Posted by psgels on 7 February 2010 with categories: Cross Game



Yeah, this is what I meant. Last week when the creators suddenly decided to focus on the second years; they just needed more attention. The idea of this episode was nice, but at this point I just don’t care about these second years. The four of them are exact copies of each other: there’s nothing that sets them apart. And in the end, at which it turned out that they saved the match it just became a bit too obvious that the creators were trying to build up to it.

For the rest of this episode, I have no complaints, however. One thing I loved was how this episode never tried to prove something using the match against Miki. What we saw here was just a bunch of old friends who played against each other after having been apart for a few years. The part with the second years was forced, but apart from that it was just so wonderfully natural and charming. Friendly matches like this one are very rare in sports series and even when two friends are against each other, they tend to overact and make it way too dramatic than needed. Miki and Azuma were wonderful in this episode, simply because they stayed so down to earth.

Another big theme of this episode was Aoba, and the fact that she’s not using her talents. Next to Kou, it’s indeed very easy to forget that she also is an excellent pitcher, and she was pretty much the one who taught Kou everything he needed to know about being successful. As a teacher, especially so young, she should feel proud of what her student turned into. ^^;
Rating: * (Good)

7 Responses

  1. ojisan says:

    Down-to-earth, well-paced and nicely restrained (until the big moment!) is what defines this series. I wish Mitsuru Adachi (& the director whoever he is) would bite & infect a few other production teams out there – spread it around a little.

  2. totoum says:

    Again,just like the last episode:you’re not supposed to care about these second years and this isn’t about them.

    They are again used as a mean to show that aoba is popular with the guys,that’s the main reason they’re there.

    It’s interesting how you have a problem with them yet you don’t mention all the girls stalking kou who are also exact copies of eachother.

    Why are the guys a problem for you while the girls don’t seem to be?

  3. psgels psgels says:

    Hmm, good question. I guess because it was because they took the spotlight in this episode in a rather forced way, while the girls around kou always managed to stay in the background.

  4. AlexS says:

    As I feared, the start of the season meant a significant drop in the enjoyment I have at watching this series.

    I know that for this anime the strong points are not to be found in the baseball games, but it really bothers me that it’s obvious they are going to Koshien. The worst is that I don’t even care if they win or lose, which is weird for a sports-themed anime.

    If only they could reduce the time devoted to baseball, and resume the slice of life side of the series: Akane’s absent, Aoba just sits with the public, and Kitamura boringly strikes out all his oponents U_U ..zzZZZZ

    I think one of the weaknesses of this anime is that the main characters are too uniformly good at what they do. When Azuma picks his bat, I already feel sleepy, and when Kitamura pitches, I’m fast asleep. Too uniform, too BORING!

  5. dizzcity says:

    Hi psgels, I’ve been following your blogging of Cross Game for many weeks now… just want to thank you for continue to blog this series consistently and well. I think you’re about the only blogger in the entire blogosphere who’s managed to keep up episodic blogging of Cross Game. It’s always nice to hear what other people have to say about the anime.

    I do agree, the second-years seemed a little generic to me. But I guess the point was to highlight how Aoba still managed to contribute to the team even though she couldn’t play. In essence, these second-years were also the fruits of her labour, not just Koh. None of them would have practiced so hard without her to inspire them and cheer them on.

    And btw, the Cross Game manga is now on the second-last chapter. Without any spoilers, I’ll just say… TOTALLY WORTH IT. If the anime continues to hold true to the manga, we’re in for a treat at the end.

  6. Janette says:

    Despite the cheesiness with the secibd years that it turned into, overall I thought it was one of the best games I’ve seen in the series. Fpr a good portion of the episode, I had no idea what was going to happen.

  7. raywiper says:

    About manga – i think the last game was way too stretched out. Well, at least in that way Koh will hit 160 for sure (160th chapter of course).

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  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:11 PM)
    But I agree with Bam in that the show has lots of moments where it shines, namely in the action and the entertaining character interactions. If I was interested more so in a character story rather than an overall plot, I’m sure I’d like Eva a lot more. Certain shows work really well purely off that principle like Phantasia, but by the time I got to Eva I’d gotten relatively desensitized to those character tropes. Shinji didn’t help much either.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:07 PM)
    There’s no narrative thrusts throughout the show, it’s just scenes happening to get from one action set piece to the next all the while shoving blatant symbolism in your face. The little plot there is feels incredibly weak, aside from the world building there’s no clear objective besides a vague idea of defeating angels and something about Gendo that’s almost background noise with how little it affects the story.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:03 PM)
    Having started watching anime only in the mid 2000s despite occasionally seeing them on TV during the 90s, I come from a school of thought that emphasizes coherence more than anything else, basically I want the story to have focus. And while Eva’s influence on character archetypes and animation cannot be argued, I still think the story in Eva is pretty bad.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 07:56 PM)
    Judging purely visually I agree some leeway must be given due to the technical limitations of the time but all of my issues with the series is not visual related but story.
    I have admitted that I don’t hate Eva and I do like aspects of it. But do you really need me to give it praise? There is plenty giving it praise. I see no reason to join the choir.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 07:51 PM)
    Now you are just flying off the hook.
    I understand Eva’s cultural significance, and it’s effect on the medium. I just deem it irrelevant when judging the anime itself. For you see dear boy, if you are going to place EVA above modern anime then you must judge it by modern standards. If it falls short you can’t just bring up historic significance to wave away it’s problems.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:46 PM)
    I praised Fate/Zero for its story, pacing and charismatic protagonist. UBW I agreed to its superb battle animation and overall quality of first cour. Now when someone watches EoE or Eva Rebuild 2.2 and comments on nothing of quality, then who is the biased one here really?
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:34 PM)
    If anything at least call Shinji a shitty annoying character- cuz even I won’t deny that.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:25 PM)
    When I mean discussion I don’t mean a series of personal likes and dislikes- but judging objective elements: plot consistency, animation quality, restrain in fan-service and pandering, over reliance on tropes and cliches, etc. Otherwise we all have our different preferences.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:20 PM)
    I agree with the cons of Eva, as well as its strengths. Same with Fate. Being pessimistic is a stance, not inherently a flaw. The setting of Eva predicates that tone. If anything I have a bias towards Berserk, and that’s mostly all out of nostalgia.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:16 PM)
    Also what ladies? Even the “gentlemen” part is stretching it. It’s very easy for someone who didn’t follow anime 20 years ago to criticize one of its most historic moments. At least this Tenka Seiha fella doesn’t talk smack about what he doesn’t really understand.

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