Monday, 17 August 2009

Taishou Yakyuu Musume - Episode 7

As currently airing series go, I think Taishou Yakyuu Musume must be the least taxing of the bunch while it uses both its period setting and general storyline to ease you through each episode in the most relaxed of fashions.

Episode seven of the series is really no different in this regard, although it does take some time out to bring us slapstick comedy over and above what we've seen before from this show. The main source of this comes from the appearance of a pair of apparantly female "street batters", who are showing up late at night to challenge various secondary school baseball players to "duels". Of course, it's pretty obvious where these so-called mysterious characters have come from, and before we know it pretty much the entire Ouka-kai team are out at night trying to find themselves duels - Not least Akiko, who is having a real struggle pitching curve and drop balls.

While this episode is utterly daft in terms of its whole "street batter" and "street pitcher" storyline, that doesn't make it any less entertaining, and to be quite frank this episode contained some of the better moments of slapstick comedy I've seen in anime of late - Very simple, very under-played, but really quite effective at getting a laugh out of me. Perhaps that's because Taishou Yakyuu Musume is really turning into quite a lovable little show, with some fun characters who are none too deep but enjoyable to watch coupled up with plots to match. It's light and fluffy, but sometimes that's all you want from a series, and under those conditions Taishou Yakyuu Musume thrives.

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