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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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 08:18 AM)
    *looks back over drop list*
    sees akagi and Kaiji on it…
    Theres another set of series I really wanted to enjoy but only got half way through each =<
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:51 AM)
    Crayons was pretty much a joke. Basically any show of kindness and he’s in the bag.
  • BrendanVGC
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:39 AM)
    Aidanak47, you know crayons wouldn’t work. Just place some Seele members disguised as classmates and befriend Shinji (which isnt hard to do, the loner) and then bend him to your will.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:13 AM)
    And why the hell wouldn’t you try to get the pilots on your side? Hell all you would need to do is give Shinji some crayons and he would be your loyal servant for life.
    And Propaganda people! You guys suck at this!
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:12 AM)
    There was also the issue in end of eva where Seele decided to mount an all out attack on nerve. It was ridiculously unnecessary. There’s only enemy was Gendo. All they needed to do was remove him from his position of power. Instead they decide to kill everyone. Even though it’s pretty damn certain that nobody(With the exception of Gendo’s Smithers) was loyal enough to him to protect him.
  • BrendanVGC
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:54 PM)
    I agree with aidanak47, lol. The Seele guys were literally making a self fulfilling prophecy by causing everything themselves for the scrolls, which isnt even a prophecy by that point.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:47 PM)
    The Dead Sea Scrolls are really ‘the prophecy’ trope, but they are quite vague about what they really are. Anno and gang probably never decided on what was actually on them. It’s also very unclear who and how much they know about the scrolls. I assume Gendo must’ve seen it, but even that is uncertain.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:44 PM)
    They supposedly had excavated an S2 engine off of Adam’s corpse, and by EoE they managed to mass-produce it somehow; so they set probably not worried. I also agree on Gendo being too shifty of a character to trust- I certainly wouldn’t have done it, but Seele seems pretty cocky about everything for some reason.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:41 PM)
    @Bam, 1: The S2 engine was pretty much got by pure luck and Seeles efforts only made getting it harder. There’s suicidal and then just plain stupid.
    2: A normal Seele member would have just as much motivation and 0% chance of screwing them over. Which Gendo did try to do.
    These guys were putting a shit ton of faith in those dead sea scrolls. And how bloody detailed were those things anyway?
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:29 PM)
    *as far as the series canon

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