The Prince of Tennis
Season 1, Episode 20
Episode 20
Air date
February 27, 2002 (Japan)
December 26, 2006 (English)
Episode Guide
Battle-Scarred Ryoma

Is the Tennis Court Burning Up?

Arc Guide
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Seigaku Training arc

Time Limit ("タイムリミット", Taimurimitto) is the twentieth episode of the series and the tenth in the Tokyo District Preliminary arc.

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


The Singles 2 of one of the Tokyo District finals between Seigaku and Fudomine ends as the match between Echizen and Shinji draws to as to a close as Ryoma is able to overcome Shinji's Spot by finding his two weaknesses. Just when the time limit is up, Echizen wins the game, thus, earning Seigaku's 1st place in the tournament. After winning, Seigaku goes to Kawamura's Sushi Bar to celebrate!

Characters Introduced

  • No notable characters were introduced in this episode

Tennis Techniques Introduced

Manga Chapter Equivalents

  • Chapter 39: Ten-Minute Limit
  • Chapter 40: Champion
  • Chapter 41: Go, Sushi, Go
  • Chapter 42: New Challenge

Anime and Manga Differences

  • Neither Ryūzaki, Sakuno, Inoue, and Shiba were at the party in the manga.
  • In the manga Ryoma wasn't aware that anyone wrote on his eye patch but in the anime he said it was to "Commemorate Seigaku's championship."