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Ace o Nerae! TV Series

Episode #1:

Hiromi has just entered Nishi’s tennis club and is fascinated by Mme. Butterfly. She meets her casually at a tennis shop and offers to wait in her place for her racquet being repaired. While Hiromi is there, a stranger approaches her and starts a conversation, but she jeers him and leaves in a hurry. When the next day the stranger is introduced as her new tennis coach, she doesn’t know how to apologise, especially because he seems to be a rather exigent, hard and perfectionist coach who hasn’t pity of their pupils. Days after his arrival, Jin decides to test all feminine tennis members. Nobody knows the reason until he announces his making of a new list with the names of the girls that will represent Nishi at the next tennis tournament. Surprise is general, when Jin chooses Hiromi, a beginner, in spite of another more experienced player, Kyoko Otowa.

Episode #2:

Due to Jin’s decision of making Hiromi a member of the elite of the feminine tennis players, and also to his hard trainings, all players begin to criticise him and also Hiromi, whom they consider his favourite. Nevertheless, Mme Butterfly seems not to have a definite opinion in the subject and continues treating Hiromi with a mixture of superiority and kindness.

Episode #3:

Kyoko Otowa doesn’t endure Jin’s indifference towards her playing and tries, backed by many of her colleagues, to torture Hiromi psychologically. Nevertheless, Maki, Hiromi’s best friend, who has also entered Nishi’s tennis club, is always by her side, trying to console and help her. Thanks to Maki’s support and to Jin’s confidence in her improving tennis, Hiromi can face ostracism.

Episode #4:

Hiromi goes to her first match representing Nishi’s tennis club and she loses noisily, despite the fact that Mme Butterfly has given her one of her racquets to strengthen her confidence. Hiromi presumes that after her defeat, Jin will not back her candidature as a member of the feminine tennis team, but she is mistaken. Takayuki, one of the best tennis male players, whom Hiromi specially admires, also encourages her and comes to the tournament to take her back home in his bicycle. Hiromi cannot believe in her good luck and her illusions are reborn.

Episode #5:

Her colleagues at Nishi’s tennis club continue attacking Hiromi psychologically and she has moments of total despair. She even thinks about giving up tennis trainings. Kyoko profits from this situation, challenging Hiromi to decide, through a tennis match, her right to be a member of Nishi’s tennis team. Hiromi accepts happily, because he sees no other way to solve their rivalry and the unbearable situation she is suffering at the club, besides she is convinced that Kyoko is going to win. Hiromi decides to play that match using the racquet that Mme Butterfly gave her, but she finds out that somebody has stolen it from her cabin. None of her colleagues dares to offer her a racquet, only Takayuki proposes her to use his own. The match starts. Hiromi’s unique aim is trying to win one point to her rival, she is not stressed and tries to enjoy the match; whereas, Kyoko is very nervous and impatient, so eager is she to recover what she thinks has been stolen from her. Their different approach towards the match results in Hiromi’s victory and her new confidence in her possibilities and in her coach’s opinions about her being a good player. Casually, Mme Butterfly discovers that it has been Kyoko who stole the racquet she gave Hiromi.

Episode #6:

Hiromi doesn’t dare to confess Reika that the racquet she gave her has been stolen, but following Maki’s advises she finally declares it to her. She is very surprised when seeing Mme Butterfly reactions: she is not angry as she thought Reika would be. Nevertheless Hiromi thinks she has lost her friendship forever. Jin, having decided that Hiromi needs extra-training, begins giving her special training sessions thanks to which she begins to progress very quickly.

Episode #7:

Nishi’s female tennis members criticise Jin’s special attitude towards Hiromi. They do not think it is fair that he gives her more attention and extra-trainings. Hiromi doesn’t want it to be that way, she is not happy sensing jealousy from her colleagues nor does she want to receive special tennis trainings. Once that Jin is not able to attend a training, there is no one who wants to practise with her and she must train alone in front of a huge wall. Nevertheless, Takayuki’s arrival and advises give her new strengths. Kyoko, most humiliated after her defeat, tries to contagious Reika her jealousy towards Hiromi.

