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Taisho Baseball Girls: Complete Collection

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1925 - six years since the end of the Great War, four years since women were allowed to join political associations and one year since Emperor Hirohito assumed the throne. Only thirteen years after the death of the Meiji Emperor, Japan is a nation re-inventing itself, swept by wave after wave of wars, disasters and political unrest. War looms in China, males over the age of 24 are about to receive the right to vote and a strange new type of school uniform called the "sailor suit" is being introduced. But at least the national pastime, baseball, remains bound by tradition, the exclusive realm of men and boys. Until now. When a local player arrogantly states that girls should become housewives instead of going to school, teenage firebrands Koume and Akiko respond by forming their own baseball team. It's shocking. It's scandalous. And yet, in a nation in which almost anything seems suddenly possible, it may just be the start of something greater than any nine girls can imagine. It's not just a game, its history in the making in Taisho Baseball Girls: Complete Collection

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004047Y0Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,173 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By S. Falkenbury on July 3, 2012
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On paper, Taisho Baseball Girls seems incredibly dull. The story is pretty typical of sports anime (motley crew of seemingly incompatible personalities overcomes adversity to earn the respect of their peers), the baseball scenes are portrayed more realistically without the flash and over-the-top animation of incredibly mundane plays typical of the sports anime genre, and the girls (being polite, reserved, and modest girls of the Taisho era) are hardly what one would call "hot-blooded". Despite the premise in the description on the back of the DVD, it's not really a female empowerment (Do people still say "Girl Power"?) anime either.
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.
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"Taisho Baseball Girls" is a series that will never gain any major accolades or high popularity. Nor is it flashy or dramatically riveting. But even so, "Taisho Baseball Girls" is a good and charming anime that takes place in a time period often overlooked. "Taisho" is no homerun, but in it's 12-episode run they still win the game in good stride.

CONTENT ISSUES:
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.

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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.
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This is a light, twelve episode anime based on a series of YA novels (which evidently haven't been released in the US). The target audience is reportedly Seinen, or YA boys. I am not sure I'd agree. This is a girls sports anime all the way. Sure, there are boys, but the girls have to play somebody. I liked it, even though it was too sugary-sweet in places. This would make a great Disney movie, if only they could get a dog into it.

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.
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