The Prince of Tennis
Season OVA, Episode 25
The prince vs demigod
Air date
January 23, 2009
Episode Guide
The Only One in my Heart

Dear Prince~ To the Princes of Tennis.

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The Prince vs The Child of God is the 25th episode of the Nationals OVA and the 6th of the National Finals arc. It originally aired on January 23, 2009.

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


After Ryoma recovers his memories, he returns to the field court for his final match against Yukimura, just to find a completely crushed Kintaro, whom Ryoma had a hard time against. Yukimura and Ryoma's match starts and Yukimura reveals how he was hospitalized. Later on, Yukimura uses a hidden technique called Yips, which takes away the opponents senses.

Tennis Techniques IntroducedEdit

Manga Chapter Equivalents Edit

  • Genius 370: Reinforcements
  • Genius 371: Final Battle! The Prince vs The Child of God
  • Genius 372: Final Battle! The Prince vs The Child of God 2
  • Genius 373: Final Battle! The Prince vs The Child of God 3
  • Genius 374: Final Battle! The Prince vs The Child of God 4
  • Genius 375: Final Battle! The Prince vs The Child of God 5

Anime and Manga Differences Edit

  • Only Shiraishi and Kenya jump down to help Kintaro in the anime.
  • Gin explains Yukimura's yips and nickname in the manga, in the anime Sumire explains it.
  • Ryoma's opponent from Midoriyama is shown with the his past opponents in the manga, he does not appear in the anime.
  • Kite and Hirakoba comment on Yukimura returning Ryoma's COOL Drive in the anime, in the manga it's Momoshiro and Eiji.
  • Various other schools make comments in the anime during the match with most of these original lines are said by Seigaku members in the manga.
  • In the manga Ryoma copies Shiraishi's Entaku Shot, in the anime it is Tachnibana's Wild Ball.
  • Ryoma was able to score one point using Sanada's Lighting shot in the anime.
  • Ryoma attempted Atobe's World of Ice in the anime but it failed instantly.
  • Urayama Shiita, a first year of Rikkaidai, appears in the manga telling Sanada that he's jealous of Ryoma's growth through matches. He doesn't appear at all in the anime.

Trivia Edit

  • This is not the first instance of Yips being used in the series (Tezuka and Miyuki) but it is the first time it has been used as a technique against an opponent.


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