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Dennis A. Amith reviews “Yomiuri Giants DVD Nenkan Season ’13-’14” (DVD Review)

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It’s a bit pricey at Y3800 (which is normal in Japan) which may turn overseas fans off, but unless you are a huge fan of the Yomiuri Giants, this DVD may not be for everyone considering that the Giants came up short and didn’t win the championship.  But true fans will no doubt want to check “”Yomiuri Giants DVD Nenkan Season ’13-’14” out!


TITLE: Yomiuri Giants DVD Nenkan Season ’13-’14

DURATION: 1:03:58 (not including special features)

DVD INFORMATION: Color, Dolby Digital, 16:9 LB

COMPANY: VAP INC.

RELEASED DATE: March 2014


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The Yomiuri Giants, the Tokyo team that is often compared to the New York Yankees due to the team winning 36 Central League pennants and 22 Japan Series Championships.

There is no doubt pride and tradition that is tied to the team but also being one the most profitable baseball teams in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), but also receiving the ire of anti-Giants fans from other NPB teams including Tokyo Yakult Swallows fans who dislike the team for its marketing tactics.

But love them or hate them, the Yomiuri Giants are no doubt a baseball team that has had a history of championships under their belt and continue to remain dominant since debuting back in 1934 as the Great Japan Tokyo Baseball Club, before changing their name to Tokyo Kyojin and later to the Yomiuri Giants in 1947.

But with their last championship win against the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in 2012 for the Japan Series, there was a lot of high anticipation for the 2013 team.

But in 2013-2014, it was one of the most heartbreaking seasons for Yomiuri Giants fans as the team, who had the best win-loss record of that year, would take on the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Japan Series and would lose in a heartbreaking game 7.

But for those who are more interested in watching the Yomiuri Giants play exciting baseball for the 2013-2014 season not including the playoffs or championships, the “Yomiuri Giants DVD Nenkan Season ’13-’14” is a DVD that may be worth checking out!

About 64 minutes long, “Yomiuri Giants DVD Nenkan Season ’13-’14” (Yomiuri Giants DVD Yearbook Season ’13~`14) is a documentary featuring the team’s wonderful winning season with interviews with players, free agency and the acquiring of Kataoka and Ibata, acquiring foreign players, a visit from former Yomiuri Giants slugger Matsui Hideki to practice, Fan Festa 2013 and the up-and-coming players from their draft.

The game doesn’t go into the Japan Series and the loss against Rakuten, it pretty much goes back to the draft and training camp and preparing for the 2014 season.  So, no need for Giants fans to relive the game 7 nightmare but respect what the team accomplished that year.


 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • 2014 Players Guide – A text based player list.
  • 2013 Home Runs – (38:07) A compilation of all Yomiuri Giant home runs for the 2013 season.

Overall, these end of the season DVD’s released by NPB teams are strictly for fans who want to remember the great games that the team had for the 2013 season and bouncing back and preparing for 2014.

And as the team was able to have their third straight Central League Victory the following year, the truth is that 2013 was a year that the Yomiuri Giants were in perfect position to win and they had their chances but came up short.

While the team played a magnificent 2013 season, unfortunately the end result was not what the team expected but it was against a strong Rakuten Eagles pitching team which included phenom Tanaka Masahiro.

As for the DVD, it was quite entertaining and seeing the spectacular plays made by the Giants players.  You also get a 38 minute special feature showcasing all homeruns for that season.

Nevertheless, this “Yomiuri Giants DVD Nenkan Season ’13-’14” DVD is more about celebrating the great season the team had in 2013 prior to the Japan Series and rebuilding for 2014.  Nothing more and nothing less.

Sure, It’s a bit pricey at Y3800 (which is normal in Japan) which may turn overseas fans off, but unless you are a huge fan of the Yomiuri Giants, this DVD may not be for everyone considering that the Giants came up short and didn’t win the championship.  But true fans will no doubt want to check “”Yomiuri Giants DVD Nenkan Season ’13-’14” out!