Posted on 7 March 2010 with categories: Cross Game



I’m not exactly sure why last week suddenly introduced a hiatus, but it was probably the Olympics. But seriously: it was SO WORTH THE WAIT. This episode was amazing, it was just one huge chunk of atmosphere. It was exactly what this series is best at. And on top of that the character-development is finally kicking in!

Despite the wonderful characters, Cross Game up to this point always suffered from two flaws: first of all the baseball (on which I’ve commented often enough), but the characters also were pretty static for most part after the first episode. Right now however, everything is coming together and you can really see how everyone’s evolving. Senda is growing up from the idiot he used to be, Kou, although this is very subtle, is also growing up and isn’t the kid that he once was. Aoba is throwing her Tsundere-side away, the bond between every character and Akane has also changed considerably from when we first met her.

I truly believe that this final arc is all about transcending into adulthood. Not necessarily about the increased responsibilities, but rather leaving the past behind, and growing up. I fully remember that a few months ago, I commented on how I couldn’t see this show surpass itself anymore after that point.

Well. I was wrong.
Rating: *** (Awesome)

7 Responses

  1. anime_loVaH says:

    ZOMG!!! I told you so! I TOLD YOU SO!!! I remembered this was going to be awesome!

  2. riddle says:

    this show…ROCKS i knew it would be a star right from the start

  3. nrad67 says:

    This episode to me is the best slice of life throughout the series. But just one advice: try not to raise up your expectations till the match is over. ^_^

  4. ahbonk says:

    I think so too! One of the best episodes ever.

    Ahhh, I’m so curious what Kou replied to Aoba!

  5. NarueDaisuki says:

    Yeah, that was hell of an episode !!

    And Kou saying in the preview: Akaishi, just don’t let me have everything …

    *.*

  6. dizzcity says:

    This episode was great! I can’t believe it, but the anime has actually managed to surpass the manga in this episode. The use of the muted piano theme really brought the mood of subtle tension across in a way that I’ve rarely seen surpassed. And that final cut of showing the clocks in Koh’s bedroom as an indication of time moving forward once again was brilliant.

  7. Thorben says:

    @ahbonk
    I haven’t read the Cross Game Manga till the end yet, but knowing the other stories of Adachi, I wouldn’t be to sure that it will be revealed what Kou said to Aoba. But we can assume it from this episode if we remember the short talk between Kou and Senda…

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    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 10:43 AM)
    @Bam: Thanks, and I see you’ve left me a rather poetic comment at that too.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 10:43 AM)
    Now why would the devil wear white? I wonder …
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    @Emma: I really enjoyed the Decoder of Dreams. That was so cool Emma, thanks for sharing.
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    @Bam: He was dressed in loose, baggy white clothes and had fire like hair and fully white eyes, his body was a muscular build.
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    now the trickster character got my attention. Are there more satanic correlation or does it end at the red skin?
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    Excellent work Bam that gave me some material to work with: http://emma-hime.deviantart.com/art/Decoder-of-dreams-479784655
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    A sort of a demented carnival, visiting rooms each filled to brim with that alien familiarity.
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