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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