Prince of Tennis
Super Rookie of the East
Seigaku's Pillar of Support
Ochibi (by Kikumaru Eiji)
Chibisuke (Ryoga Echizen)
Brat (by Akutsu Jin)
Koshimae (Kintarō Tōyama)
Tennis No Ojisama (by Keigo Atobe)
Seishonen (by Nanjirō Echizen)
Samurai (by Ken)
Heralded Newcomer (by Arai Masashi)
School and Class
Seishun Academy (1st Year), 1-2 #4
Height (cm) and Blood Type
Ryoma Echizen (越前 リョーマ, Echizen Ryōma) is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the manga and anime series The Prince of Tennis created by Takeshi Konomi. Ryoma is a first year student at Seishun Academy ('Seigaku' for short), which he attends immediately after his arrival in Japan after formerly residing in the United States. Although only a first year in middle school, Ryoma had already earned notoriety through winning four consecutive titles in the American Junior Tennis tournaments – all in a little over a year. Due to his nearly invincible tennis play, Ryoma has earned the label 'prodigy' by the age of twelve. His good looks and confidence make him highly popular with ladies, although he seems not to notice, having his focus exclusively on tennis.
In the series, Ryoma is portrayed as a twelve year old tennis prodigy who has won four consecutive Junior Tennis Tournaments in America. His father is Nanjirō Echizen, a former tennis pro nicknamed "Samurai Nanjiro". At his father's request, Ryoma returns to Japan in order to attend Seishun Academy ("Seigaku"), a private middle school famous for its tennis team. Due to his cocky attitude, he constantly butts heads with some of his upperclassmen as well as anger most of his opponents in tennis matches. Still, he, along with his team, evolve as tennis players in order to win the National Tennis Tournament. Throughout the story, Ryoma continue to find his own style of tennis by creating original techniques instead of merely being a copy of his father. Ryoma also appears in other media adaptations of the series including musicals, video games, soundtracks, and movies.Ryoma has been fairly popular among readers, having always stayed in the top four most popular characters, even placing first two of the polls. Also, Ryoma's character has been featured in more soundtracks than any other character in the series. His likeness has appeared in numerous types of other merchandise as well, including key chains and clothing. However, in publicized reviews for the anime and manga, his character has received mixed reviews, with his personality being heavily criticized. Reviewers from Anime News Network and DVDTalk both finding Ryoma's cocky and "arrogant" attitude difficult to like. Though they both find his tennis skills undefinable, they comment on how that makes it "difficult for the reader to latch on and share in his experiences," eliminating the tension that comes with underdog appeal. The ANN reviewer, however, believes that some of the highlights of the series are the numerous ways that Ryoma defeats his opponents. On the other hand, Mania comments that Ryoma does not come off as too "over the top or too serious, but just the right level to be intimidating." And Jeffrey of IGN cites that though Ryoma starts off as "stiff and cold," he slowly starts to break out of his shell.
He does not go easy on himself and pushes himself more, rather than letting himself rest. He is specifically a singles player, though he did try doubles once with teammate Momoshiro Takeshi. After seeing how bad he was at doubles, Coach Ryūzaki usually placed him in the S3 (Singles 3) or S2 (Singles 2) position. When captain Tezuka Kunimitsu goes away for rehabilitation for his arm, Ryoma and teammate Fuji Shūsuke take turns for the S1 (Singles 1) position. In the Nationals, Ryoma often found himself placed in the S1 position nearly every match.
Ryoma has a habit of forgetting people that he finds insignificant or met for a brief moment. The first person he forgets is Sakuno which saddens her. Another person he forgets is Sasabe and his father. He also forgot Sengoku as they met just briefly. Whether he does this on purpose is as of yet unknown.His catchphrase (and favorite phrase) in the Japanese anime is "Mada Mada Dane", literally meaning "No, not yet" or "Not good enough", although the literal translation in Japanese is "You still have lots more to work on". In the American version, it is translated as "You still have a ways to go".
In the Prince of Tennis movie Tennis no Ōjisama - Futari no Samurai, Ryoma supposedly has an older brother named Ryōga Echizen, but the latter is later revealed to simply be a child that Nanjirō took in a few years ago.
Ryoma can be quite arrogant at times, but is usually able to back up his statements with his tennis skills. He is usually distrustful of other tennis players, and often provokes his opponent before a match. In the beginning of the series, Ryoma is not taken seriously by the other students at his school, especially at the Seishun Tennis Club. It is only after he beats two of Seishun's regulars (Kaoru Kaidō and Sadaharu Inui) that he gains respect from fellow club members. He is also unafraid almost to the point of recklessness, but rarely gets angry or out of control. In the TeniPuri family chibi episodes, Ryoma is the eldest son of the family and always creates all sorts of troubles. In other chibi episodes, he is mostly shown very skilled.
At the beginning of the series, all of Ryoma's tennis skills are a copy of his father's. With the help of his team captain, Kunimitsu Tezuka, Ryoma realizes his need to develop his own style of tennis if he intends to reach his goal and defeat his father.
With each match, it becomes apparent that Ryoma not only brings his potential to the front, but that he is constantly reaching a new point in the state of self-actualization – especially so during crucial points in a match. Although he views each opponent as a stepping stone of advancement, Tezuka soon becomes the wall that Ryoma has set up for himself in order to achieve actual greatness.
Although Ryoma has a rather tunneled vision as to whom he considers a rival (his father, Tezuka, and Fuji), there are many that view the first year as just that. One of the more notable examples of this in the anime is Kevin Smith, the son of the tennis coach George Smith, who was defeated by Nanjiro Echizen fifteen years ago in defense of George's pupil Rinko Takeuchi, who becomes Ryoma's mother. Kevin appears later in the series in the "friendly" match between the U.S.A West Coast Region and the Japan Kanto Region. Kevin became obsessed with wanting to play Ryoma because of their pasts, whereas in the beginning Ryoma regarded Kevin's threats with a rather unconcerned attitude until he saw him play against Yamabuki's Jin Akutsu in the streets. Tezuka was unimpressed with Ryoma's attitude toward the matches, and as a result, Ryoma is forced to earn his place as a reserve player.
Ryoma also cares much about his family cat Karupin. In episode 27, Karupin follows Ryoma to school after he accidentally packs its toy into his bag. After he discovers the fact, he frantically searches for his cat around the district. Also, Karupin had followed Ryoma to the US Open tournament by sneaking into Ryoma's bag.
He has many girl fans that are so obsessed with him. He currently doesn't show any interest in girls because of his dedication toward tennis. Occasionally, he has been seen dismissing them. Although his apathetic nature, he does show Sakuno his genuine concern. In the anime, he has saved her from time to time. In the manga (Chapter 306), he threw a tennis ball at a thief for making the prepared food she made drop onto the floor.
He defeated everyone that he battled except against his captain, Tezuka. It should be noted that while he inherited his fathers tennis skills and cockiness, his way of thinking seems to be more similar to his mother as he is shown to be quite serious, studious, and silent when possible.
Ryoma has shown that he is skilled at speaking English fluently since he spent quite a lot of time in the US. He is greatly admired by his classmates (although he falls asleep in his English classes). Sport other than tennis that he is also skilled in is Table Tennis (Tennis vs Ping Pong), bowling (Prince of Bowling), and billiards (The Prince of Billiards). His abilities in beach volleyball, however, may be questioned. When the Seigaku students go to the beach during the anime series, Ryoma plays well when paired with Kaidoh (Cheap Housing Beach Volleyball). However, he plays quite poorly in the OVA when paired with Tezuka. In the same event in the manga, Ryoma, paired with Rokkaku's Kentaro Aoi, plays decently only after activating Muga no Kyōchi. It is possible however, that the second time, they were using a beach ball, which was too light for any tennis related moves.
