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Tetsuwan Girl  
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Description
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.

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
鉄腕ガール
鐵腕女投手
Iron Arm Girl

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Latest Release(s)
v.9 c.92 (end) by Akito (223d ago)
v.9 c.91 by Akito (224d ago)
v.9 c.90 by Akito (225d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
5 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (90 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.79 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 14th 2014, 11:21pm PST

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Year
2000

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Serialized In (magazine)
Morning (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1201 decreased(-1)
Monthly Pos #1966 increased(+554)
3 Month Pos #3166 increased(+741)
6 Month Pos #4144 decreased(-502)

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On 323 reading lists
On 417 wish lists
On 113 completed lists
On 25 unfinished lists
On 121 custom lists

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Absorbing   
Rating: 8.9 / 10.0
by sujinj523
September 10th, 2014, 10:52pm
I was surprised by how good this story was. I was expecting the same old story about the main character who gets good at baseball plus the cliche characterizations that come with a female lead. Tetsuwan Girl, however turns out to be a really good story about a girl who survives the World War II to go on playing baseball. The manga focuses more on the character's life than on her playing baseball. Anyway, wow, Tome was the strongest female lead I've seen so far. She surprised me many times by going so far to attain what she wants. But the author does well to display some of her vulnerable side as well. Some minuses were the excessive nationalism you could feel throughout the manga and the extreme situations the character was pushed into which sort of disrupted the flow of the manga. Overall, a really good manga that captivates the readers and holds their attention throughout. I ended up staying up the night to read it all in one go. Really worth reading.
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It's okay   
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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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