Episode #8:

Hiromi’s playing has improved very much thanks to Jin’s special trainings and she has no problems at the time of wining her next tennis match at an official school tournament. All her colleagues are surprised to see her progress in such a brief time, even Reika begins to consider her a rival instead of a beginner and that lowers her affection to Hiromi. Jin, seeing his pupil’s potential, promises himself to train her in more depth to minimize her weaknesses.

Episode #9:

Ranko is introduced to Hiromi as the best tennis player of Nishi’s rival school, Kayak Institute. So as, to face a new tennis encounter among both institutions, Jin intensifies his trainings. Kyoko, who wants to take revenge on Jin, offers herself to Ranko as a spy for Kayak Institute, but she denies and criticises her attitude. Relationship between Hiromi and Takayuki seems to strengthen.

Episode #10:

Hiromi must face Ranko at a school tournament and she is very frightened because she knows that her rival has a lethal serve. The chosen day, minutes before the match, she tries to flee but Jin stops and encourages her. Hiromi can’t avoid feeling mentally defeated and she loses easily.

Episode #11:

After her defeat, Hiromi is afraid of tennis and doesn’t want to participate in any other tournaments. She talks to Jin about it, and he tries to cheer her up. He explains to her that all players are alone when they are at the court and that only training can help them to improve their skills and win.

Episode #12:

During training, Mme Butterfly’s right arm gets hurt and Jin comes to her aid. In order to be able to see the wound clearer, he tears her sleeve. Reika interprets his ways as a disrespectful approach and smacks him. The next day, she doesn’t appear at the training session and her colleagues decide it is time to express officially their complaints about their coach. So as, they summon a meeting.

Episode #13:

Everybody attends the meeting: female and male players, exception made by Mme Butterfly. All females think that Jin doesn’t understand women’s feelings and doesn’t respect Nishi’s tradition nor veteran player’s rights. They also complain about his favouritism towards Hiromi (although Hiromi is also at the meeting, she doesn’t dare to defend her coach, she is scared about the whole situation and though she has the intention to mediate, she lacks courage at the end). Takayuki, who is males’ representative, defends Jin successfully and manages to calm down everybody.

Episode #14:

Hiromi is very nervous, as she must face a new tennis match the following day. She decides to go training on her own during the night, just to soften her spirit. Jin discovers his pupil and invites her to have dinner with him at a near restaurant. Hiromi feels uncomfortable dinning with him but he finally eases her doubts and succeeds at the time of raising her humour. Kyoko, who witnesses the scene, begins to gossip about it with her colleagues at Nishi.

Episode #15:

Reika’s father entitles Jin as Federation Official Coach, activity that he is supposed to develop in combination to being Nishi’s trainer. He accepts but on the condition that Hiromi enters the Province Official Tennis Team. Mr Ryuuzaki accepts his claim, not knowing that his daughter Reika has heard the whole conversation. She gets very jealous and summons Hiromi to an appointment where she asks her to decide between tennis and her friendship.

Episode #16:

Hiromi must make a decision. Both, Reika and tennis are very important to her. Finally she decides to abandon tennis and gives Jin her resignation. He doesn’t even try to stop her and leaves without a word. Nevertheless, Hiromi’s new life without tennis seems empty, she feels lonely and unhappy. Thanks to Maki’s advises, she realises her mistake and goes to see Jin. He, who has guessed her true feelings, gives her back her withdrawal paper and doesn’t hide his happiness.

Episode #17:

Reika gets indignant about Hiromi’s final decision. Jin, who suspects about Reika’s influence on his pupil’s first decision, obliges both girls to train together.