Ryoma plays doubles wih Momoshiro in the match against Gyokorin. Halfway through the match, they get frustrated with each other and they split apart to plays as singles in a doubles match, winning 6-2. Ryuzaki was not amused, however, as they both ended up kneeling on the floor. They were both banned for 1 and 2 matches respectively.
At the finals, Ryoma was placed in Singles 2 against Fudomine's ace, Ibu Shinji. He won the first game easily with his Twist Serve; Shinji, in turn, revealed a smiliar serve called the Kick Serve. Ryoma was able to return it by switching to his dominant left hand. As the match went on, Shinji began using his Spot technique to paralyze Ryoma's hand and gain the upper hand. When Ryoma tried to twist his body more to hit the ball, he lost his grip on his racket, which crashed and broke on the net pole, rebounded, and hit his left eye.damageing his eye muscle which causes extensive bleeding. Ryoma insisted on finishing the match, so Ryuzaki used a medical technique to stop the bleeding for fifteen minutes, and Tezuka gave Echizen ten to finish the match. Ryoma found a way to counter Shinji's Spot by using Nitoryu, and won the last point by using a Twist Spin Smash, winning 6-3.
Sometime after, Tezuka, deeply troubled on how Ryoma's style is just a carbon copy of his father's, plays a secret match with him at the tennis court under the railway. Tezuka utterly defeats Echizen, he encourages him to come up with his own style of tennis and to become the pillar support of Seigaku.
In the semi-finals, Ryoma did not get to play as Ginka forfeited because of a "stomach ache" (they were afraid of Seigaku's regulars).
In the finals, against Yamabuki, he played in Singles 2, beating Yamabuki's Jin Akutsu 6-4, leading his team to the Kanto tournament. It was in this stage that Ryoma perfected the Super Rising and invented a new shot, Drive A. It was here that Ryoma had his revenge (Akutsu had come to Seigaku and served rocks at Echizen and cut his face).
Ryoma goes to the Kanto Regional Tournament with Seigaku as the No.2 seed this year since they had just been victors at the Tokyo Prefecturals. In the first round, against Hyotei Gakuen, Ryoma was placed as a substitute. But since both teams had two wins each and the Single's 3 game between Kawamura and Kabaji was a No Game (due to both players injuring themselves), there was a special rule created to get the subs to play each other to decide who wins. Ryoma's opponent was Hiyoshi Wakashi, Hyotei's second year ace. He had already beaten Choutarou Ootori in singles, and now, or so he thought, would defeat Echizen. But three Twist Serves and a Zero-Shiki Drop from Echizen quelled his thoughts. Although Hiyoshi took two games with his Enbu tennis, Echizen switched from his right hand to his left hand and dominated the match 6-2.
In the manga, Ryoma beats the Midoriyama 2nd year. However, in the anime, Seigaku plays against Josei Shounan. Their coach, Aoi Hanamura, tries to recruit Echizen to her team, but Ryoma refuses. Ryoma plays in Singles 2 against Shinjou Reiji during the Quarterfinals of the Kanto Regional Tournament. Shinjou first uses the Mirage, but Ryoma sees through it. After that, when Ryoma insults Hanamura's coaching, Shinjou gets angry and uses Deep Impulse to try and take the match. Ryoma is not fazed by the brutal style and counters it, winning the game 6-4.
In the manga, Ryoma is placed in Singles 2 and does not play as Seigaku defeats Rokkaku during the Semifinals in straight sets. However, in the anime, Ryoma is placed in Singles 3 against Rokkaku captain Aoi Kentaro and briefly falls victim to Aoi's Cord Ball technique. The match continued long into the late afternoon that the referee decided they would finish the match the next day. The next day, Ryoma overcomes Aoi's with a faster Drive B, and defeats Aoi 6-4.
Ryoma and Seigaku prepare for the Finals against reigning champions Rikkai Daigaku Fuzoku.
In the anime, when the match is delayed for a week due to rain, Echizen plays a secret match against the "emperor" Genichirou Sanada and loses. Ryoma feels inadequate from the loss, but Yamabuki's retired Akustu helps Ryoma find his spark again. Echizen and the rest of the Seigaku members go to a training camp where they trained vigorously- meeting Yamato Yudai, the captain of Seigaku during the current 3rd years' 1st year, and the person who asked Tezuka to become Seigaku's Pillar of Support. Ryoma and Yamato get stranded together but they speak for a long time, with Yamato giving him words of encouragement and good advice. Later, the Seigaku regulars played practice matches against Hyotei Gakuen, who was staying in an Atobe Cottage nearby and was invited by Coach Ryuzaki. Ryoma played against Atobe, drawing the match 6-6 due to the no-tiebreak rule. It was here that Ryoma invented the Cyclone Smash.
In the Kanto Finals, Seigaku surprised Rikidai by winning Singles 3 and 2 after losing both doubles matches. It is up to Ryoma, who played against Sanada. In the manga, Sanada uses "Fu Rin Ka Zan", and Echizen uses several techniques from other players to battle back. Echizen is able to make a bigger comeback by debuting his COOL Drive, and manages to win. In the anime, Sanada took the first few games with his Invisible Swing. Ryoma soon got used to the speed of the Swing decided to unleash his Cyclone Smash; when his eyes got tired, Ryoma played with his eyes closed and equalised the match score. Sanada then unleashed his fury and started utilising the Invisible Serve, which was much faster, and got to match point. Ryoma then began to attack using the Samurai's Eye (a state similar to Muga No Kyouchi) to use his former opponents moves, e.g.: Twist Spin Shot, Spot, Deep Impulse, Enbu tennis, and Akutsu's flexibilty attacks, winning the game 7-5, winning the finals for Seigaku and taking them to the nationals.
Regional Select Invitationals Camp
In the anime, when America decides move the date of the Goodwill games versus Japan to an earlier date, a week-long camp was held for all the Japanese teams to compete for the spot. Echizen was placed in Ryuzaki's team, with everyone feeling that he would earn a spot on the roster. When Ryuzaki collapsed from exhaustion, Tezuka took some time out of rehab as the group's coach. During the camp, Tezuka saw that Echizen's attitude had grown more arrogant following his win against Sanada. Thus, when it came to choosing the players to represent Japan, Tezuka chose to have Echizen as the reserve player, but kept in secret to see if he would change. When Echizen sees America's Kevin Smith– who had been wanting to challenge him – defeat Yamabuki's Jin Akutsu using his destructive tennis form, Echizen had a change of heart and begged Tezuka to be on the team; Tezuka revealed Echizen's spot, making him the third member of Seigaku to compete (along with Fuji and Kikumaru).
Regional Select Invitationals
Although Rikkaidai's Akaya Kirihara played Smith in the final match, Kirihara injured himself, and the "special rule" was invoked to have Echizen finish the match, which resulted in his victory (7-6) and a new found friendship with Smith.
In the manga, Ryoma goes with his team to the Nationals. In the anime, he is chosen as a wildcard for the U.S. Open and goes to it, eventually beating Lleyton Hewitt in the finals. He comes back in the OVA, and although he says he wouldn't participate with Seigaku, vice captain Shūichiro Oishi goads him into a match to take over his spot as a regular, which Ryoma does. Everyone later found Oishi did this because his wrist injury from before the Kanto Finals was acting up again.
