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- Audio Rating: A-
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: D+
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: ADV Films
- MSRP: 19.98
- Running time: 125
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Princess Nine
Princess Nine Vol. #6
By Edmund Lee
November 23, 2002
Release Date: October 08, 2002
The final volume of one of ADV's best sleeper hits, ends in one of the most powerful moment's I've ever seen in anime. Oh did I forget to mention, this disc has more baseball action than all the previous disc combine (not to mention they are damn exciting).
The first episode on the disc basically wraps up what has happen on the last episode on the previous disc to a close. It shows how Yuki turned out to be the way she was, thru a flashback sequence of events that would make anyone feel sorry for her.
Next episode is a baseball action episode. Yes, and it's even more exciting than the previous game they had. The whole way thru, I knew the outcome of the match, but the way it was played out made it seemed so exciting that you'll just forget the little fact of the outcome. And with the baseball action, it is made easy for any non-baseball fan to get into. Believe me, you will get excited in the last inning like me, who ain't a baseball fan at all.
The third episode on the disc is basically an episode on how the team are doing in the tournament. It also brings up another point of character relationships and the effects it's having on Ryo, Izumi and Hiroki. It's cliché again, but it will affect things for the last 2 episodes of this series. I take back whatever I said about Izumi in the last disc. She is just so complex as a character; it's hard to figure her out sometimes. But what she did in this episode is made me respect her even more.
And the final 2 episodes is one major baseball game. It's a face-off between sister schools, Kisaragi Boys and Kisaragi Girls and you know what this could mean. Believe me, just watch it and you won't be disappointed (I hope).
In all honesty, I found it hard to believe that the show could reach somewhere in 26 episodes but in the last 2 episodes, it showed me that a series with a good storyline filled with interesting and solid characters, made it one of the most enjoyable anime series I've seen in a long time. As I remembered when the first volume of Princess Nine was released, it offered what most fans expected from the start, a simple baseball story that involves girls trying to take on the boys. And it kept that idea to the final volume. What surprised those who have stayed on is that it offered something more. Mainly, it's the characters. In most anime, the plot usually defines the characters but with Princess Nine the characters defined the plot and fleshed out the storyline. Trust me, you would be more interested in what's gonna happen to each of the girls than the drive to reach the goal of reaching Koshien, and that's saying a lot. Overall, this has been one of my best finds in anime in a long time, and I hope it will be y
The video for this release until now has remind consistent with previous discs. There's still some aliasing during panning shots, but apart from that, it's pretty much great.
The audio is as good as ever in both the Japanese and English track.
The extras, however is just plain disappointing. I know that a while back when volume 2 was release, there would be a VA commentary on the show, but it got scrapped later on, evident in the menu transition from the Extra menu to the ADV trailers. A shame really since the dub for this series is one of the best I've heard for a while and it would have been nice to listen to the VA's opinions. Anyway what's left is the standard clean OP and ED sequence (and funnily the OP use's ADV's title card instead of the Japanese, and the ED cuts out 10 seconds before the end of the song). Some more cover images for the Japanese VHS release and trailers for ADV's other shows.
Now lets get on to the dub. First of, I will admit that in my first sitting, I watched it in English. And I didn't turn to the Japanese track until a week later, when I was showing it to some anime club members. Believe me, the storyline for both tracks are no different. What made me stick with the dub is the performance and, in a way, I'm just attached to the English voice actors/actresses. The dub for this series has been outstanding. With all the emotions and excitement happening all across 5 episodes, I've felt the emotions of each of the voice actors portray to be believable, especially the last line from Hilary Haag. The way it was delivered, it stirred me to my soul. You just have to hand it to Matt Greenfield, the ADR Director, for picking suitable actors that fit the persona of the characters.
In closing, with all the disc being out already, for those who are still waiting, now is your chance to pick up one of the best sleeper hits of the year. And once you have gone thru from start to finish, you will understand why many fans of this series would like to see a second series being made and why it deserves to be part of the AnimeonDVD Recommends section.
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