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Prince of Tennis Live Action, Episode 1

Monday, August 4, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Lalala. Having watched all 178 episodes of the anime, some countless OVAs, read a fair bit of the manga (up until vol. 30, I believe), and watched the movie, I know that this Chinese live action is just one part of another already rich store of adaptations of Konomi’s popular sports manga.

It’s still pretty good. Although, I’m a fan, so it may not be for everyone. Also, using original names, they’re easier to spell.

This entire recapping project is dedicated to Neechan, because she’s the one who got me started on this, and because she’s awesome and love. ( I don’t know what I’ll do when she goes away next year. D: )

Episode 1

Ryoma arrives in China, but his dad is typically unorganized and is late picking him up. He reads an article about Hyoutei’s win against Seigaku, and remembers his own presence at the deciding game. He pronounces Seigaku’s strength as insufficient and moves on. Of course, ‘Mada mada dane’ also makes an appearance, in the form of ‘他们还差的远呢’.

An obviously exhausted Inui loses to Gakuto as Hyoutei celebrates its win.

Flashback ends and Ryoma is still waiting for his dad at the airport. Then he looks at his Seishun Gakuen admission paper and sighs. He leaves. Nanjiroh is still stuck in the gridlocked traffic that is Beijing’s finest, and frets, and then he tells the taxi driver to take whichever road necessary, leading the other man to turn in a wide arc, scattering pedestrian and bikers alike. Very realistic, as Chinese drivers really are like that.

Nanjiroh, after some more roadblocks, ends up running to the airport. He’s still too late.

Ryoma takes the metro home, napping as is his usual habit, but is interrupted by four tennis poseurs talking about the Western grip (ahh, a beloved scene for old fans). He would have gone on ignoring them, but one of them swings his racket and continually picks on Sakuno, who is still kind of spineless. He interrupts them and calls the four on their ignorance of proper grips. (Mind out of gutter, thank you. 😀 )

After some macho posturing, they get to their subway station and get off. Ryoma closes his eyes in irritation.

Of course, he’s not starting off on the hobo life just yet, and gets off at his future school. He looks like he still considers Seigaku weak and makes his way in. Ryoma’s waylaid by an enthusiastic fellow student (Kachiro?) who is also trying to join the tennis team.

Wow. It looks like the Seigaku campus is nothing but tennis courts. The two look at the students doing their swing exercises, but a rather pissed off Kaidoh (omg he’s so hot in here) yells that the courts are only for club members. Kachiro is fine with that, and tugs Ryoma off, promising to fill in the forms and hand them in tomorrow, but Ryoma’s mouth gets him in trouble with Kaidoh (oh Ryoma, you smartass).

More macho posturing, etc. The two decide their differences with, what else, a tennis match. (In case you missed it, this is a show about tennis. And a smart aleck named Ryoma, but mostly about tennis.) Poor Kachiro is nervous and tries to dissuade Ryoma. But the guy’s pretty stubborn.

Kaidoh starts off the match with his left hand, but Ryoma makes him switch back. (Btw, loving the blue and white flower pattern of Kaidoh’s headband.) Apparently Kaidoh’s left hand is too weak. The rest of the team abandons practice and comes to watch. Then the regulars make an appearance, providing some needed tennis-nerd commentary – Kaidoh tends to rely on his backline defense too much. Inui notes down what he’s doing while the rest muse that he’s using a bit too much force with a newbie.

Then the newbie hits another shot past him, and the score hits 30-30. Momo taunts that Kaidoh’s playing stinks as much as his socks. More back and forthing of the ball.

Tezuka buchouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu~! (I wonder, could you tell who my favourite character is? Though so.)

He appears and neatly stops the match, awarding Kaidoh with 20 laps for using the courts for a private match. When he protests, Tezuka ups the lap number to 40. Ryoma leaves the court, barely warmed up, and tells Tezuka that Seigaku is mediocre, which gets the rest of the regulars annoyed, and Tezuka is just blank.

Everyone gets laps, as a punishment, I presume. Kaidoh runs well, with Momo barely hanging in there. He complains afterward that it was only Kaidoh who acted out, which prompts Tezuka to get all into captain mode and speak about team unity. (Lol, Oishi as 青学之母/the mother of Seishun. That joke will never get old.)

Then he moves on to remind Kaidoh of his loss to Hyoutei last year, which was not related to his physical condition, psychology or inferior skill, but due to his personality.

Tezuka lines the team up (horizontally) and tells Kaidoh to apologize to the team. He is unwilling (*pat pat*) and asks permission to speak without being punished – then rants on and on about Ryoma and how the brat had it coming. It’s cute, I admit, but Tezuka’s heart is not touched, and his teammates look embarrassed too. Coach Ryuzaki (or Ryusaki) comes up and agrees that the team’s attitude needs work, and then talks to them about a new team member from the States, who should be quite the addition to the team. (Heavy hint dropping here.)

Ryoma has gone home, but he’s locked out of the nice fancy house in a residential area and waits on the doorstep with his luggage spread out in front of him. His father comes up, with all manner of goodies in the plastic bags, and demands a hug, but Ryoma only pats his pockets for the electronic key to the house. Lol. Nanjiroh’s not at all upset and ushers his son in.

