Ace wo Nerae!

TV, ep.26 (~24 min.), 1973



Genres: Drama, Ganbatte, Romance, Sports, Shoujo, Tennis
Tags: Present, School, Tennis, Based on a Manga, Sports, Tennis
Release Date: 05.10.1973 ‑ 29.03.1974
Studios: TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
Type: TV (1973)
Episodes: 26, ~24 min.

Alternative names:

Ace O Nerae
Aim for the Ace!
Eesu o Nerae!
On her first day at Nishi High School, 15-year-old Hiromi Oka is inspired by top player Reika "Ochōfujin" Ryūzaki to take up tennis. Shortly after joining the school's tennis club, she encounters Jin Munakata, the club's new coach. Munakata puts everyone under rigorous training that even puts Ochōfujin to shame. Despite the hardships, Hiromi's determination prompts the coach to select her as part of the club's main players. Because of this, Hiromi must endure the peer pressure from her seniors to become an ace tennis player.
High school freshman Hiromi joins the tennis club because she admires the elegant Ryuzaki but the new coach, Jin Munakata, names inexperienced Hiromi to play in a coming tournament. Hiromi considers to quitting tennis but finds, deep down in her soul, she loves tennis after all. She comes back to the club and her talent starts to bloom under Munakata`s coaching. Hiromi develops a strong, emotional bond with her coach, not knowing that Munakata is risking his young life due to chronic illness.
Nishi High is known for its famous tennis program and its star female player Reika Ryuuzaki, nicknamed Madame Butterfly. This is her senior year and there is a flock of freshman girls joining the tennis team just to be close to their idol. One of these freshmen, Hiromi, is singled out by the new and mysterious coach; her dedication and natural talent catches his eye and leads him to make her a starting player. Hiromi's talent begins to develop into skill; and as she begins to gain the recognition of her peers, Reika's interest - as well as her jealousy - is piqued...
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Related anime:

Shin Ace wo Nerae! TV, 1978, Sequel
Ace wo Nerae! TV, 1973, Alternative Version
Aim for the Ace! (1979) Movie, 1979, Summary
Ace o Nerae! 2 OVA, 1988, Sequel

Related manga:

Ace o Nerae! Manga, 1972, Adaptation

Related characters:

Hiromi Oka
Hiromi Oka
Takayuki Todou
Takayuki Todou
Reika Ryuuzaki
Reika Ryuuzaki
Jin Munakata
Jin Munakata
Ranko Midorikawa
Ranko Midorikawa
Kyoko Otowa
Kyoko Otowa
Maki Aikawa
Maki Aikawa