Round 1Higa Middle School. Ryoma faces Tanishi Kei in Singles 3, and shows his souvenir from America - the COOL Drive.
Ryoma continuously uses Drive C which everyone believes to be his COOL Drive, but he reveals that his COOL Drive has twice the spin of Drive Cs. However, Tanishi's Big Bang Serve allows him to win all of his service games, while Ryoma manages to win all of his, forcing a tiebreak.
It is there that Ryoma manages to return the Big Bang Serve. Ryoma had not let on to the fact that the serve had been weakening in power as the games progressed; as such, Tanishi was unaware of his own weakness, allowing Ryoma to get a return ace. Finally showing the true COOL Drive, Tanishi attempts to return it before it can land, however, when the ball hits Tanishi's raquet the amazing spin he puts on it forces the ball to greatly hit Tanishi's face. Ryoma takes the first win for Seigaku.
Seigaku's next opponent was their old nemesis, Hyotei Gakuen. Ryoma was placed in Singles 1, as Tezuka had played in Singles 2 against Kabaji Munehiro. Both teams get two matches a piece, and Ryoma's opponent was Atobe Keigo, and very soon he proved a tough nut to crack, as Muga no Kyouchi did not work on such a high level player who could handle most techniques like Atobe. Atobe took the first 4 games with his World of Ice but Ryoma countered it with his "Samurai Zone", forcing the ball towards him. The game gradually turned into a tiebreak. They both went all out, and soon the score was 117-117. Both players had collapsed to exhaustion. Atobe stood up first, but in the last 12 seconds of the service time, Ryoma manages to stand up and hit 2 twist serves, winning the game 7-6. After that, Ryoma jumped over the net to shave Atobe's hair (from a bet they placed earlier), but Atobe shaved his own hair despite Taki Haginosuke's objections.
Nationals SemifinalsSeigaku's semifinals was against Shitenhoji Middle School. With a 3 wins and 1 loss, Seigaku wins the match with Shintenhji and moves on to the finals. Although Ryoma couldn't play a real match against Kintarō and the match between Seigaku and Shitenhōji had concluded, Ryoma and Tooyama Kintarō play a special one ball match. In spite of it being only for one point, they both go all out for over 40 minutes. In the end, the ball is split in half, causing it to end in a draw. Though it is hinted by Fuji that Ryoma may have unlocked Teni Muhō No Kiwami (Pinnacle of Perfection) in this match; Nanjiroh, who was listening through the radio, believes otherwise.
During the National Tournament Finals, Seigaku's finals was against reigning Rikkaidai Junior High School who with the return of their captain, expected an easy win and nothing less. Ryoma is matched up against Rikkai Dai's captain, Yukimura Seiichi, in the Singles 1 slot; the winner of which will result in their team winning the tournament since both teams have two wins.Yukimura Seiichi, Ryoma had amnesia, but luckily due to his teammates' and other teams' help by stalling their games and helping him "re-learn" tennis, he eventually overcomes his amnesia right before his match. Ryoma starts off strong and uses three of his signature techniques, but Yukimura returns them all without having to move from the baseline. In response, Ryoma activates Muga no Kyōchi and uses five consecutive copied techniques, but once again, Yukimura returns them all without much effort. Ryoma then reveals that he has opened Hyakku Ren Jitoku no Kiwami, but it is only after Yukimura wins three straight games that Ryoma is able to use Hyaku Ren to its fullest, going on to win a point. Right after, he reveals that he has also opened Saiki Kanpatsu no Kiwami. However, he breaks his own prediction by hitting the ball out of the court, and just when his nose begins to bleed, Yukimura decides to show his true strength.
As they play, Yukimura informs him that he is losing his senses, which becomes a reality as Ryoma has already lost his sense of touch, followed by his sight. Though Ryoma continues to hit the ball through his hearing, he eventually loses that as well. Despite losing all his senses, Ryoma attempts to continue playing. As he realizes what tennis means to him, he activates Muga no Kyōchi's final door, Teni Muhō No Kiwami (Pinnacle of Perfection).Using Teni Muhō, Ryoma continues to get consecutive service aces as well as return aces from Yukimura's serve, and eventually catches up to Yukimura, and then takes the lead by winning five games in a row. However, just when Ryoma needed one more game to win, Yukimura begins to adjust to Ryoma's playing style, and is thus able to return Ryoma's hits. Ryoma then uses his Samurai Drive, splitting the ball in half, and though Yukimura is able to return it, Ryoma is able to smash both halves into Yukimura's side of the court, winning the match 6-4.
Prior to U-17 Camp
In the OVA Another Story's "Prince of Naniwa" Part 1 and 2, the Seigaku tennis club minus Ryoma, travels to Osaka to have a joint training session with Shitenhoji's tennis club during the summer after the National Tournament. Ryoma is shown to be in New York noticing his adopted brother practicing tennis on a wall with a ball filled with hard rocks. Ryoma is interested and is seen walking towards his brother. Some time later, he is seen arriving in an airport in Japan, most likely Kansai International Airport because Ryoma is next shown meeting Tooyama Kintaro in Osaka. They have a 'match' after Kintaro tells Ryoma that the loser will be treating the winner with takoyaki- their match actually being a rally of a ball through the city of Osaka wildly going over rivers and bridges.
Ryoma and Kintaro are rallying a ball through on an overpass when Oishi, Kikumaru, and Kawamura notice Ryoma and are surprised that he is in Osaka. Ryoma and Kintaro's rally is stopped when Kikumaru catches Ryoma's returned ball with his hand. When the 3rd year regulars plus Coach Ryuzaki and Kintaro question Ryoma back at the inn at night as to why he was in Osaka, Ryoma replies that he just wants to eat some real takoyaki. While some of the 3rd years suggest that they tell Momoshiro and Kaidoh that Ryoma is in Osaka, Tezuka replies that if they told the two 2nd years the news, they would never realize what they had to realize.
Later on, after Momoshiro and Kaidoh realize that they needed to work with the 1st and 2nd years of Seigaku as a team, they decide to hold their delayed training matches with Shitenhoji. Just when Ishida Gin hits a 108th degree Hadoukyu to Mizuno and Arai, Ryoma shows up and returns the ball, surprising everyone who thought Ryoma was in New York. Momoshiro and Kaidoh ask Ryoma why he was in Japan, and Ryoma tells them because he was worried about his senpais, much to the two 2nd year's dismay. Ryoma and Kintaro end up playing a match, the result unknown.
In the ending credits, Ryoma is seen in a cab in New York, only to see Ryoga outside the window. Ryoma opens the cab door and smiles seeing Ryoga and the song ends with Ryoma on a street tennis court serving a ball, most likely to his brother.
Ryoma, Ken and the others heads towards a tennis court downtown occupied by high school students.Ryoma easily defeats them all and clears the court for him and his friends (revealed in a flashback). After playing for a little bit, everyone except for Ken takes a break and Ryoma hears about the problem they are having with the high schoolers including one named Jack. Ken becomes angry that they are relying on Ryoma for help saying it was their problem, no Ryoma's. Ken storms off the courts, leaving Ryoma and the rest of the gang staring at Ken.
Later on, Ryoma finds Ken practicing tennis against a wall in an alleyway. He invites Ken to a practice match, and speaks about how Ken lacks power. Ryoma is able to blow Ken's racket away countless times until Ken finally returns one of Ryoma's shots- but it is out of bound. Ryoma smiles but says Ken still has a long way to go.
