‘Prince of Tennis’ movie due in fall 2011 to mark anniversary year

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

A new animated feature film of “The Prince of Tennis” will hit theaters next year to celebrate the anime’s 10th anniversary in 2011, it was announced earlier this month.

“The Prince of Tennis,” or “Tenipuri,” anime TV series was first aired in 2001 on the TV Tokyo Corp. network. It ran until the spring 2005, and new episodes continue to be released in home-video DVDs.

Another event to help celebrate the series’ birthday is the Tenipuri Festa 2011, to be held at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on Jan. 22-23. In September, organizers said the star-studded event, which features three performances over two days, would be the largest and richest “Prince of Tennis” event to date in terms of content.

The film, slated for release in fall 2011, will be the second full-length “Tenipuri” film since “The Prince of Tennis: Two Samurais, The First Game,” released in 2005.

According to a Dec. 4 announcement, the new film will be loaded with excitement and fun to meet the expectations of eager fans.

Details on the title, story, voice cast and other information will be included in upcoming issues of Shueisha Inc.’s monthly Jump Square and weekly Shonen Jump comic magazines and in the series’ home-video DVDs.

Special online pages for the new film have been also set up on the official Tenipuri website (http://www.tenipuri.jp/).

The “Prince of Tennis” franchise is expected to garner much attention in 2011 not only for the anime film, but also for its other forms.

The latest series by Takeshi Konomi, “New Prince of Tennis,” has been running in Jump Square since March 2009.

In addition to the original DVD video series, a second series with a musical adaptation will kick off in 2011.

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