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Taishou Yakyuu Musume

November 7, 2009

Taisho Yakyuu Musume, that’s Taisho-era (1912-1926) Baseball Girls.  The list of voice actors for this show is definitely solid, including Mamiko Noto and Yui Makino; the animation, while not the best I’ve seen, is also pretty nice.  So why is no one paying any attention to the show?

I’ve never been much of one for liking sports anime for some reason.  I tried watching TeniPuri about a year ago and never managed to get past the first few episodes.  Not sure why even, I kinda liked the story and the animation was pretty nice, alas, I digress.

What starts out as two girls (well, really only one) that want to play that game they see the boys playing; baseball, that is. Of course, being the early 20th century in Japan, where tradition says its rude for a woman to even run, its not going to be an easy road to find girls who be allowed by parents to play baseball, let alone be interested in playing it.

By the second episode pretty much the whole team has been pulled together, and fortunately for them their homeroom teacher happens to be an American woman who also knows a thing or two about baseball.

Having now finished the series, I can safely say that in my opinion, this is an above average slice of life comedy series. And I also feel it received too little attention for what it was worth. Its nothing to be ranked up against Azumanga Daioh or the likes of Lucky Star, but its definitely a humorous story placed in a relatively unique setting that doesn’t try too hard to be cute, making this show a 7 out of 10 in my book.

Links: AniDB ANN

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