The two practice until sunset and Ryoma presents Ken, who is laying on the ground from exhaustion a can of a grape beverage. He wishes Ken good luck in his match tomorrow and leaves.
The next day, Ryoma is seen about to purchase a can of grape juice in a deli when he overhears two high schoolers talk about Jack and his friend about to have a violent match against some kids downtown. They mention how it was "cute" in a malicious tone, drawing Ryoma's attention. He immediatly rushes out without his drink, surprising the cashier.At the courts, Ken's and his doubles partner- their unnamed friend with the yellow headband, were both scratched up from the match and on the floor while Jack and his doubles partner were taunting them and asking about "the good Japanese player" who cleared the court yesterday. Ken says that "Ryoma won't be coming" but Ryoma arrives to the court downtown just in time to stop Jack's ball from hitting an already beat up Ken. Ryoma proceeds to playing against Jack and his partner but receives help from Ken too when Ryoma could not reach the ball. Together, Ken and Ryoma defeat the Jack and his doubles partner while their friends cheer on. Ryoma stares at defeated Jack, who is now on the ground sweating and breathing hard, and says "Hey, this is real tennis. Mada mada dane." Ken then asks Ryoma why he came and Ryoma replies with a smile: "because we are friends." Ken looks away but says "thank you" reluctantly, causing the entire group of friends to start laughing.
Jack stands up and curses Ryoma silently. He serves a ball aiming at Ryoma, who is unaware that Jack was trying to hurt him. Ken notices the serve and screams out Ryoma's name, running towards his friend in attempt to block the ball but is not fast enough. However, a flash of yellow (representing a ball moving at a very fast pace) decends from above- it both knocks away the ball Jack aimed at Ryoma's way and lands to the ground just as a Twist Serve but then shots towards Jack's face, knocking Jack out. Ryoma, surprised at the serve, looks up and sees a green-haired, black-hooded man with a blue racket standing on the roof of a building staring down at Ryoma. His savior turns out to be his older brother, Echizen Ryoga, but we do not know if Ryoma realized it was his brother though they were both staring at each other. Ryoga walks away and a man then runs towards Ryoma saying that there is an important letter from Japan for him. Ryoma opens the letter and is shocked at the content being an invitation to the U-17 Camp.
Ryoma's friends wave him goodbye as he is seen running to an unseen location. Ken cheers Ryoma on quietly, calling him "Samurai." The location Ryoma was running towards is later revealed to be to Grand Central Terminal where Ryoma stops and takes a sip of the grape beverage (parallel to the start of The New Prince of Tennis' episode 1).
In the post credit scenes, Ryoma arrives at Seigaku's tennis courts and bumps into the freshman trio, who tells Ryoma that Coach Ryuzaki and the regulars have already left for the camp. Ryoma turns away to leave, but then turns back and stares at Horio asking him for a "favor" with a smile.
At the U-17 Camp, Ryoma learns that there are still more powerful School players out there, and strives to become even stronger to defeat the likes of Tokugawa Kazuya, Tanegashima Shuuji and several other powerful High Schoolers.All middle schoolers were able to attain a ball that the helicopter dropped where the conditions were, those uable to obtain a ball must leave the camp. Ryoma then challenges Junichi Sasabe however is then challenged by Matsudaira Chikao, who Ryoma utterly defeats with ease instant causing Matsudaira to forfeit due to injuries. After several Middle Schoolers crush several High Schoolers, Irie Kanata, Oni Juujirou and Tokugawa Kazuya arrive stopping the matches warning them that the players they just defeated are nowhere near the level they themselves are at.
Echizen is then involved in the Tie-Break style elimination games in which a every middle school must play a quick tie-break where the winner stays in the camp and the loser is sent home. Although it is thought that the loser is sent home, the loser in fact goes to the mountain cliffs and trains with the hidden cach there.
Horio and a few other 1st years sneak into the U-17 Camp, with Horio carrying Ryoma's belongings, revealed to be the "favor" Ryoma asks Horio to do in the New Prince of Tennis OVA 1. Horio calls Ryoma a "slave driver" because of this favor he was asked to do.
As Ryoma pairs with Minami Kentaro, he heads to the toilet just before the game. However at the toilet, he meets Inui Sadaharu struggling in a cubicle due to having a failed Inui Juice, and then fellow super rookie Tooyama Kintaro and the two decide to take a self-tour of the camp. Ryoma and Kintaro decide to tour the camp and ignore their tie-break games thus making them forfeit and lose them. The two of them bump into several High Schoolers from lower courts along the way and ask for the location of Court 1 however due to the High Schoolers being infuriated that kids are attempting to challenge courts they are powerless against, they challenge the 2 rookies.Ryoma and Kintaro annihalate amny opponents consecutively as a pair until they notice Court 1 and are stunned to find Tokugawa Kazuya and Oni Juujiro rallying with 5 balls at once and decide to challenge them respectively. After Kintaro loses to Oni and Ryoma losing to Tokugawa, the two of them are met by the Mental Coach who takes them to where the other middle schoolers that lost their tie-break games are. He tells them to climb the cliff by the camp if they want the chance to stay in the camp. Echizen and the 27 other middle schoolers complete this task and end up meeting the High Schoolers who were unable to attain a ball from the helicopter and also the Drunken Coach.
Mountain ClimbingRyoma and the 26 other middle schoolers take part in the drunken coach's weird tasks such as digging an enormous hole just for the Coach to urinate in, a jog through the forest, and a 'Special Mission' for himself, Kenya, and Kei.
The 26 middle schoolers against the High Schoolers on the mountain cliff and Survive being chased by eagles within a time limit. Eventually, he and Tooyama avoid all the Eagles and decide to have a match on the top of the mountain by the camp to decide who is the best and use conkers as tennis balls.While playing, 5 Eagles capture Ryoma and Kintaro hits conkers at the eagle to free him. Kintaro then hits 5 conkers to Ryoma and once the eagle drops him, and he hits the 5 conkers at the 5 eagles. Suddenly realizing their fast improvement in now being able to hit 5 balls at once like Oni and Tokugawa. The Drunken Coach notices this, and tells them they are still a long way from Tokugawa and Oni who can actually hit up to 10 at once. Ryoma asks the coach arrogantly to teach him how, to which the Coach furiously hits him across the face. In retaliation Ryoma gets up and serves a conker past the Coach's face on purpose stunning the Drunken Coach. To this, the Coach ends the exercise.
Later on, Ryoma is lying down on the grass staring at the sky and is interrupted by Sanada Genichiro, as Ryoma tells the latter to go away, Sanada says to that the 27 middle schoolers are going to steal the Coach's sake. This angers the Coach to the point he decides they should all go back to the camp and start a revolution.
In the anime, Ryoma is approached by Yamato who comes to visit him on the mountain with an invitation to watch the 3rd VS. 5th Court Shuffle Match between Tezuka and himself. Surprisingly, Ryoma recognizes Yamato, though Yamato has changed his physical appearence. Ryoma goes through the day with Coach Nyudo's training with heavy lead filled rackets, but is asked to leave by the Coach because his mind was elsewhere. Ryoma sneaks back into the main camp unnoticed and watches the match between the two captains of Seigaku. When Tezuka unlocks Tenimuh (Pinnacle of Perfection), the last door behind Muga no Kyōchi, Ryoma is seen still watching on, amazed at his captain. After Tezuka's win, Ryoma tells Yamato that he was glad he came to watch.
