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- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: ADV Films
- MSRP: 19.98
- Running time: 100
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Princess Nine
Princess Nine Vol. #2
By Roman Martel
February 05, 2002
Release Date: January 08, 2002
Overall Rating: 4.4
(on a scale of 1-5)
The second disc of Princess Nine has finally arrived. I was a bit afraid to watch it. Would the second disc lose some of the charm of the first episodes? Or would this series continue to deliver plenty of entertainment. I was poised to watch it. What would it be? Good or bad? Well you're gonna have to read the content section to find out.
All the technical stats stay the same on this disc with one exception. The sound and picture were still very good. The menu is lots of fun and has plenty of motion and sound. The keepcase has all the info except number of channels of sound. The extras are where the grade goes up. You get the ADV teaser and trailer for this series. You also get the cute Super Deformed eyecatches of the players (in Japanese as well). But the real highlight of the extras is the Oden Cooking Special. That's right Iron Chef fans, strap on that apron and head off the kitchen. This special gives you a brief overview of what Oden is, as well as a mini cooking lesson. It was surprising to find it on the disc, but that's what made this disc an even bigger surprise. Way to go ADV! Continue to keep up the great work on the extras.
I really enjoyed the first disc of Princess Nine. It was a complete surprise that turned out to be much more entertaining than I expected it too. I'm not into baseball at all, but this series has some kind of charm that seems to be missing in many of the series that have been coming over lately. This disc continues in the same feel and style as the previous. The plot is nothing revolutionary, but it keeps you watching just the same.
The four episodes on this DVD basically complete the search for the final members of the girl's team. In the first episode we meet up with the catcher. The other three are pretty much one mini-story arc. The shortstop makes her appearance as well as a new outfielder who is too concerned about the ball hitting her lovely face and not about catching the ball. But what the team really needs another good batter. The first name that pops up is the school tennis star Izumi. Of course there is trouble brewing between Ryo and Izumi. And so a rivalry begins. Izumi refuses to be part of the new baseball team and even wants to get the team dissolved. Will Ryo be able to save the baseball team and how can they possibly get Izumi to join?
The animation stayed at about the same level as it has been. The character designs are cute for all the female characters. It's nothing earth-shattering really. The animation itself goes through fits of average looking to pretty good and then to just below average at times. I'm guessing the budget wasn't too high on this series. The sound work is all real world stuff and it's pretty average as well. Nothing stood out as horrible or great.
As I already mentioned the story itself is standard sports series/movie material. It's pretty cliché overall, but there is a special charm that just makes you want to watch the next episode. I'm not sure if it's the characters themselves or what. The story is average so far. I'm not really expecting it to get complicated or intricate, but if it does that will we a pleasant surprise.
For the most part the English cast is solid. All the girls voice actors are doing a good job. I'm really liking Ryo a great deal. She was great as Nene in Bubblegum Crisis 2040, and I think she's still doing a great job. My only minor problem is with Izumi's voice. It just doesn't really seem to match the look of the character. I'm not sure if I just have a more generic evil girl voice in my head for her, or what. Her acting is good, but the casting seems a bit off. I loved hearing Tiffany Grant doing the voice of the new, vain outfielder. Aside from that the voice work was just above average. While it's not as good as Nadesico, it is a good English dub.
Again the music and the fact that it is the Warsaw Philharmonic makes it an interesting choice. For the most part the score is very good. A few times it seemed to overpower the imagery and some of the dialogue, but its good stuff. The opening and ending themes are good. I did like how the opening theme was used during a key moment in the 8th episode.
This series has been real entertaining so far. We watched this disc all the way through instead of watching 2 episodes one night and finishing it the next (as we had planned). The characters are fun and the situation, while it is cut and dried, does allow for some fun interplay between the characters. If you liked the first disc, this one is just as good. Coming up next is the first practice game. So I'll definitely be picking that disc up.
Roman J. Martel
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