Did the mafia just show up in the Girl Golf anime?

spoilers for Birdie Wing: A Golfer’s Story until episode 4

As a sports anime enthusiast, I was immediately entranced by the unashamed ridiculousness of the first episode of Birdie Wing: A Golfer’s Story been. Our main character Eve (no last name) takes part in seedy golf games to earn money for a group of kids who live in a bar. The owner of this bar is being harassed by corrupt cops, with the entire group (including Eve) living in the “bad part of town”. Golf is just a way for Eve to make money, but she soon falls under the spell of Aoi Amawashi, a golf ace who plays for the love of the game, not to rip people off.

Along with that over-the-top story comes all of the sports anime tropes that I love. Eve hits the ball with powerful shonen anime style shots featuring rainbow colored imagery and a jubilant saxophone taken from a retro anime. However, the series is starting to settle down a bit as it cements the rivalry between Eve and Aoi.

At least. That’s what I thought. Until episode four.

The story so far

After losing her match to Aoi, Eve quietly admits that her time with the golf prodigy was the most fun she’s ever had. Clearly influenced by the sapphic vibes of Aoi’s smile pierce his heart (yes, the piercing smile is a quote from the anime), Eve is determined to take on him in a real 18-hole game.

I promise you I’m not inventing sapphic waves, this series bathes in every episode.

With Aoi in the middle of the U15 Women’s Championship, Eve can’t meet her unless she’s in the tournament. With a little help from a woman named Rose, Eve is able to compete thanks to Rose’s connections to the tournament’s main sponsor, a woman named Catherine. Of course, that comes at a price, but Eve doesn’t need to know that… yet.

Technically, Eve and Aoi aren’t in the same golf group in the tournament, so they’re not directly opposite each other…unless they ARE because they only care about each other’s scores. We actually get an interesting explanation of how Eve plays in a way that shakes her competitors because she uses brute force and takes a lot of risks. That pushes its competitors to do so To attempt and take the same bet they do, but it never works for them. However, Aoi continues to play golf his way, which is for fun (lol SK8 taught us all about it).

By the end of Episode 3, it looks like Aoi will beat Eve for the highest score in the tournament, but Rose has other plans.

What is the mafia?

Unbeknownst to Eve, Rose used sneaky methods to trick Aoi into missing her last shot. That’s because she wants Eve to look her best for the game she has to come, which is the price Eve has to pay to get placed in the tournament. Eve must now take part in a mafia turf war where a game of golf decides who gets a certain piece of land.

Rose explains to Eve (who is blindfolded so as not to see the hidden underground golf course – no, I’m not kidding) that Catherine is the CEO of a real estate company…who just so happens to have mafia ties. She’s fighting over land with another mob boss, and they decided to settle things with a round of golf. It turns out that Catherine has a secret underground facility that has an extremely high-tech golf course for just such a situation (and to make money from the 1% that back games here).


Of course, neither Catherine nor the other mafia boss (Mr. Nicolas) play golf. That’s what Eve is here for. Eve goes golfing for Catherine while a woman named (snort of laughter) Grim Reaper Viper will play golf for Mr. Nicolas. Vipère is well known in the underground golf scene. What her opponents don’t know is that she emits venom when she pulls up her outfit for maximum cleavage, snake tattoo and bondage look.

Anyway, Birdie Wing: A Golfer’s Story is pure What Did I Just See anime goodness that never fails to outdo itself in the goofiness it encompasses. Just when you think you’re getting a regular sports anime “I didn’t think much about this game until I met you,” the Literal Mafia shows up with a snake woman flicking her tongue like she’s cosplaying Orochimaru Naruto. To tell the truth, I was planning on maybe waiting for the anime to end before watching more episodes, but when you see tweets about secret mafia underground golf courses, you need to see this shit for yourself.

You can check Birdie Wing: A Golfer’s Story at Crunchyroll!

(Photo: BNP/BIRDIE WING Golf Club)

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