After the Court Shuffle ended, the 27 middle schoolers returned to camp, claiming the 2nd Court. It is unknown which of the 27 middle schoolers, but they were able to crush the 2nd Court which angers other High Schoolers. They quickly handle the High Schoolers, who were throwing balls at them after showing their new abilities (Kenya ran so quickly behind them they did not even notice, Sanada's black aura was huge, etc.) and Court 1's Shūji Tanegashima welcomes the middle schoolersback. The Coaches then announce they are accepted as the new 2nd Court. All of the middle schoolers engage in a pillowfight and then it is announced that the 1st Stringers will return to the camp soon.
Foreign Expedition Group Challenge
Echizen and the other middle schoolers are at the main courts awaiting the results of the matches between the 1st Stringers and their challengers and welcome the return of the Top 10. Ryoma is standing with Sanada behind Tanegashima and asks why only 9 players have arrived despite the fact they were awaiting the Top 10. This is when Tanegashima reveals to the middle schoolers that he is in fact the No.2 and changes his ordinary jersey for the 1st Stringers signature red jersey and goes to line-up along with the rest of the Top 10.
Unlike the rest of the camp, Echizen Ryoma remains unsurprised at the upset news that lower half of the 1st Stringers (No. 11-20) had been quickly defeated and replaced by Middle Schoolers (with the exception of No. 20, who Irie defeated). Ryoma along with other middle schoolers then challenge the Top 10 which greatly angers No.1 Byoudouin Houou who warns them to quieten down, striking fear into all of the middle schoolers. No.7 Kimijima decides to create a rota including the middle schoolers.Later on, Tokugawa calls him out for a training session, to see Ryoma's improvement since they played each other. To Tokugawa's surprise, Ryoma could now confidently rally with 10 balls at a time like he could. Tokugawa then tells him about how his dream is to defeat Byoudouin after he lost to Byoudouin last year and that Byoudouin effortlessly crushed his spirit.
After finishing their long training, now exhausted and in no condition to play, Byoudouin Houou arrives as they are packing away and aims a violent serve at Echizen. Luckily for Echizen Tokugawa dives in front to take the blow, however it stuns him and sends him back. He fires again which they both dodge and Byoudouin's serve ends up making a crater in the wall. Byoudouin is still unsatisfied after not being able to hit Ryoma and aims at him again, however just as the ball is about to reach Ryoma's face, Ryoma is rescued by a mysterious hood 1st Stringer in a red jersey just in time who effortlessly returns Byoudouin'd serve.
The mysterious person chuckles, tosses an orange up and says 'Long time no see, Chibisuke,' while removing his hood revealing himself as No. 4 Echizen Ryoga. Ryoma, who was shocked, replied to Ryoma asking him who he was, only to have Ryoga reply 'Wait now, don't tell me you have forgetten your older brother?" Ryoma is later seen during the start of the U-17 Representatives VS. 2nd Stringers Player Shuffle, giving a glance at his older brother. Ryoma watches the first match of where Atobe and Niou face off with High School Doubles Specialists Muuri Juzaburou andOchi Tsukimitsu. When Sanada mentions how strong the team of Atobe and Niou (as Tezuka) is, Ryoma replies saying that even though Niou can pretend to be Tezuka through his Illusion, he is not the real thing.
Akaya Kirihara (manga version)
Ryomas and Akaya Kirihara of Rikkai Daigaku Fuzoku meet prior to the Kantō Regional finals and decide to have an unofficial match. While Ryoma starts out well, Kirihara's Red Eyes form becomes too much for him. However, when losing 4-0, Ryoma unconsciously taps into the State of Self Actualization for the first time. He goes into a trance and wins six consecutive games, defeating Kirihara, but then falls unconscious. When he awakes and is later questioned by Sanada, he is unaware of his victory. Yet he got scared of red eyes and the next day everyone has red eyes, making him faint three times.
Genichirou Sanada (manga version)
Ryoma starts out the match by going into the State of Self Actualization right away. He manages to win the first game by using a blitz of techniques, but loses control of the game when fatigue sets in. While Ryoma manages to keep steady and return Sanada's Fuu, Sanada merely responds by using Ka.
With all hope seeming lost, Ryoma manages to gain a burst of energy and begins fighting back. Sanada is undaunted, but Ryoma manages to catch up and take the lead. Sanada goes into the State of Self Actualization himself, determined to end the match, but Ryoma manages to win by debuting his Cool Drive.
Genichirou Sanada (anime version)
In the final match for the Kantō Regional Finals, Ryoma and Sanada begin the deciding match. Sanada begins by using the Invisible Swing, which Ryoma cannot return, resulting in Sanada taking the first three games. Ryoma's eyes then adjust to the speed of the ball and is finally able to return it. He debuts his Cyclone Smash, which wins him the next two games. However, the fatigue caused by following the Sanada's Invisible Swing proves too much for his eyes, so he closes his eyes. To everyone's surprise, Ryoma returns the balls with his eyes closed, and wins the next game. Frustrated, Sanada unveils his Invisible Serve, which is even faster than his Invisible Swing, thus Ryoma has to open his eyes again. Nearly exhausted, Ryoma loses the following games, with the score favoring Sanada at 5 games to 3. During Sanada's match point, Ryoma receives encouragement from several other players, and quickly returns the Invisible Serve with a return ace. It is then that Ryoma uses his Samurai's Eye, and begins to use the techniques that his opponents' have previously used against him. With that, and constant use of powerful Cyclone Smashes, Ryoma wins with 7 games to 5.
The two play in the Singles 3 match during Seigaku's match with Higa Middle School at the start of the Nationals. Ryoma uses Drive Cs which everyone believes to be his COOL drive, but he reveals that his COOL drive has twice the spin of Drive Cs. However, Tanishi's Big Bang Serve allows him to win all of his service games, while Ryoma manages to win all of his, forcing a tiebreak.
It is there that Ryoma manages to return the Big Bang Serve. Ryoma had not let on to the fact that the serve had been weakening in power as the games progressed; as such, Tanishi was unaware of his own weakness, allowing Ryoma to get a return ace. Finally showing the true COOL drive, Tanishi attempts to return it before it can land, however when the ball hits Tanishi's raquet the amazing spin he puts on it forces the ball to greatly hit Tanishi's face. Ryoma takes the first win for Seigaku.
During the National quarterfinals, Ryoma and Keigo Atobe face off in Singles 1, with their respective teams tied at 2-2. Atobe uses his new Tannhauser Serve to gain the upper hand. Ryoma attempts to take the lead by using the State of Self Actualization, but Atobe is still able to keep up, and debuts his new ability, the World of Ice, which allows him to exploit all of Ryoma's blind spots and win four consecutive games.
Ryoma then manages to break out by copying what people believe to be the Tezuka Zone, though it is actually him copying his father's Zone; a technique that he learned through his experience in playing against a superior opponent [Nanjiro]. This allows him to catch up and force a tiebreak game. With the score tied at 117 each, both players collapse. Atobe gets up first and manages to walk over to receive the serve, but Ryoma manages to muster the strength to do the Twist Serve. Atobe is unable to return it, for he has already lost consciousness, and Ryoma manages to win 119-117, putting Seigaku in the semifinals.
