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2011 will be a big year to celebrate for fans of The Prince of Tennis.
Next year will be the popular tennis anime’s 10th year anniversary. To celebrate this grand first decade, there will be TeniPuri Festival 2011 in Budokan where fans can not only buy especially rare TeniPuri goods but also meet and greet their favorite characters. For those who don't know, TeniPuri is Japan's short term for Prince of Tennis.
Also, this coming December 15, the festival’s theme song will be released as a single. Entitled Love Festival sung by the characters of the show, there will be a bonus track titled Festival wa Totsuzen—a duet between Takeshi Konomi (the series creator) and Ryoma’s seiyuu, Junko Minagawa. Fans can hear Ryoma, Keigo and Seiichi’s voices for free as this song will also be played all through out the festival.
Takeshi Konomi will host a special talk show on the single’s release party this December 23 in Nishiyodogawaku Hall in Osaka. Unfortunately, fans need to fill out an application at Animate Tennouji Shop to reserve a seat as the shop has limited accommodations.
The festival will be open three times for two days this January 22 and 23. Each period will have its own theme: Heart, Art and Body or Shin Gi Tai. The festival will start with Shin at 5PM JST followed by Gi and Tai the next day at 11AM and 5PM respectively. Guests for all three periods include the entire Seigaku team and some members of Hyotei, Rokkaku, Rikkaidai, Shitenhoji and Higa. Tickets are a bit pricey. It costs ¥5,500 or approximately $66.
Be sure to check the festival out! Other details are on their festival's official website