Ace wo Nerae! (TV)

Title:Ace wo Nerae! (TV)
Aim for the Ace! (TV)
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On her first day at Nishi High School, the first year Hiromi Oka is inspired by one her sempais, Ryuuzaki Ochoufuji Reika to join the tennis club. The arrival of the new (Davis Cup winner) tennis coach Munakata Jin upsets the varsity team line up, and Oka finds herself as a member of the competing team. New to the game of tennis and unsure of herself, Oka has to struggle against the torments of the rival whom she displaced and severe challenges of the new coach to find her place on the awarded Nishi tennis team.

26 episodes
Aired in Japan in 1973 and 1974

There is also a Japanese live-action TV-drama series based on the manga which is viewable (subtitled/streaming) at Mysoju.

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Unevaluated Jan-Chan [series:972#967]
Having watched the first eight episodes; I can only share that while this series does appear to be very dated (both in the quality of the story and style of animation), but it does manage to spin an interesting sports-based story of the struggles of Oka - as she finds her confidence and ability to make a mark on her high school's tennis team.

While I think that Prince of Tennis might tell a more exciting, interesting and better tennis story , “Aim for the Ace” still manages to spin a very charming and inspiring tale with a strong female lead character having to overcome a number of personal and petty (or vindictive) challenges.

While I will not rate this a “buy”, I feel that I didn't waste my time watching this rater dated and (perhaps) simplistic sports anime tale.

Last updated Wednesday, November 18 2009. Created Monday, February 21 2005.

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