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Old 2009-07-18, 21:58   Link #101
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I was rooting pretty hard for the girls to win but realisticly they didn't had a chance. Can't really expect them to win with so little experience.

This seems like their everest and they'll probably these guys again at the end of series.
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Old 2009-07-19, 00:06   Link #102
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The series does take place in olden times.
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Old 2009-07-19, 03:46   Link #103
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Tama-chan's easily my favorite...Love how everyone just got hit by Akiko's pitching, but she not only dodges it but rushes out at her.

Interesting to see some male characters showing up now though...Not exactly bad guys per-se just...Products of the era they live in I guess?
It was not Akiko, it was Tomoe in that screen

It was sad seeing them loosing(well it's better so for later revenge so i'm cool with it....). Anyway hope this anime won't turn into romance. The guy who after Koume can be understandable (still, Koume.... just reject him...), but the other guy who after Akiko should be kicked in the ass for his thoughtless attitude
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Old 2009-07-19, 08:46   Link #104
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I'm glad they didn't dumb it down and had them lose badly the first time, after all they just started. I'm also glad they didn't portray the boys as monstrous a-holes either, just simply oblivious to their actions and how they were actually being condescending.
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Old 2009-07-19, 10:59   Link #105
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Just saw episode 3.

Honestly, the men's team weren't exactly being condescending or mean spirited; it's more like they're starting to show how men in Japan began changing in those times as they start treating women nicely and dumbing down their play to somehow match theirs to the point of being... well somewhat condescending, but they weren't intending to be condescending. They were merely acting out how men of that age with a mix of Asian and European influences would act. It didn't last long anyway as they ended up crushing them 11-0.

You first have the tension between the men's team embracing Westernism to the women struggling to to become Westernized themselves. Remember that most Eastern cultures of the time were very patriarchal, so it comes off that the men tend to have more freedom to embrace new ideas while the women are usually kept in the old world views.

In contrast to this was Akiko's fiancee who's actions scream old school patriarchy that reflects both Oriental and Western attitudes, while Akiko is gladly accepting change. The man should take the lead while the women stay in the kitchen etc. He doesn't understand Akiko's desire to play baseball, and this is where their conflict begins: Akiko is coming out a more progressive woman of that age while he sticks to his old world views.

Behind the baseball is a deep rooted struggle for change and acceptance from a woman's POV trying to succeed an a Western male dominated sport. It's not all cute girls doing cute things, it's all rooted in the fast changing pace of the times. Baseball is just one of the ways for them to struggle through a Japan entering the wolrd at the turn of the 20th century.

You have to admit though, that guy's old school (and I really mean old school, like in my Grandfather's days ) proposal to Koume was hilarious overuse of cliche.
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Old 2009-07-19, 11:26   Link #106
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ep3 was brilliant. Suddenly, I seem to have a change of heart about this series

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Old 2009-07-19, 11:29   Link #107
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ep3 was brilliant. Suddenly, I seem to have a change of heart about this series

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Old 2009-07-19, 21:59   Link #108
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"Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There's no crying! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DNBBrkIPN8
Okay, finally got that one out of the way for myself.


Episode 3: Shit gets real. Girls got game, but they need more hustle.

I kind of underestimated this series. Sure, it's cute, but from what was posted numerous times by a number of posters is it provides an insight to the cultural shift at the time.
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Looking forward to the next ep. There's no crying in baseball, Kyouko.
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Old 2009-07-20, 00:09   Link #109
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Given that the girls have had only a week or two to practise and that most of them had never so much as watched an actual baseball game, it was inevitable that they would get creamed. Still, it's nice of Taishou Yakyuu Musume to play fair and show just how lopsided the game was. In particular, Akiko will have to get a lot better if they are to avoid getting blown out.

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I kind of underestimated this series. Sure, it's cute, but from what was posted numerous times by a number of posters is it provides an insight to the cultural shift at the time.
Yup. There's two main draws for this show beyond what most other comedy shows offer: a very solid foundation of the historical setting, and genuine earnest humor. The former can be seen in snippets just about everywhere: from the OP to the clothing choices to the attitudes of all the supporting characters to the way 1925 Japan is brought to life. About the only beef I have is that Anna-sensei should really dress more like a woman in the Roaring '20s. While she probably isn't on the forefront of haute couture, she shouldn't really dress like a modern Japanese teacher either (admittedly there is a pretty good reason for giving her that outfit).

As for the latter, I really appreciate the way the gags work in this show. A lot of the comedy is visceral and physical - this style translates very well across cultures, and it's readily accessible. I find this to be a refreshing departure from the more in-joke based comedy that seems to form the bulk of comedy anime.

