Teekyu

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Teekyu
Teekyū manga vol 1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume
てーきゅう
(Tēkyū)
Genre Comedy
Manga
Written by Roots
Illustrated by Piyo
Published by Earth Star Entertainment
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Comic Earth Star
Original run February 10, 2012January 25, 2018
Volumes 15 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Shin Itagaki
Produced by Yutaka Goto, Eisuke Imanishi, Sei Moriwaki, Atsushi Iwanami
Written by Shin Itagaki
Studio MAPPA (seasons 1-3), Millepensee (seasons 4-present)[1]
Original network Tokyo MX, AT-X, Niconico
Original run October 7, 2012September 27, 2017
Episodes 108 + 6 OVAs (List of episodes)
Manga
Takamiya Nasuno Desu!
Written by Roots
Illustrated by Piyo
Published by Earth Star Entertainment
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Comic Earth Star
Original run April 12, 2014October 8, 2015
Volumes 2 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Takamiya Nasuno Desu!
Directed by Shin Itagaki
Produced by Yutaka Goto, Eisuke Imanishi, Sei Moriwaki, Atsushi Iwanami
Written by Shin Itagaki
Studio Millepensee[1]
Original network Tokyo MX
Original run April 6, 2015June 22, 2015
Episodes 12 + 1 OVA (List of episodes)
Manga
Usakame
Written by Roots
Illustrated by Jūzō Kirisawa
Published by Earth Star Entertainment
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Comic Earth Star
Original run September 17, 2015 – present
Volumes 3 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Usakame
Directed by Shin Itagaki
Studio Millepensee
Original network Tokyo MX
Original run April 11, 2016June 27, 2016
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
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Teekyu (てーきゅう, Tēkyū) is a sports comedy manga series serialized in Earth Star Entertainment's Comic Earth Star since February 2012. Its name is a pun on the Japanese word for tennis, teikyū (庭球).[2] The manga has been adapted into an anime television series, which has been running since 2012.

Teekyu also had a spinoff comedy manga series, also serialized in Comic Earth Star, named Takamiya Nasuno Desu! (高宮なすのです!), translated as "I am Takamiya Nasuno!" (full name Takamiya Nasuno Desu! ~Teekyu Spinoff~ (高宮なすのです!〜てーきゅうスピンオフ〜)), featuring one of the main characters of Teekyu in her own adventures. It has had two tankōbon releases, and also received a 12-episode anime adaptation in 2015.

Another spin-off manga series named Usakame (うさかめ) which features the Tennis Club's opponents was released in 2015.[3] It has had three tankōbon releases so far, and also received a 12-episode anime adaptation in 2016.

Plot[edit]

The story follows the everyday lives of four girls of the Kameido High School's tennis club. The series' focus is not really on tennis, but on the wacky and eccentric characters, with strange object associations and even stranger misconceptions, on their many random adventures. These adventures have included traveling to an army base, going skiing, helping a cake shop owner with financial troubles, and helping an alien refuel her spaceship.

Characters[edit]

Teekyu characters in a promotional poster for the 6th season. From left to right, the characters are Marimo, Nasuno, Kanae, Yuri, Tomarin, Annenkov (bottom-right), and Udonko (top-right)

Kameido High School Tennis Club members[edit]

Yuri Oshimoto (押本 ユリ, Oshimoto Yuri)
Voiced by: Yui Watanabe[4][5]
Yuri is the only member of the club who actually knows how to play tennis. She is considered the only normal girl in the entire group who takes things seriously, much to her chagrin. She plays the straight man, often giving surprised remarks to the other girls' shocking behavior. She has a younger brother in middle school named Yota.
Kanae Shinjo (新庄 かなえ, Shinjō Kanae)
Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori[4][5]
Kanae is a second year student though she does not act like it at times. She likes to do things that break norms, such as getting a tennis racket with strings made from her grandmother's hair or sleeping by standing up and with her head against the wall, and sometimes even breaks laws of physics, such as sinking into solid ground or splitting herself in two. She tends to freak out Yuri in the process.
Nasuno Takamiya (高宮 なすの, Takamiya Nasuno)
Voiced by: Kyōko Narumi[4][5]
Nasuno hails from a rich family. Having returned from a trip in Ngaoundéré, Cameroon, she wants to try out for the tennis club, though she has no idea how to play. Nasuno is capable of providing for her own and other characters' outlandish ideas with her vast amounts of wealth. In her spinoff series, Takamiya Nasuno Desu!, she spends her summer at her family's vacation cottage, relaxing and ordering around Yota.
Marimo Bando (坂東 まりも, Bandō Marimo)
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa[4][5]
Marimo is another second year student who hails from the same school as the other members. She has a large number of misconceptions about the world, and her antics tend to get herself and others in trouble, and sometimes in harm. Examples include wearing and actually eating a girls' panties and kidnapping a child. She does have a kind nature to her, despite her lack of maturity and self-control. Despite being the crazier member of the club, she ends up being the voice of reason when the others aren't around.

