The Prince of Tennis
Season 1, Episode 18
Episode 18
Air date
February 13, 2002 (Japan)
December 11, 2006 (English)
Episode Guide
A Little Gesture of Triumph

Battle-Scarred Ryoma

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The Love Letter ("ラブレター", Raburetā) is the eighteenth episode of the series and the eighth in the Tokyo District Preliminary arc.

The opening song is "Future" by Hiro-X and ending is "You Got Game" by Kimeru.


Ryoma takes the lead with his Twist but what happens after Shinji shows his Kick? During the game there is a flashback to when Nanjirou Echizen was overcoming his weakness with the aid of his coach.

Characters Introduced

  • No notable characters were introduced in this episode

Tennis Techniques Introduced

Manga Chapter Equivalents

  • Chapter 35: Shock the World
  • Chapter 36: Mutter, Mutter

Anime and Manga Differences

  • In the anime Ryūzaki tells Tezuka and Oishi who Ryoma's father is but in the manga she tells only Tezuka much later when he was in rehabilitation.