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Anime: Princess Nine

A baseball team of high school girls attempts to make it to the national tournament. The National Boys Tournament.

Also known as Princess Nine Kisaragi Girls High Baseball Club, Princess Nine is a 26-episode television anime series first aired in 1998. It was dubbed by ADV Films from 2001 to 2002.

Keiko Himuro, president of Kisaragi Girls High School (and its brother school for boys), has a dream. She wants to prove that girls can compete in baseball (not merely softball), and forms a team around Ryo Hayakawa, a brilliant young pitcher. A Ragtag Bunch of Misfits is quickly assembled. They must then overcome sexism, personal problems and oh yeah, an Opposing Sports Team or two on their way to respect and baseball victory.

Compare with Taishou Yakyuu Musume.

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Tropes seen in this series include:

  • Acquitted Too Late: Hidehiko's eventual fate, if his real-life counterpart's reinstatement in 2005 (several years after the series ended on a vauge cliffhanger) is anything to go by
  • Affectionate Nickname: Hiroki Takasugi constantly calls Ryo "Ganmo-chan" (Tofu in the English dub) as it's his favorite part of oden. He persists on calling her that despite her vocal objections to it. Late in the series, his grandfather informs Ryo that Hiroki only gives such nicknames to girls he truly likes.
  • Bad Guys Play Pool: One of the players is recruited while playing pool; she's naturally the team rebel.
  • Big "NO!": Seira Morimura pulls off this trope at the end of the fourth episode when she found out after the fact that she was tricked by Coach Kido into joining the team.
  • Bittersweet Ending: While the team doesn't quite make it to the championship game (failing in the quarter-finals), with hints they might go farther next year, they did succeed at getting people to take a girl's baseball team seriously.
  • Blank White Eyes: Shown by Ryo when she sees Hiroki Takasugi and Izumi Himoru kissing (though it was meant as a "goodbye" kiss, but Ryo misinterprets it and thought Hiroki was cheating on her).
  • The Chick: Yoko Tokashiki, who isn't really into baseball, or sports in general, but is on the team to get attention for her modeling career.
    • Somewhat subverted in that she bats 7th. This means that Mao and possibly Ryo (pitchers, when there isn't a designated hitter, almost always bat 9th) are worse in the batter's box than she is. Mao and Ryo are athletes, Yoko is not.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Yuki Azuma, who is never without her faithful "alien" companion Fifi. Nene is pretty out there herself.
  • Cute Sports Club Manager: Nene Mori.
  • Death Glare: Izumi gives an effective one to a drunk who hits on her on the street.
    Drunk: I think I just sobered up.
  • Delinquent: Seira Morimura, red-haired dropout (and world class sprinter) who has to be tricked (much to her disappointment) into joining the team.
    • The Kanji for her name effectively mean "A good saint from a forest village". She is not like that at all.
  • Disappeared Dad: Ryo's father Hidehiko Hayakawa was a professional baseball player before being banned for a scandal and dying. Seira's parents are going through what is implied to be a very nasty divorce
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Seira tempts the coach... with beer.
  • Driven to Suicide: Subverted with Yuki. She tried killing herself when she was traumatized by her mean, jealous softball teammates during her Junior High Years for being an MVP and when they were claiming that she was taken all the credit. She couldn't kill herself despite the different attempts that tried.
  • Exact Words: Principal Mita tells his daughter, Kanako (who he grounded earlier) she can have anything she wants for her birthday, "anything within my power." To his surprise, she demands that he reinstate the baseball team. And he does, to everyone's suprise. And he also ungrounds Kanako.
  • Expy/Homage: the coach seems to be a cross between Jimmy Dugan and Buttermaker
  • Fallen Princess: Izumi Himuro, who takes a substantial demotion from star tennis player to join the team. She's the clean up hitter but doesn't get to play an important defensive position. For her it was either 3rd base or right field and Yoko would have to be hidden at the other position.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Kanako's father, the school principal. When Kanako is first found out by her father; he grounds her and forbids her to play. That is until his Heel-Face Turn when he ends up not being against the baseball team in the eighteenth episode, in which he grants his daughter's birthday wish to reinstate the team. And he also ungrounds her.
  • Fiery Redhead: Seira Morimura.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Initially, it's Seishiro, Ryo's best friend since kindergarten, who has a crush on Ryo that he can never adequately express - so she remains completely unaware of his affections. Later in the series, though, he falls for Hikaru instead, and this time it's reciprocal and they share a First Kiss.
  • Genre Savvy: It's clear that everyone on the team has grown up on sports cliches, but no one more so than the team manager/gofer, Nene.
  • Heroic BSOD: Yuki Azuma gets this when she loses her Companion Cube "alien", Fifi.

