New The Prince of Tennis OVA Reveals Visual, Staff, Release Dates

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Anime showing match between Tezuka, Atobe debuts in August

The staff of the theatrical film project for Takeshi Konomi's The Prince of Tennis franchise announced on Wednesday that the first new original video anime (OVA) in the planned Tennis no Ōjisama BEST GAMES!! project will ship in Japan on October 26. The OVA, titled Tennis no Ōjisama BEST GAMES!! Tezuka vs Atobe, will also have a limited two-week screening in Japan beginning on August 24.

Keiichiro Kawaguchi (Mayo Chiki!, Hayate the Combat Butler) is directing the project at M.S.C. Mitsutaka Hirota (The Prince of Tennis II, The Prince of Tennis II OVA vs. Genius 10) is returning to handle series composition and write the scripts. Akiharu Ishii is again designing the characters, and Cher Watanabe is returning to compose the music. Ayasa is performing the theme song.

The OVA project retells the story of the franchise's top matches as anime as the second "part" of the franchise's new theatrical film project. The first OVA will feature a match between Tezuka and Atobe from the Kantō Tournament. Ryotaro Okiayu, Junichi Suwabe, and Junko Minagawa are reprising their respective roles as Kunimitsu Tezuka, Keigo Atobe, and Ryōma Echizen.

The first part of the theatrical film project is three runs of "cheering screenings." The first run screened The Prince of Tennis: Two Samurais, The First Game film and the Tennis no Oujisama: Atobe Kara no Okurimono film in December. The second run of cheering screened The Prince of Tennis: Eikoku-shiki Teikyū-jō Kessen! film in February, and the third and final run of cheering screenings will screen the "Teni Fes All Night" event in April.

Source: The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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