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Maruo Eiichirou (Ei-Chan), a first year honor student, one day decides he's unhappy with the way things are and lacks exercise. His mother gives him a flyer for the local Tennis Club and he decides to check it out. He's instantly captivated by it. With no prior experience and poor physical conditioning, join Ei-Chan as he embarks on a tennis journey using his smarts, dedication and work ethic.

Note: Won the 38th Kodansha Manga Award in the Best Shōnen Manga category in 2014.


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v.26 c.244 by Imangascans (38d ago)
v.26 c.243 by Imangascans (74d ago)
v.26 c.241-242 by Imangascans (77d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
35 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1,Chap 1 [Season 1] Vol 8,Chap 72 [Season 2]
Ends at Vol 8, Chap 71 [Season 1]

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Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (622 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.69 / 10.0
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It's perfect.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Daxisheart
December 24th, 2009, 7:50pm
In my opinion, this is a perfect series.
Not perfect as in the EPIC rating that gantz or berserk or some of those super series gets. Not perfect as in art, story, premise, or anything.
For me.... it's just awesome. Art? A. Characters(story)? A. Execution? A.
The main hero is a unique character. Not talking about the weird hair thingey. It's just how he acts, what he does. Everyone in those shonen mangas from jumps are called geniuses, and when they're not, they're called geniuses at practicing and shit.
This dude? He just studies. HE doesn't act like an idiot. The mangaka says he acts like an old man, and it works. He's just an alright dude that just studies and acts so... you know, out there. No one's really going to hate him, people will probably like him.
The art is good, and the girl has that definite cute feeling.
The first chapter had a bit of that slow moving vibe which was plainly perfect, and as it progresses, it doens't move super fast, but at the perfect pace.
I am reminded of prince of tennis. I don't know why. it has the same sport... but it's much different. I just.... like it. IT's awesome.

MOAR SCANS BITCHESSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please.
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Characters are so so so off   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by CrimsonRuby
November 3rd, 2009, 1:18pm
I just read the first chapter and I have to say, wow, the characters in the manga are giving off such a bad vibe. So the main character works hard at something and the girl calls him weird?! How about her working hard to become a tennis pro, are you weird too? And how come people keeps saying he's weird, one person even says he gives her the creeps! That pisses me off to no end.

Also, the manga keeps saying he thinks like an older person (I guess precocious is the right word to describe him), with that way of thinking, he shouldn't be such a pushover, especially if it's being done by a girl the same age that he barely knows and has just recently met. Telling him that he should do the stuff he enjoys and all that. You just met him and barely know him, why do you say that kind of stuff! Such a busybody know-it-all. With the way he is, he should be more confident in the things he's doing and thinking, and shouldn't be so easily swayed by words from a person that barely knows him.

He clearly has a defined goal for the future and works really hard for it. With the effort he has put in it, he should be feeling more strongly for that goal, but he doesn't! And is easily hesitant and so unsure and wishy-washy about his goals and future. Arrggh! It doesn't make sense! There's one line that clinches this for me, "Does Takasaki-san go through that on a daily basis?" OMG, you work just as hard or harder than her everyday too! Why are you thinking these stupid thoughts and comparing her to yourself and her dreams to your dreams? Why does it sound like he puts in no effort to anything!? Arghhh.

Lastly, the main character is so off for some reason, it's like he's not really thinking like a guy, especially with his background of thinking for the future, being precocious and doing great in school. With all of that, he should have a bigger head and have more ego and pride, but he doesn't?! Why? Speaking from a guy's perspective, I don't get him at all.

PS. He definitely has no "guts" and definitely didn't get an A in PE. You have no stamina, so you run away. That's it. That's the way you should do it. *smacks him on the face*

PPS. His motivation for getting into tennis sucks and is one of the weakest points in the plot.

... Last updated on November 3rd, 2009, 1:54pm
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I like it so far   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dark mage
August 3rd, 2009, 7:53pm
Just like the poster "Lippe-Kun" before me said, the main character is unique and the story is a bit slow paced but looks good so far. Also I hope the romance part comes into play soon. I recommend this manga for people who like a different feeling sports manga with a dash of romance in it. That's it for now. Its too early to rate it but I will start off by giving it full marks. Oh I would like to thank "Hyuugalegacy" for picking up this manga and doing a good job of scanlating this. I hope he keeps up the good work

... Last updated on August 3rd, 2009, 7:56pm
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Liked it...   
Rating: N/A
by Lippe-kun
July 19th, 2009, 8:32pm
It just gives me the feeling of... fresh. The main character acts like an old man, so it's like the opposite of some titles such as Naruto (where the protagonist is an idiot), and the way the story develops so far (only 2 chapters) is quite slow, the romance too. And the new thing is that the main character doesn't is a "genius" or doesn't state that he is gonna be the best player of all times or something like that (again I only read 2 chapters so far). That's it, for the moment.
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