Usakame High School Tennis Club members[edit]

Kinako Tanaka (田中 きなこ, Tanaka Kinako)
Voiced by: Yuki Nakashima
Kinako is a second year student.
Kurumi Sato (佐藤 くるみ, Satō Kurumi)
Voiced by: Hikaru Koide
Kurumi is a third year student.
Ayako Suzuki (鈴木 あやこ, Suzuki Ayako)
Voiced by: Izumi Nakaida
Ayako is a third year student.
Nishi Nishiaraidaishi (西新井大師 西, Nishiaraidaishi Nishi)
Voiced by: Maria Tanijiri
Nishi is a first year student.
Sora Shibakusa (芝草 宇宙, Shibakusa Sora)
Voiced by: Sora Tokui
Sora is a tennis club adviser, former Usakame high school tennis club member.

Other characters[edit]

Yota Oshimoto (押本 陽太, Oshimoto Yōta)
Voiced by: Ryōta Ōsaka[5][6]
Yuri's younger brother who seems to live a rather average life. Nasuno employed him as her butler during their summer break, often having him perform meaningless tasks or tasks with outrageous conditions or rules. Throughout the spinoff, Takamiya Nasuno Desu!, he acts as the straight man, giving snappy or confused remarks to the actions of Nasuno and her weird family. He tends to be the responsible person in situations where Nasuno's family is not.
Udonko Kondo (近藤 うどん子, Kondō Udonko)
Voiced by: Kaori Ishihara[5]
A classmate of Yuri's, she works for the school's newspaper. She has a lot of curiosity, but generally means well. She seems to have abnormal priorities in her life, and focuses on things that other people wouldn't focus on.
Annenkov Kondo (近藤 アネンコフ, Kondō Anenkofu)
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura[5]
Udonko's older sister. She works as a bhikkhu (exorcist).
Udon shop manager (うどん屋の店長, Udon-ya no tenchō)
Voiced by: Hirokazu Machida
Udonko and Annenkov's grandfather.

Character related to Kanae[edit]

Grandma (おばあちゃん, Obāchan)
Voiced by: Marie Miyake
Kanae's grandmother.
Yucatan (ユカタン, Yukatan)
Voiced by: Shinya Takahashi[7]
She is acquainted with Kanae, came to the migrant from the Yucatan Peninsula.
Mika-san (ミカさん)
Voiced by: Hitomi Ōwada[7]
She is a cousin of Kanae, kindergarten staff that Bobby is management.
Bobby (ボビー, Bobī)
Voiced by: Yoshiyuki Shimozuma[7]
He is acquainted with Kanae, The director of the kindergarten. He is former United States Navy SEALs.

Character related to Nasuno[edit]

Ayano Takamiya (高宮 あやの, Takamiya Ayano)
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura[6][8]
Nasuno's mother, she looks extremely young for her age. She is pretty energetic and sometimes direct. She tends to join Nasuno and Yota on their adventures, but is generally care-free, leaving Yota to have to be the responsible one.
Nasuno's father / Alfred (なすの “父” / アルフレッド, Nasuno "chichi" / Arufureddo)
Voiced by: Shinya Takahashi[7]
Nasuno's father, he looks like Colonel Sanders.
Cake shop manager / Tenchio Keikiya (ケーキ屋の店長 / 形木矢 貂千雄, Kēki-ya no tenchō / Keikiya Tenchio)
Voiced by: Hirokazu Machida[7]
The manager of the cake shop he has hired the Nasuno's father.
Hoheto Irohani (色葉似 ほへと, Irohani Hoheto)
Voiced by: Arisa Aihara
She is a maid of Takamiya house, former Usakame high school tennis club member, a junior of Sora.

Character related to Marimo[edit]

Moriko Bando (板東 森子, Bandō Moriko)
Voiced by: Chisa Yūki
Marimo's mother.
Tomarin (トマリン)
Voiced by: Yui Ogura[9]
An alien from another planet, she crash lands on Earth due to her spaceship losing fuel, and she meets Marimo. Marimo and Tomarin then become roommates and friends. She is pretty cheerful, but can be easily scared. Tomarin has humorous misconceptions about Earth, which are not helped by Marimo's own misconceptions.

Usakame High School[edit]

Tasuku Furubira (古平 たすく, Furubira Tasuku)
Voiced by: Kanon Takao
She is Kinako's classmate, Kameido junior high school classmate of Nasuno.
Miyako Baba / Ba-myan (馬場 みやこ / ばーみゃん, Baba Miyako / Bā-myan)
Voiced by: Eri Sogabe
She is Kinako's classmate, Kameido junior high school classmate of Nasuno.
Usami Nakata (中田 有佐美, Nakata Usami)
She is Nishi's classmate, tennis is good, but not in the tennis club.
Tsumire Sugiya (杉谷 つみれ, Sugiya Tsumire)
She is Kurumi and Ayako's classmate, badminton club member.
Sana Arakaki (新垣 さな, Arakaki Sana)
She is Kurumi and Ayako's classmate, badminton club member.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Teekyu[edit]

The Teekyu manga series is written by Roots and illustrated by Piyo. Its first chapter was published by Earth Star Entertainment in Comic Earth Star's 12th issue, released on February 10, 2012,[10] and since then the series has also been compiled in 13 tankōbon volumes.

