Junichi Suwabe (Keigo Atobe VA): "Please wait while opening all of your pores!!"
In commemoration of the 20th anniversary for The Prince of Tennis anime franchise in 2021, an all-new original episode The New Prince of Tennis: Hyotei vs Rikkai Game of Future is confirmed to be in the works. As the title suggests, it will focus on a match between Hyotei Academy and Rikkaidai Junior High School, which has never been told in the manga series.
Under the full supervision by The Prince of Tennis manga author Takeshi Konomi, Keiichiro Kawaguchi (ISLAND, Frame Arms Girl) serves as director, alongside scriptwriter Mitsutaka Hirota (Zoids Wild) and anime character designer Akiharu Ishii (Ultramarine Magmell).
To celebrate the production of the new episode, Konomi posted a newly-drawn illustration on the anime's Twitter.
Message from Junichi Suwabe (Keigo Atobe, the captain of Hyotei)
"The direct confrontation between Hyotei and Rikkai, which has not been told in the original manga, is made into anime!? I'm really surprised. I hope that the good things about our members will be well depicted. And I want Mr. Atobe to win! I want him to fight against the strong competitors who are ready in both mind and body and beat them justly..., but how will it go!? Please wait while opening all of your pores!!"
Message from Sachiko Nagai (Seiichi Yukimura, the captain of Rikkaidai):
"When I heard about the "Hyotei vs Rikkai," I realized the true meaning of the feeling of tension. The members of Rikkai come to mind one after another. I imagine the calm exhilaration of the Rikkai members when the match is decided. I'm looking forward to what kind of match order it will be. I will challenge not to be ashamed of the name of the king, Rikkai, who doesn't allow compromise anytime."
© Takeshi Konomi/SHUEISHA, NAS, The New Prince of tennis Project