Deluxe version with proper English subtitle
" ACE " an all time favorite comic book that sold 15 million copies is finally dramatized.
Positive success story of an ordinary high school girl who gradually discovers her hidden talent of tennis through severe trainings designed by her strict coach. Can she every become an "Ace" tennis player?
Hiromi Oka (Aya Ueto) decides to join the high school tennis club from the moment she saw the star player Reika's(Rio Matsumoto) excellent and smashing play. However, once the tennis lesson began, Hiromi finds herself bored in the succession of simple practice swings. One day, Munakata (Masaaki Uchino) becomes appointed as the new head coach of the tennis team. His special training was nothing but original, extreme, and severe. In addition, he suddenly chose Hiromi, a tennis beginner, to be the member of the up coming tennis tournament Not only Hiromi, but also her teammates become confused and take the odd situation unfair. Jealousy of her friends and teammates mounted, and they started to talk behind her back. Finally, Hiromi decides to leave the team and run away from the uncomfortable reality, but the coach strongly refused. Instead, he gave her an even more severe and personalized training
What do other J-drama lovers say about the series? source : Jdorama.com
||Incredible [Rating: 9/10]
Watching Ace Wo Nerae was an experience. How somebody is not good at playing tennis but then after so much training becomes a professional tennis player within 1 year. I've watched all of the episodes and I found the ending was good as it catches the viewerfs eyes. I give this a 9/10 as I thoroughly enjoyed watching it.
|Reviewed by sesil on 5 November 2006
||easy to predict [Rating: 7/10]
a quite fun but cliche sport dorama, after dealing major obstacles she succeeds.
the outcome was predictable. Though i have to say this dorama looks a lot more realistic then the Prince of Tennis live action.
fun, makes you wanna play tennis
|Reviewed by monta on 17 November 2006
||Such a Blah Drama... [Rating: 6/10]
After getting through the first episode I realized that it would take me a while to get into this drama. I was wrong. I didnft get into this drama AT ALL. Ifm not exactly sure why. It wasnft completely terrible, but it was completely void of any gwowh factor. I found myself forcing my eyes and mind to focus when watching, and if it werenft for my inability to quit a drama once Ifve started it, I would have stopped watching Ace no Nerae after the first episode.
I did, however, make it to the end and yes I survived. I donft regret wasting my time on it, and yes, by about the 6th episode I did feel like playing tennis and I did feel for some of the characters. The character development was satisfactory but the plot was really bland and, at times, boring. I found the story predictable and some scenes were a little too overdramatic. The last game with Reika and Hiromi really was exciting to watch, but it didnft make up for the dramafs faults. I was disappointed in the fact that Ueto Ayafs character failed to convince me. At the tournament it seems she only got ahead because all her opponents suffered mentally, physically, or emotionally at some point and therefore either dropped out of the tournament or performed out of par with their usual skill.
Even Ayafs natural charm could not save this drama in my eyes. I did enjoy Sakai Ayanafs character and I think I was rooting for Matsumoto Riofs character moreso than Uetofs. Ishigaki Yumafs hair entertained me to no end, but again, overall, this drama was just blah.
|Reviewed by Wynter on 15 January 2007
||If u like sports u will love it [Rating: 10/10]
If you really like sports you must watch it, it's one of the best dorama I've ever seen with a hooking plot and a nice ending
|Reviewed by Jhvx on 22 April 2007
||okay [Rating: 6/10]
I enjoyed this drama a little mainly for the lesbianic undertones between Oka Hiromi and Ryuuzaki Reika. the tennis shots are fake but Aya isn't all that bad in this drama.
Munakata Jin falling in love with Hiromi was a little over the top though.
Sakai Ayana is lovely as Midorikawa Ranko.
The SP wasnt bad, but a little over the top with the Hiromi going off to learn from a master of tennis..etc.
|Reviewed by bba1 on 29 April 2007
||I loved it! [Rating: 9/10]
I think it is a great drama! Any improbability things (if so), like some others are saying, didn't bother me AT ALL. Just look at the episodes and enjoy it... Don't think about it too much. If you NEED high probability, there might be few drama's for you to watch anyway. If you WANT high probability, this drama MIGHT not give you enough satisfaction. But as i said, it's not in a way that it bothers me. Not in the very least.
After starting to watch, i wanted to see all episodes ASAP. Never did i think i was wasting time or so. No, quite the opposite. I enjoyed the whole thing. Totally unlike some other reviewer said, i think the lead character (Aya Ueto = Oka Hiromi) is awesome. If it were for she alone, the drama is worth seeing. I have to be fair, i'm a little biased; i'm an Aya fan. But i think the rest is ok too. (Some details might have been better.)
Somebody wrote: "these girls had every right to despise and resent [Oka.]". I think that's a terrible thing to say. Such behaviour is in every respect despicable - it doesn't matter under what circumstances.
Somebody wrote: "...lesbianic undertones between Oka Hiromi and Ryuuzaki Reika". Lol... What?? I think i have to see the drama again! But i think you're mistaken.
|Reviewed by mpm on 29 December 2007