Posted by psgels on 14 March 2010 with categories: Cross Game



Well, so this is the episode I’ve been fearing for twenty episodes now: the match against Ryuoh. And unfortunately, while the previous matches were surprisingly good, this one… wasn’t. During the previous matches, you could really see that Adachi did a ton of stuff to spice them up. This one however, was different.

It’s very straightforward: Kou keeps hitting everyone out, apart from that cleanup hitter. The enemy pitcher meanwhile also hits everyone out. And then, when a person has made it onto a base, the team slips up and lets a point go. Nearly every baseball series has them: the match against the supposed best of the best, in which the stakes are highest. This is where Touch did a far better job.

As for the good stuff: Akaishi. I mean, the entire series has been building up to the fact that he would redeem himself in this episode (in the same way that Kou is bound to hit 160km/h in the next one…), but nevertheless it did allow him to develop. Even though he hit a home-run before, in this episode he really was able to let his worries go when he celebrated the point. Asami back home also was great to watch.

In any case, I really hope that the next episode will close off the game quickly, so that there’s as much time as possible for the series to go back to the slice of life, and conclude itself.
Rating: (Enjoyable)

7 Responses

  1. Puran says:

    Finally I understand why you don’t like Cross Game’s matches.

    I used to find the matches pretty enjoyable and couldn’t understand why you found them boring. But I hadn’t watched any other baseball themed anime.

    Then I watched Ookiku Furikabutte and now Cross Game’s actual baseball matches seem like a joke.

  2. Eirias says:

    Ookiku Furikabutte truly was a marvelous piece of animation and I can only hope the second season will live up to it.

    It does bring out a bit of pique in me, though. People keep saying that it is a more realistic portrayal of pitching seeing as Mihashi relies on his catcher and fielders; he gets grounders or pop-flies for most of his outs as opposed to blowing it by the batter. While this aspect is indeed a truer portrait of the way baseball is played, Mihashi’s level of control and ability to throw any pitch to any point at any time is even more impossible than, say, Goro’s super gyro fastball (not actually what a gyroball is).

    I pitched in high school, where I relied primarily on my control and breaking pitches as well, but what he does is as alien to the real sport as any shounen sports hero.

    What I like best about Ookiku’s baseball games is actually Abe’s leading. He is a very good catcher when it comes to calling pitches.

  3. Eirias says:

    Also, just as a note, pitchers don’t hit people out. At least that’s not what it’s called in the States. Striking the batter out, getting him to pop up, and getting a ground ball out would be the main ways a pitcher gets someone out.

  4. Shrimpgeek says:

    I’m just curious as to how many episodes are left for this anime since I saw the screenshots for episode 50 and it seems that is where the anime will end. This means that the last chapter of the manga (ch 170) probably will not be in the anime. Any clue guys?

  5. psgels psgels says:

    Shrimp: yup, there are going to be 51 episodes.

    Eirias: True, Mihashi’s powers are also godly, but it’s not the realism that made Ookiku Furikabutte stand out, but rather that just about every baseball anime has pitchers who can strike incredibly fast. This series taking a different route was above all refreshing.

  6. Mikapon says:

    Cross Game is 50 episodes.
    not 51, due to the Olympics…

  7. nrad67 says:

    Huge Spoiler in final episode PREVIEW for those goin to watch Episode 49. Might want to avoid preview.

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  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:27 PM)
    A 13 episode series would work for the second title unlimited. But Alternative is a pretty long visual novel. You need at least two cours to give it justice. Making extra an OVA could work but you do need it for alternative. But it’s not an optional part of the trilogy. It needs to be read first, so that event later have a greater impact. Personally I am not even sure Muv Luv can even work in another medium.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:12 PM)
    That might compress things, but I think a good screen-writer can fit pretty much any VN in 12-14 episodes (covering just the main route).
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:07 PM)
    @Aidan: then the best solution would’ve been to make a two cour season covering the 2nd and the 3rd book. Have the cours air two anime seasons apart, and in the middle have an offshoot short OVA that covers the 1st book, but has a more harem comedy feel to it. Think Full Metal Panic and Fumuffu.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 01:34 PM)
    @bam, Muv Luv has the problem that most of its brillence lies in the third title. But in order for the third title to have the same effect you need to read the first two. Successful or not, I doubt theres animation studio willing to go all in and adapt the full trilogy. There’s also the issue of the first title being a really mediocre harem.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 12:48 PM)
    just a glimpse at the tip of the iceberg of reasons why y’all need a PS4 for the upcoming year:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3Hz8eXWHNY
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 08:09 AM)
    Why they didn’t adapt the original Muv Luv novel or Alternative is a mystery to me. Wasn’t the VN really successful? Whats with these offshoot shows instead of doing the real deal? They are avoiding it for some reason.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 08:06 AM)
    @Aidan: I have a suspicion that they got it from that 80’s song Total Eclipse of the Heart. Japanese authors are strangely enamored with the corny pop songs from that era.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 05:46 AM)
    And even then, those two muv-luv alternative episodes, schwartzmarken is still better than those.

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