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Tetsuwan Girl  
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The year is 1949. Japan had been defeated in World War II and was occupied by Allied Forces consisting of American, Australian, British, Indian and New Zealander troops.

A young woman meets a young man. Both have lost everything because of the war. Tome Kano, a barmaid, and Katsuya Ranzaki, a wealthy investor. The two are fed up with their lives and want to live "real lives" for once. Katsuya's starting up an all-girls baseball team with Tome on it allows them to do this. In this dramatic story, the dreams of a nation come alive. Through the determination and strength of Katsuya and Tome, girls baseball becomes a sensation, and Tome a superstar.


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Iron Arm Girl

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Latest Release(s)
v.9 c.92 (end) by Akito (132d ago)
v.9 c.91 by Akito (133d ago)
v.9 c.90 by Akito (134d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
5 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

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Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (86 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.78 / 10.0
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March 14th 2014, 11:21pm PST

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Morning (Kodansha)

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It's okay   
Rating: N/A
by philip72
February 23rd, 2014, 10:35pm
It's a fairly solid story, but as in all his works Tsutomu injects jingoistic historical revisionism and some Nippon Banzai!
If you can ignore the excessive nationalism, then you've got a decent tale.
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Bonnie at Bat   
Rating: 7.3 / 10.0
by OppKnox
September 5th, 2009, 9:01am
To its credit, Tetsuwan Girl sparked my interest in the history of women’s baseball in Japan. Apparently, there was a short-lived professional women’s league from 1950 to 1951, and I would be interested to know which plot elements, if any, were lifted from actual events. The manga itself presents a disjointed, hyperreal glimpse of occupied Japan at its most volatile. Through Takahashi’s eyes, everyone appears half-crazed, and baseball is less of a focus than the corruption and exploitation behind the women’s league, which grants a fiery anti-hero celebrity status.

Unfortunately, shallow characterization and pulp cruelty sink a potentially decent plot. Takahashi chooses to revel in the improbable, from kidnappings and blackmail to an exaggerated, anachronistic portrayal of American female players. Tome is meant to be an irrational, angry vixen with an indomitable spirit that even the most insufferable oppression fails to stifle. Since Takahashi’s noirish sensibilities are ill-suited for starry-eyed fair play on a baseball field or hard-won fame, we’re spared endless training sequences in favor of shady business dealings intended to capitalize on post-war resentment and antagonism. As a result, however, Tome is little more than a tool, a loose cannon at that. She plays too little to be inspiring, and her skill seems incidental. To heighten dramatic tension and render her actions heroic, the game must therefore be especially risky -- unrealistically so.

Many sports manga lack credibility, of course, but Tetsuwan Girl’s fatal flaw is its quieter moments, which present too realistic a contrast. It's a pity the manga doesn't quite work, because the art is evocative and the understated relationship between Katsuya and Tome adds heart to the story. If only Tetsuwan Girl were a tragic crime caper ala Bonnie and Clyde. Instead, Bonnie is stuck playing baseball.

... Last updated on September 5th, 2009, 9:03am
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