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Misfit middle-schoolers Karasawa and Katsuya, one a transfer student, sign up for the Seishu school baseball team chiefly because they think it will impress Yuri, the girl they both desire. Before long, their shallow initial reasons have transformed into a burning desire to win the All-Japan championships, in a predictable plotline based on a Shonen Sunday manga by Mitsuru Adachi, who also dramatized baseball stories in H2, Touch, Slow Step, and this show's immediate predecessor Miyuki. The popular movie adaptation was followed by two TV movies the same year, Nine and Nine 2: Declaration of Love. In 1984, it all ended with Nine: The Conclusion, in which Katsuya and his teammates, now high school juniors, win the regional qualifying tests in an effort to meet Coach Nakao's expectations. However, Karasawa is suffering from a "hitter's block" and is lampooned by school reporter Yoko, who secretly loves him. Inspired by her attention, Karasawa hits a home run just for her, and Katsuya becomes suspicious that his friend has scored with Yuri when he smells that both are using the same shampoo. However, as with all Adachi manga, such minor misunderstandings cannot stop the path of true love, and they all live happily ever after, ending with a double-date at the Koshien baseball stadium.