Although the match between Seigaku and Shitenhōji had concluded, Ryoma and Kintarō Tooyama play a special one ball match. In spite of it being only for one point, they both go all out for over 40 minutes. In the end, the ball is split in half, causing it to end in a draw. Though it is hinted by Fuji that Ryoma may have unlocked Teni Muhō No Kiwami (Pinnacle of Perfection) in this match, Nanjiro, who was listening through the radio, believes otherwise.
During the National Tournament Finals, Ryoma is matched up against Rikkai Dai's captain, Seiichi Yukimura, in the Singles 1 slot; the winner of which will result in their team winning the tournament since both teams have two wins.
Before his match with Seiichi Yukimura, Ryoma had amnesia, but luckily due to his teammates' and other teams' help by stalling their games and helping him "re-learn" tennis, he eventually overcomes his amnesia right before his match. Ryoma starts off strong and uses three of his signature techniques, but Yukimura returns them all without having to move from the baseline. In response, Ryoma activates Muga no Kyōchi and uses five consecutive copied techniques, but once again, Yukimura returns them all without much effort. Ryoma then reveals that he has opened Hyaku Ren Jitoku no Kiwami, but it is only after Yukimura wins three straight games that Ryoma is able to use Hyaku Ren to its fullest, going on to win a point. Right after, he reveals that he has also opened Saiki Kanpatsu no Kiwami. However, he breaks his own prediction by hitting the ball out of the court, and just when his nose begins to bleed, Yukimura decides to show his true strength. As they play, Yukimura informs him that he is losing his senses, which becomes a reality as Ryoma has already lost his sense of touch, followed by his sight. Though Ryoma continues to hit the ball through his hearing, he eventually loses that as well.
Despite losing all his senses, Ryoma attempts to continue playing. As he realizes what tennis means to him, he activates Muga no Kyōchi's final door, Teni Muhō No Kiwami (Pinnacle of Perfection). Using Teni Muhō, Ryoma continues to get consecutive service aces as well as return aces from Yukimura's serve, and eventually catches up to Yukimura, and then takes the lead by winning five games in a row. However, just when Ryoma needed one more game to win, Yukimura begins to adjust to Ryoma's playing style, and is thus able to return Ryoma's hits. Ryoma then uses his Samurai Drive, splitting the ball in half, and though Yukimura is able to return it, Ryoma is able to smash both halves into Yukimura's side of the court, winning the match 6-4 (anime).
2008-2009 Official Middle School Tournament
|2008 Tokyo District||Quarterfinals||Gyokurin||Doubles 2||Momoshiro Takeshi||Izumi/Fukawa||Won (6-2)|
|2008 Tokyo District||Semi-Finals||Mizu no Fuchi||Reserve Player||None||None||None|
|2008 Tokyo District||Finals||Fudomine Middle School||Singles 2||None||Ibu Shinji||Won (6-3)|
|2008 Tokyo Prefecturals||Round 3||Kamata||Singles 2||None||Maekawa||Won (6-0)|
|2008 Tokyo Prefecturals||Round 4||Akiyama 3rd||Singles 3||None||Nihonmatsu||Won (6-0)|
|2008 Tokyo Prefecturals||Quarterfinals||St. Rudolph||Singles 3||None||Fuji Yūta||Won (NOTE-1)|
|2008 Tokyo Prefectual||Finals||Yamabuki Middle School||Singles 2||None||Akutsu Jin||Won (6-4)|
|2008 Kantō Regionals||Round 1||Hyōtei Academy||Reserve Player||None||Hiyoshi Wakashi||Won (6-2)|
|2008 Kantō Regionals (NOTE-2)||Quarterfinals||Midoriyama||Singles 3||None||Kiraku Yasuyuki||Won (6-1)|
|2008 Kantō Regionals (NOTE-2)||Quarterfinals||Jōsei Shōnan||Singles 2||None||Reijii Shinjou||Won (6-4)|
|2008 Kantō Regionals||Semi-Finals||Rokkaku Middle School||Singles 3 (NOTE-3)||None||Aoi Kentarō||Won (6-4)|
|2008 Kantō Regionals||Finals||Rikkai Daigaku Fuzoku||Singles 1||None||Sanada Genichirō||Won (7-5)|
|2008 Nationals||Round 2||Higa Middle School||Singles 3||None||Tanishi Kei||Won (7-6) (8-6)|
|2008 Nationals||Quarterfinals||Hyōtei Academy||Singles 1||None||Atobe Keigo||Won (7-6) (119-117)|
|2008 Nationals||Semi-Finals||Shitenhōji||Singles 1||None||Tōyama Kintarō||None (NOTE-4)|
|2008 Nationals||Finals||Rikkai Daigaku Fuzoku||Singles 1||None||Yukimura Seiichi||Won (6-4)|
- NOTE-1 In the manga, Ryoma won with the score of 6-3, while in the anime, Ryoma won with the score of 6-4.
- NOTE-2 The match against Midoriyama only took place in the manga, while Jōsei Shōnan's match existed only in the anime.
- NOTE-3 In the manga, Kaidō Kaoru took his place for Singles 3, so Ryoma never played against Rokkaku in the manga.
- NOTE-4 Although Seigaku already won with 3 wins and 1 loss, due to Kintarō's (very annoying yet heartful?) request, a 1-point match that lasted for 40 minutes was allowed, with the tennis ball splitting in half and each half landing on each side of the court, settling the unofficial match as a tie.
Seigaku Ranking Matches
|4/2008||Block D||Inui Sadaharu||Won (7-5)|
|4/2008||Block D||Kaidō Kaoru||Won (6-4)|
|4/2008||Block D||Nishi Hideto||Won (6-0)|
|4/2008||Block D||Ikeda Masaya||Won (6-0)|
|4/2008||Block D||Fushimi Ayata||Won (6-0)|
|6/2008||Block D||Oishi Shūichirō||Won (6-3)|
|6/2008||Block D||Kuwahara Naoya||Won (6-0)|
|6/2008||Block D||Mikami Kōji||Won (6-0)|
|6/2008||Block D||Ikeda Masaya||Won (6-0)|
|6/2008||Block D||Tsuda Shūshi||Won (6-0)|
|Day||Location||Type of Match||Opponent||Score|
|4/2008||Kakinokizawa Garden Tennis Club||Singles Match||Sasabe (Kitakō Kōkō Captain)||Win (6-2)|
|4/2008||Seigaku||Singles Match||Momoshiro Takeshi||1-0|
|4/2008||Seigaku||Singles Match||Arai Masashi||Interrupted (Unknown)|
|4/2008||Kachiro's father's tennis club||Singles Match||Sasabe Sr.||Won (6-0)|
|4/2008||Street Tennis Courts with Momoshiro||Doubles Match||Izumi/Fukawa||Lost (0-1)|
|5/2008||Near a Train Station||Singles Match||Tezuka Kunimitsu||Lost (Unknown)|
|5/2008||Echizen's house||Singles Match||Echizen Nanjirō||Lost (Unknown)|
|5/2008||Echizen's house||Singles Match||Momoshiro Takeshi||Unknown|
|5/2008||Tokyo Prefectuals||Singles Match||Koyanagi||Won (Unknown)|
|5/2008||Seigaku||Singles Match||Fuji Shūsuke||Interrupted (3-4)|
|5/2008||Ginka Middle School||Singles Match||Suzuki Yasaharu||Won (Unknown)|
|5/2008||Ginka Middle School||Singles Match||Tashiro||Won (Unknown)|
|5/2008||Ginka Middle School||Singles Match||Dōmoto Gōki||Won (Unknown)|
|5/2008||Ginka Middle School||Singles Match||Fukushi Michiru||Won (Unknown)|
|7/2008||A tennis club in the Kanagawa prefecture (Manga only)||Singles Match||Kirihara Akaya||Win (6-4)|
|8/2008||Rokkaku Middle School Tennis Club (Manga only)||Singles Match||Aoi Kentarō||Unknown|
|8/2008||Seigaku (OVA only)||Singles Match||Oishi Shuichiro||Won (6-0)|
|8/2008||Echizen's house||Singles Match||Echizen Nanjirō||Lost (Unknown)|
|8/2008||Nationals (See above for more information)||Singles Match||Tōyama Kintarō||Draw (0-0)|
|8/2008||Tennis Court close to the Nationals||Singles Match||Momoshiro Takeshi||Unknown|
|8/2008||Tennis Court close to the Nationals||Singles Match||Ibu Shinji||Unknown|
|8/2008||Tennis Court close to the Nationals||Singles Match||Fuji Yūta||Unknown|
|8/2008||Tennis Court close to the Nationals||Singles Match||Akutsu Jin||Unknown|
|8/2008||Tennis Court close to the Nationals||Singles Match||Kiraku Yasuyuki/Aoi Kentarō (NOTE-1)||Unknown|
|8/2008||Tennis Court close to the Nationals||Singles Match||Hiyoshi Wakashi||Unknown|
|8/2008||Tennis Court close to the Nationals||Singles Match||Tanishi Kei||Unknown|
|8/2008||Tennis Court close to the Nationals||Singles Match||Atobe Keigo||Unknown|
|8/2008||Tennis Court close to the Nationals||Singles Match||Sanada Genichirō||Unknown|
- NOTE-1 Since Kiraku was not featured in the anime, the anime replaced him with Aoi Kentaro, who played against Ryoma officially only in the anime.
