The Prince of Tennis
Season OVA, Episode 24
Ova 24
Air date
October 24, 2008
Episode Guide
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The Only One is my Heart is the 24th episode of the Nationals OVA and the 5th of the National Finals arc. It originally aired on October 24, 2008.

The opening song is "Across My Line" by Echizen Ryoma and the ending is "Dear Prince ~Tennis no Oujisama-tachi e~" by Ikemen Samurai.


As the Golden Pair plays against Marui and Jackal in the Doubles 1 slot, players whom Ryoma had beaten before help him to recover his memory. It is also revealed how Ryoma lost his memories. In the meantime, Kintarō Tōyama challenges Rikkaidai's captain, Seiichi Yukimura, to a single-balled match just to make time for Ryoma to return. But finally, the Golden Pair wins the game for Seigaku, and all hope of winning is directed to Ryoma's match.

Tennis Techniques IntroducedEdit

Manga Chapter Equivalents Edit

  • Genius 365: Time, Moving Once Again
  • Genius 366: Remember
  • Genius 367: 1 Piece of Memory
  • Genius 368: Bonds
  • Genius 369: Join With Ryoma
  • Genius 370: Reinforcements

Anime and Manga Differences Edit

  • Eiji is shown with tears when Oishi comments on this being their last doubles in the manga.
  • Kintarō comments that even Shiraishi might lose against Fuji, only to be threatened by his "poison hand" in the manga.
  • Nanjiro is shown smoking in the manga, his cigarette is replaced with a tooth-pick in the anime.
  • Kentarō Aoi appears in the anime to help Ryoma restore his memories, this is due to Ryoma replacing Kaido in the Rokkaku match against Aoi. He does not appear in the manga to help out.
  • In the manga, Kiraku Yasuyuki of Midoriyama appears to help Ryoma regain his memories. Due to Midoriyama being replaced with Josei Shonan in the anime, he does not appear.
  • In the manga Momoshiro thanks Oishi and Eiji for stalling the match for Ryoma.
  • Eiji and Oishi cry after winning the match in the anime.

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