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2nd Prince of Tennis Best Games OVA's Trailers Streamed

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
2nd in series of 3 'Best Games' OVAs opens in theaters on April 5

Bandai Namco Arts began streaming 30- and 60-second trailers for the second episode the Tennis no Ōjisama BEST GAMES!! original video anime (OVA) project on Thursday. The videos preview the theme piece "BEST GAMES!!" by Ayasa.

The second OVA in the series will ship on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on June 25. Prior to the release, the OVA will get a two-week event screening in Japan starting on April 5.

The second OVA will feature two doubles matches: the first match is Shuichiro Oishi and Eiji Kikumaru's game against Hiroshi Yagyū and Masaharu Niō, while the second match is Ryō Shishido and Chōtarō Otori's game against Sahadaru Inui and Kaoru Kaidō.

The OVA project retells the story of the franchise's top matches. The first OVA, which features a match between Tezuka and Atobe from the Kantō Tournament, began its limited two-week screening in Japan in August, and shipped in Japan on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on October 26. The third OVA will feature a match between Shūsuke Fuji and Akaya Kirihara from the Kantō Tournament.

Ryōtarō Okiayu, Junichi Suwabe, and Junko Minagawa are reprising their respective roles as Kunimitsu Tezuka, Keigo Atobe, and Ryōma Echizen.

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. The ending song is "You got game?," the first ending theme song for the first The Prince of Tennis anime, by Junko Minagawa as her character Ryōma Echizen.

Takeshi Konomi's The Prince of Tennis and The New Prince of Tennis manga are also inspiring a new anime film. The film, titled Ryōma! Shinsei Gekijōban Tennis no Ōji-sama (Ryōma! Rebirth Movie The Prince of Tennis) will open in Japan in early spring 2020. The film will feature a completely original story that will take place in the three-month time period between the events at the end of the The Prince of Tennis manga and the start of The New Prince of Tennis manga.

Source: Bandai Namco Arts YouTube channel

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