Prince of Tennis Vol. #15 (

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Release Date: Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Takeshi Konomi
Translated by:Joe Yamazaki
Adapted by:Michelle Pangilinan

What They Say
At the Kanto Tournament, the brillant play of Hyotei Academy's Gakuto and Yushi's drives Seishun's Momo and Eiji to assume the Australian formation, a technique they masterfully pulled off in a previous match.

Meanwhile, the Seishun team of Kaoru and Sadaharu walk into a landmine filled with "scud serves" and accurate, aggressive doubles play. But just when things look bleak, Sadaharu unleashes his well-planned counterattack...

The Review
The Kanto Tournament is underway and the doubles matches are kicking things off once again. The pairing of Momo and Eiji for it due to the circumstances seen in the previous volume certainly has hopes being dashed as the Hyotei pairing seems so much stronger and are able to win a number of games quickly. A lot of it simply has to do to the lack of practice and natural teamwork between Momo and Eiji since they haven't done this much, if at all, before the match. With Hyotei having been so strong the previous year, it's little surprise that they're just as good this year and seemingly have an advantage here. Of course, Seishun's players tend to adapt faster and better than other teams so seeing the tide change isn't a surprise.

The second doubles match in this volume is the better of the matches recently as we have the truly unusual pairing of Sadaharu and Kaoru. Sadaharu's certainly proven himself recently as he's made a strong comeback and really shined when he went up against the team captain. His reaching out to Kaoru for the doubles was certainly a surprise but it's worked out well for the both of them as they've been able to build up each others strengths. Kaoru's snake is incredibly powerful now and Sadaharu only seems to grow in leaps and bounds with consistently strong plays. Their pairing up has the same kind of effect as Momo and Eiji's did but it has a few quirks along the way that help change it up nicely to provide for a really fun match.

This far into the books run, I'm still enjoying Prince of Tennis a lot but it's slowly moving a bit too far in the wildly unbelievable area. While my own tennis years are long behind me, you can see how the acrobatic material that goes on here as well as some of the plays are really stretching the boundaries. When you have characters on the sidelines commenting on how much everyone is jumping around, you just know that these feats are likely too much for even the most limber and athletic teenaged player who has mastered the sport. The other area that's sort of wearing me down a bit is that even though we do get a bit of detail on the opposing players and their motivations, there have been so many opponents so far that they're all blurring together. Seishun's team is easy to keep track of but the rest are quickly just becoming the latest in a growing blur.

Mania Grade: B
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translatin Rating: B+
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: Viz Media
MSRP: 7.99
Pages: 176
ISBN: 1-4215-0668-8
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left