (4 episodes
eps 19, 22, 24, 26

Kazuko Terada (ep 6)
Kazuo Iimura (ep 18)
Kazuo Yamazaki (7 episodes
eps 1, 4, 7, 11, 16, 21, 25

Keizō Shimizu (eps 5, 16, 20)
Kimiko Amano (eps 10, 13, 20)
Koichi Tsuchida (eps 7, 11, 23)
Makoto Hattori (ep 7)
Masayoshi Ozaki (ep 18)
Michiko Takahashi (5 episodes
eps 5, 9, 13, 15, 17

Motoshi Suzuki (ep 2)
Osamu Dezaki
Sadayoshi Tominaga (7 episodes
eps 3, 8, 12, 15, 17, 22, 26

Satoru Kusuda (ep 19)
Satoshi Jingu (5 episodes
eps 5, 9, 13, 15, 17

Seiichi Kato (5 episodes
eps 4, 6, 10, 14, 18

Seiji Okuda (eps 18, 24)
Seiji Yamashita (ep 19)
Shintaro Horikoshi (ep 1)
Sumi Suzuki (ep 2)
Takekatsu Kikuta (ep 1)
Takeshi Ōsaka (6 episodes
eps 5, 8, 16, 20, 22, 24

Takeshi Tamazawa (ep 3)
Toshiki Yoshida (ep 1)
Tsuneyasu Kashima (ep 19)
Yoshiaki Kawajiri (ED; 6 episodes
eps 1, 6, 10, 14, 18, 23

Yoshihiro Owada (ep 2)
Yoshiro Yabusaki (eps 5, 9, 13)
Yuichi Endo (4 episodes
eps 7, 14, 18, 23

Yukimatsu Ito (4 episodes
eps 5, 8, 20, 26

Literature Manager:
Masao Maruyama
Shohei Tsuruoka
Production Advancement:
Kiyoshi Takanezawa (7 episodes
eps 1, 5, 9, 12, 20, 24, 26

Seiichiro Narikawa (ep 6)
Shiro Aono (ep 2)
Takashi Anno (6 episodes
eps 3, 7, 10, 14, 18, 22

Recording Adjustment: Toshiaki Hoshino
Recording Director: Kōichi Chiba
Sound Effects: Yōzō Kataoka
Theme Song Arrangement: Goh Misawa
Theme Song Composition: Goh Misawa
Theme Song Performance: Kumiko Ohsugi
Makoto Kōsaka as Hiromi Oka
Masako Ikeda as Reika "Ochōfujin" Ryūzaki

Katsuji Mori as Takayuki Tōdō
Kouji Nakata as Jin Munakata
Masako Sugaya as Maki Aikawa
Yoshiko Ohta as Kyōko Otowa

Masayuki Katō as Sōichirō Ryūzaki
Michihiro Ikemizu as Yū Ozaki
Osamu Ichikawa as Takashi Chiba
Ryūsei Nakao as Kimura
Toshiko Sawada as Ranko Midorikawa
Japanese companies
Anime Room (ep 1)
Madhouse (ep 1)
Studio Act (9 episodes
eps 5, 8, 10, 13, 16, 20-26 even

Studio Sign (eps 18, 24)
Tamazawa Dogasha (ep 3)
Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Tomi Production (7 episodes
eps 3, 8, 12, 15, 17, 22, 26

Finish Animation: Studio Robin
Internet Streaming: Videx
Music Production: King Records
English staff
English companies
Licensed by: Discotek Media
English cast
French cast
French staff
Dubbing Director: Pierre Fromont

Theme Song Performance: Bernard Minet
Jackie Berger as Hélèna Orvall
Nathalie Régnier as Reine Radiguet / Miss Papillon

Anneliese Fromont as Sophie Aretti
Barbara Tissier as Michelle Herman
Emmanuel Curtil as
François Fournier
Jean Mallet
Fabrice Josso as Phillipe Todoh
Joelle Guigui as Ronda de Malguéné
Nathalie Régnier as Karine Taverny

