Seigaku (1st Year)
ASICS (CHALLENGER FG)
Kei Watanabe (Japanese)
Katsuo Mizuno (Japanese: 水野カツオ, Mizuno Katsuo) is a freshmen at Seishun Academy and is also in the tennis club. He and Ryoma are friends, and as a member of the tennis club he is required to attend all of Seigaku's tennis tournaments to support the regulars. Albeit not very skilled, he aims to be able to be a regular one day but in the mean time he does not mind picking up balls during practice.
Katsuo is shown to have extremely short blonde colored hair. In the anime Katsuo instead has black colored hair, which is shown to later changed to blonde in the epilogue.
Not much is known about his personality in the manga, as he is not as prominently featured as he is in the anime.
Katsuo is a kind and soft-spoken person but lacks confidence. Often when he does something good he would just consider it to be good luck or a coincidence. He respects his senior club members a lot and would never lose hope in them. Therefore when something is amiss within the club, Katsuo often gets very worried, despite the fact that it does not concern him.
Playing Style and Techniques
- In the anime, he is very skilled at cooking.
- Mizuno is a Japanese sports company who is most famous for their golf gear, but has made various tennis rackets. Some characters in Prince of Tennis are known to use Mizuno tennis rackets, such as Tezuka Kunimitsu.