Posted on 14 February 2010 with categories: Cross Game



Six episodes left, and Seishu’s baseball team has reached the best four, which means that only two baseball matches need to be played. Oh, let’s hope that this will mean a ton of slice of life in order to fill up most of the time, rather than dragging these final two matches on for more than an episode (although this will probably happen for at least that final match).

This episode though was wonderful. I think it was one of the only Cross Game episodes that played its drama straight, and talk about contrast! It really showed the development between Kou and Aoba, which has been subtle but present. In the past number of episodes, Aoba has finally realized completely that Kou has surpassed her. She’s gotten more and more intimidated by him, even when this episode showed that she still can exactly see where his technique needs work.

In contrast, Akaishi’s development was a lot less subtle, and I don’t even think that it classifies as development. It’s simply that Akane has gotten to the hospital, and he’s so worried about her that he starts making stupid errors. It’s more a sign that he’s crawling out of his shell: Kou and Aoba helped each other move past Wakaba’s death. Akaishi had nobody, so that’s why he wasn’t as strong as these two to let his worries affect his performance.

Aside from that, the baseball match was great because the creators actually didn’t try to shallowly create fake tension by having everything decided by the final pitch. That’s also my biggest fear for the final episode. Because seriously, I’m betting my hat that the series is going to end with that kind of plot device. Touch is the only baseball series that I’ve seen that actually did it right. Aside from that it’s all too forced even though apart from that most other baseball series tend to be excellent.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

4 Responses

  1. Steelman says:

    The final match just ended in the manga. Don’t worry, it won’t come down to the very last pitch :). This said, I am really interested to see if the manga and anime will end at the same time, or Adachi has something else planned to continue the story.

  2. anime_loVAH says:

    Wait, did you watch the RAW? Because the subbed version of this episode isn’t out yet. Well, I just read the 5 last chapters of the manga and I have to say that the baseball matches are much better portrayed in the manga rather than the anime. The last match(which takes up more than 10 chapters!) was AWESOME! And I’m really pumped up to read the last chapter. I just have to wait for some more…*sigh*
    Finally, I really hope that the anime won’t screw up that last match. It was phenomenal!

  3. K.K. says:

    Ahhh, it really did follow the manga completely.

    =_= I hate Akaishi. Has he even done anything in this series? He must be the most un-clutch hitter ever, he fails in every big situation.

  4. Sacket says:

    Well… technically EVERY baseball game comes down to the final pitch.

    It’s one of the ways baseball is really different from most other team sports.

    Because you can be down 10 points, with 2 out in the bottom of the ninth, and two strikes in the count- and come back to win the game. I’ve seen it happen.

    Of course… it’s rather rare, and there are wide range of varying intensity among “final pitches” so you are right that every game should not come down to a situation with the go ahead run in scoring position, and it shouldn’t always end with a strike out.

    But just so you know. Any baseball fan will tell you that it always comes down to the final pitch.

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