The Prince of Tennis franchise’s official website recently announced a thrilling update: the highly anticipated sequel to The Prince of Tennis II: U-17 World Cup anime series, titled Shin Tennis no Ōji-sama U-17 World Cup Semifinal, is set to premiere in 2024. This new installment will focus on the intense Japan vs. Germany semifinal match, showcasing the clash between these two powerhouse teams. The visually captivating logo for the anime beautifully incorporates the distinct red and black colors representing both teams.
The highly anticipated Prince of Tennis II: U-17 World Cup made its debut on TV Tokyo in July 2022. Crunchyroll, the popular streaming platform, provided simultaneous streaming of the anime as it aired in Japan, offering both the original Japanese version and an English dub. This anime marked the franchise’s first television series in approximately ten years.
According to Crunchyroll’s description, the story revolves around Ryoma Echizen, a prodigious tennis player. After being expelled from Japan’s prestigious U-17 training camp due to rule-breaking, he finds himself disheartened. However, fortune smiles upon him when he gets an opportunity to audition for the U.S. team. Overcoming the challenges posed by the seasoned veterans won’t be a walk in the park, and if he secures a spot, he’ll have to face off against his former comrades. Will he be able to guide his new teammates to a resounding victory?
The series is helmed by Keiichiro Kawaguchi, who returns as the director from The Prince of Tennis II Hyotei vs Rikkai Game of Future anime. Studio KAI and M.S.C join forces once again to bring this anime to life, while script supervision is entrusted to Mitsutaka Hirota, known for his work on Anime-Gataris and Nanbaka. Akiharu Ishii, renowned for his character designs in projects like Blood+ and Ultramarine Magmell, takes charge as the chief animation director and character designer for this captivating series.