Episode #18:

Hiromi has to face a new match. She feels insecure but her spirits are high, so is her desire to win. Jin decides not to give her any advice before the match. He believes that his special trainings should be enough to guarantee her victory. Hiromi’s opponent is strong and tough, but finally Hiromi wins. She falls down, completely exhausted, after winning, surrounded by Jin’s happiness and the audience’s ovation.

Episode #19:

Thanks to her victory, Hiromi becomes very popular among Nishi’s students. Takashi writes an article praising her qualities as a tennis player, which increases Reika’s jealousy towards her.

Episode #20:

Reika has always been Ranko’s main rival and both are waiting anxiously for the match that will confront them again. Reika also wants to demonstrate Jin her perfect style and skills, just to make him aware of Hiromi’s weaknesses and steal his dedication from her.

As both, Reika and Ranko’s school, are participating at the same tournament they have the occasion to play an official match. It turns out to be very hard, both players show the same level, they are very even... Nevertheless, Ranko’s hand is full of blisters, due to her over-training. She is suffering a lot and doesn’t want to give up... until the blisters’ bursting prevents her from playing and she must abandon the court.

Ranko runs towards Jin and hugs him tightly while she cries. Everybody is surprised to see her reaction, nobody was expecting it, least of all Reika who doesn’t understand why her coach comforts her rival instead of congratulating her. She is so angry with her coach that, after the match, expresses him all her complaints. Hiromi, eventually, hears the conversation and gets to know Reika’s disagreement with what she thinks it is favouritism.

Days after, news talking about Jin and Ranko being brother and sister arrive at Nishi.

Episode #21:

Kyoko’s right arm seems to get hurt while training at Nishi and she is taken to the hospital. Jin accompanies her and is informed by the doctor of the fact that her arm had been in bad conditions for a long time and will never recover. Kyoko already knew but hide it from everybody to continue playing tennis.

That same day, a party is being held at Nishi to celebrate Reika, Takayuki, Yuu and Hiromi’s selection to participate at the National Tournament as representatives of their province. Kyoko attends the party too, and feels angry and sad, especially because of Hiromi. She doesn’t understand her bad luck. She is going to lose her ability to play tennis with her right arm while Hiromi has been chosen to enter national competitions. Jin tries to explain her his reasons, and finally convinces her of changing her attitude towards tennis and Hiromi.

Episode #22:

Reika cannot stand Hiromi. She hates her. Nevertheless Jin has decided that both must train together to be a "doubles" couple. Reika hardly accepts his decision. Hiromi’s level is lower than hers, she hasn’t got experience in doubles and is constantly making mistakes.

Hiromi tries to do her best but even Jin seems to be cold to her and threatens her with dismissal if she doesn’t play well. Hiromi faces a new crisis. The sole moments of joy she can find during those days are her encounters with Takayuki and Ranko, who try to cheer her up.

Episode #23:

Hiromi and Reika continue training together. Hiromi is trying to do her best, especially after having heard a conversation between Yuu and Takayuki about how difficult it was for them, at the beginning as a doubles couple, to get synchronised. Thanks to it, Hiromi begins to understand how she must play doubles and minimise her disagreements with Reika.

Episode #24:

Hiromi is trying to follow Yuu and Takayuki’s advises. She still makes mistakes but her great efforts are clear to everyone. She also begins to train by herself at night. Once, while being alone, a mysterious girl challenges her. Hiromi accepts and asks Maki to be her witness. Maki is scared, it is illegal that Hiromi plays the day before a doubles official match with an unknown player, so she decides to ask Ranko for advise. Finally, both Ranko and Maki, come to see Hiromi’s secret match. Hiromi wins, after a hard encounter, but she has learnt a lot for the future.

Episode #25:

Reika and Hiromi already know the identity of their rivals at their first doubles match. Maki goes to spy Nishi’s opponents and discovers that they intend to concentrate on Hiromi all their attacks, they know she is the weakest member of the couple. The day of the encounter, Reika plays individually and doesn’t back Hiromi. Nevertheless, she witnesses how her mate bears valiantly the concentrated attacks she is suffering from their opponents. Her braveness gains Reika’s admiration and she begins to reconsider her attitude towards her.

