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Princess Nine: V6 Grand Slam (ep.22-26)
The first girls' baseball team from Kisaragi High to compete interscholastically undergoes some intensive training: coach Kido even tries to go on the wagon. When they reach the tournament semifinals, the girls find themselves facing the boys' team from their school, led by top hitter/heartthrob Hiroki. The game becomes a duel between pitcher Ryo and Hiroki, intensified by their attraction to each other. The series concludes on an upbeat note that is neither predictable nor pat. Princess Nine ranks as one of the best series for girls in recent years, with characters who are strong, capable individuals but who still exhibit human weaknesses. With any luck, the show will be continued: Ryo, Hikana, Yoki, Seira, Koharu, Yoko, Mao, Kanako, and Izumi--and Hiroki--deserve another season, at least. Rated 12 Up, but suitable for younger viewers: Alcohol use, brief nudity, minor profanity, minor violence. --Charles Solomon
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I won't give away spoilers (except that the series summarizes many of the playoff games), but I definitely recommend you purchase this last volume of the PN series. If you liked the other PN volumes, or are interested in the sports drama genre that is not as available in the U.S., I recommend you check this one out.
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this series never made it to a second in Japan, which baffles
me entirely. It DESERVES a 2nd AND a 3rd season.
Knowing that, there are questions left unanswered.
Who framed Yo's father ? Does the coach ever hook up with her
mother ? Other questions too .... well watch this dvd,
you'll see what I mean. Apart from that its still worth 5 stars.
The series is the next step up from the likes of Sailor Moon
and one of my favourites alongside Nadia, Love Hina and Oh My
I fully understand that in real life sometimes your favorite team does not always win in the end despite how hard they've worked. It's a sad fact but okay fine, no problem . . . And I could have respected the ending to this anime had the reason for the girls losing been a simple matter that the boy's team just played a better game. But that wasn't the reason.
Despite the fact that the series was overall moving in a positive direction by making the female characters a little more tougher than the pieces of fluff in other shows, the end of this series had the main character dissolve into a typical cliché roll for females in anime - an emotional wreck who just can't get it together. And this is what ultimately lost them the game.
Ryo single handedly lost the game for the entire team because she was too upset over Hiroku possibly having feelings for Izumi to focus on actually winning the game.
So despite the fact of how hard everyone worked to get to the finals, we basically have Ryo blowing EVERYTHING over a boy. And that pitiful attempt at the end of the game to pick up the pieces was just futile.
My Gosh! If the creators wanted our lovable heroines to go down at the end, at least let it be for a good reason and in a battle to be remembered. This whole set up was just pathetic.
The final episode basically made the rest of the series a waste of time.
As always, the voice actors and actresses are wonderful, I love them all, and the Japanese development of the characters really helped make the story realistic and a delight to watch. Leaning more about Yuki and watching the girls work together while at the same time developing themselves as living individuals was great.
I still wish there was more extras then just previews and cover art, but we can't have it all?