Of all things, MeinMMO demon Cortyn was enchanted by a sports anime. Because Birdie Wing can make even boring golf great.
The world of anime is big and colorful – there’s basically something for everyone. While I give almost every series a chance, there’s one genre I generally ignore: sports series. I find sports like football, handball or volleyball incredibly boring to watch “in real life”. When everyone is shouting in front of the TV at a World Cup, I usually fall asleep from boredom before the game starts.
Consequently, I have always been skeptical of sports anime. As a child, I watched “Kickers” or “Mila Superstar” for lack of alternatives – but I was never very excited about them.
But now it’s hit me. Because after much hesitation, I watched “Birdie Wing – Golf Girls’ Story” – and it was everything I never expected.
Birdie Wing tells the story of two young women who love golf.
Aoi Amawashi is considered an emerging professional talent at a Japanese school and is currently gaining her first experience in renowned national tournaments. She is partially exploited by her mother, who mainly wants to increase awareness of her company, which produces sports products.
On the opposite side is Eve, from the fictional European country of Nafrese. She also plays golf, but for completely different reasons: she makes money playing dubious underground games to support her friends, who in turn look after children who are in the country illegally.
However, Eve’s life takes a dramatic turn when she accidentally plays a match against Aoi – for the first time in her life she is truly challenged and the two immediately develop a rivalry and promise to have a real duel in the future.
But thanks to Eve’s “underground golf” activities, she becomes the protege of a mob boss and has to play him games that aim to resolve conflicts between the parties without bloodshed – and in the process she finds herself in the line of fire. .
Birdie Wing thrives on its great characters. Regardless of whether you choose the two protagonists Eve and Aoi or the numerous supporting characters such as the crazy Vipére, the mafia members or the veteran golf coaches – they all have interesting and understandable stories with exciting twists and well-founded motivations.
Of course, Birdie Wing also has what we like to call “anime nonsense.” Because different characters have different “special moves” that they use when playing golf. Whether it’s Eve’s “Rainbow Bullets” or her opponents’ other powers, which are mostly just a symbol of their years of practice and the focus they put into the sport.
What’s more, Birdie Wing is simply a wonderfully complete experience. The anime finds a worthy and satisfying ending without feeling rushed or giving the feeling that there has to be a second season.
I’m sure there are many people like me. If you don’t like sports shows in real life, you’ll probably avoid anime too. But that was, at least in this case, a mistake.
Birdie Wing was a complete and immersive experience that opened my mind to sports anime – something I no longer thought would happen.
I can only recommend the series to you. It doesn’t matter if you like sports, great characters or simply a captivating story – you’ll learn some golf terms along the way.
I’ve never found golf particularly exciting. That changed thanks to Birdie Wing.