Episode #26:

Reika and Hiromi finally win the match. Their mutual suffering and admiration help them to overcome their differences and begin to consolidate as a doubles couple.

Episode #27:

Reika and Hiromi must face together another doubles match against another team. One of their opponents is Mme Butterfly’s mortal enemy. Reika tells Hiromi about the reason for this enmity: in a previous match that opposed both of them, the referee, in her enemy’s point of view, made a mistake that led Reika to victory. Hiromi comforts her and they finally win the match. Reika and her enemy reconcile.

Episode #28:

There is a very important match coming up and Hiromi decides to train every morning before it takes place. In her solitary runs she meets a strange runner that always greets her. Through the distance, she can only recognise that he wears a yellow scarf. One morning she meets Takayuki practising before class and he proposes her to train together. Nevertheless, she realises that she hasn’t got the level to play with him in equal terms. Despite he invites her to accompany him each morning, she decides not to come back before she feels prepared, and starts a nocturne training (added to the morning one) to get ready to train with him. Takayuki feels depressed at Hiromi’s absence and when Yuu, who reveals himself as the yellow-scarfed runner, informs her about it, she decides to go back to train with him. There, both of them state that Hiromi’s improved a lot.

Episode #29:

Reika and Hiromi must face the final of the Doubles Tournament. Despite Reika has had a car accident and has a sore arm, both fight to the limit of their forces and win.

Episode #30:

Hiromi is selected to accompany the best japanese tennis players to a special training camp where only a few of them will be selected to enter the National Team. Hiromi feels stressed and nervous and asks Jin to make her training harder. He, seeing her deep interest, accepts. Nevertheless, he doesn’t realise that Hiromi is still a teenager, and what is more important, that she is in love with Takayuki who has declared his love to her.

Episode #31:

Hiromi and Takayuki begin to date at the camp and this fact is a bad influence for Hiromi’s concentration on the matches. It is also lowering her interest in the special training Jin is giving her. Jin asks her to forget that love and dedicate completely to tennis, for it is the only way to reach tennis summit, their mutual goal. Discouraged, she faces the truth hidden in his words and accepts giving up Takayuki’s love for a while. Jin also explains his reasons to Takayuki. The youngster understands his points and promises to wait for her.

Episode #32:

Special trainings continue at the camp. Jin proposes Hiromi to face a male player in a real match, for her to realise which are her weaknesses as a female in comparison to male’s way of playing.

Episode #33:

There is a meeting of the Committee at the camp to decide which players will be chosen for the National Team. The decision of the majority doesn’t back Jin’s desire concerning Hiromi’s inclusion. That is why, he states an ultimatum. He is not going to assume his charge as National Trainer if Hiromi is not selected. His colleagues decide to give him a final chance. If Hiromi is to be a member of the National Team, she must demonstrate her talents and value. She must play against Reika and only her winning will drive her to be chosen. After a match full of sufferings, Hiromi wins and enters Worldwide Competition.

 


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Episode #1:

Three years have passed. Jin has continued training Hiromi and she has become an exceptional player. Their mutual achievements have contributed to strengthen their relationship. Jin’s next appointment, as First Coach of Japanese Tennis National Team, is to accompany the youngest members to the US to test their skills among the best worldwide players.

Jin is ill, and only Ranko knows about it because he intends to keep it secret, especially from Hiromi. Nevertheless his sickness prevents him from attending a party held to congratulate the latest victories of the National Team. Hiromi is very worried about him and decides to pay him a visit at his house. There, Jin introduces her to Katsura, his best friend and a buddhist monk, who has come to spend a few days with him. That night, Jin gets worse and feels that is going to die very soon. Therefore, he makes Katsura promise that he will look after Hiromi when he leaves her.