U-17 Camp Results
|Type of Match||Partner||Opponent||Score|
|Unofficial Match||None||Matsudaira Chikao||Won (Unknown)|
|Tiebreaker-Style Elimination Match||None||Minami Kentarō||Lost (Forfeit) NOTE-1|
|Unofficial Match||None||Tokugawa Kazuya||Lost (Unkown)|
|Unoffical Match||None||Tooyama Kintarou||Interrupted|
- NOTE-1 Ryoma never returned from his bathroom break and got preoccupied playing against Tokugawa, so he was unable to make it to the tiebreaker match in time.
Playing Style and Techniques
Ryoma is an all-rounder, otherwise known as an all-court player, meaning he has aspects of every tennis style; he can use techniques from different tennis styles with many special shots and abilities, depending on his current needs. One of Ryoma's greatest talents is his ability to learn new techniques after only seeing them performed a few times. His dominant hand is his left hand, but he is ambidextrous, able to use his right hand when he needs to. He also has an amazing amount of stamina and does not sweat as much as the other players. His tennis sense is extraordinary, since he has great sight not only in his eyes (very great sense of motion vision), Along with fellow Seigaku regular Kikumaru Eiji, Ryoma is known to have an exceptional talent for seeing moving objects. he also can see what kind of technique his opponent is using and can figure out a way to counter such techniques, as well as being able to copy them sometimes.
During the crucial points in a match, he seems to be able to increase his speed and the velocity of his shots, making others mistake him as playing at a higher pace and tension as usual, but actually, that is his best tension. This, along with his one-footed split step, is noted to be the ability of the top pros as well as being natural for people. However, these were actually ingrained into him by his father when he was a kid through special training.
- Twist Serve (ツイストサーブ)
A serve Ryoma typically performs with his right hand, though it needs to be hit with the opponent's dominant hand. The twist serve is Ryoma's most notable shot. It is meant to shoot towards the opponent's face, making it difficult to return. He can perform it with his left hand when he is facing left-handed opponents. He claims that he does this so he can hit the opponent in the face with the ball.
- In the English dubbed version of Prince of Tennis, the twist serve is referred to as the kick serve, which is similar to the twist serve, but is considered to be less powerful and easier to perform than the twist serve. It may be countered by the super rising, stepping to the side to avoid it, or but dodging it and returning it as a samsh, though slightly weaker.
- Twist Serve Tornado (ツイストサーブトルネード) "A Day on Suvival Mountain OVA only"
The Twist Serve curves to the face in an abnormal way. In the OVA, Ryoma tried to use the twist serve in a slanted court, which resulted in the bounce of the serve being too weak and making it easy to return. Ryoma then adjusted his grip to make the twist serve bounce as it would normally in a court, and when used in a regular court, it became an irregular bounce.
- Twist Smash (ツイストスマッシュ, tsuisuto sumasshu)
The Twist Serve in the form of a smash, the ball changes direction after it hits the ground exactly like a twist serve would. He uses this shot to win his game against Ibu Shinji from Fudomine Junior High, and against Fuji, although the Higuma Otoshi was able to flawlessly return it.
- COOL Drive (COOLドライブ, COOL doraibu)
A powerful smash with a huge spin that makes the ball roll instead of bouncing up. It is similar to Fuji's Tsubame Gaeshi, but the COOL Drive uses an enormous sidespin instead of underspin. It can be used as a forehand or backhand shot. In the manga, Ryoma uses this shot for the first time to defeat Sanada Genichirō. In the anime, he does not use it until the Nationals, where he uses it against Tanishi Kei of Higa Chuu; Ryoma smashes the ball into his opponent's racquet where the ball then spins towards Kei's face. So far, Yukimura was the only person who had returned this shot (from the baseline), although Tokugawa may have been able to return this (or simply did not let Ryoma use it at all) since Ryoma lost his match against him the first time.
- Cyclone Smash (anime only) (サイクロンスマッシュ, saikuron sumasshu)
An extraordinarily powerful smash done by jumping high into the air, and twisting, then untwisting, the body back onto the ball. It is first shown while battling Oishi, before the Kantō finals. He later perfects the move while playing Rikkai Dai's Vice Captain Sanada. This technique seems to be derived from Sanada's "Ka," as the form and power is very similar.
- Dragon Cyclone Smash (animated movie only)
A move where Ryoma returns the ball at a high speed, creating a cyclone around him, which he then uses as a diversion as he hits his return.
- Rondo Towards Destruction (manga only)
A high-level two-part smash that knocks away the opponent's racket with the first hit, and scores with the second smash, Ryoma was able to use this against Atobe, the one who invented it himself, when outside of Muga no Kyōchi. In the OVA, Ryoma was in Muga no Kyōchi to use this technique, while in the manga, it was stated by Fuji that he was no longer in Muga no Kyōchi before he used this technique.
A fake smash where Ryoma jumps and appears to smash, but suddenly, while he is still in the air, he makes a 360 turn and hits a drop shot. He seems to have visually learned this technique when he saw Kisarasu Atsushi of St. Rudolph use it, and in the anime, can also hit a lob form of this fake smash.
- Drive B (ドライブB, doraibu B)
This is Ryoma's first original shot (as opposed to moves he copies from other players), and is first used in his match against Fuji Yūta. Besides the twist serve, it probably is his most notable shot, In the English dub, it has been renamed Drive V.
- Drive A (ドライブA, doraibu A)
- Drive C (ドライブC, doraibu C)
A shot similar to the COOL drive with only half the spin. It is first used by Ryoma in the Nationals against Higa Chuu's Tanishi Kei . Upon hitting the ground, it spins rapidly before curving across the court floor without bouncing.
