Keiko Himuro, Chairman of the Kisuragi School, puts together an all-girl baseball team led by Ryo Hayakawa, daughter of a legendary pitcher, in hopes of proving that girls can compete just as well as boys. Their goal: Koshien Stadium, where only the best teams get the opportunity to play.
Story: Ok with out giving any spoilers this show is basically about a group of girls that were braught together to form an a girls baseball team and enter into the baseball tournament which only has boy baseball teams, this may not sound interesting at first thats understandable since i know many people arent into sport themed or sport based shows but this one is different. This show tells us the story of how the all girls baseball team overcomes different problems and shows the true power of woman/girls unlike those fantasy style shows where the girls always have something in them from the past
or dont exceptional training. Here its based on their atitude and what they believe in as a girl. Of course theres romance in there to but i think the main focus of the story is the group of girls as a whole.
Art: I'd have to say the art isnt something to fancy and isnt something to plain. its just nice and fits nicely with the show.
Sound: The voice actors and the characters i personally think matched perfectly with each other.
Character: You see quite a bit of character development through out the minor characters each with an episode or more introducing them and showing their own problems that they receive help from their friends. There is one character how ever, the main character of the show you really see her and her emotions come into play expecially when one event occurs to her and her attitude takes a complete turn of course you would have to watch the show to have a look at what event im talking about. The romance between the boy and the girl isnt as in depth as some anime's are but you can see their relationship grow and change through the show but as i said before its mainly focused more on the development between team members.
Enjoyment: I really liked this show expecially the idea of what boys can do girls can to and shows the true power of girls when we work together true we may be weak when we're alone but thats why this one is amazing as even when their alone they still have the determination and attitude.
Overall: This was a good show story was amazing as far as i can tell i would recommend every girl to atleast try this show even if its the first few episodes.
Some people consider this anime to be just another sports anime. In actuality, Princess 9 is very likely the worst sports anime to ever have been made.
I had my reservations when looking at the cover, but figuring it was probably just made in the late 80's, I picked it up. My estimation was roughly a decade off. The great character designs attempt to hide this fact, but unfortunately my sympathy vanished when the story began to circle the drain.
The series begins promisingly enough, the first 8 or so episodes are decent, and in fact the last few are too. The fact that
i don't remember the middle of the series is indicative of its poor quality.
I personally am not a fan of anime that cut every possible corner and have repetitive filler episodes, though most people seem to like them. If you are one of them I recommend you buy this series right away, surely there is no shortage of people trying to get rid of their copy.
If you insist on watching the anime, I would suggest that you watch the first disc and the last disc, then seal it away so it can wait in anticipation for its next victim.
This one proved quite the mixed bag throughout its run for me. Princess Nine is a sports drama about a baseball team of girls trying to overcome adversity and prejudice to be acknowledged as equals to the boys when they try to get involved in the national tournament to take part in competition at Koshien Stadium. Much of the series focuses around the team coming together and dealing with a number of obstacles that halt their efforts at competing in the Koshien tournament such as the school principal, tensions between some of the teammates and scandal. The series does give focus to the personalities and
backgrounds of each of the girls, many of whom fulfill a specific character type yet are likeable for the most part. The first half is actually rather solid in its developments with the girls teaming up, training and learning to be a cohesive team despite their differing personalities and dealing with those trying to thwart their formation.
While having a likeable cast though, Princess Nine does have some pretty significant issues. The series apparently dug into shoujo anime cliches in setting up its plot, the biggest hurting the series being its melodrama and romantic predicaments for its second half. Princess Nine has a big habit of greatly exaggerating on a number of the dilemmas faced by the characters throughout the title's run, which tend to get rather overbearing at points. The romantic developments on the love triangle that are focused on in the second half prove to be the biggest setback to the use of melodrama in this series as it has no major relevance to the main plot on the girl's baseball team and is rather bland due to the exaggerated dramatics that the series pulls with the whole thing, which even lead them to affect the girls at points during their baseball games and take away from that aspect to the plot. Also, the Koshien tournament's depiction in the anime is rather underwhelming with only one or two episodes devoted per game on ir and much of the romantic melodrama dominating the storyline by that point.
In terms of presentation, Princess Nine sports standard quality visuals with reasonable detail and subdued color tones on character designs and scenery. The animation has its rough moments with character designs usually getting off-model and reused animated frames coming from a number of baseball scenes. The soundtrack consists of dramatic and upbeat tracks that do their part at trying to enhance the melodrama of the series, but are rather forgettable and don't match up to the epic scale they attempt to portray.
