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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 ›
Generally, this series features absolutely nothing to worry in it's visuals or language. However, there is one bath scene (Episode 10) but nothing is shown. Most of the shots are the girls in the water with only shoulder to head visible. There are short clips of the girls scrubbing each other's backs (as is the custom) but hands, arms, and rocks cover the vital areas. And the one clip where they leave, it's an upper and side view where they walk out while blocking "the view" with towels and each other. One other remote thing that some parents may find a little heavy thematically for little kids is the fact that "girl B" has a bit of an attraction to "girl A"...and "girl C" has a bit of attraction to "girl B". Nothing really comes of this, and it's mainly used as means of subtle comedy.
Plot (absolutely no plot spoilers)-
Honestly, this is not a complex show by any standard. A high school girl wants to challenge a boy's high school baseball team for reasons that are her own...and with help from her friends and American English language teacher she puts together a team to do just that. That's all there is to it haha. I'd even dare say that the synopsis given on the back of the DVD is a bit misleading, trying to make this show seem much more than it really is. In the end, even the general plot is merely a backdrop for the show.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 ›
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Both artwork and story is good. I may not be into baseball but this anime is good. I like how they did the story.Published 4 months ago by 8888
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
Actually , except for Koume, most of the girls come from wealthy families.
Akiko, the pitcher, is wealthy, and her fiance was a scion of the family which owned... Read more
Taisho Girls doesn't belong in the same league as Neon Evangelion or Utena, but it isn't trying to either. Read morePublished on May 25, 2011 by Here-and-faraway