ICONIC EVENTS AND ANIME EXPO® PARTNER FOR AX CINEMA NIGHTS TO SERVE UP RYOMA! THE PRINCE OF TENNIS IN THEATRES NATIONWIDE IN MAY
Distributed by Eleven Arts, Anime Blockbuster by Manga Creator Takeshi Konomi Unveils Never-Before-Seen “Prince of Tennis” Storyline in the Franchise’s First Ever CG Anime Feature Film
Iconic Events Releasing, a distribution company specializing in special engagement theatrical events, joins with Anime Expo® to present the first-ever AX Cinema Nights featuring a new full-length anime film adventure, RYOMA! THE PRINCE OF TENNIS <DECIDE>. Screenings will take place beginning may 12at theaters nationwide. On-sale dates and theaters will be announced shortly.
AX Anime Expo Cinema Nights is an in-person movie event series celebrating the best new and classic anime films by bringing them to theaters across North America. Leveraging the brand power of Anime Expo, the largest Japanese culture event in North America, AX Cinema Nights will bring passionate fans together for immersive and unforgettable community experiences.
“Over the course of Anime Expo’s 31-year history, one of the greatest lessons we’ve learned is that anime has an incredible gift for bringing people together,” said Ray Chiang, CEO of Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA). “That’s why we’re so thrilled to team up with Iconic Events and Eleven Arts to kick off AX Anime Expo Cinema Nights with Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis <Decide> and create even more opportunities for anime fans nationwide to grow their communities and share their love of the artform with friends both new and old.”
RYOMA! THE PRINCE OF TENNIS <DECIDE> is a new feature film about tennis prodigy Ryoma Echizen and is based on the acclaimed manga series, The Prince of Tennis, and its sequel, The New Prince of Tennis, written and illustrated by renowned manga author, Takeshi Konomi.
“Eleven Arts is very excited to be a part of this partnership with Iconic Events Releasing and Anime Expo’s AX Cinema Nights to bring forth a new theatrical experience for anime fans to enjoy,” said Ko Mori, CEO and President of Eleven Arts. “We are honored to kickstart this experience with Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis <Decide>, a title from such an iconic franchise.”
RYOMA! THE PRINCE OF TENNIS <DECIDE> is the franchise’s first-ever CG film and features an all-new story that takes place between the original manga series’ timeline and its sequel. Creator Takeshi Konomi personally supervised the film’s production and wrote the music and lyrics for all the featured songs.
Inspired by his tennis champion father, Ryoma is determined to take his game to the next level and train in the US. But in the middle of an intense tennis battle to save his classmate Sakuno from dangerous villains, they somehow find themselves transported to the past, just as Ryoma’s father is about to face his final championship match at the US Open – when he was mysteriously forced to retire. The innovative 3D digital animation brings the magnificent and colorful world of The Prince of Tennis to life on the big screen in this captivating film.
Over 60 million copies of The Prince of Tennis manga have been sold since the series debuted in 1999 in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. The sequel rekindled the series in 2009 in Shueisha’s Jump Square magazine. Over the past 20+ years, the blockbuster franchise has spawned a hit anime series, animated feature films, live-action films, stage plays, radio shows, music collaborations, and video games.
“Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis <Decide> is a quintessential and beloved property among anime and manga fans. We are excited to join with Anime Expo and Eleven Arts to present this exciting film to American audiences as part of AX Cinema Nights, and to expand our anime theatrical programming and continue the collaboration with Anime Expo,” said Steve Bunnell, CEO of Iconic Events Releasing.