Writer/Artist: Takeshi Konomi
I've never really cared for tennis. Playing it in a video game? Fun. Playing it in real life? Not so much. When I found this sucker at my local library, I was curious as to see if this could at least be somewhat entertaining. The truth of the matter is.....wait....I'm getting ahead of myself.
Ryoma Echizen is the son of an ex tennis player, who was injured in his prime. Luckily for Echizen, he is a natural at tennis. Throughout the graphic novel, it's essentially him kicking ass and everyone being stunned.
Now, I may be simplifying things a bit, but that's the general impression that I had after reading The Prince of Tennis. It's essentially Echizen schools some punks at tennis and everyone reacts. There's no real heart in the story. Sure, the creator is a big tennis junkie, but there's nothing that stands out about the story.
The art is simply alright. There are a few moments that look solid, but it just doesn't stand out. Everything is easy to follow, though.
Overall, I can't recommend this. Tennis enthusiasts may dig it, but I'm not so sure about that. There might be more character development in later volumes, but I just don't care about what happens to these characters.
5.2* out of 10*
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For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers covering comics, video games and comics - among other things. He currently resides in The South. Yes, that's capitalized, and, no, that doesn't mean it's a place full of sunshine and butterflies.
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