No. Release date ISBN
1 August 11, 2012[11] ISBN 978-4-8030-0363-5
2 October 12, 2012[12] ISBN 978-4-8030-0385-7
3 December 12, 2012[13] ISBN 978-4-8030-0395-6
4 June 12, 2013[14] ISBN 978-4-8030-0470-0
5 August 12, 2013[15] ISBN 978-4-8030-0488-5
6 October 12, 2013[16] ISBN 978-4-8030-0507-3
7 December 12, 2013[17] ISBN 978-4-8030-0518-9
8 July 11, 2014[18] ISBN 978-4-8030-0593-6
9 March 12, 2015[19] ISBN 978-4-8030-0691-9
10 September 12, 2015[20] ISBN 978-4-8030-0784-8
11 April 12, 2016[21] ISBN 978-4-8030-0903-3
12 October 12, 2016[22] ISBN 978-4-8030-0961-3
13 April 12, 2017[23] ISBN 978-4-8030-1026-8

Takamiya Nasuno Desu![edit]

The Takamiya Nasuno Desu! manga is also written by Roots and illustrated by Piyo, and also published by Earth Star Entertainment.[24] It is a spinoff of Teekyu that focuses on the daily life of Takamiya Nasuno. It has, as of October 10, 2015, had two tankōbon volumes released.

No. Release date ISBN
1 March 12, 2015[19][24] ISBN 978-4-8030-0693-3
2 October 10, 2015[25] ISBN 978-4-8030-0799-2

Usakame[edit]

No. Release date ISBN
1 December 12, 2015[26] ISBN 978-4-8030-0829-6
2 March 12, 2016[27] ISBN 978-4-8030-0863-0
3 June 11, 2016[28] ISBN 978-4-8030-0924-8

Anime[edit]

Announcement of an anime adaptation of Teekyu came in August 2012, alongside the release of the first tankobon. The announcement came five months after the manga was first published, the fastest manga-release-to-anime-announcement time that Earth Star Entertainment has ever had.[2] Each episode of the anime is about 2 minutes long, so characters speak and actions are performed at a very quick pace, with shortcuts used to save time on animation sometimes. Shin Itagaki is the director and writer for each season.

The series has had eight seasons so far with a ninth season announced. The first season aired between October 7 and December 23, 2012,[2] the second one between July 7 and September 22, 2013,[29] and the third one between October 6 and December 22, 2013.[30][31] The fourth season aired from April 6, 2015 to June 22, 2015.[32] The fifth season began airing on July 6, 2015.[33] The sixth season aired from October 5, 2015 to December 21, 2015.[5][34] The seventh season ran from January 12, 2016 to March 29, 2016.[35] The eight season ran from on October 5, 2016 to December 21, 2016.[36] The ninth season aired from July[37] to September 2017.

Takamiya Nasuno Desu! received a 12-episode adaptation, and aired on the same days as the fourth season of Teekyu, from April 6, 2015 to June 22, 2015.[32] Like Teekyu, each episode is two minutes in length, and character speech and actions are performed at a quick pace. Shin Itagaki is also the director and writer for this series.

Usakame received a 12-episode adaptation from April 11, 2016 to June 27, 2016.

Stage Play[edit]

There was a stage play adaptation of Teekyu called "Butai-ban Teekyu Senpai to Meguriau Jikantachi" (舞台版てーきゅう ~先輩とめぐりあう時間たち~) ("Stage Play Edition Teekyu: The Times to Come Across with Senpai"), about a musical being put on by the tennis club members during their high school's Culture Festival. The play was performed at Japan Newart College Omori Campus Theater in Tokyo, Japan, from July 29 and August 2, 2015.[38]

Reception[edit]

Chris Beveridge of Fandompost.com, reviewing the first three episodes, gave the anime a C, stating that he enjoyed the comedy, but the short length of the episodes and the quick pace ruined the experience.[39][40] Ryan Hand of B-TEN, reviewing the first 3 seasons, gave the show a 5.25 out of 10, again stating that he enjoyed the show and its characters (despite there being no character development). However, he criticized the poor animation and art, although he commented on how it fits the fast-paced action of the show.[41] It has been suggested that the show has not been as well received outside of Japan due to the language barrier for non-native speakers, causing difficulty in following the unusually fast-paced dialogue.[41]

The official Twitter account for the franchise has over 20,000 followers.[42]

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