The year is 1925 and Japan is still a country with socially backwards views, particularly on women's rights. One young girl named Akiko Ogasawara decides to fight for equality in her own way - by forming a girls' baseball team! She soon enlists her good friend Koume Suzukawa, and it's now up to the two of them to put together a team of like-minded and spirited young ladies. Under the able and enthusiastic tutelage of English teacher Miss Garland, the girls will need to bond closely, learn well and practice hard if they are to stand their ground against boys' teams and show a misogynistic society exactly what they're made of... while having some fun in the process.
It's the first day of high school, and plenty of school clubs are doing their best to recruit new members. However, for ditzy Yui, none of them seem to fit the bill. However, when she accidentally signs up to join the light music club, Yui begins a hilarious adventure to become a world class guitarist! There's just one problem: she's never played the guitar before in her life! Joined by bassist Mio, drummer Ritsu and keyboardist Tsugumi, Yui and the gang will juggle their studies with buying instruments, learning how to read music and even performing in the school festival, all in the hopes of someday becoming a successful band!
Similar in several ways, K-On! and Taiyou Yakyuu Musume are light-hearted and slow-paced tales about girls working hard for a goal and having fun along the way. The fact that they have different themes - music and baseball respectively - doesn't matter too much, as the anime spend more time on character interactions and general moe than they do on any particular storyline. If you had fun with one of these, the other ought to suit you down to the ground
K-On! and Taishou Yakyuu Musume are gentle slice-of-lives about a group of cute schoolgirls and their troubles forming and maintaining an after-school club. Each has likeable (though a bit underdeveloped) characters and a healthy dose of moe.
Both anime are basically the same thing. Except in K-On the focus is music and in Taishou Yakyuu Musume it is baseball. A group of children get together and do either musical or baseball activities together while attending regular classes as well as taking it easy the slice of life way. Taishou Yakyuu Musume takes place in the past where k-on is more of a present setting. If you liked one i'm sure you'll like the other.
The clubs they're working on are different, the reasons why they're working hard on those clubs are different and most of the characters are quite different. But both shows focus more on the interactiosn between the characters and the fact that both shows are about a group of girls trying hard to establish their own club and because of that, developing their friendships in these sweet slice-of-life series.
Though K-On! and TYM are centered around different themes, forming a band and forming a baseball team respectively, both are similar in many aspects. Both are comedic, cutesy-type slice-of-life anime. In both anime, we see a group of girls getting together to form their club and excelling in it, while at the same time forming a strong bond among themselves. Both have a happy-go, gentle feel to them.
Each of these series are moetastic shows centered around school age-girls going through the trials of forming a club and making it successful, while focusing on a lot of similar humor. If you enjoyed one I'm sure you'll like the other.
Kanata Sorami, a young Private in the army, arrives in Seize to serve in the Clocktower Fortress and learn the trumpet under the tutelage of Master Sergeant Rio Kazumiya. Though peace hangs uneasily over the world, Kanata finds a relaxing routine of laundry, shopping, and trumpet practice greets her at her new post instead of brutal drilling and discipline. With help from the other members of the all-female 1121st Platoon, Kanata finds her place in the bustling city, bringing joy and humor to the war-weary residents while learning a great deal about the world.
Each of these series take place in an unusual setting (1940's or post-apocalyptic Japan) and focus around a group of girls. Beyond that, they had a similar feel to them, and I just feel that these series go well together.
There's not a lot of variety in the "cute girls doing cute things" genre, which is why So-Ra-No-Wo-To and Taishou Yakyuu Musume are so interesting. Sure, they're largely the same cute girls doing the same cute things as in all those other shows, but where they're doing them is the strength of each show, as their settings are far from typical.
Kojirou-sensei, the rather indifferent teacher and coach of the school kendo club, is in financial dire straits. As a result, he makes a bet with his fellow kendo coach and former upperclassman to see who can assemble and train the better female kendo team, with the prize for Kojirou being a year's supply of food if he wins. Motivated by the idea of free food for a year, he begins to teach the club seriously; however, most of its members have already graduated, and so he is tasked with assembling members in addition to training them for the competition with his rival. While dealing with his eccentric students, he slowly rediscovers why he loves kendo and what it truly means to be a teacher.
Totally different settings, but similar in terms of plot and characters, those two series will please any fan who's willing to get into sports anime, despite not knowing anything about series of this genre. While not an hardcore introduction to the genre, Taishou Yakyuu Musume and Bamboo Blade hints at what the genre can be but both possess enough "mainstream" anime elements to please any kind of anime fans out there.
Aoi's childhood dream of climbing the tallest mountains in the world was destroyed when the girl fell off a jungle gym, developing a crippling fear of heights in the process. Now in high school, the teen enjoys more mundane activities like knitting and sitting quietly, and has absolutely no interest in risking her life in the wilderness. But Aoi's sheltered life is shattered with the reappearance of Hinata, her boisterous childhood friend who's determined to pull the girl out of her shell and scale some mountains! Together, the two learn about climbing gear and try to face their fears, all while becoming the best of friends!
If you want a touch of sports in your cute high school girls series, you might want to check out one of these. Taisho Baseball Girls has more emphasis on the sport, whereas Encouragement of Climb just goes over the basics and prefers to show the girls hanging out and giggling, but they may appeal to the same audience.
Sena was always a weak child, constantly having to run away from bullies; so much, that he became good at it. Now, as a teenager, Sena’s skill at running has become so impressive that the diabolical mastermind of the school football team notices his talent and recruits him. Yet to keep his privacy intact and his dangerous hobby a secret from his overprotective childhood friend Mamori, Sena is forced to develop a secret identity: the ace running back, Eyeshield 21! But the world is full of talented rivals, and Sena has a long way to go until he can reach the top...
Both anime feature someone learning about a sport they never thought they would play. They have a good mix of action and comedy, and show how being part of a team can help someone discover how strong they can really be.