The Prince of Tennis
Season OVA, Episode 9
Air date
November 24, 2006
Episode Guide
Premonition Before the Storm

Short-lived Match

Arc Guide
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The Nationals Semifinals arc - Shitenhōji arc

Heart Not Giving In is the 9th episode of the Nationals OVA and the 3rd of the Rematch against Hyotei arc. It originally aired on November 24, 2006.

The opening song is "Flower-Saki Midareshi Hana" by GIGS and the ending is "Hello & Goodbye" by Kondou Kaoru.


The first match in the quarterfinals is Oshitari vs Momoshiro! Momoshiro in the Singles 3 Spot shows off his new style of play, but eventually loses in the end.

Tennis Techniques IntroducedEdit

Manga Chapter Equivalents Edit

  • Genius 249: Return of Tezuka
  • Genius 274: Tricky Fellows
  • Genius 275: The Unreadable Man
  • Genius 276: The Origins of Strength
  • Genius 277: The Bloody Showdown
  • Genius 278: Lighting the Heart on Fire

Anime and Manga Differences Edit

  • Momoshiro gets the first point with a service ace in the manga, in the anime Oshitari is able to return the first shot but not the second.
  • In the anime Momoshiro runs into a fence pole, in the manga it was a large light pole. This change was most likely to tone down the violence of the scene.
  • A flashback in the manga shows Momoshiro requesting a match from Tezuka during his training, this is not shown in the anime.

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