Taisho Baseball Girls, 大正野球娘。
In 1925 (year 14 of the Taisho era) baseball is still quite unknown in Japan and there are only a few male teams. After being told by a baseball player that women should become housewives instead of going to school, 14-year-old Akiko invites her friend Koume 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, which they soon discover to be more difficult than expected.
The characters in this show aren’t really anything special, and they mostly fit the common moe stereotypes. In the short spam of 12 episodes, it’s impossible to flesh out and develop all of them, but it manages to be satisfying at least for the main lead Koume. Although you may be lead into thinking this anime is full of yuri undertones, they’re non-canon… well, maybe except for one or two characters taking “friendship” a bit too far, and real fangirl for her Onee-sama… so I guess it manages to satisfy both shoujo-ai goggles addicts and not, with such it’s large, sympathetic cast. Meanwhile there are some romantic developments here and there too (not between girls), so this really is a show for anyone who just finds the girls to be adorable. The side-characters are very interesting too, due to the setting’s influence – I especially enjoyed Koume’s interaction with her parents, since she hid her hobby from them, while they hold expectations common of that era. I’ll leave this unspoiled to not break down your enjoyment of the series.