Episode #2:

Takayuki informs Hiromi that Jin has been taken to the hospital and, very worried, she comes to see him. For her, those news are surprising and traumatic. She cannot avoid crying when she arrives at the hospital. When seeing her desperation, he promises her that his disease is not serious and won’t prevent him from going to the US. Nevertheless he dates Takayuki and reveals him that his state is critical: he has leukaemia.

As days pass, Hiromi misses Jin enormously but she consoles herself with the idea that Jin’s absence is only temporary. Departure arrives, and he doesn’t seem to get better. When the players come to the hospital to say their farewell to him, he assures them that his recovery is near and will be at the US in a few days. Nevertheless that very same night he dies. His last thought is for Hiromi. The only witness is Ranko, who has been by his side all this time, watching over him. She nearly faints when she sees his death body. She wasn’t aware of the reality of his illness and didn’t presume it was leading him to death.

Episode #3:

Hiromi arrives at the US to participate in the tournament. She begins to train immediately with an Australian coach, Mr Reynolds, who has been summoned by Jin to take care of her. Whereas, in Japan, Katsura demands Mr Ryuuzaki to maintain Jin’s death in secret, to avoid affecting the players as they are to do their best at the competition.

Nevertheless, Takayuki feels like something has happened. He knows that Jin would have never given permission to Reynolds to train Hiromi unless something really serious had happened. Takashi, who has come to New York to support the Japanese Team, confirms his suspicions.

Hiromi’s opponents are selected and she feels very insecure, as Jin is not by her side. She is anxious and misses his advises. Thus, she wins her first match easily.

Episode #4:

Takayuki, deeply affected by Jin’s death, loses in third round. He tries to keep his pain unknown by his mates unaware that, by other means, Reika and Yuu already know about Jin’s death and are suffering in silence.

Hiromi, who has decided to make a scarf for Jin as a gift from US, is happy, as she has won her first match. She is distracted by making such a feminine task. In her next match she will have to face Angie Reynolds, her new coach’s daughter, who hates her for stealing his father’s attention.

Episode #5:

Hiromi wins Angie and enters the final. Finally, both of them have become friends and Hiromi’s gained Angie’s respect.

In the last match, Hiromi must play against Bell McKenzie, the best player of the tournament. Despite her excellent tennis style, she loses the match, wining the silver medal for Japan. Hiromi is happy, she cannot wait to see Jin and show him her medal. At the airport, she is surprised not to see him awaiting for her. She goes to his house and finds Katsura, who insists in her reading Jin’s diary. When she arrives at the last page, she discovers that Jin is dead.

Episode #6:

Hiromi is in shock after knowing the truth. All, family and friends, are waiting anxiously for her reaction but she acts coldly and doesn’t seem to be affected at all. It is a vain essay to hide her from reality. The night after the discovery, she confines herself in her room, unable to stand her pain. She hasn’t said a word to anybody. The following day, Jin’s wake is being held. Everybody is there. Hiromi and her family go to show their respects to Jin’s family, her bringing her silver medal. It will be there where she explodes, showing her deep grief, and bursting into tears in front of all the attendants. Her parents decide to take her on holidays.

Episode #7:

Katsura doesn’t believe that Hiromi will recover if she continues living with her parents and asks them to let her go with him to the temple. They accept but Hiromi is reluctant, she doesn’t want to do anything but sitting in front of her bedroom window. Her life has lost all interest, she feels she has no purpose in life and doesn’t want to look after herself in any sense. She is desperate. Takayuki, who cannot stand her suffering, convinces her to accompany Katsura. Once in the temple, the monk obliges her to develop physical works in order to deviate her attention from the sadness that invades her.

Episode #8:

Hiromi continues in the temple and doesn’t seem to recover. Katsura realises that he will have to do his best to free her from despair. Ranko has also lost her happiness after her brother’s death. She has given up tennis to dedicate herself to find new sensations that remind her of Jin. Nevertheless, she suffers a terrible motorcycle accident and is about to lose her life. Hiromi, deeply affected for this event, reconsiders her attitude and begins to believe that tennis could help her to survive. Therefore, she picks up her racquet again.