While the girls among the team are a likeable bunch and get some solid developments, Princess Nine's melodrama and romantic developments get way too much emphasis as the series presses on, eventually getting to a point where they are more prominent than the struggles of the girls being recognized as well as the boys' teams. While having its solid moments, I don't think I'm hopping back to this series anytime soon.
Princess Nine was in a word, underwhelming. The sports anime genre consisting of literal hundreds of animes really only has 16 true "sports" animes focusing on girls, and Princess Nine was my first one. In terms of idea, the plot of Princess Nine was pretty solid. I was ready to start cheering for a girl's baseball team taking on boys; however it was the execution that failed for me.
Personally, I look for two things in a sports anime: coming out of the anime with more knowledge about the sport than I came in with and seeing a strong team dynamic. Princess Nine really
didn't do either in my opinion. Because the school needed to recruit players, the team only all comes together in episode ten or so which leaves that much less time for developing their team dynamic. Though even with all the girls together, Princess Nine seems to enjoy focusing on anything but baseball. A love triangle begins to form in the very beginning and manages to drag itself all the way to the end of 26 episodes miraculously adding absolutely nothing to the plot that whole time. It involves two of the best players from the team and only develops tension and negativity between the two which really bummed me out because it affects their performance in the games as well as their teammates. Not only that, but I look forward to seeing teammates help pick each other up, get to know each other, and encourage one another, but those two stay negative for nearly the entire anime.
In addition, not many relationships between the team were built, there was the pitcher and fourth batter, a brief development of the pitcher and catcher, and a couple of the fielders becoming friends, but other than that, the team continued to feel a little bit disconnected for me. Thus, because of that I felt I was really only cheering on one person at a time rather than the entirety of the team, and this was pretty much solely because of the love triangle! Trying to develop 9 characters in 26 episodes is pretty challenging because of the time you have to work with, and therefore some picking and choosing inevitably has to happen with who the writers want to develop. And they picked one of those to be the guy in the love triangle.
I honestly am really frustrated with the love triangle because it just took so much time away from the team and baseball in general which makes no sense considering everyone including the guy involved in it PLAYS BASEBALL. I really didn't learn much about the sport at all because of that unnecessary subplot, and the girls on the team seemed to just suddenly know how to play it--one was recruited from track and field, but once she joined the baseball team, she was an expert. The anime really didn't show the girls spending a lot of time improving and that's because they really didn't get to play baseball that much!
Despite all this, the team was likable and they did have a few scenes that showed some real deal practicing. I also didn't dislike anyone, and if given more time, they probably could've formed some really cool relationships. I liked the eclectic mix of players Princess Nine had going on I just wish they'd been given a little more love.
The anime was made in the 90s, and the art reflects that, but the character designs are quite good in that each girl looks individual and not simply the same as everyone else but with different hair. The animation did reuse a lot frames when they were playing baseball, but besides that, it was pretty solid.
Its soundtrack was nothing to complain about but also wasn't anything I'd choose to listen to in my free time.
Enjoyment wise Princess Nine was a roller coaster for me. I really loved seeing the girls goof around with each other or pull each other up when they made a mistake and got down about it. When they really started to play some baseball I got into it and really had a good time cheering for the pitcher and the batters, but a lot of the time the games ended quite quickly and the plot went right back to the love triangle causing those enjoyable team instances to actually be sort of rare.
When the anime focused on the love triangle I really didn't feel like watching and just got frustrated. Not only that, but those struggles from the triangle poured into some of the baseball games affecting the girl's performance, and I don't understand the reason for that. What's the point on having the girls improve if they're just going to start to suck because of a boy who adds nothing to the anime besides problems for the team? There were so many other places to take his character to make him more likable as well as more beneficial. He and his baseball team could've become the girl's rivals and they could've pushed each other to get better or he could've been their batting coach since he's such a "genius batter" or he could've even teamed up with the girl's current manager and become a much more positive influence.
That being said, Princess Nine had great potential and showcased instances of team dynamics and relationships between the girls, but the pointless inclusion of a love triangle took too much time away from the main plot as well as the actual baseball and prevents it from being a great anime.
Baseball is a much loved sport in both the USA and Japan, and to a lesser degree in other countries. But Japan knows how to glorify this fascinating sport with a whole bunch of incredibly cool baseball anime, and even a few manga. Let's take a look at baseball anime through history!