Makoto Shinkai Highly Praises The Prince of Tennis 3DCG Film: "Both Funny and Heartbreaking"
Takeshi Konomi answers, "I'm very happy that people who haven't read the original manga can enjoy it."
Internationally acclaimed anime film director Makoto Shinkai (Your Name., Weathering with You) posted his favorable comments on Ryoma! Sinsei Gekijyoban Tennis no Ouji-sama / Ryoma! Rebirth The Prince of Tennis: The Movie, the all-new 3DCG feature film based on Takeshi Konomi's The Prince of Tennis manga series, on his official Twitter account yesterday.
The 100-minute film was released in 172 theaters in Japan on September 3, 2021. It was out of the top ten in its first weekend of release, but perhaps due to favorable word of mouth, it climbed to ninth place in its second weekend.
Shinkai wrote, "'Ryoma! Rebirth The Prince of Tennis: The Movie,' I was a little nervous because I hadn't read the original manga, but it was a wonderful film! It was an authentic musical, and its priority was always on 'how to entertain the audience' rather than the conservative dramaturgy, and the overwhelming power of the climax was both funny and heartbreaking. I saw a good piece of work."
『リョーマ！新生劇場版テニスの王子様』、原作未読なので不安もあったんですが、素晴らしい作品でした！本格的なミュージカルで、ありきたりな作劇作法よりも「いかに観客を楽しませるか」が常に優先されていて、クライマックスの突きぬけたパワーには笑いながらも胸を衝かれて。良いもの観たなあ。— 新海誠 (@shinkaimakoto) September 13, 2021
Immediately, the manga's author Takeshi Konomi responded to Shinkai's comments. "Hello, I'm Konomi, the original author of 'The Prince of Tennis' and the executive producer of the film 'Ryoma!.' Thank you very much for your wonderful comments, which blew away the exhaustion of the director and the production staff, who had to face a series of challenges that defied the common sense of the film industry. I'm very happy that people who haven't read the original TeniPri manga can enjoy it."
はじめまして✨— 許斐剛 (@konomi_takeshi) September 13, 2021
Then, Shinkai also posted another comment of gratitude, "Thank you very much for this wonderful film! As an audience, I earnestly had a great time, but I'm sure the filmmakers had a lot of struggles, because this is a film without any ordinary depictions. It gave me a lot of inspiration. I will be reading the manga as well!"
こちらこそ、素敵な映画を本当にありがとうございました！観客としてはひたすらに楽しい時間でしたが、ありきたりな描写などすこしもない作品ですから、制作した方々にはたいへんなご苦労があったことと思います。たくさんの刺激をいただきました。コミックスも拝読いたします！ https://t.co/xtaNjDEY0A— 新海誠 (@shinkaimakoto) September 13, 2021
The franchise's first full 3DCG film tells an original story about what happened in the three months between the first manga The Prince of Tennis and its sequel The New Prince of Tennis.
Its story takes place in the past in America. Three days after the finals of the National Tournament, the protagonist Ryoma Echizen goes on a tennis training trip to America by himself. When he arrives there, he encounters his classmate Sakuno Ryuzaki, who is also visiting the country on a family trip, is being tangled up with gang members. When the ball Ryoma throws to save her collides with another ball thrown by a mysterious person in a wheelchair, time and space get distorted, and the two are traveled back to the time when Ryoma's father was known as Samurai Nanjiro in America.
Insert song "~peace of mind~ Hoshi no Uta wo Kikinagara":
Main poster visual:
Source: Makoto Shinkai Twitter account, Takeshi Konomi Twitter account
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