- Drive D (ドライブD, doraibu D)
A drive that follows up a returned Drive B, it has half the spin of the Drive B, but the speed of the return is enough to get the ball past most players. May also be returned with direct smash.
Samurai Drive (サムライドライブ, Samurai Doraibu)
A (backhand) technique where Ryoma hits a powerful return toward the rope that is between the net and the pole. Because of the tremendous force, the rope slices the ball in half, resulting in both pieces going in different directions. In the manga, the force of this shot is strong enough to loosen the net itself, while in the OVA, the ball simply gets cut through without even harming the net. It was first seen during his one-point match against Kintarō Tōyama, but only the outcome of the ball was shown, not the technique itself. Ryoma first shows how the technique is done during his match against Yukimura Seiichi, which is also when its name is revealed.
- Snake (Buggy Whip Shot)
A forehand or backhand shot that has an offset topspin that causes it to curve to the corners of the court, making the opponent run around and lose stamina, Ryoma first finds out about this technique from an article on a pro. Later, after he sees Kaidō perform a variation of it, known as Snake, he realizes that Snake is the Buggy Whip Shot and manages to copy it, although he said that it is quite difficult to perform with a short reach.
- One-Footed Split Step (片足スプリットステップ, kata ashi supuritto suteppu)
A split step involving landing only one foot. This difference allows Ryoma to increase his speed and cover the court more effectively. In the English dub, it has been renamed as "Ryoma Split Step", although Kirihara Akaya can use this technique as well.
- Nitōryū (二刀流|lit. Two Sword Style)
The name given to Ryoma's ambidexterity because he can play with either hand. It is a technique inherited from his father, Nanjirō Echizen. During a match, Ryoma can switch his racket to either hand, making it easier for him to return a ball, especially when his dominant hand is unable to quickly reach it.
- Super Rising (超ライジング)
One of the common shots used by most characters, Super Rising is a half volley where the returner hits the ball they are returning just as it is bouncing up in order to give the opponent less time to react. Ryoma first sees this shot during his match against Yūta Fuji using it against him, and uses it himself to try to return Yuta's Twist Spin Shot. However, it was imperfect until the match against Akutsu Jin.
- Zero-Shiki Drop (零式ドロップショット)
In the reserve match against Hiyoshi Wakashi, Ryoma shows the ability to use Tezuka's famed drop shot, which is a heavy backspin drop shot that drops after passing 1 foot of the net, then after it lands on the ground, rolls back to the net instead of bouncing. However, due to Ryoma's stance (his racket 30 cm off from his normal stance), it was too obvious and Inui stated that it will not work the second time. However, he was able to use it in perfect form against Sanada in the manga, but it was thanks to the Muga no Kyōchi. He has only performed the shot with his right hand, so it is unknown how he would perform it with his dominant left hand.
- Stuttered Step (anime only) (スタッタードステップ)
Ryoma rapidly approaches the net but staggers his stride when he reaches the service line, allowing him to stop quickly and return volleys with more control. Ryoma develops this while facing Jōsei Shōnan's Shinjō Reiji to counter his Deep Impulse before it accelerates.
- Tezuka Zone (Samurai Zone) (手塚ゾーン, Tezuka zōn)
The method Tezuka uses in putting a specific spin on each ball that he hits, causing the ball to automatically return to him. Ryoma uses an incomplete version to break out of Atobe's World of Ice technique. However, it is stated in the manga that Ryoma learned this technique instinctively from playing against his father's completed version of the Samurai/Nanjirō Zone every day. This is also the one technique that Muga no Kyōchi cannot copy.
- Muga no Kyōchi (無我の境地, Muga no Kyōchi, trans. State of Self Actualization)
A state in which the user naturally intakes all techniques he sees and can perfectly copy them. Ryoma enters this for the first time in an unofficial match against Kirihara Akaya, and controls it for the first time in his match against Sanada Genichirō (both occurrences take place in the manga). However, its weakness is that the ability to copy the opponent comes from the body, not the brain, and as a result, wears out one's body out further than usual since most techniques are beyond what a person can execute.
- The Samurai's Eye (侍の目, Samurai no Me) is the anime equivalent of Muga no Kyōchi. It gives Ryoma a very dynamic play style because he is able to switch between many other player's techniques.
Muga no Kyōchi has three doors:
- Hyaku Ren Jitoku no Kiwami (Pinnacle of Hard Work)
- Saiki Kanpatsu no Kiwami (Pinnacle of Great Wisdom)
He unlocked this when Hyaku Ren Jitoku no Kiwami didn't work during his match against Rikkai Dai's Captain Yukimura Seiichi in the National Finals. With Saiki Kanpatsu no Kiwami, Ryoma is capable of predicting the number of shots he needs to win a point.
- Ten’i Muhō No Kiwami (Pinnacle of Perfection)
According to Nanjirō, however, there was no such thing as Teni Muhō to begin with. It was simply the feeling that one has when they first enjoy playing tennis. However, when people become too absorbed in winning and losing in tennis, they eventually forget that feeling.
- His favorite subject is Science, but having been brought up in the United States, Ryoma is fluent in English, which his classmates admire him for.
- Ryoma's worst subject is Japanese, but he's shown no difficulties in speaking it.
- He is also the object of admiration of his own fan club in school, which is led by Osakada Tomoka. However, he does not care about girls at this point in his life, due to solely focusing on tennis.
- Ryoma came joint first with Fuji in the 1st New Prince of Tennis popularity poll.
- His favorite color is silver although he is always seen wearing a red shirt and a red racket.
- His favorite racket is Yonex Bridgestone (Dynabeam Grandea).
- In the manga, he is shown wearing Fila shoes, cap, wristband and shirt, although in the anime, the Fila logo is censored out and the "F" sign on Ryoma's hat, which represents Fila, it is replaced with an "R" instead, to symbolize his first letter of his name, Ryoma.
- In the live-action adaptation film of The Prince of Tennis, Ryoma is portrayed by Kanata Hongo.
- In the Prince of Tennis Musicals, Ryoma has been portrayed by actors Kotaro Yanagi (2003-2006), Yuya Endo (2004-2005), Dori Sakurada (2006-2007), Shogo Sakamoto (2007-2009), Ryuki Takahashi (2008-2010), and Yuuki Ogoe (2010-present).
- His favorite shoes are Fila (Mark Philippoussis mid).
- Ryoma is frequently seen drinking Fanta (Ponta in the anime).
- Ryoma's favorite foods are fried fish, steam pot (known as Chawanmushi in Japanese), egg sandwiches and Japanese food. He doesn't seem to like American food very much.
- Ryoma helps out in the library of his school.
- His Zodiac sign is Capricorn.
- He is often called "chibi" or "baby" due to his height of 151 cm (4'11" ft).
- His Blood type is O.
- His favorite quote is Mada Mada Dane (lit. translation: "You still have lots more to work on", VIZ translation: "You have a ways to go")
- His father's occupation is helping to run the temple nearby.
- Ryoma makes a cameo appearance in chapter 136 of Satou Yousuke's, Onidere manga.
- Preferred Type: A girl who looks good in a pigtails.
- On his ‘want’ list: Nintendo DS
- Other specialty besides tennis: He has very good chemistry with animals although he is not sure why either…
- Ryoma shares the same name with one of the Getter Robo pilots: Ryoma Nagare.
- They have similarities: They're the main characters, and they have a struggle relationship with their fathers(Nanjirou Echizen and Ichigan Nagare).
- In the U-17 Camp,Ryoma is almost never seen without Kintaro.