20th G-View: Taishou Yakyuu Musume

Hello and welcome to G-Views, where SoL reigns supreme, moe is respected and Dokuro-chan sucks poopie. Doods, an anime like this has been long in the making. Too long have men ruled baseball, so long that woman’s baseball is considered far inferior and almost obsolete. I know it doesn’t mean much, but to me, I’m very glad that they made a show like this. I’ve delayed this special G-View for far too long and at long last, I’m proud to present to all you fine readers out there, Taishou Yakyuu Musume.

Alternative title:
Taishō Baseball Girls.
Genres: comedy, tournament
Themes: baseball, sports
Number of Episodes: 12
G-Rating: 8.5/10

Plot Summary: In 1925 (year 14 of the Taisho period), after being told by a baseball player that women should become housewives instead of going to school, two 14-year-old Japanese high school girls named Koume and Akiko decide to start a baseball team in order to prove him wrong. During this time, when even running was considered too vulgar for women, baseball is known as “what the boys do” and they face many difficulties when searching members, getting permission from their parents and when learning about the sport itself.

Characters:

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The main characters are the members of the girl’s baseball team Ouka-kai. Most of the girls are from class 1-2 and the team’s coach is their homeroom teacher.

Koume Suzukawa
The main heroine of story, second member and catcher of team. She is the daughter of a yōshoku restaurant owner. Her dream is to wear a sailor uniform.
Akiko Ogasawara
Koume’s closest friend, captain and pitcher of team. She has a slight crush on Koume. She is from a wealthy family.
Yuki Souya
Class president and childhood friend of Tamaki. She and Tamaki played baseball with boys when they were in elementary school. She is third/fourth team member: she spoke with Koume about their baseball team in the evening, but Koume didn’t recognize her desire, and so Yuki repeated her request on the following day again (after Noe). She supplied first baseball equipment for the team (catcher mask, several gloves and balls) and also “stole” first team uniforms (western-like sport uniform) from her family kimono shop (it was too modern, so it didn’t sell and was kept in storage).
Noe Kawashima
Third/fourth member and main strategist/tactician of the team. Also looks adorable with her hair loose.
Tomoe Tsukubae
Fifth member and Shizuka’s elder twin sister. She has a huge crush on Koume and joined the team to be closer to her. Before the baseball team, she was in the newspaper club. She is very athletic and her dream is to hit a home run. Unlike her twin, she wears a sailor uniform for school. She shares a room with her twin in the school dorms.
Shizuka Tsukubae
Sixth member and Tomoe’s younger twin sister. Before the baseball team, she was also in the newspaper club. Unlike her twin, she normally dresses in traditional Japanese clothing.
Kyouko Sakurami
Seventh-eighth member. She has an even larger crush on Tomoe than Tomoe’s for Koume, and when Tomoe asked her to join – she agreed without thinking.
Tamaki Ishigaki
Ninth member. Yuki’s childhood friend. Initially she was the most skilled player in team.
Kochou Kikusaka
Noriko’s replacement. Before the baseball team she was on the track team.
Anna Curtland
She is the English language teacher, class 1-2 homeroom teacher and the girl’s coach.
Name Position Class Membership order
Akiko Ogasawara Pitcher 1-2 Initiator
Koume Suzukawa Catcher 1-2 2nd
Shizuka Tsukubae First base 1-2 6th
Yuki Souya Second Base 1-2 3rd/4th
Tomoe Tsukubae Third Base 1-2 5th
Tamaki Ishigaki Shortstop 1-2 9th
Kyouko Sakurami Left Fielder 1-1 7th-8th
Owari Noriko
(retired)
Center Fielder 2-2 7th-8th
Kochou Kikusaka 1-1
Kawashima Noe Right Fielder 1-2 3rd/4th

As explained in the plot summary, this is a girl’s sports anime set in the Taisho era of the early 20th century, TYM follows a group of female students as they attempt to form a baseball team in the face of narrow-minded ideas about the role of women. As is emblematic of the period, a number of intense “romantic friendships”, historically known as “S”, arise between several pairs. It also helps them in strengthening their teamwork during the games.
As for the boys, they’re pretty much what you’d expect from “typical” anime guys. however, there is one guy I admit, I did respect.An honorable man who made the right choices and took the right steps to earn it.

Each of the ladies on the team are awesome in their own special way and absolutely none of them will get on your nerves. All of them are lovable, badass and interesting, especially my beloved Koume. So cute for her age! She came in 3rd place in my 2009 kawaiiness championship.

Now for the pace of the anime itself, it has a very balanced pacing as the girls begin by finding team members and then getting permission from the school board to legally have “Outdoor” classes. There are also additional calamities and antics that take place that may be seen as fillers but trust me when I say that they’re GOOD fillers. Once everything’s been settled we get exhibition matches, good and rough times, all leading to the epic hyped Baseball game between the Girls Team and the Top Boys team of the city. Believe me when I say that it is definitely worth the wait and buildup. It’s basically an underdog story about a team, whose members once had little in common with one another but came together to form an extremely formidable force after shedding many drops of tears and sweat. The big match that’s been hyped since the 1st quarter of the show is all about witnessing all that hard work paying off as the girls give it everything they have in what I consider one of the most epic baseball matches ever drawn/animated.

The artwork is more than acceptable and is most definitely not a nuisance. It manages to capture the Taisho era feel to an extent in a sort of clash between modern and traditional beliefs.

There’s no fanservice here. No astronomical breast physics, no panty shots, no sexual intercourse, just plain sweetness mixed with cool baseball action. Not as extreme as Sports anime are usually known for, but more…realistic. Of course when the girls aren’t training they usually get themselves in some form of trouble or another and it is glorious to watch. A special shout out for the “ninja batter”, “summer camp”  and “actress” episodes.

In conclusion: Not much to complain about here. This is a show that baseball fans, slice of life aficionados and fans of shows that don’t need explosions to be cool, can enjoy and relax to.

Noteworthy members of “the nation” are (only 2 of them are shown in this picture):

-Tomoe Tsukabae, Kyouko Sakurami, Yuki Souya, Tamaki Ishigaki.

As you can tell by the above mentioned ladies, this show is definitely one you needn’t wear the goggles to witness greatness. It ranges from canon to subtext in a lighthearted manner just like the series itself. As for which member has the strongest vibes…Kyouko.

About OG-Man

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7 Responses to 20th G-View: Taishou Yakyuu Musume

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  3. yurimylove says:

    excellent review of a cute anime series! it’d been on my to-watch list for quite a while (read years) and I’m glad I finally watched it. Interesting story with a host of likable characters. I quite enjoyed the traditional time period depicted here, and all the baseball actions.

    on a side note, I wondered from the lack of any emphasis on Anna Curtland in your review, that perhaps your current taste for MILF lovely adult female characters hasn’t quite developed yet when you wrote this 6 years ago XD

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