Nine (manga)

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Nine
Nine volume 1 by Mitsuru Adachi (My First Wideban).png
Cover of volume 1 of wideban release.
ナイン
Genre Romantic comedy, Sports (baseball)
Manga
Written by Mitsuru Adachi
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Sunday Zōkan
Original run October 1978May 1979
Volumes 5
Anime television film
Directed by Gisaburō Sugii
Studio Group TAC
Network Fuji TV
Released May 4, 1983
Anime film
Nine the Original
Directed by Gisaburō Sugii
Studio Group TAC
Released September 16, 1983
Anime television film
Nine 2: Sweetheart Declaration
Directed by Gisaburō Sugii
Studio Group TAC
Network Fuji TV
Released December 18, 1983
Anime television film
Nine 3: Final
Directed by Gisaburō Sugii
Studio Group TAC
Network Fuji TV
Released September 5, 1984
Live-action television film
Network Fuji TV
Released January 5, 1987
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Nine (Japanese: ナイン Hepburn: Nain?) is a baseball manga series by Mitsuru Adachi. It was serialized in Monthly Shōnen Sunday Zōkan from the October 1978 through May 1979 issues. The series was adapted into three anime television films[1] and a live-action television drama.[2] An altered version of the first anime was released in theaters, with new and re-arranged new music.[3][4]

The story is about two friends who were star athletes in junior high school who decide, on entering high school, to join the struggling baseball club so they can have a challenge. The title comes from the nine members of a baseball team.

Plot summary[edit]

Just before entering Seishū High School, track star Katsuya Niimi and judo champion Susumu Karasawa see a girl crying as the school loses a baseball game. The boys decide to join the team and improve it in order to make her smile. The girl turns out to be Yuri Nakao, daughter of the baseball coach, and they learn the baseball team will be shut down if it doesn't start winning. The series follows the three, as well as pitcher Eiji Kurahashi, as Niimi and Karasawa learn about baseball and what it means to be one of nine players on a team, as they work together through high school make it to Kōshien.[5]

Characters[edit]

Character voices listed are for the anime releases only.

Katsuya Niimi (新見 克也?)
Voiced by: Toru Furuya
Center fielder on the Seishū High School baseball club, in love with Yuri. In junior high, he held the national records for the 100 meter and 200 m races for his age group. His favorite food is gomokuzushi. He wears the number 8 on his jersey.
Yuri Nakao (中尾 百合?)
Voiced by: Mariko Ishihara (TV movie 1), Mariko Kurata (TV movie 2), Narumi Yasuda (TV movie 3)
The manager of the Seishū High School baseball club and daughter of the baseball coach. There is a growing romance between Yuri and Katsuya.
Susumu Karasawa (唐沢 進?)
Voiced by: Kei Tomiyama
Right fielder on the Seishū High School baseball club. In junior high, he was the prefectural champion in judo. He wears the number 9.
Eiji Kurahashi (倉橋 永二?)
Voiced by: Kaneto Shiozawa
Left-handed pitching ace on the Seishū High School baseball club, and was one of the top pitchers in all of Japan in middle school. Lives with his father, a truck driver.
Yukimi Yasuda (安田 雪美?)
Voiced by: Chika Sakamoto
Star athlete of the Seishū High School track club, who has a crush on Katsuya since Middle School. After transferring to Seishū at the beginning of the school year, she begins pursuing him, much to the annoyance of Yuri.
Kentarō Yamanaka (山中 健太郎?)
Voiced by: Akira Kamiya
A childhood friend of Yuri, and ace pitcher at Bunan High School where he has taken his team to victory at Kōshien. After an unexpected reunion with Yuri, he becomes the romantic rival of Katsuya.
Jirō Yamanaka (山中 二郎?)
Voiced by: Yoshikazu Hirano
Kentarō's younger brother and a new member of the Seishū High School baseball club, playing third base. He has a crush on Yukimi. He wears the number 5.
Chimi Yamanaka (山中 智美 )?)
Younger sister of the Yamanaka brothers. She tries to mediate the relationship between Yuri and Kentarō, who in turn uses her to interfere with the developing romance between Yuri and Katsuya.
Coach Nakao
Voiced by: Ichirō Nagai (TV movies), Kōichi Kitamura (theatrical movie)
The coach of the Seishū High School baseball club. He is in jeopardy of losing his job for not having won a single game, which he does with the addition of Eiji Kurahashi to the team. He formerly coached Kentarō for a short time when he was younger, and they were neighbours.
Kazuya Niimi's father
Voiced by: Tatsuyuki Jinnai
A former baseball player who helps Eiji join the baseball team after talking to his father, with whom he formed the winning battery at the invitational Kōshien tournament of 20-odd years prior to the events of the manga.
Kazuya Niimi's mother
Voiced by: Kazuko Makino
Appears in the theatrical movie.
Eiji Kurashashi's father
Voiced by: Takeshi Aono
Appears in the theatrical movie.
Yukimi Yasuda's mother
Voiced by: Miyoko Asō
Appears in the theatrical movie.

Sources:[2][3][4][5][6][7]

TV movies[edit]

Nine[edit]

The first Nine TV movie aired on May 4, 1983 on Fuji TV's Nissei Family Special program.

