Birdie Wing: Golf Girls' Story

Title:Birdie Wing: Golf Girls' Story
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Notables: Animation - Bandai Namco Pictures
A youth story centering on two young women golfers named Eve and Aoi Amawashi. The two come from completely different backgrounds, with completely opposite play styles, and together they will shake the world of golf.
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TV anime that premiered on April 5, 2022.
Animated by Bandai Namco Pictures.
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Watch 8 7 8 6 6 6 Ggultra2764 [series:4456#1552]
I mainly got interest in Birdie Wing thanks to its initial premise with Eve being involved in illegal hustles with golf where she made wagers to earn money to aid her friend's struggling tavern. The premise itself got a good amount of fleshing out with Eve's golfing getting her involved with criminal syndicates in the title's first half and exploring the circumstances that led her to her life in golf hustling. While the first half of the series was fairly entertaining, I can't say the same for the second half as it turns into a typical sports/ school anime when Eve travels to Japan to seek out a skilled golfer her age named Aoi, whom she developed a friendly rivalry with during the first half of the series, with the only other mystery to the series being Eve's past as she's apparently an amnesiac. Plus, the series ends inconclusively as Eve and Aoi are just starting to compete in a doubles golf tournament by the show's end. In short, I do feel kind of disappointed with the change in direction Birdie Wing took for its second half being a more typical sports anime, which has me having reservations with wanting to dabble into its second season when it airs in the Winter 2023 season.

Last updated Wednesday, June 29 2022. Created Wednesday, June 29 2022.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:4456#628]
Man, there are a lot of sports anime this season--horse racing, badminton, and now golf. But I quickly got the impression that Birdie Wing was unconvincing and could not be taken seriously. Though she cares for orphans(!?), I don't really like Eve. She's pretty gruff, but perhaps the real thing about her that bothers me is that she's too good at golf to be true. At one point she hits a ball, which, just as she had intended, travels through the dense folliage of a tree, shatters a thick branch, keeps going, hits a rake lying alongside a sandtrap, and is deflected to within a few feet of the hole. I mean, come on! Even Golgo 13 would envy a shot like that. Why doesn't she become a professional rather than the sort of shadow golfer, who makes a living making bets with shady characters, that she is? She would be raking in the money. But apparently she's some sort of illegal immigrant or something like that who can't compete officially (if I understood things correctly). The whole premise seems simplistic and ham fisted: the corrupt police are harrassing her friend who helps look after these orphans, so she needs money. But I didn't find either Eve or Aoi (her partner/competitor) to be interesting and the whole story seemed so absurd that I felt little inclination to watch. It's sort of like the golfing version of an anime about a warrior who is so good that he can cause minor earthquakes just by swinging his sword.

Last updated Thursday, April 07 2022. Created Thursday, April 07 2022.

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