Ace Wo Nerae (Aim for the Ace)
First year student Oka Hiromi straddles a fence as she strains to view her idol Rika on the tennis court, Rika is the person that has inspired Hiromi to start playing tennis. Hiromi is startled and falls on Todou lying beneath her when he says “I can see your panties” So begins the shoujo sports manga adaptation.
Such a great Smile
I’ve enjoyed Ueto Aya every time that I’ve seen her, from Azumi to Attention Please. With her winning smile and an athletic build that lends credence to her role as the budding tennis star this is no exception. Matsumoto is fine as the pampered but not spoiled Ryuuziki Reika. Yoshizawa Yuo is competent if rather wooden as the potential love interest. Uchino Masaaki who portrays Munakata Jin is excellent as the stern and comtemplative coach. But for me the real standout performance was Sakai Ayana who plays Midorikawa Ranko a very complex character who changes the most throughout the series and the special episode.
Ending theme song: Ai no tameni by Ueto Aya
Aya Ueto - Ai No Tameni - Live 2005