Taishō Baseball Girls.
(大正野球娘。, Taishō Yakyū Musume.
?) is a popular 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
, and a TV anime series has been announced.
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.
Koume Suzukawa :
The main heroine of story, second member and catcher of team. She is the daughter of a yōshoku restaurant owner. Her dream is to wear a sailor uniform.
Koume's closest friend, captain and pitcher of team. She has a slight crush on Koume. She is from a wealthy family.
Class president and childhood friend of Tamaki. She and Tamaki played baseball with boys when they were in elementary school. She is third/fourth team member: she spoke with Koume about their baseball team in the evening, but Koume didn't recognize her desire, and so Yuki repeated her request on the following day again. She supplied first baseball equipment for the team (catcher mask, several gloves and balls) and also "stole" first team uniforms (western-like sport uniform) from her family kimono shop (it was too modern, so it didn't sell and was kept in storage).
Noe Kawashima :
Third/fourth member and main strategist/tactician of the team.
Fifth member and Shizuka's elder twin sister. She has a huge crush on Koume and joined the team to be closer to her. Before the baseball team, she was in the newspaper club. She is very athletic and her dream is to hit a home run. Unlike her twin, she wears a sailor uniform for school. She shares a room with her twin in the school dorms.
Sixth member and Tomoe's younger twin sister. Before the baseball team, she was also in the newspaper club. Unlike her twin, she normally dresses in traditional Japanese clothing. She shares a room with her twin in the school dorms.
Seventh/eighth member. She has a large crush on Tomoe, and when Tomoe asked her to join - she agreed without thinking.
Ninth member. Yuki's childhood friend. Initially she was the most skilled player in team.
Noriko's replacement. Before the baseball team she was on the track team.
She is the English language teacher, class 1-2 homeroom teacher and the girl's coach.