The Prince of Tennis
Season 5, Episode 127
Episode 127
Air date
March 31, 2004
Episode Guide
Clash! Ryoma vs Sanada

Conclusion ~ Which One will Win?

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Invisible Serve is the 127th episode of the original Prince of Tennis series. It was first aired on March 31, 2004.


Ryoma continues to pressure Sanada with the power of the Cyclone Smash. The scene switches to Nanjiro Echizen selling juice at the tournament meaning that everyone is counting on Ryoma to win for Seigaku.

Even Dan and Jin Akutsu are shown hoping that Ryoma will continue onto greatness. But Yukimura is fighting at the hospital so Sanada must also fight. His incredible invisible swing is making Ryoma's eyes tired.

If the game turns into a drawn out match Ryoma will be at a disadvantage. But then Ryoma shocks everyone. He begins playing with his eyes closed. Something no one has ever seen Ryoma do before. But since Nanjiro can do it, so can Ryoma as stated by Inoue. Ryoma manages to catch up with his closed eye tactics. Another surprise is around the corner though when Sanada whips out the Invisible Serve. Ryoma can't see it at all even with his superior eyesight. 4-3. Who will win?

New Moves Introduced

  • Closed Eye - Where the user senses the ball with closed eyes. Users: Ryoma and Nanjiro.
  • Invisible Serve - A serve that is hit where the ball can not be seen at all. Even by the most brilliant of eyesights.

Anime and Manga Differences

In the manga, Sanada used his signature technique FuuRinKaZan whilst in the anime, he used Anime-only moves called Invisible Serve and Invisible Swing.