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Sho no Densetsu
Weekly Shonen Jump 1988 39
Cover of the magazine where the series debuted
Author Yoichi Takahashi
Publisher Shueisha
Original run #1988-09-05 ~ #1989-03-13
Magazine Weekly Shonen Jump
Demographic Shonen
Volumes 3

Sho no Densetsu (翔の伝説, shou no densetsu), translated as The legend of Sho and sometimes also known as The Legend of Show, is a sports drama manga series by Yoichi Takahashi focused on tennis. The comic was serialized in Shueisha shonen magazine Weekly Shonen Jump from issue #39 of 1988 to issue #13 of 1989, accomplishing a total of 25 chapters in its serialization.

The series was compiled in three tankobon volumes.

On the heels of Captain Tsubasa success, which had ended just four months prior, Sho no Densetsu was announced as the next blockbuster of Takahashi, but it did not live up to expectations and pressure so it failed to deliver and ended up being cancelled quickly. Among the long comic series of Takahashi, it is perhaps the least successful.

The story, starting with a mature Sho standing on the Centre Court of Wimbledon, was intended to depict the life story of a tennis star named Sho, and was supposed to end with him becoming the first Japanese to achieve a Grand Slam, hence the "legend" moniker, but the series never got traction and was cancelled very soon, so it never got past the elementary school story arc.

One problem that the series had was that it had too many hints of what the story was going to be without properly addressing them. For example, the secret of Sho's birth was only told fragmentarily, leaving many blanks to be clarified in the future (such as his future name, Sho Asuka, shown in the first chapter) which never occurred with the cancellation, and, as a result, Ryo's role ended up being unsympathetic. Also, the story suddenly jumped from a 5 year old Sho to a 10 year old, never explaining what happened in that gap.

Takahashi commented in volume 3 that, due to his lack of ability, the manga was over when barely one tenth of its original design was reached, so he apologized for this. The comic was a failure as it was expected to be the next big sports comic, but ended up being cancelled with an incomplete story.

SummaryEdit

Ryo Takamizawa, working as an exclusive coach in the Muramatsu tennis club, brings his son Sho to be a playfellow. At 5 years old Sho already has an exceptional tennis sense being able to accurately deliver 100 out of 100 services. His father was the best player of Japan. However, while Sho's father still has ability, he has a drinking problem. Sho's mother, Keiko, died the same day that Sho was born.

Certain events eventually lead Ryo to try to make a comeback in the United States, leaving Sho for adoption to a rich family...

Main charactersEdit

  • Sho Takamizawa (高見沢翔, takamizawa shou)
  • Ryo Takamizawa (高見沢涼, takamizawa ryou)
  • Kuniharu Miyazawa (宮沢国春, miyazawa kuniharu)

SerializationEdit

# Chapter Magazine Cover Cover date
1 (100本目のエース!) Weekly Shonen Jump #39 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1988 39 #1988-09-05
2 (父の目覚め!) Weekly Shonen Jump #40 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1988 40 #1988-09-12
3 (うれしい特訓) Weekly Shonen Jump #41 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1988 41 #1988-09-19
4 (驚異のサービスエース) Weekly Shonen Jump #42 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1988 42 #1988-09-26
5 (死闘!10歳対5歳!!) Weekly Shonen Jump #43 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1988 43 #1988-10-03
6 (ウイニングショット!) Weekly Shonen Jump #44 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1988 44 #1988-10-10
7 (高見沢涼、立つ!) Weekly Shonen Jump #45 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1988 45 #1988-10-17
8 (とうちゃんの約束) Weekly Shonen Jump #46 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1988 46 #1988-10-24
9 (甦った”燃えるテニス”) Weekly Shonen Jump #47 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1988 47 #1988-10-31
10 (勝利のあとに・・・) Weekly Shonen Jump #48 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1988 48 #1988-11-07
11 (白鳥との出会い) Weekly Shonen Jump #49 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1988 49 #1988-11-14
12 (白鳥の挑戦) Weekly Shonen Jump #50 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1988 50 #1988-11-21
13 (驚異のスワンサーブ) Weekly Shonen Jump #51 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1988 51 #1988-11-28
14 (20分間の戦い) Weekly Shonen Jump #52 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1988 52 #1988-12-05
15 (全日本選手権開幕) Weekly Shonen Jump #53 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1988 53 #1988-12-12
16 (THE LAST BATTLE) Weekly Shonen Jump #1·2 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1989 01-02 #1989-01-07
17 (最後のキャノンサーブ) Weekly Shonen Jump #3·4 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1989 03-04 #1989-01-15
18 (新たなる決意!) Weekly Shonen Jump #5·6 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1989 05-06 #1989-01-22
19 (海の見える丘で・・・) Weekly Shonen Jump #7 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1989 07 #1989-01-29
20 (飛鳥家の人たち) Weekly Shonen Jump #8 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1989 08 #1989-02-06
21 (第1章 高見沢親子(最終話)) Weekly Shonen Jump #9 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1989 09 #1989-02-13
22 (伝説への第1歩) Weekly Shonen Jump #10 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1989 10 #1989-02-20
23 (それぞれのサーブ) Weekly Shonen Jump #11 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1989 11 #1989-02-27
24 (恐るべし、須崎!) Weekly Shonen Jump #12 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1989 12 #1989-03-06
25 (そして伝説へ・・・) Weekly Shonen Jump #13 (1988) Weekly Shonen Jump 1989 13 #1989-03-13

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