Actor Daito Shunsuke and kabuki actor Saotome Taichi, the latter famous for playing female roles, will make their voice acting debut in “Prince of Tennis The Movie – Eikoku Teikyu Kessen!“, set for release on September 3rd.
Set in the holy land of tennis, Wimbledon, the completely original story has the “Prince of Tennis” all-stars challenging tennis champions from all over the world. Daito will play the main guest characterShiu, and Saotome will play Keith, the leader of an organization that stands in the main characters’ way.
The movie is based on Konomi Takeshi’s popular comic of same title that was first serialized in the magazine, “Weekly Shonen Jump“. An anime version of the series aired on TV Tokyo from 2001 to 2005, and was followed by a musical in 2003, an anime movie in 2005, a live-action movie in 2006, and a straight-to-video sequel to the anime series.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the anime, a festival was held, called “TeniPuriFesta 2001 in Budokan“, with more than 24 thousand fans attending the three shows. The story continues to attract more and more fans with a force that shows no signs of stopping.
Four schools, Seigaku, Hyotei, Tatsumi, and Shitenhoji, have been chosen to represent Japan in the junior tennis world championships. However, behind the facade of the tournament is a dangerous operation that threatens the lives of the world-famous players. As the danger approaches the young Japanese representatives, they find themselves fighting not on the tennis court, but throughout an old English castle.
Also, Irino Miyu has been cast as Peter, one of Keith’s underlings. You may know him as the voice ofHaku in “Sprited Away“.