Princess Nine

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Name:Princess Nine
un-checked Comedyun-checked Mechschecked Drama
un-checked Violenceun-checked Shoujo 
un-checked Hentaiun-checked Explicit Sexun-checked Brief Nudity
Running Length:~25 min x 26 episodes

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Princess Nine
If you're like me and prefer down-to-earth anime series with good character developments and a nice little lesson in life or two, you will like this series.

If you're like me and pride yourself in being a baseball nutball, you will like this series even more!!

Well, maybe not if you're too much of a baseball junkie. It is apparent that the animation part of this series has been done by people who don't follow baseball seriously, as the movements of players in this anime doesn't look at all like the real thing you get to see on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. So that's one of the few shortcomings of this series.

However, it is full of interesting and lively characters who really grow on you as you progress into the series, and the plot line is superbly done -- instead of pushing the characters into some lame plot and shoving it down your throat, the creators of this series let their exciting characters CREATE and DEVELOP the plot line themselves, and it looks really natural and smooth. They start out by introducing the main character, a down-to-earth, pleasant 15-year-old pitcher Hayakawa Ryo, and then quickly setting up the stage for her foil, a proud, honorable, and cold-headed tennis star Himuro Izumi. The conflict generated by these two girls, who are polar opposite of each other in just about every way imaginable, attracts the viewer right in from the start and provides plenty of momentum right till the end, with plenty to spare.

I also like the ending -- probably one of the more heartwarming scenes you'll see in anime -- and the way it perfectly summarized the whole series and its theme. The voice acting is also superb, but when you go out and cast such big names as Sakakibara Yoshiko (Cylia Stingray in Bubblegum Crisis), Koyasu Takehito (Hotohori in Fushigi Yuugi), etc., it's hard not to make it so superb. All in all, a very nice, heartwarming drama with a dozen intriguing characters and a great final scene that will last in your memory for quite some time.

Overall Rating: 9
Animation:8 Plot:9 Humor:8 Sound Track:9
Weight: 10 (Trustworthy Vote)
By: ToughRater
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