Ace wo Nerae

Japanese name: Ace wo Nerae
Japanese name: エースをねらえ
English name: Aim for the Ace!
French name: Jeu, set et match
Italian name: Jenny la tennista
Spanish name: Raqueta de Oro
Dates: October 5, 1973-March 29, 1974
December 1988 (France)
October 1984 (Italy)
Broadcast time: Friday, 19:00-19:30 (7:00-7:30 pm)
Number of episodes: 26
Animation Studio: Tokyo Movie Shinsha (TMS) (Madhouse)
Production Company: Tokyo Movie Shinsha, Mainichi Hoso
Broadcaster: Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS)
TF1 (France)
Rete 4 (Italy)
Creator(s): Sumika Yamamoto (manga)
Series Director: Osamu Dezaki
Episode Director(s): Osamu Dezaki
Storyboard(s): Masami Hata, Makura Saki (Osamu Dezaki), Noboru Ishikuro, Sôji Yoshikawa, Susumu Kaida, Takekatsu Kikuta, Hideo Kujû
Writer(s): Toshio Takeuchi, Mitsuru Majima, Tatsuo Tamura
Art Director: Noboru Ryuike
Character Designer(s): Akio Sugino, Takeo Kitahara
Animator(s): Akio Sugino (chief director), Yoshio Kabashima (director), Tatsuo Kitahara (director), Osamu Dezaki (key)
Music: Katsuhiro Mizawa
Voice Actors
(regular characters):
Makoto Kousaka (Hiromi Ota), Masako Ikeda (Reika Ryusaki), Kouji Nakata (Coach Jin Munakata)
Genre(s): drama, sports (tennis), romance, high school, teenagers
Home Video
Japan: DVD (BCBA 655-656)
Note(s): This series is continued by Shin Ace wo Nerae (1978). There are also two oav continuations of the series (1988-1989). A live action verison was made in 2004.

To see what other animated programs were out at the same time as Ace wo Nerae go to the Chronology of Animation.

Note on finding copies of programs:
Unfortunately I lack the time or resources to help people find copies of anime television programs. I have put together a web List of Online Video and Book Stores that will be useful to find copies in the United States, some other countries, and one Japanese store. There are other similar stores on the Internet around the world that might be able to supply the DVDs, LDs, VCDs, or video tapes that are desired. Check my Japanese Animation Information page for links to Internet resources that may have further information. I am not involved in trading materials from my own collection. I am still waiting to see most of the programs in this List of Anime Television Series and would be happy to find sources for many of them.

Because of these circumstances I will not respond to requests for help to find these types of materials.

Last update: September 6, 2008
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