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  • Acting for Two:
    • Yuki Kaida voices not only Fuji, but also his sister Yumiko and his younger brother Yuuta as a child.
    • In episode 129, Junko Minagawa voices Ryoma's mother note  Rinko in addition to Ryoma himself
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • Ryoma is played by Junko Minagawa.
    • Fuji, played by Yuki Kaida, and Yukimura (Sachiko Nagai) are the only two third year guys to be voiced by a woman. Yukimura also is the only captain or vice-captain voiced by a female seiyuu.
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    • Dan is played by Yumiko Kobayashi.
    • Twins Yohei and Kohei Tanaka are Chieko Higuchi and Kanako Mitsuhashi.
    • Kintaro is voiced by Yuu Sugimoto.
    • Shiita Urayama is voiced by Takase Asaki.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Downplayed in the Film Adaptation. All the Seigaku regulars are played by the Musical's Seigaku 2nd Cast, who were all 19-22 years old at the time, while the characters were supposed to be 14-16. Hongo Kanata as well was a bit older than Ryoma. The same case is applied to the cameos in the film, since the Musical actors who played random players were around their mid-20's.
    • Played straight in all the Musicals, but notably averted when Ruito Aoyagi (the 1st Gakuto) was casted. He just turned 16 during one of the plays.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Atobe gets called "Ore-sama" by the fandom. "Monkey King", in canon.
    • Niou is known as Magnificent Bastard, due to him being... well, a magnificent bastard. A running gag in the fandom is that Niou is planning all the events in the series.
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    • Richard is known as "Lost to Sengoku 6-4"
    • Shitenhouji's vice-captain Kenjirou Koishikawa was nicknamed by the Shitenhouji fans as "Banira Aisu" for his resemblance to a certain rapper.
  • God Created Canon Foreigner: Ryoga Echizen was originally only created for the The Prince of Tennis - The Two Samurai: The First Game movie by Takeshi Konomi. After fan acclaim, he eventually used him in The New Prince of Tennis.
  • Japanese Holidays: In 2018, the ever increasingly popular annual "Happy Summer Valentine" event got so big that Japan officially recognized the day of the results release (August 14) as a national holiday.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Viz Media only dubbed and released the first 50 episodes. The series is still being streamed on Neon Alley, but the DVD sets are out of print. However, the episodes do not use the original Japanese opening theme, but instead use the electric guitar theme from the dubnote .
  • No Export for You: Neither the video games, the rest of the anime (from episode 51 onwards, including the OVAs and The New Prince of Tennis series), the Musical DVD sets, the New Prince of Tennis manga series nor Houkago no Oujisama (" The Prince of Tennis Tribute", also known as "The Prince of Afterschool") have been released outside Japan.
    • Latin American viewers only had a bit better on this, since only 97 episodes were dubbed.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Mamoru Miyano replaces Yuuta Yamazaki as Ryoga in the anime.
    • Rinko was originally voiced by Yuki Nakao, however in episode 129 note , Junko Minagawa (who already voices her son Ryoma) voices her both in flashbacks as well as present day.
  • Portmanteau Series Nickname:
    • The series is also known as "Tenipuri" or "PoT".
    • The musicals are nicknamed as "Tenimyu".
    • The official radio show of the series, Tennis no Oujisama On The Radio is officially nicknamed as "Rajipuri".
    • The sequel series, "The New Prince of Tennis", is abbreviated as "Shinpuri".
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  • Screwed by the Network: The show is familiar among Toonami fans for being initially a Toonami Jetstream exclusive, and then being brought onto the television block alongside MÄR, only for both shows to be taken off almost immediately.
  • What Could Have Been: Kintaro was supposed to have a larger role, and it's speculated that Konomi actually thought of having him as the main character before coming up with Ryoma.

The Prince of Tennis Musical

  • Acting for Two:
  • Actor Shipping:
    • Yuu Shirota (1st Season Tezuka 2) and Kazuki Kato (1st Season Atobe 1) played a lot with this in the backstage videos.
    • Daisuke Watanabe (Tezuka) and Kyosuke Hamao (Eiji), both from the 1st Season Seigaku 4th cast, started to get shipped a lot after they both starred in 4 out of 5 movies of the Takumi-kun Live-Action movies.
    • Any former alumni who had co-starred in a Boys' Love movie with Takumi Saito (1st Season Oshitari 1). So far, we have Yoshikazu Kotani (1st Season Kawamura 2, in "Boys Love"), Hiroki Aiba (1st Season Fuji 2, in "Sukitomo") and Ryunosuke Kawai (1st Season Hiyoshi A, in the adaptation of "Itsuka no Kimi e").
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Yuki Jutta (1st Jackal) shaved his head instead of using a bald cap.
  • The Other Darrin: Aside from the actors graduating and Passing the Torch to the next cast, there were cases where the recast happened without a graduation.
    • "Remarkable 1st Match Fudomine" has some mixing in the cast: Since Yanagi Kotaroh was unable to perform due to his car accident, Kimeru stepped in as Ryoma, while Nagayama Takashi, who was originally playing Eiji, played Fuji. And then they called again Ichitaro Yamazaki to play Eiji.
    • "More Than Limit St. Rudolph Gakuen" had Kengo Ohkuchi as Tezuka (instead of Eiji Takigawa), and Eiki Kitamura as Kawamura (instead of Yoshitsugu Abe).
    • "Side Fudomine ~Special Match~" (2004-2005), was a remake of the original Fudomine play. This version has Endou Yuuya as Ryoma (he shared the role with Yanagi Kotaroh, who returned after his recovery). Also YOH replaced Sugawara Takuma as Tachibana, and Fujiwara Yuki played Kamio instead of Matsui Yasuyuki.
    • Starting with The Imperial Presence Hyotei, Date Koji was replaced by Seto Yusuke for the rest of the Musicals of the 1st Season, even when the original Hyotei Cast reunited for the special stage of The Imperial Presence Hyotei in Tokyo.
    • While there was a Rikkai B assembled for The Final Match Rikkai First, Masuda Toshiki replaced Yagami Ren as Yukimura, while Yamaoki Yuuki replaced Ono Kento as Yanagi, Acaba Mio as Marui and Toda Shingo as Jackal for the rest of the Season (they both played their parts for both casts). Averted for Kanesaki Kentaro, who was the only to play Sanada for both Rikkai casts during the entire season.
    • In Dream Live 7th, the Seigaku 1st cast made a special guest appearance, but Eiki Kitamura replaced Abe again because of scheduling conflict. It's even mentioned by the guys themselves on stage.

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