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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes include hard work, teamwork, friendship, and the idea that there's always someone better at something than you.
Positive Role Models
Ryoma is extremely dedicated and hard working as he constantly pushes himself to be the best tennis player he can be. Ryoma is also very poised and shows a great deal of restraint and composure even while bullies try to insult and attack him.
The Prince of Tennis is a Japanese series set in Japan, and the cast is mostly Japanese. There are a few foreign tennis players from America and Europe that are portrayed in a good light.
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Violence & Scariness
There are some bullies in the show who use physical violence to hurt their opponents. One scene shows a character purposely hit Ryoma in the face -- and bleed from his forehead -- with his tennis racket when he gets angry about losing. Some characters purposely try to injure other players by hitting them with tennis balls.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One character has a crush on Ryoma but it's innocent and rarely touched upon.
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Insults include "stupid" and "idiot."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Prince of Tennis is an anime series based upon The Prince of Tennis manga series created by Takeshi Konomi. Characters face off in intense and methodical tennis matches that test each player's skills and abilities. Themes in this series include hard work, teamwork, and friendship. There's some violence (physical altercations, blood, injury) when matches get intense. Some scenes show characters purposely attacking others in anger when they lose a match. One female character has a crush on main character Ryoma but it's innocent and not touched upon very much. Players will yell mild insults when tempers get high ("stupid," "idiot").
Is It Any Good?
Considered one of the all-time great sports shonen anime, this series' intense tennis matches will entertain existing fans of the genre or anyone interested in tennis. The Prince of Tennis is a classic anime with all the standard fare you can expect from sports-themed anime; the players have unique skills that make the matches feel like you're watching two tennis superheroes go at it. There's a good amount of exposition explaining how the players can pull off these incredible and unrealistic moves. There's also a lot of emphasis on personal growth, hard work, friendship, and believing in your teammates -- all common positive themes found in sports anime. Overall, the show isn't going to surprise viewers who are already familiar with sports-style anime, but its status as a classic and its consistent popularity make it one that shouldn't be missed.
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