Other amusing bits of interest:
  • Koume's little double catch was nicely choreographed and fun to watch.
  • The contrast between Koume and Akiko carrying those buckets - obviously Akiko needs to do some strength and stamina training .
  • Watching people getting beaned by the pitcher (whether it's Tomoe pitching or Koume catching) doesn't get old.
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Old 2009-07-20, 02:07   Link #110
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  • Koume's little double catch was nicely choreographed and fun to watch.
  • The contrast between Koume and Akiko carrying those buckets - obviously Akiko needs to do some strength and stamina training .
  • Watching people getting beaned by the pitcher (whether it's Tomoe pitching or Koume catching) doesn't get old.
The best way to describe the first was "gravity defying". She could easily be an awesome soccer player. Heck, considering your second point, she could excel at sports in general.
Tama-chan's reaction was the best when Tomoe was pitching.
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Old 2009-07-20, 03:15   Link #111
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I'm glad they didn't dumb it down and had them lose badly the first time, after all they just started. I'm also glad they didn't portray the boys as monstrous a-holes either, just simply oblivious to their actions and how they were actually being condescending.
I was at least hoping they would make the 2nd inning. It's obviously impossible for them to win on such short notice, but at least save them a little face. I guess it was too unlikely after all.
As for the two guys, it's obvious they're designed for us to hate them, but I like how they're not just pure jerks. Rather, like you said, they're just so trapped in their old-fashioned mindset that they can't even see what they're doing wrong. One is stuck thinking "women should be in the kitchen blah blah etc." and the other thinks he can just waltz in and sweep Koume off her feet. They actually seem like nice guys otherwise. It fits the probable themes of the show, and they might be being set up for redemption later on, who knows. (This doesn't mean I didn't have on multiple occasions a strong urge to punch Akiko's fiance. I feel for her, having to marry someone like that.)
I expect something will happen in the future with Koume's father. He's pretty traditionalist and doesn't seem like he would approve of her playing baseball. If someone were to dump on him the knowledge that that's what she's doing so early in the morning and afterschool, and word also got to him about some guy stalking her, who knows what would happen. He might go ballistic. He's already getting suspicious...
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Old 2009-07-20, 06:58   Link #112
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There are so many scenes i like in Ep 3: the bucket screen, the practices, Tomoe's pinching....etc...... I really loves this anime now ^^

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The best way to describe the first was "gravity defying". She could easily be an awesome soccer player. Heck, considering your second point, she could excel at sports in general.
Tama-chan's reaction was the best when Tomoe was pitching.
I agree about that scene of Tama. That short scene + the part when she cover her face with the gloves and run away in Ep 2 are what make me like her..... She was portrayed so well. Still favour Akiko and Koume more, but Tamaki is close ^^


I don't know but i hate to see guys in this anime. One of the reason is because all of the girls alone are so cute, especially their interaction. Another is because all guys are opponents so my brain immediately switch hostile toward them (except Koume's father). Thirdly is because unlike modern days, traditional culture often force girls to have early arranged marriage... It's heart-breaking thinking Koume or Akiko will have marriage with sub-characters on screen =(


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Old 2009-07-20, 07:04   Link #113
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Oh well i really want girl team to win...

Seriously i rooting for Akiko x Koume... *wth some random guys trying to butt in XD*
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Old 2009-07-20, 11:38   Link #114
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I wonder if they're going to switch and introduce softball for the first time? This should be interesting to see...
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Old 2009-07-20, 16:21   Link #115
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episode 3:

- what're you going to do with the handkerchief... ecchi. :P

found the episode to be surprisingly funny. loving all the girls so far and the humor is such a delightful little thing that makes you laugh when you less expect it. Koume is my favorite character; her little musical number still remains vivid in my mind and her strange antics has done more than enough to make me very fond of her. wonder what direction this show is going to take, though I'm not losing my hope yet. :P (oh geez, I want to see another musical number, hopefully with the whole cast)
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Old 2009-07-20, 17:22   Link #116
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so far the real surprise hit of the season and also possibly my fav of the year.

just such a delight to watch, it all comes together very well unlike some of the bigger animes.

loved Tomoe's pitching
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Old 2009-07-20, 22:18   Link #117
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It was not Akiko, it was Tomoe in that screen

It was sad seeing them loosing(well it's better so for later revenge so i'm cool with it....). Anyway hope this anime won't turn into romance. The guy who after Koume can be understandable (still, Koume.... just reject him...), but the other guy who after Akiko should be kicked in the ass for his thoughtless attitude
AH you'll have to forgive me for that slip-up...So many shows right now and I have a terrible time remembering names of characters I have little interest in...Akiko, Koume, and Tama-chan is about as far as I get in this series...The rest of them are like a blur...

Hopefully more of them will get the spotlight and leave a bigger impression on me.
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Old 2009-07-20, 23:11   Link #118
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I wonder if they're going to switch and introduce softball for the first time? This should be interesting to see...
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The game finally took on the name “softball” in 1926 after a Denver YMCA official brought the name up as a suggestion.
Source: http://www.softballperformance.com/softball-history/
Wouldn't have been called Softball yet. I kinda like where they are going with the baseball angle, anyways. I hope we get a training camp ep - they can consolidate the obligatory sleepover/vacation/beach/etc. events.
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Old 2009-07-21, 07:58   Link #119
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I wonder if during that time period schools hired western teachers to indicate how progressive they were.

It would also be interesting if sometime during the series mention was made of the Philadelphia Bobbies, a women's professional baseball team, who came to Japan in 1925 to play male teams
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Old 2009-07-21, 16:30   Link #120
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I agree about that scene of Tama. That short scene + the part when she cover her face with the gloves and run away in Ep 2 are what make me like her..... She was portrayed so well. Still favour Akiko and Koume more, but Tamaki is close ^^


I don't know but i hate to see guys in this anime. One of the reason is because all of the girls alone are so cute, especially their interaction. Another is because all guys are opponents so my brain immediately switch hostile toward them (except Koume's father). Thirdly is because unlike modern days, traditional culture often force girls to have early arranged marriage... It's heart-breaking thinking Koume or Akiko will have marriage with sub-characters on screen =(
"OI KISAMA!!! you threw that on purpose didn't you!" *chases*

Yea...it could be said that Tama is a rare breed back in those days XD

As for your males comment...whilst I don't "hate" seeing them, it definitely does not feel "right" to see them here and especially since it is a "female centred" series. But it doesn't seem like the guys are made to stand out anyway looking at their plain and forgettable facial features. Even if there are guys, they all look the same and are all background material
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