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Aim for the Ace!' (エースをねらえ!, Ēsu o Nerae!) is a classic Shoujo anime and manga written/drawn by Sumika Yamamoto, which ran from 1973 to 1980 in 18 volumes. Highly influential to shoujo, it had several series throughout the 70's and 80's and a live-action movie in 2004. It has been dubbed and distributed in Europe, in French, Italian and Spanish.

The story focuses on Hiromi Oka, who is an ordinary high school girl whose one wish is to be as good at tennis as the girl who is best in the school, the graceful Reika "Madame Butterfly" Ryuuzaki. Her coach Jin Munakata sees potential in her, and the rest of the series tells of her struggles and victories, on and off the court...

There was also a 1979 animated movie, which has noticeably better animation (directed by Osamu Dezaki, who also directed Rose of Versailles), and an OAV series released in the late 80's.

Gunbuster starts out as an Affectionate Parody of this series before evolving into its own thing.

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