The New Prince of Tennis: Hyōtei vs. Rikkai Anime Reveals Staff

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Keiichiro Kawaguchi directs, Mitsutaka Hirota writes script, Akiharu Ishii designs characters for new anime in Prince of Tennis franchise

This year's July issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine confirmed on Thursday the staff for The New Prince of Tennis: Hyotei vs Rikkai Game of Future, the new anime in Takeshi Konomi's Prince of Tennis franchise.

Keiichiro Kawaguchi (ISLAND) is directing the anime. Mitsutaka Hirota (Anime-Gataris, Nanbaka) is writing the script, and Akiharu Ishii (Blood+, Ultramarine Magmell) is designing the characters.

The anime will tell an original story featuring "Hyōtei vs. Rikkai." Konomi is supervising the match-making for the anime. The anime will mark the first time that the two schools are facing off against each other.

Konomi serialized The Prince of Tennis manga's original run in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1999 to 2008. The manga followed middle school tennis player Ryōma Echizen as he battles rivals to reach the national tournament. That original manga inspired a 2001-2005 television anime, two anime feature films and a theatrical short, various video anime projects, a live-action film, a live-action television series in China, and a popular stage musical series.

Konomi then launched The New Prince of Tennis manga series in Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine in 2009. The story picks up after the national tournament, when Ryōma joins a select group of middle school players at Japan's top training camp for players under 17. This ongoing sequel manga spawned its own 2012 television anime series The Prince of Tennis II. The Prince of Tennis II OVA vs. Genius 10 series then ran for five volumes from October 2014 to June 2015.

Most recently, the franchise has inspired the Tennis no Ōjisama BEST GAMES!! original video anime (OVA) project. The project retells the story of the franchise's top matches. The first OVA began its limited two-week screening in Japan in August 2018, and shipped in Japan on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in October 2018. The second OVA received a two-week event screening in Japan starting on April 2019, and then shipped on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in June 2019. The third OVA screened in theaters in Japan for two weeks starting in November, and shipped on home video on January 28.

The Ryōma! Shinsei Gekijōban Tennis no Ōji-sama (Ryōma! Rebirth Movie The Prince of Tennis) film for The Prince of Tennis franchise will open in 2021, after being delayed from this spring. The film features a completely original story that takes 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.

Viz Media published the 42nd and final volume of Konomi's original Prince of Tennis manga run in North America in 2011. Crunchyroll streamed The Prince of Tennis II television anime into several countries as it aired in Japan, and it then streamed the spinoff original video anime projects.

Source: Jump SQ. July issue

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