  • Hot for Teacher: Seira and the coach have a certain chemistry going. Would be a lot more disturbing, if she didn't look like she could kick his ass.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Mao Daidoji, a large but shy girl picked from the judo team to become the catcher for the baseball team.
    • Mao is 5'9", Seira is 5'7", Izumi is 5'6", and Yuki is 5'5". A huge chunk of the cast is taller than average.
  • Important Haircut: Though not shown onscreen, Izumi cuts her hair shorter when she becomes a member of the Kisaragi Nine baseball team.
  • Jerkass:
    • Izumi Himoru, especially to Ryo Hayakawa
    • Seira to Yoko, because of her annoyance with Yoko's lack of sports skills.
    • Coach Kido, though he may be more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. He used to play both professionally and as an amateur with Ryo's father, and knows exactly what the girls need to be able to do to win. When he wants to teach a lesson, he usually is not nice.
  • Lampshade Hanging: The show fairly drips with it, no sports cliche is safe.
  • Large Ham: Yoko Tokashiki.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Chibi-Izumi seems to laugh this way in the eyecatch.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Izumi's hairstyle.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Izumi Himoru rarely smiles.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Izumi delivers a varient of one to an unconscious and in critical condition Ryo Hayakawa, but it was to tell her not to give up and die.
  • Sdrawkcab Alias: Tami Konaka (syllables reversed), Kanako Mita's alter ego.
  • Shop Keeper: Shino Hayakawa, Ryo's mother, runs an oden shop.
  • Show Some Leg: The girls (Well Seira and Hikaru actually) do this to a team from a boys-only school. It works for a couple innings, then the boy's coach points out that girls that pretty probably already have boyfriends. The atmosphere gets ugly REAL quick.
    • Also played for irony since at that point in the story, none of them have boyfriends.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Koharu Hotta, who disguised herself to play on a boys' baseball team before being found out.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Couple Examples:
    • Ryo Hayakawa is the Tomboy to Izumi Himoru's Girly Girl (despite that she played tennis), while Ryo herself is Girly Girl to Koharu Hotta's Tomboy.
    • Seira Morimura is Tomboy to Yoko Tokashiki's Girly Girl
    • Hikaru Yoshimoto is the Tomboy to Yuki Azuma's Girly Girl.
  • Vision Quest: Ryo has one while in critical condition in the hospital, encountering her late father and hearing her teammates (including Izumi, who delivers a variant of "The Reason You Suck" Speech) telling her not to give up.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: Instead of teaching her to throw her father's "lightning ball," Coach Kido has Ryo till an entire lot all by herself, an exhausting task that she finishes by sheer willpower. Turns out that exhaustion and force of willpower she needed to finish the gardening is exactly what she needs to duplicate the "lightning ball" at the end of a difficult game.
    • Subverted when he later claims that he was just abusing his position to get her to do his dirty work, then Doubly Subverted when Takasugi points out that the chore was still the best way to train a pitcher's wrist muscles how to snap properly without overstraining.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Kanako Mita has to disguise herself with a green wig to avoid having her father - the principal who disapproves of the team - find out she's on the roster. Lampshaded when she mentions how odd that all it takes is a wig for a father to not recognize his own daughter.
  • Yes-Man: The Vice-Principal to Principal Mita.
  • You Go Girl

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