The Prince of Tennis II: U-17 World Cup Anime Casts German Team Members
posted on by Egan Loo
The official website for the Shin Tennis no Ōji-sama U-17 World Cup (The Prince of Tennis II: U-17 World Cup) anime series announced more of the voice cast for the top-ranked German team members on Saturday.
The newly announced cast members are:
Yōhei Azakami as Michael Bismarck
Chiharu Sawashiro as Elmar Siegfried
Ryūnosuke Watanuki as A. Frankensteiner
The anime will be the first anime in the franchise in about a decade.
The new series features the returning cast members:
- Junko Minagawa as Ryōma Echizen
- Ryotaro Okiayu as Kunimitsu Tezuka
- Hiroki Yasumoto as Hōō Byōdōin
- Junichi Suwabe as Keigo Atobe
- Sachiko Nagai as Seiichi Yukimura
- Yoshimasa Hosoya as Kuranosuke Shiraishi
- Tarusuke Shingaki as Eishirō Kite
- Mamoru Miyano as Ryōga Echizen
New cast members include:
- Hiroki Takahashi as Ralph Rhinehart
- Kenjiro Tsuda as Dodo Obando
- Takayuki Kondō as Kiko Balentien
- Naru Kawamoto as Alan Hopkins
- Masaya Onosaka as Rocky Meredith
- Kohei Kiyasu as Maxwell
- Kentarō Tone as Jürgen Borisovich Volk
- Tomokazu Seki as Zeus Iliopoulos
- Subaru Kimura as J. J. Dorgias
- Kazuyuki Okitsu as Alexander Amadeus
- Natsuki Hanae as Prince Ludovic Chardard
In addition, Tomokazu Seki is voicing every member of the Greek team in addition to Zeus Iliopoulos: Thalatta Hercules, Papadopoulos Evangelos, Vulcan Laërtius, Hermes Kounellis, Orion Stephanopoulos, and Aporon (Apollon) Stephanopoulos.
Keiichiro Kawaguchi (ISLAND) is returning from the last 2D anime, The Prince of Tennis II Hyotei vs Rikkai Game of Future, to direct the new series at Studio KAI and M.S.C, and Mitsutaka Hirota (Anime-Gataris, Nanbaka) is again superivising the scripts. Akiharu Ishii (Blood+, Ultramarine Magmell) is back to design the characters and serve as chief animation director.
The new anime will premiere on TV Tokyo in July.
Takeshi Konomi serialized The Prince of Tennis manga's original run in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1999 to 2008. The manga follows 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 Prince of Tennis II 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.
The manga also inspired the Tennis no Ōjisama BEST GAMES!! original video anime (OVA) project that retells the story of the franchise's top matches. The project includes three OVAs that released in 2018-2019. The anime franchise also includes the two-part The Prince of Tennis II Hyotei vs Rikkai Game of Future anime project that debuted on February 13 and April 17.