Barbara Tissier as
Andrée Vacalier
Kelly Isserman
Fabrice Josso as
Joelle Guigui as
André le journaliste
Magali Kessel
Marie Mounier
Pierre Fromont as
M. Indergantz
Père de Reine
French companies
AB Cartoons (from April 1997)
Mangas (from 13 March 1999)
TF1 (from 9 December 1988)
Dubbing: Dovidis
Spanish staff
Spanish cast
Dubbing Director: Juan Logar (Spain dub)

Theme Song Lyrics: G. Ledem (Spain dub)
Theme Song Performance: Sol Pilas (Spain dub)
Marta Sáinz as Marta Nolan (Spain dub)
Rosa Sanchez as Rosa Ross "Madame Butterfly" (Spain dub)

Antonio Cobos as Jon (Spain dub)
Blanca Rada as María (Spain dub)
Cholo Moratalla as Luis (Spain dub)
Daniel Sánchez as Reporter (Spain dub)
Eduardo Del Hoyo as
Eduardo (Spain dub)
Racket's Seller (Spain dub)
Ingrid Rabel as Ingrid O'Connor (Spain dub)
Jesús Rodríguez as Roberto (Spain dub; substitution)
Juan Logar as Jeremias O'Conor (Spain dub)
Pablo Sevilla as
Borja (Spain dub)
Host (Spain dub)
Roberto (Spain dub)
Sara Vivas as
Morita (Spain dub)
Sara (Spain dub)
Teresa Acaso as
Roberto's Neighbour in New York (Spain dub)
Teresa (Spain dub)
Spanish companies
Broadcaster: Telecinco (Spain)
Italian staff
Italian cast
Dubbing Director:
Graziano Galoforo (2nd edition)
Piera Vidale (1st edition)
Executive producer: Ludovica Bonanome (2nd ed.)

Theme Song Composition: Enzo Draghi (2nd ed.)
Theme Song Lyrics: Alessandra Valeri Manera (2nd ed.)
Theme Song Performance:
Cristina D'Avena (2nd ed.)
Nico Fidenco (1st ed.)
Angelo Maggi as Jeremy (Jin Munakata) (2nd edition)
Delia Valle as Madame Butterfly
Laura Lenghi as Madame Butterfly (Reika Ryuuzaki) (2nd edition)
Piera Vidale as Jenny
Riccardo Rossi as Jeremy
Silvana Sodo as Madame Butterfly (Reika Ryuuzaki) (1st edition)
Susanna Fassetta as Jenny (Hiromi Oka) (2nd edition)

Antonella Rendina as Evelyn (2nd edition)
Emanuela Fallini as Madre di Jenny (2nd edition)
Giuliano Santi as Robin (2nd edition)
Luca Dal Fabbro as Billy (2nd edition)
Massimo Còrizza as Teddy
Massimo Corizzi as Teddy
Mauro Bosco as Signor Ross (2nd edition)
Monica Cadueri as Mary
Riccardo Rossi as Norman
Stefania Giacarellli as Evelyn 
Stefania Patruno as Rosy (2nd edition)
Stefano Onofri as Thomas (2nd edition)
Stella Musy as Mary (2nd edition)
Italian companies
Hiro (2nd edition, from July 2010)
Italia 1 (2nd edition, from 1992)
Quinta Rete (1st edition, from 23 November 1981)
Rete 4 (1st edition, from October 1984)
Cinitalia Edizioni (1st edition)
Teleas (2nd edition)
Portuguese staff
Portuguese cast
Helena Isabel as Reika Ross "Madame Butterfly" (Portugal dub)
Teresa Sobral as Jennifer "Jenny" Nolan (Portugal dub)

Carlos Macedo as Jeremy O'Connors (Portugal dub)
Cláudia Cadima as Rosy O'Connors (Portugal dub)
Fernando Luís as Daigo Katsura (Portugal dub)
Paula Fonseca as Mary (Portugal dub)
Portuguese companies
Broadcaster: RTP1 (Portugal)
Dubbing: Nacional Filmes (Portugal)

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