Episode #9:

Hiromi is relieved because Ranko is recovering. She is still at the temple and Katsura has started to train her again as Jin did in the past. She has lost her physical fitness but trains hard, though her mind is still captured by her memories. Katsura decides to organise a match between her and a promising male player. He explains Hiromi that after this encounter, her stay in the temple will finish.

Maki comes to help her packing her belongings and, casually, they both listen to Katsura’s story about how he and Jin became friends. Listening to him, Hiromi feels as if Jin was still with them, and that gives her hope. The day of the match, Hiromi loses dramatically but all her friends, who have come to support her, can see that she is spiritually more recovered. She has regained her fighting spirit and is now able to see that the only way to maintain Jin’s memory alive is to achieve their mutual aspiration of reaching tennis summit.

Episode #10:

Hiromi is back at home. Various months have passed since Jin’s death. She’s finished her studies at Nishi and is about to enter University. Katsura is named her official coach. She seems to be recovered from her sadness but, in fact, she hides a deep sensation of grief from which she cannot get free. Reika realises about it and decides to organise a match between Ranko (who has recovered from her accident and started playing tennis again) and herself, to try to revive Hiromi’s former passion towards tennis. After watching their encounter, she regains illusion and accepts to participate in official tournaments.

Episode #11:

Ranko is training hard to participate in the Official Japanese Tournament, therefore she decides to go to Australia where she has been said that new tennis techniques are being developed. Hiromi is improving a lot and has recovered her former fitness. Reika is also training hard and her efforts are an inspiration for Hiromi.

Episode #12:

The OJ Tournament has arrived. Ranko has come back from Australia and is sure to win. Her first match is against Hiromi. During the encounter, Hiromi is constantly surpassed by Ranko’s services, which have become terrible due to her exhausting training. But both of them are happy to play together. They know they are giving their best in Jin’s memory.

Episode #13:

Ranko and Hiromi’s match continues. Though Ranko is about to win, her excessive training in Australia has injured her right arm and, though she tries to resist the pain until her ultimate breath, unbearable pain obliges her to quit. Hiromi, very worried, goes to visit her at the hospital and there she is told that Ranko won’t be able to play ever with her right arm. Despite that, she tells Hiromi is determined to fight and come back as a left-hand player. Next match will oppose Reika and Hiromi. Both know they are giving their best in Jin’s honour and fight to exhaustion.

Episode #14:

Though Reika wins the match, Hiromi’s extraordinary skills gain a sponsors’ attention who negotiate with Katsura the possibility of her becoming a professional backed up by their financial support. Besides, Takayuki who doesn’t hide his feelings from Hiromi, decides to go to the US to become a professional by his own means. He wants to emulate Jin’s career. Therefore, he asks Katsura to train him at the temple.

Episode #15:

Hiromi is very worried about Takayuki. She’s read in the press about his intention to become a professional but is unaware of his whereabouts. Finally, she’s informed that he is with Katsura at the temple. She races to be with him and share his training. When he sees her, his strengths increase so as his spirits. Reika, Yuu and Takashi also pay him a visit because it is Reika’s intention to make him reconsider his decision.

Episode #16:

Takayuki has made up a decision. He’s leaving Japan. His friends organise a farewell party to cheer him up and show their support. His departure obliges Hiromi to face her true feelings towards him and she realises that, now she’s overcome sadness caused by Jin’s death, her hearth has recovered her love for Takayuki. In the airport, before he takes his plane, they both confess each other their love.

Episode #17:

Hiromi has faced finally her true feelings and Takayuki’s departure drives her very sad. She feels nostalgic and that affects badly her training. She is about to enter a new tournament and she isn’t in the mood to face any hard match. Besides, Takayuki doesn’t write often and his friends are very worried about him. Although his rare letters seem optimistic, reality is much more negative. He’s losing all his matches in the US. On the other hand, in her first match at the tournament, Hiromi is hardly concentrated due to her worries, making an awful debut and being defeated easily.

