The BEST Episodes of The Prince of Tennis
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 7, 2020
Network: TV Tokyo
Ryoma Echizen, a young tennis prodigy with many tennis championship wins, lies under his father's, Nanjiro Echizen a former pro tennis player, shadow. He joins the Seigaku Jr. High School Tennis Team, one of the best teams in Japan, who's goal is to become national champions. On the team, Ryoma, with help from his teammates, hopes to develop his own tennis style so he can defeat his father.
#1 - Karupin's Adventure
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 17, 2002
Ryoma accidentally packs his cat's [Karupin's] favorite toy in his tennis bag, so Karupin follows him to school and explores the grounds. When Ryoma finds out his cat is on campus, he rushes to find him, worried about what may become of him. After finding out that Ryoma has been relentlessly searching for his cat, the other members help him in his search, eventually helping him find Karupin.
#2 - The Strongest Man in Seigaku, Part 2
Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Apr 10, 2002
During their match, in order to convince the latter to aim higher with his own style of tennis, Tezuka risks his re-injuring his arm by going all out in the match, resulting in Ryoma's defeat. Oishi, who was the sole spectator of the Tezuka and Ryoma match, talks to Tezuka about the outcome and its repercussions. The next day at school, the other team members, grow suspicious when Tezuka and Ryoma fail to appear during team practice two days in a row. Meanwhile, Ryoma asks Nanjiro for a match, in which the latter realizes that Ryoma has changed and will now get stronger.
#3 - ! Tennis Ball with Ryoma's Face
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 26, 2002
Nanjiro tricks Ryoma into teaching Sakuno and Tomoka tennis. While trying to teach the two girls tennis, however, Sakuno accidentally disrupts the practice of a school team. In order to help, Ryoma defeats the entire team, not knowing that they are one of Seigaku's next opponents, Ginka. Unbeknownst to them, Yamabuki's Jin Akutsu, who was planning to beat Ginka himself, is observing the entire event.
#4 - Their Respective Fights
Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 16, 2002
Determined to overcome Fuji's skills, Fudomine's Tetsu Ishida tries a desperate measure to seal Fuji's Tsubame Gaeshi by using a hit of considerable strength called Hadokyu. When he aims it directly toward Fuji, Kawamura decides to get in its way when he realizes that Fuji would not be able to return it. Hoverer, though he succeeds in returning it, he hurts his wrist in the process, forcing Seigaku to forfeit the match.
#5 - Boomerang Snake
Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 23, 2002
Thanks to Eiji Kikumaru's acrobatics and Shuichiro Oishi's ability to adapt to his partner's style, Seigaku's "Golden Pair" wins their doubles match easily. Next is the game between Kaido and Kamio Akira, where Kaoru's Snake shot turns out to be ineffective against the speed ace from Fudomine. In a moment of desperation, Kaido inadvertently performs a near impossible shot around the net's pole, which is then dubbed the Boomerang Snake.
#6 - The Hidden Trouble
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 27, 2002
As Inui reveals that he only needs data on Shishido and Ohtori because he has completed all the others, his past of how he took interest in Data Tennis is revealed. After Inui gathers the required data, Inui and Kaido finally make a comeback. However, even after Kaido reveals he has mastered his Boomerang Snake technique, the other team still proves formidable as they are able to return it.
#7 - Become Seigaku's Pillar of Support!
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 15, 2003
Kunimitsu Tezuka, Seigaku's captain, faces off against Atobe, while Oishi reminisces about his promise to Tezuka: they would take Seigaku to the Nationals; and how Tezuka's arm was injured when they were first years.
#8 - End of the Ball
Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 29, 2003
Tezuka continues to use his left hand, even though he is aware of the injuries he may further sustain.
#9 - Fight of the Calm and the Passionate
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 16, 2003
Momoshiro is easily provoked by Josei Shonan's "unit", but gets his act together and makes a comeback. However, when Momo accidentally drinks some of Inui's experimental Juice, Seigaku is forced to forfeit the doubles two game.
#10 - Penal-Tea
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 3, 2002
Akutsu wreaks havoc in Seigaku, attacking Kachiro and Arai. Ryoma intervenes, and when Akutsu throws a rock at him, he is able to hit it back with his racket. However, when Akutsu throws several rocks at him, he gets injured in the process. When the regulars later spot Kawamura and Akutsu having a secret meeting, they are surprised to find that the two have known each other since childhood.
#11 - A Duel in the Rain
Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jul 17, 2002
Through his continuous attempts, Ryoma finally figures out a way to defeat Fuji's counter. Meanwhile, the other regulars continue their own matches, with Tezuka quickly defeating his opponent, Momoshiro. Shortly after, the Seigaku practice matches are cut short due to rain. Unsatisfied with the incomplete match, Fuji and Ryoma continue their duel with each other. However, Ryuzaki puts a stop to it, scolding and lecturing them about the consequences.
#12 - Trouble!
Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 24, 2002
While making their way to their match against Yamabuki, some Fudomine players get into a car accident. Though they make it to their match, the trauma of the accident makes them unable to play at full strength against their opponents. After hearing about the accident from Akutsu, Fudomine's captain, Kippei Tachibana, has his team forfeit the match. Meanwhile, scared of being completely defeated, Seigaku's opponent willingly forfeits their match, so Seigaku faces their next opponent, Yamabuki.
#13 - Kaoru Becomes Ryoma
Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 5, 2003
Kaido is forced to impersonate Ryoma due to a mistake in a tennis magazine by Shiba, a reporter, and ends up playing a match with Momoshiro.
#14 - The Swallow Return!
Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 9, 2002
Fudomine Middle School, an unknown team that withdrew from last tournament for internal affairs, is Seigaku's next rival. In the first game, Seigaku's Shusuke Fuji and Takashi Kawamura find themselves struggling against the first Fudomine pair, forcing Fuji to use one of his Triple Counters, Tsubame Gaeshi, a technique that causes the ball to roll rather than bounce once it reaches the opponents' side of the court.
#15 - The Small Winning Pose
Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 30, 2002
Kaido desperately tries to recreate the Boomerang Snake, but he eventually stops his attempts when he decides to just play his style of tennis. With neither side yielding, Kamio's and Kaido's game becomes an endurance match. However, in the end, Kaido's willpower and persistence outlasts Kamio's stamina. Also, Momoshiro learns the identity of the girl he has been recently running into, who turns out to be Fudomine's player-coach and Kippei Tachibana's younger sister, An Tachibana.
#16 - The Love Letter
Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 6, 2002
Nanjiro Echizen finds a letter from Ryuzaki and remembers the days when he trained under her as a Seigaku regular. Meanwhile, Ryoma's opponent, Shinji Ibu, shows his skills when he is able to return Ryoma's Twist Serve, as well as his revealing his own serve, the Kick Serve, which is similar to the Twist Serve. Ryoma then switches to his left hand, and the game heats up between the two player's serves.
#17 - The Moon Volley
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 15, 2002
Momoshiro knocks out the St. Rudolph player Yanagisawa when his Dunk Smash accidentally hits the player, thus Seigaku wins doubles 2 by default. Eiji and Oishi, the famed Golden Pair, takes to the courts against St. Rudolph's Ichirou Kaneda and its captain, Yoshirou Akazawa. In the match, Mizuki's information helps the St. Rudolph pair tire out Eiji, which is when Oishi reveals his famed technique, the Moon Volley, which can land directly on the baseline.
#18 - The Devil on the Court
Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 21, 2002
When Ryoma hits Akutsu in the face with a ball, Akutsu decides to get serious. Ryoma is then easily overwhelmed by Akutsu's physical power, unique and unpredictable tennis style, and "one in ten years" talent. During their match, Akutsu reminiscences about his time as a member of a tennis club, where he easily and mercilessly defeated its members and captain. Watching the match, Taichi Dan also ends up recalling the first time he had met Akutsu, whom he has admired since that day. Back in the present, Akutsu tells Ryoma that he will not score another point.
#19 - Samurai Spirit
Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 21, 2002
Akutsu's unique playing style continues to overwhelm Ryoma. Meanwhile, Kawamura reminiscences about Akutsu's violent history, where Akutsu is shown to have always been talented in physical activities. Though Ryoma believes he has finally found a way to overcome his opponent's unique style and score, Akutsu shows his potential as a tennis player. Despite it, Ryoma's determination allows him to finally score a point against Akutsu. As the match continues, Ryoma is finally able to adjust to Akutsu's style.
#20 - Hyotei Presses Near
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 30, 2002
Seigaku arrives at the tennis court for their upcoming match, but Shuichiro Oishi, who bumps into a pregnant lady on his way to the match, ends up going to the hospital to take care of her. Takeshi Momoshiro runs over to take Oishi's place at the hospital, only to find out that Oishi himself is also injured, so the latter encourages Momoshiro to take his place.
#21 - Scud Serve
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 13, 2002
After Momoshiro and Eiji beat their opponents, Sadaharu Inui and Kaoru Kaido play against Ryou Shishido and Choutarou Ohtori pair. To start off the match, Ohtori shows them his Scud Serve, a super fast serve verging on 200 km/h. Since the serve was not in Inui's data, the pair has difficulty in trying to return it.
#22 - The Disappearing Serve
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 18, 2002
Shusuke Fuji wants to pay Jirou Akutagawa back for defeating Yuta, and he also wants to win for Kawamura, who was injured along with Kabaji. Fuji thus reveals a very special serve.
#23 - The Last Triple Counter
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 25, 2002
Fuji shows the last of his Triple Counter, Hakugei, and defeats Jirou.
#24 - The Never Ending Tie-Break
Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 5, 2003
Atobe and Tezuka continue the match, and enters a long tie-break, until Atobe finally wins. Ryoma then plays the last match against Wakashi Hiyoshi, and wins with his Drive B.
#25 - Tezuka's Decision
Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 12, 2003
Oishi tells everyone to come at midnight for a surprise trip to the mountains. Tezuka later reveals his decision to leave for Germany.