On Saturday, the official website for Shueisha‘s Jump Square magazine posted the cover for the January issue, which is revealing next Saturday that a theatrical anime film adaptation of Takeshi Konomi‘s The Prince of Tennis manga is in production.
The original manga followed Ryoma Echizen and his tennis team as they rose through Japan’s local and national tournaments. The manga ran for 379 installments between July of 1999 and March of 2008, and the 42 compiled volumes have sold over 40 million copies. Konomi has since launched a manga sequel called Shin Tennis no Ouji-sama (The New Prince of Tennis) in Jump Square in March of 2009. (The fourth compiled book volume of the new series is shipping this month.)
I don’t know if I should be happy or not with this news. Of course, every fan anticipates new movie from their fave series’. But this will also mean added title to my plan to watch list considering I haven’t watched any Prince of Tennis movie yet.. >_<