Oh goodness! 2 reviews in one week!? Yup, I finished up “Taisho Yakyuu Musume” this week. Which translates to “Taisho Era Baseball Girls.” Girl’s playing baseball? Sounds like my kind of fun!
OK, so “Taisho” is set in 1925 Japan. Two girls, Koume and Akiko, are in junior high. After they are told by some boys that women belong in the kitchen, they decide to start a baseball team. But they must convince 7 other girls to join their team, lie to their parents, and learn what it means to “play with the boys.”
My first thoughts on this was “Wow, I wish this wasn’t so historically inaccurate…they managed to STILL get them in those damn sailor uniforms!” That was until I did my homework (thanks Wikipedia!) and found out that it is pretty much completely historically accurate. For further information, those blasted sailor uniforms were introduced between the 1920-1930′s. At times, it still feels a bit too modern, but I think as the series progresses they managed to get into their groove more. The baseball games are extremely realistic and ACTUALLY interesting to watch. Plus, it’s really great to see them figuring out hand signs, how to pitch different balls, and so on. There’s no one to help them, so they have to teach themselves.
I think this is a wonderful show for a few reasons: 1) It shows women as smart and 2) It shows women can be just as good as the boys. This is a very empowering show for girls (and guys) and I really wish MORE animes were like this. After also reviewing “Dance In The Vampire Bund” this week, it was really nice to see NO naked girls, NO panty shots, NO sexual situations, NO blood, but some damn good baseball playing!
I only have 2 bad things to say about this show: 1) The music was super boring. But that’s cool… and 2) The main girl, Koume’s constant rosy cheeks are lame. Both of these things are easy to get past.
This show does touch upon some serious gender issues in Japan at that time…and unfortunately at this current time. For reference, 1921 was when women were allowed to participate in politics in Japan. However, they weren’t allowed to vote until 1945! But this show is about a bunch of girls who work their asses off to prove to the boys, their school, the other girls, and their family that girls ARE just as good as boys in everything…including sports.
So definitely check out “Taisho Yakyuu Musume” if you slice of life, smart girls, or baseball. It’s a nice short series at only 12 episodes.
And for the record, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the greatest baseball team that has ever lived.