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Aim for the Ace!
Ace wo Nerae volume 1 cover by Sumika Yamamoto.png
Cover of manga volume 1.
(Ēsu o Nerae!)
Genre Sports, Romance
Author Sumika Yamamoto
Publisher Japan Shueisha
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Japan Margaret
Original run 19731980
Volumes 18
TV anime
Director Osamu Dezaki
Studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha, Studio Madhouse
Network Japan MBS
Original run October 5, 1973March 29, 1974
Episodes 26
TV anime
The New Aim for the Ace!
Director Minoru Okazaki
Studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Network Japan NTV
Original run October 14, 1978March 31, 1979
Episodes 25
Anime film
Director Osamu Dezaki
Producer Yutaka Fujioka
Writer Keisuke Fujikawa
Composer Kōji Makaino
Released 8 September 1979
Original video animation
Aim for the Ace! 2
Director Noboru Furuse
Writer Makiko Mikami, Rika Kaidō
Released 25 July 198825 October 1988
Episodes 13
Original video animation
Aim for the Ace! Final Stage
Director Osamu Dezaki
Writer Masami Mori, Rika Kaidō
Released 25 October 198925 April 1990
Episodes 12
TV drama
Director Hidetomo Matsuda (Kyodo) Junji Muguruma (TV Asahi)
Writer Akiyo Takigawa
Network Japan TV Asahi
Japan Kyodo
Original run January 15, 2004March 11, 2004
Episodes 7 + 2 special episodes
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Aim for the Ace! (エースをねらえ! Ēsu o Nerae!?) is a sports shōjo manga by Sumika Yamamoto begun in 1972 and serialized in Margaret. Hugely successful, it was adapted into a TV anime series in 1973 by Tokyo Movie Shinsha with the Madhouse animation studio (its first major production), and was originally aired on MBS. Another TV anime and two OAVs as well as a movie retelling of the first series would soon follow in the 1970s and 1980s, and more recently a live-action drama series in 2004. The original TV anime has been distributed in Europe, with the titles Jenny la tennista or "Jenny, the Tennis Player" (Italian), Jeu, Set et Match, or "Game, Set and Match" (French), and Raqueta de oro or "Golden Racket" (Spanish).



The story is about Hiromi Oka, a high school girl who struggles to become good at tennis. Hiromi starts playing tennis in her high school, Nishiko, because she is fascinated by an older girl, Reika Ryūzaki, who is the best player in the team and is nicknamed "Madame Butterfly" (お蝶夫人 "Ochōfujin"?) because of her grace on the tennis court. The team gets a new coach, Jin Munakata, who sees potential in her and trains her to become a great tennis player. Hiromi struggles to overcome her mental weakness. Nishiko is modeled after Urawanishi High School, from which the author graduated.

Later on, she falls in love with another tennis player, Takayuki Tōdō, but Coach Munakata tells her not to get too involved, and that it is better to forget him in order to become a better player. Hiromi suffers over this, and many times she loses her confidence in her playing abilities, but with the support of her coach and her many friends she overcomes her anxiety. By training herself to become a better player, Hiromi grows into a mentally stronger person. Hiromi's enthusiasm and love for tennis, and the support from people around her, helps her to become one of the best players in the world.


Sequels to the anime

  • Ēsu o Nerae! Gekijōban Jump High, Hiromi (エースをねらえ! 劇場版 Jump High, Hiromi?) (movie)
  • Shin Ēsu o Nerae! (新エースをねらえ!?) (TV anime)
  • Ēsu o Nerae! 2 (エースをねらえ!2?) (OAV)
  • Ēsu o Nerae! Fainaru Sutēji (エースをねらえ!ファイナルステージ?) (OAV)

Drama version

Ēsu o Nerae! was adapted into a 2004 Japanese drama series by TV Asahi. The theme song of the show was "Ai no Tame ni" by Aya Ueto who also starred in the leading role. It was broadcast weekly at 21:00 on Thursdays.

TV series staff

  • Producers - Motohiro Matsumoto, Shizuo Sekiguchi
  • Screenwriter - Akiyo Takikawa
  • Music - Norihito Sumitomo
  • Tennis supervisor - Shuzou Matsuoka

Video game

Aim for the Ace! (エーズをねらえ! Ēsu o Nerae?) is a story-driven tennis Super Famicom game for girls, based on the manga of the same name. It was developed by Nippon Telenet and released on December 22, 1993. The main character has to win the love of an older student by winning in a tennis tournament. The object in the game is to beat the opponents while trying not to get distracted by the early 3D rotational graphics (aka Mode 7). There is even a practice mode for younger girls who wish to brush up on their tennis skills before taking on the real competition.

See also

  • Gunbuster - a 1988 sci-fi anime with a similar storyline.

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