Karupin isn’t Himalayan anymore?! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHT? (Still a cute kitty, but what happened to fluffy, attitudinal Karupin?)

Anyway, Ryoma announces his intention to leave for the US as he considers Seigaku too weak, but his father won’t let him. They each try to one-up the other with their past achievements, what with Ryoma’s four year winning streak in the American Junior Singles, and Nanjiroh’s top 50 ranking in his days. Nanjiroh reminds him of his personal pledge to beat Hyoutei, but gets no response beyond a glare. Then Ryoma asks for a tennis match – if he wins, then he gets to decide what his future is.

Ryoma sucks at holding his chopsticks properly. He must have been too Americanized.

During the match, Nanjiroh effortlessly beats Ryoma into a puddle of tired goo, showing off some of that Nitoryou skill by switching his racket from hand to hand in countering Ryoma. Ryoma agrees to the new bet, which is to beat Hyoutei, and he’ll get his freedom.

In the college dorms, where 7 boys apparently fit into one room, they’re also discussing the new team member. Then there’s an argument outside, and Yuuta makes his appearance, trying to get rid of (I think) Tomoka, who is in the men’s dorms… and Fuji tries to calm the situation, but it’s kind of over when Tomoka calls Yuuta ‘Syuusuke’s brother’ instead of by his name. Oooh brotherly tension.

Then she has the brilliant idea of interviewing Kaidoh about today’s mysterious match. Thankfully, Tezuka intervenes, and throws her out very politely.

The next morning, Nanjiroh barely manages to toss Ryoma out of bed.

Sakuno does her arts major thing and refuses to use her connections with her aunt (the coach) to help Tomoka, but is worn down by the other’s insistance. Ryoma’s in Sakuno’s class, and they’re all wearing uniforms, bizarrely enough. I haven’t been in China for a while, but tell me, do they really still wear uniforms in university??

Everyone on the team leaves for a friendly match, and Momo is annoyed at being left behind because of his foot injury.

After class, Sakuno tries to be friendly but Ryoma’s just got that whole thundercloud of evil mood thing going on. Also, he doesn’t remember anything not related to tennis. Poar Sakuno.

Kachiro and Ryoma sneak into the regular’s practice ground. They’re caught by Momo, and Ryoma hands in his request to the interteam tournament, which decides the eight regulars of the season. Lol, but I think he’s supposed to join the team first. Wow. And then Ryoma rejects Momo’s proferred hand. This kid has no social graces, but we knew that.

Then he gets into a match with Momo, who was told not to play, on any account. *sigh* At first he plays soft balls at Momo, who tells him to be serious. The two get ready, and as a sign of his seriousness, Ryoma actually deigns to take off his jersey jacket. (Teehee.)

End episode.


– Ryoma is such a snerky tardball. I love him. And Kaidoh, who was kind of scary in the anime, is absolutely adorkable in here. Waiiiiiiiiii~ The rest of the team is also love, but I’m starting to fangirl Kaidoh. Tezuka’s a bit of a bore here.

– Dude, I had no idea how much I missed Prince of Tennis. Watching this feels like snuggling an old blanket. And on the other hand, there’s the Chinese that somehow makes them realer. Like the language they use and everything, idk, it just makes these boys come alive. Songs are super ghey. 😀

– Also, I think they’re in university and not high school in this version. They still totally act like high schoolers.

– We can also tell that Head Tennis sponsored the show. Hello, racket bags.


  1. Anonymous
    Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at 7:21 am

    I want to watch it sooo much.. I am a big fan of the Anime, manga and like all of it… I want it!!!

  2. Neechan
    Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at 12:38 pm


    Gotta download those eps. urg download ;_; wanna bribe the aunt to send me DVD/VCD package~ XD

  3. jenny
    Thursday, August 7, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    omgg where did you find it and watch it!!! gahh i cant find it anywhere

  4. sevenses
    Friday, August 8, 2008 at 8:54 am

    I watched it on youku.com – in the original Chinese. If you’re looking for more info on the english subs, then I’d suggest you go over to TeniPuri. Let me know if you still have problems!

  5. Qiwi
    Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks for the information on where to watch it! Although my Chinese isn’t that awesome, I could actually understand most of this episode. Fuji is so cute x3

  6. Anonymous
    Sunday, October 5, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Is episode one the only episode out?

  7. sevenses
    Monday, October 6, 2008 at 8:42 am

    No, as of now there are 22 episodes out, but I’ve only gotten around to recapping 1 and 2. (It’s kind of hard to find online, though.)

  8. Anonymous
    Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    aww, if you ever find a link to all the episodes, can you give me if?

  9. sevenses
    Friday, October 10, 2008 at 9:04 am

    If you understand Chinese, go to either youku.com or 6.cn and search for 网球王子好男人版. If you don’t, I do believe there is a livejournal community that’s all about this show (up ep 5 atm).

  10. Monday, October 27, 2008 at 2:27 am
  11. RyoSaku
    Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    is it true in ep. 3, there’s actually some RYOSAKU romance… unlike in the anime, manga, live action and tenimyus where there’s NO DANG RYOSAKU AT ALL?!?!? Gomen! I’m a hard-core RyoSaku fan! ❤


  12. Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    if you go on prince of tennis live action china on google you will find it there and there are 9 episodes out so far

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