Episode #18:

Hiromi is still training but she has lost all her interest in tennis. Katsura, who guesses what is happening, reproaches her that she doesn’t know how to isolate her emotions from her tennis career and tries to encourage her to give her best.

Hiromi knows she cannot play as Katsura wants being worried about Takayuki’s situation, that is why she begins to consider the possibility of flying to the US to find him. She wants to know how he is doing there by herself. With Maki’s financial support, she buys a ticket for New York, hiding the truth from both her parents and Katsura.

Episode #19:

Takayuki has decided to leave his former flat in NY the same day that Hiromi arrives, unaware of her coming. When she goes to his supposed address, she finds out the news. After thinking about her difficult situation, she decides to demand information at the hotels. Casually, when she is about to lose all her hope, she meets Ranko, who also left Japan to become a professional and is now entering tournaments in US as a left-hand player. She lodges Hiromi at her own house and helps her finding Takayuki. Finally, Hiromi and Takayuki are able to be together again.

Episode #20:

Hiromi and Ranko are going to accompany Takayuki to Boston, where he must participate in a tournament. Hiromi’s arrival has cheered him up and the three of them are spending extraordinary days together, combining entertainment and training. Hiromi is hiding from him the truth about her own sportive career and when she is told that Takashi is coming to see them from Japan, she is worried that he may reveal everything to Takayuki. Thanks to Hiromi’s support, Takayuki wins his first match in US.

Episode #21:

Hiromi returns to Japan, softened by the idea that Takayuki is enthusiastic and his career progressing. Despite her fears, neither her parents nor Katsura reproach her departure to US. She feels full of energy and desires to restart her trainings as soon as possible. Katsura tries to convince her to participate in the "Queen’s Cup", an international tournament held in Japan where the best worldwide players will compete. Hiromi accepts, anxious with the idea. Following Katsura’s advice she attends a special training camp where, after overcoming difficult tests, she recovers confidence in her tennis.

Episode #22:

Hiromi and Reika meet at the presentation party of the "Queen’s Cup". There, they find Ranko, who is also a participant. Tournament starts and Katsura asks Hiromi to play using the special technique they have been improving. Thanks to it, Hiromi wins easily her first match, leaving all the spectators stunned by her way of playing.

Episode #23:

Reika is obsessed by Hiromi’s new technique and desires to implement it in her own style.

Ranko, loyal only to her own tennis and despite an excellent match, loses in third round. Jin is in her heart, so as her energies to restart from the beginning as many times as necessary.

Episode #24:

Reika faces a strong opponent in fourth round. In order to win, she obliges herself to change her usual attacking strategy for a defensive one, losing her tennis style and confidence in the process. This situation determines her to try to learn Hiromi’s new technique for the semifinals. Katsura tries to convince her about the impossibility of her desire: her style is too perfect and harmonic to use Hiromi’s new technique: potential tennis. But Reika is mad about it and cannot see the truth hidden in Katsura’s words. Therefore she loses her match. This is the first defeat she ever suffers in her tennis career, and convinces her that her best decision is to give up tennis forever.

Besides Hiromi, who has at last found her own tennis, arrives easily to the finals.

Episode #25:

Hiromi is deeply affected by Reika’s decision of quitting tennis. Takayuki’s arrival to support her at the Final consoles her. Her way of playing is spectacular, even Takayuki gets impressed about how much she has improved. She’s become Jin’s dream made real. Her victory is absolute. Reika, who has come to watch the match, is so amazed with her that decides not to give up tennis and becoming a professional. A few days later, Katsura dates Takayuki and Hiromi to show them Jin’s last desire written in a letter. That is that Takayuki becomes Hiromi’s coach and they live happily together, forever.


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