The Prince of Tennis Manga Gets Theatrical Anime Film (Updated)
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On Saturday, the official website for Shueisha's Jump Square magazine posted the cover for the January issue, which is revealing next Saturday that a theatrical anime film adaptation of Takeshi Konomi's The Prince of Tennis manga is in production.
The original manga followed Ryoma Echizen and his tennis team as they rose through Japan's local and national tournaments. The manga ran for 379 installments between July of 1999 and March of 2008, and the 42 compiled volumes have sold over 40 million copies. Konomi has since launched a manga sequel called Shin Tennis no Ouji-sama (The New Prince of Tennis) in Jump Square in March of 2009. (The fourth compiled book volume of the new series is shipping this month.)
Viz Media will publish the 40th manga volume in North America next January. The manga already inspired a television anime series, a string of original video anime projects, two earlier double-billed theatrical anime films, and a live-action film.
[Via Kyō mo Yarareyaku] in Jump Square
Update: More background information added.
Update 2: The film will open next fall, and it will feature an all-original story. More details about the story and characters will be announced in future issues of Jump Square. Source: Comic Natalie
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