At AnimeJapan 2022, a new trailer for Prince of Tennis II: World Cup was revealed, showcasing the premise of the series and the events it covers.
The Prince of Tennis II: World Cup release date is set for July 2022 as part of the Prince of Tennis 20th Anniversary Project. It serves as a highly anticipated second season of the series, with the first season of Prince of Tennis II airing all the way back in 2012.
The trailer shows Ryoma and the rivals he’s likely to face at some point in the season, as well as a preview of the courts and environments used throughout the tournament.
You can watch the newly released trailer at the link below:
What is the Prince of Tennis II about?
The series is a sequel to the original Prince of Tennis series, which takes place almost immediately after the original manga came out. When Ryoma returns to Japan, he takes with him the experiences gained during the U-17 training camp and strengthens his determination to defeat his rivals and be the best there is.
The U-17 World Cup arc is something of a legendary arc within the series, with Ryoma representing Team USA and incorporating the best of the best from around the world throughout the arc. From the trailer, it looks like a 1 on 1 faithful recreation of the arc, but the arc is crushingly long. It’s very possible they’ll either omit some of it or just cover the highlights in this upcoming anime.
How much of the manga will the new anime cover?
Well, considering how long the manga’s original run is, probably not all of it. It will at least likely cover part of the manga’s U-17 World Championships, as Ryoma takes on 50 of his fellow top tennis players, with a special emphasis on past and future rivals making an appearance at the event.
Since the cast of the 2012 anime adaptation and the OVAs have been confirmed to be returning to reuse their lines in this upcoming adaptation, the sky is the limit for who could appear in this upcoming adaptation.
If the anime does well, it could potentially lead to further Prince of Tennis II adaptations – time will tell though!