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Princess Nine episodes 5-8 review


Princess Nine is amazing. This isn’t what I signed on for. I signed on for a mediocre, run-of-the-mill series. Instead, it’s like a batter coming up to bat in the first inning, hitting a home run, then adding a triple on his second at-bat. While Revolutionary Girl Utena got a ton of hype and fell flat on its face, Princess Nine is long forgotten, dead and buried, yet it is the best sports anime I’ve ever seen.

Every single character is well-developed and carefully treated. The voice acting, for its time, is outstanding. A lot of these voices are from Full Metal Panic!, which you may not know that I liked a whole lot (my opinions on FMP! aren’t well-documented, but suffice it to say that I loved that series). Yes, it is hard to remember all nine names and the manager’s name as well. But I love Izumi, Seira, Ryo, and that blonde girl who is on the team just to get famous.

I’ve been spoiled on this series, unfortunately, just enough to make me upset, and I don’t want to spoil anything here. What’s the point of spoiling it? Then no one will believe me that it’s such a great series because they won’t see it for themselves. If you can find Princess Nine on DVD, probably in the bargain bin, you should pick it up.

Eight episodes in, and the actual baseball is nowhere to be seen – and that’s a good thing! Hopefully once it’s time for the actual baseball, the series handles the sport right, but as for now, you don’t need any baseball to enjoy this thing. It thrives off the characters and their interactions with each other. In short, it does everything an anime series should do, plus adds a little baseball on the side.

Now, the crucial at-bat creeps up. Can Princess Nine deliver a hit when it comes to actual baseball play? That answer is soon to come…

Episodes 5-8 rating (out of four stars): ***1/2

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