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So, without a real message, fairly sub-par animation, a story that's been done to death and a lack of fanservice (which studios often use to compensate for weaknesses in the other three), you get an anime that, on paper, seems like a throwaway, shovelware, busywork to show your economic partners that you're still working...
So why is it so good?
If I had to condense it to a single phrase I would say "Consistency of Tone".
The fact that it isn't really bogged down with symbolism of some kind of message; the fact that baseball is portrayed as it is without trying to replicate the excitement of a real game with flash; the quiet, reserved, yet generally cheerful girls; and the incredibly vanilla, yet very heartwarming romantic sub-plots make for a naturaly lighthearted feel that is absent from even most Slice of Life series. Add the fact that the characters are a lot of fun and interact naturally (in no small part thanks to the voice actresses who portray them), the art-direction, and the unique time period and you end up with a very memorable series which, by all rights, should have only been a footnote AT BEST in anime history.Read more ›
It's set in 1920's Tokyo, during a period of widespread Westernization under the Taisho emperor. As everyone who reviews this anime will tell you, this is when the sailor suit uniforms were first introduced, for boys as well as girls. What they won't tell you is that, while the boy's uniforms are reasonably well portrayed, the real girls sailor suits were black, had skirts down to the ankles, and looked like something a 1880's American school-marm would wear, unlike the ones portrayed here, and everywhere else.
We start out with an introduction to Tokyo of the early 1920's (before the earthquake) through the "Tokyo Song", which shows off many of the prominent landmarks of the city, and is set to the tune of "Marching Through Georgia." Quite aside from the story, this is a good slice-of-life look at a country in transition.
The plot, such as it is, revolves around one middle school student deciding her all-girl academy should have a baseball team, as a way of showing up her traditionalist fiance (arranged marriage), who believes a woman's place is in the home. The story proceeds through the Recruiting of the Nine, the Floundering First Steps, the Determined Training, and the Final Game.Read more ›
Akiko, the pitcher, is wealthy, and her fiance was a scion of the family which owned Mitsubishi (which would be so obvious to Japanese viewers,but not to Americans).
The firebombing of Tokyo largely missed the wealthier part of the city, so most of them would have survived.
Koume is loosely based upon a real person whose father cooked the first dish of curry in Tokyo. In here Koume's fiance is a Japanese, but in reality he was an exile from India, who ended up as a cook in the Tokyo restaurant to cook authentic curry and married the owner's daughter. They had two children, but one of them was killed in the Battle of Okinawa.
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Be aware it's a sub not a dub.
Nice little slice of life story about young girls wanting to play baseball and the trials they endure. Read more
"Taisho Baseball Girls" is a series that will never gain any major accolades or high popularity. Nor is it flashy or dramatically riveting. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by Hope this helps
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If sales are good enough, maybe it'll get an English dub later. It might seem like too niche of a title for that, but that's what I thought about Blue Drop.
Anyways, I'm not too disappointed by the lack of a dub. The Japanese cast is very A-list (Mamiko Noto, Kana Ueda, Eri Kitamura, etc).
Oct 31, 2010 by Mr. T. P. | See all 2 posts