Music[edit]

Opening theme
"Love - Innocent" (LOVE·イノセント Rabu Inosento?)
Insert songs
"Invited Desires" (つのる思い Tsunoru Omoi?)
"Goodbye to Sadness" (悲しみにサヨナラ Kanashimi ni Sayonara?)
  • Vocals: Mariko Tsubota and Hiroaki Serizawa
  • Lyrics: Masao Urino
  • Composer: Hiroaki Serizawa
Ending theme
"Midsummer Runner" (真夏のランナー Mannatsu no Runner?)
  • Vocals: Mariko Tsubota and Hiroaki Serizawa
  • Lyrics: Masao Urino
  • Composer: Hiroaki Serizawa

Staff[edit]

Sources:[6]

Nine 2: Sweetheart Declaration[edit]

The second Nine TV movie, Nine 2: Sweetheart Declaration (ナイン2 恋人宣言 Nain Tsū Koibito Sengen?), aired on December 18, 1983 on Fuji TV's Nissei Family Special program.

Music[edit]

Opening theme
"Sweetheart Declaration" (恋人宣言 Koibito Sengen?)
  • Vocals: Mariko Tsubota
  • Lyrics: Mariko Ryū
  • Composer: Hiroaki Serizawa
Insert songs
"Blue Sky Feelings" (青空気分 Aozora Kibun?)
"My Young Boy" (私のYoung Boy Watashi no Yangu Bōi?)
  • Vocals: Mariko Tsubota and Hiroaki Serizawa
  • Lyrics: Mariko Ryū
  • Composer: Hiroaki Serizawa
Ending theme
"Midsummer Runner"
  • Vocals: Mariko Tsubota and Hiroaki Serizawa
  • Lyrics: Masao Urino
  • Composer: Hiroaki Serizawa

Staff[edit]

Sources:[6]

Nine 3: Final[edit]

The third Nine TV movie, Nine 3: Final (ナイン 完結編 Nain Surī Kanketsuhen?), aired on September 5, 1984 on Fuji TV's Nissei Family Special program.

Music[edit]

Opening theme
"Endless Summer" (エンドレスサマー Endoresu Samā?)
  • Vocals: Hiroaki Serizawa
  • Lyrics: Masao Urino
  • Composer: Hiroaki Serizawa
Insert songs
"Around August" (八月のゆくえ Hachigatsu no Yukue?)
"Boys in Love" (Boys in love Bōisu in Rabu?)
  • Vocals: Hiroaki Serizawa
  • Lyrics: Masao Urino
  • Composer: Hiroaki Serizawa
Ending theme
"Midsummer Runner"
  • Vocals: Mariko Tsubota and Hiroaki Serizawa
  • Lyrics: Masao Urino
  • Composer: Hiroaki Serizawa

Staff[edit]

  • Director: Gisaburō Sugii
  • Teleplay: Yumiko Takaboshi
  • Animation Director: Tsuneo Maeda
  • Key Animation Director: Minoru Maeda
  • Art Director: Katsuyoshi Kanemura
  • Music: Hiroaki Serizawa
  • Audio Director: Atsushi Tashiro
  • Production: Toho, Group TAC, Fuji TV

Sources:[6]

Theatrical movie[edit]

The first Nine TV movie was remade into a theatrical movie titled Nine the Original (ナイン オリジナル版 Nain Orijinaruban?), released on September 16, 1983 by Toho. Modifications were made to the original TV movie to fix problems with it, and some of the voice actors and background music were changed as well. When the Nine movies are rebroadcast on TV, this movie is shown in place of the original TV movie.

Music[edit]

Theme songs
"Amateur Photograph" (青いフォトグラフ Aoi Fotogurafu?)
"Love Taking Flight" (愛を翼にして Ai o Tsubasa ni Shite?)
  • Vocals: Mariko Kurata
  • Lyrics: Masao Urino
  • Composer: Hiroaki Serizawa
Insert songs
"Invited Desires"
"Sentimental Season" (涙色の季節 Namida-iro no Kisetsu?)
"Midsummer Runner"
  • Vocals: Mariko Kurata and Hiroaki Serizawa
  • Lyrics: Masao Urino
  • Composer: Hiroaki Serizawa

Staff[edit]

  • Director: Gisaburō Sugii
  • Screenplay: Hiroichi Fuse
  • Animation Director: Tsuneo Maeda
  • Art Director: Hiroshi Ōhno
  • Music: Hiroaki Serizawa, Yasunori Tsuchida
  • Audio Director: Atsushi Tashiro
  • Producers: Yūkichi Ōhashi, Atsushi Tashiro
  • Production: Toho, Group TAC, Fuji TV

Sources:[3][4]

TV live action drama[edit]

A Nine live action TV drama special aired on January 5, 1987 on Fuji TV's Monday Dramaland (月曜ドラマランド Getsuyō Doramarando?) program.

Cast[edit]

Staff[edit]

Sources:[2]

See also[edit]

These are titles with a similar theme of baseball.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Van Huffel, Peter (January 17, 2004). "Adachi Mitsuru あだち充". Retrieved June 21, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c あだち充 アニメ (in Japanese). あだち充 DΑTΑBΑSE. Retrieved June 21, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c 劇場アニメ「ナイン」 (in Japanese). あだち充 DΑTΑBΑSE. Retrieved June 21, 2007. 
  4. ^ a b c ナイン(1983) (in Japanese). goo 映画. Retrieved June 21, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "Nine". AdachiFan. Retrieved June 21, 2007. 
  6. ^ a b c d "BS夏休みアニメ特選|ナイン" (in Japanese). NHK. Retrieved June 21, 2007. 
  7. ^ Hitoshi Doi. "Search results for "Nine" in anime database". Seiyū Database. Retrieved June 21, 2007. 

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