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Pri9 is about feelings and emotions
I was really surprised by this, and after starting the first episode, it was impossible to stop. The emotions created by this anime were intense to me.
Ok, first it's good to know the rules of baseball, and even better if you like baseball. Then you have to like anime with no "shooting" and no "mekka", just little action. But lots of feelings. It's also about girls (and women) in a land (Japan) dominated by men, and if it were more popular, it might be able to change the minds of people a bit. But there aren't even many fanpages of this anime.
Each of the nine players (and 6 other main characters) is a believable person with its own background, hopes and feelings. Every emotion I could imagine is found somewhere in the 26 episodes, and there was one scene that made me see my own life in a way I never did before in my 34 years so far.
Of course the story itself is pretty predictable. If there's a threat that the team would be dissolved early in the series, I knew that it wouldn't be the end, because what would they do in the other episodes?
It's the way they go there that is interesting. There are little surprises, and when I thought, this is now getting a little ridiculous and like something that wouldn't happen in reality, the story turns again and makes it all very believable again.
I'll stop now, because anime like this will never be really popular. Most people only notice what they want to notice, and then it's just a Sports Anime, or some Shoujo. But keep the DVD set in mind when you don't know what to wish for your birthday, or something. Or when it's on TV, if that's ever going to happen.
One more thing, the music and voice acting are really good, always fits to the scenes. They have good voice actors with experinces from Gundam and more, and I just loved hearing "Nausicaa" again. She (Shimamoto Sumi) has also done the mother in Totoro, and is the mother of Ryo here.
I was introduced to anime just recently through Spirited Away, and until now didn't find any other anime that created feelings and emotions which felt real. And I've looked a lot. I'm glad I found this.
A kind of its own... a masterpiece!
Once or twice in a decade I come across a motion picture that makes me think a lot, that I can't get out of my mind. It's not the story nor the pictures nor the music alone, but the rare perfect combination of these. I really cannot put into words, what can only be felt.
No comparison to other films would ever do any justice, so I won't compare. I myself don't need everything explained, in fact I enjoy it very much if there is no good or evil pointed out to everyone. This film is just "feeling" to me. Everybody can see this picture through different eyes.
I see the success of this as a sign, that people are tired of seeing "standard Hollywood productions". I hope we will get more of this kind.
A word should still be said to the fabulous work of Joe Hisaishi, the composer. The music totally captures the spirit of the pictures, without being too dominant. In fact the absence of music in the swamps if perfect, like everything.
Fucking Åmål (1998)
great swedish film
I've seen this movie twice, the Swedish VO and the german version. I just love the original dialogs (though I'm not a native speaker), half of the film is missing when it's dubbed. So if you didn't like the film, try to see the original version (and learn some Swedish first), because IMO this movie shows us a teenage version of a Swedish way of living and feeling.