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Taishō Baseball Girls
Taishō Baseball Girls novel cover.jpg
Cover of the first light novel.
(Taishō Yakyū Musume.)
Genre Historical, slice of life, sports (baseball)
Light novel
Author Atsushi Kagurasaka
Illustrator Sadaji Koike
Publisher Tokuma Shoten
Demographic Seinen
Imprint Tokuma Novels Edge
Original run April 17, 2007 – ongoing
Volumes 3
Author Shimpei Itoh
Publisher Tokuma Shoten
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Comic Ryū
Original run July 19, 2008 – ongoing
Volumes 2
TV anime
Taishō Yakyū Musume
Director Takashi Ikehata
Studio J.C.Staff
Network TBS
Original run 2 July 200924 September 2009
Episodes 12
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Taishō Baseball Girls. (大正野球娘。 Taishō Yakyū Musume. ?) is a popular[1] light novel series written by Atsushi Kagurasaka and illustrated by Sadaji Koike. Tokuma Shoten has published two novels as of November 2008. The novels have been adapted to a drama CD, a manga series currently being published in Monthly Comic Ryū,[2] and a TV anime series aired in 2009.[1][2][3]



In 1925, after being told by a baseball player that women should become housewives instead of going to school, two 14-year-old Japanese high school girls named Koume and Akiko decide to start a baseball team in order to prove him wrong. During this time, when even running was considered too vulgar for women, baseball is known as "what the boys do" and they face many difficulties when having to find enough members, to get permission from their parents and also when learning about the sport itself.

The first book in the series begins in Taishō 14 (1925) with Koume (小梅 ?), the 14-year-old daughter of a yōshoku restaurant owner, who commutes back and forth to an girl's academy. One day her friend Akiko asks Koume to join her in an all-girl baseball team and have a match with a boys team. While the first volume can be read as a stand-alone work, the second volume does continue the story.

The second book in the series, Taishō Baseball Girls: Covered in Dust and Dirt (大正野球娘。―土と埃にまみれます Taishō Yakyū Musume. Tsuchi to Hokori ni Mamiremasu ?), is set in the summer of Taishō 14. Koume, Akiko, Manoe and the rest of the nine members of the Baseball Girls continue to face off against numerous all boy teams, and have trouble facing the fast balls thrown by them. To combat the anxiety they experience due to the difficulties of playing against more experienced teams, they decide to abandon the traditional baseball uniform in favor of a kimono style uniform and partition off the batters box so the other team can't see what they are doing.

Apart from baseball the series also shows a different side of Japan rarely seen in anime. For example, the popular sailor school uniforms are introduced as western style clothes during the Taisho period.



Main Characters

Koume Suzukawa (鈴川 小梅 ?) Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi (Drama CD) / Kanae Ito (anime)
Akiko Ogasawara (小笠原 晶子 ?) Voiced by: Maria Yamamoto (Drama CD) / Mai Nakahara (anime)
Yuki Souya (宗谷 雪 ?) Voiced by: Asami Imai (Drama CD) / Mamiko Noto (anime)
Tamaki Ishigaki (石垣 環 ?) Voiced by: Masumi Asano (Drama CD) / Ryou Hirohashi (anime)
Tomoe Tsukubae (月映 巴 ?) Voiced by: Aya Endo (Drama CD) / Yuko Kaida (anime)
Shizuka Tsukubae (月映 静 ?) Voiced by: Hiromi Konno (Drama CD) / Eri Kitamura (anime)
Noe Kawashima (川島 乃枝 ?) Voiced by: Kaoru Mizuhara (Drama CD) / Kana Ueda (anime)
Kyouko Sakurami (桜見 鏡子 ?) Voiced by: Yui Makino
Kochou Kikusaka (菊坂 胡蝶 ?) Voiced by: Saori Goto
Anna Curtland (アンナ・カートランド ?) Voiced by: Chiaki Takahashi (Drama CD) / Satomi Arai (anime)


Noriko Owari (尾張 記子 ?) Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura
Saburou Kitani (紀谷 三郎 ?) Voiced by: Satoshi Hino
Sousuke Iwasaki (岩崎 荘介 ?) Voiced by: Masayuki Katou
Banboku Takahara (高原 伴睦ド ?) Voiced by: Shinji Kawada


Anime series

An anime TV series based on the novel series, produced by J.C.Staff, was announced in August 2008, aired starting on TBS from July 2, 2009, replacing K-On! in its timeslot.[4] It will be directed by Takashi Ikehata with character design by Kanetoshi Kamimoto, who is known for his design work for Takara Tomy toys.[1][2][3][5]

Drama CD

Taishō Baseball Girls: Young Ladies Hiking (大正野球娘。乙女たちのハイキング Taishō Yakyū Musume: Otome-tachi no Haikingu ?)
Audio CD, 72 minutes, 7 tracks, Frontier Works, FCCN-0032, 21 December 2007.[6]


A manga series by Shimpei Itoh began in the September 2008 issue of Monthly Comic Ryū.[2][7]


Taishō Baseball Girls. (大正野球娘。 Taishō Yakyū Musume. ?)
221 pages, April 17, 2007, ISBN 978-4198507428, Tokuma Shoten
Taishō Baseball Girls: Covered in Dust and Dirt (大正野球娘。―土と埃にまみれます Taishō Yakyū Musume. Tsuchi to Hokori ni Mamiremasu ?)
202 pages, August 20, 2008, ISBN 978-4198507534, Tokuma Shoten
Imperial Capital Takoyaki Girls: Taishō Baseball Girls. 3 (帝都たこ焼き娘。―大正野球娘。3 Teito Takoyaki Musume. Taishō Yakyū Musume. 3 ?)
212 pages, July 2009, ISBN 978-4198508319, Tokuma Shoten


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