Posted by psgels on 26 April 2009 with categories: Cross Game



Short Synopsis: Kou and Aoba find a creative way to catch a burglar.
Episode Rating: 7,5/10 (Good)
It’s interesting that, even though Adachi’s series are all about the same thing (talented guy playing baseball), the anime adaptations of his works all have these subtle differences that make them totally different series (or at least the ones that I’ve seen so far, being this one and Touch). It’s going to be a bit hard to talk about these differences due to my fear of Touch spoilers, but even though Touch and Cross Game look a lot like each other, I just don’t see them as rip-offs of each other, and they both have their own unique parts.

The big difference between the two lead males is that Kou of Cross Game has nobody to look up to: he’s already the most talented at baseball, and instead we see him in this episode pull everyone along, even though he isn’t actively playing baseball, whereas Tatsuya had Kazuya and was only able to come as far as he did because of his brother’s influence. I’m interested to see what’s going to happen when Kou enters high-school, as it seems that he’s going to be joining the same team as that arrogant baseball-guy whose name I can’t find, which seems to suggest that the baseball in Cross Game is going to be much more about rivalry, rather than commitments to the past like in Touch.

And while I can’t say this for sure, since Touch also took around ten episodes for the first real baseball match to occur, but according to the things I’ve heard about the manga Cross Game seems to focus a bit more on slice of life than Touch did, and you can hear that through the music as well: the soundtrack of Touch was very typical for a sports game: fast-paced, up-beat and overall cheerful, while you wouldn’t be able to guess that Cross Game was a show about baseball by solely hearing its soundtrack: the background tunes here more sound like that of a heart-warming slice of life series.

The sense of humour also feels more tongue-in-cheek than its predecessor: in Touch, you knew when to laugh and when to take the show seriously. In Cross Game, you only realize something funny has happened, two second after it’s already over, and it’s another example of the unpredictability of Adachi: while in Cross Game the overall plot might be easier to predict, this time it’s the humour that you can’t see coming.

In any case, this episode was a bit strange; I mean, how often do you see a burglar through a window in a house inside a metro in broad daylight? That thug must have been really stupid in order to allow for such a miss. And yet it had its purposes: we now know that Kou isn’t a complete lazy bum, and for some reason he also always carries a baseball ball with him. Something tells me that he doesn’t exactly know what he wants to do later, which in a way is typical of a teenager his age, especially after he had been scared out of the baseball club like the way he was three years ago.

10 Responses

  1. Kim says:

    That’s good to hear about Cross Game focusing more on the slice of life aspect. Not that I don’t like the baseball angle as well but the slice of life stuff is what I really enjoy/

  2. Mark says:

    “as it seems that he’s going to be joining the same team as that arrogant baseball-guy whose name I can’t find”

    If you mean the slugger then he’s not really arrogant, just closed-off. Him and Koh pretty much become best friends.

  3. k-beza says:

    i see a note… is thruu is only 13 episode?

  4. psgels psgels says:

    k-beza: not that I know of, in any case. Where did you read this?

  5. k-beza says:

    psgels: here is the Info

    Título Original: Cross Game (クロスゲーム)
    Título en Inglés: Cross Game
    Género: Comedia, Deportes, Romance
    Capítulos: 13
    Año: 2009

    TV: TV Tokyo
    Formato: MP4
    Página Oficial
    Opening Theme Song Lyric: Summer Rain by Kobukuro
    Ending Theme Song Lyric: Koi Kogarete Mita Yume by Ayaka

    Vídeos: Summer Rain / Koi Kogarete Mita Yume

  6. psgels psgels says:

    The thing is, that other than that fansub group I can’t find any other site that confirms it. My guess would be that they misinterpreted the following page:

    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=10580

    That one says that the broadcast dates for 13 episodes are known, but I’ve seen many people who have mistaken these numbers for the actual episode count.

  7. Kim says:

    It’s not only 13 episodes don’t worry. ANN usually just lists the number of episodes for the season (13 in this case) not the number of episodes for the entire series.

  8. Girmie says:

    “how often do you see a burglar through a window in a house inside a metro in broad daylight?”

    I think the point in the manga was that the curtains were mostly drawn and the burglary was seen through a gap – the fact Koh and Aoba saw it at all was to hint at Koh’s athletic abilities.

  9. Sniperk says:

    …suggest that the baseball in Cross Game is going to be much more about rivalry, rather than commitments to the past like in Touch.

    Actually, there is a rather heavy commitment to the past in this series. The dream that Wakaba had, and told Akaishi before she goes to the training camp.

  10. foamer says:

    I really like this episode. Senda’s hilarious attempt to throw the ball was just epic fail XD And i am beginning to warm to Akaishi’s character much more, he’s incredibly perceptive to others around him and really a nice guy overall which contrast so drastically to his rough-faced image (lol) yes never judge a book by its cover, what i’ve seen so far & like is how no character is typically stereotyped & they’re all interesting in their own ways.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 08:38 AM)
    Jesus I never expected that doing a myanimelist/letterboxd account thing would be so hard. I’ve seen a scarily higher amount than I thought, its insanely hard to remember everything to add.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:17 AM)
    It seems then that the future of the franchise’s anime adaptations rests a bit on Schwarzesmarken’s success, which looking at the buzz doesn’t seem favourable at all. I doubt it can regain the lost audiences.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:14 AM)
    That would suggest that the author(s) had the foresight of including seemingly useless stuff that will come into play later. That’d be impressive if they did, as these kinda series are make-it-as-you-go.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:59 AM)
    It’s difficult to put into words but essentially while the first game isn’t good, it does work as a tool for introducing and endearing you to the characters. Then Unlimited sets down the rules of the new world. And finally alternative proceeds to kick your ass into next Tuesday.
    That’s sort of why I don’t think it would have the same effect if it was an anime. VNs allow you to get a more personal connection with the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:55 AM)
    It’s not quite the same. It’s more like there are things in extra which seem insignificant but turn out to play an important role later. It wouldn’t really work the same if you did it in reverse order. Character history is a bit different too as each game is essentially an alternate universe. The character histories in extra are different from those in alternative.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:27 PM)
    A 13 episode series would work for the second title unlimited. But Alternative is a pretty long visual novel. You need at least two cours to give it justice. Making extra an OVA could work but you do need it for alternative. But it’s not an optional part of the trilogy. It needs to be read first, so that events later have a greater impact. Personally I am not even sure Muv Luv can even work in another medium.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:12 PM)
    That might compress things, but I think a good screen-writer can fit pretty much any VN in 12-14 episodes (covering just the main route).
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:07 PM)
    @Aidan: then the best solution would’ve been to make a two cour season covering the 2nd and the 3rd book. Have the cours air two anime seasons apart, and in the middle have an offshoot short OVA that covers the 1st book, but has a more harem comedy feel to it. Think Full Metal Panic and Fumuffu.

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