This month I have been featuring anime that speak to the theme When determination is not enough. And I know what you’re thinking: this anime has its answer right in the opening theme song, “Believe in Yourself.” That would be satisfactory if you liked straightforward answers to all of life’s toughest problems.
But since I’m a critic who has no soul, giving such a vague, cliché claim is easier said than done. And thank goodness, our protagonist Eichiro Maruo doesn’t get it right away either! So rather than just stipulate that believing in yourself is what you do when determination isn’t enough, I will be deconstructing what this tennis anime has to offer about what it takes to get to that point. After all, Eichiro is so good at analyzing things, he makes note-taking so intense!