Of all things, the MeinMMO demon Cortyn was enchanted by a sports anime. Because Birdie Wing can make even boring golf great.
The world of anime is vast and colorful: there’s practically something for everyone. While I give almost every series a chance, there is one genre that I usually ignore: sports series. I find sports like football, handball or volleyball incredibly boring to watch “in real life”. When everyone sits screaming at the TV during the World Cup, I usually fall asleep from boredom before kick-off.
As a result, I’ve always been skeptical of sports anime. As a child I watched “Kickers” or “Mila Superstar” for lack of alternatives, but I was never really enthusiastic about them.
But now it 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 have a passion for golf.
Aoi Amawashi is considered an emerging professional talent in a Japanese school and is currently gaining her first experience in well-known national tournaments. She is partly exploited by her mother, who above all wants to raise awareness of her company, which produces sporting goods.
In front is Eva from the fictional European country of Nafrese. She also plays golf, but for entirely different reasons: She earns money by playing dubious underground games to support her friends, who in turn take care of 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 vow to have a real duel in the future.
But thanks to Eve’s “underground golf” activities, she becomes the protégé of a mafia boss and must play games for him that are intended to resolve conflicts between the parties without bloodshed – and in the process finds herself on the line of fire.
Birdie Wing thrives on its great characters. Regardless of whether you take the two protagonists Eve and Aoi or the numerous supporting characters such as the crazy Vipére, the members of the mafia 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, they are mostly just a symbol of their years of practice and the care they put into the sport.
Furthermore, Birdie Wing is simply a wonderfully complete experience. The anime finds a worthy and satisfying ending without it feeling rushed or feeling like there needs 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 it was, at least in this case, a mistake.
Birdie Wing was a complete and compelling experience that opened my mind to sports anime, something I never thought would happen.
I can only recommend the series to you. It doesn’t matter if you like sports, great characters or just a gripping story: you’ll learn some golf terms along the way.
I’ve never found golf particularly exciting. That changed thanks to Birdie Wing.