Posted by psgels on 28 March 2010 with categories: Cross Game



Awww, what a lovable end. I was a bit afraid that 10 minutes would be too little for the big finale (yes, I do not consider that baseball match to be the finale of this series), but the creators ended up making something nice out of it. Ideally of course, this series should have screwed the Olympics and just have gone for 51 episodes, but even these 10 minutes reminded me exactly why I fell in love with this series.

It’s such a shame to see this series go, though. I mean, I could totally see a series in which we follow the lives of the characters after Koushien, which would rock even more. Still, this has really been a wonderful series.

The baseball series of the upcoming season also promises to be interesting, because it proves to be good at exactly the thing that Cross Game was worst at: the baseball matches. And on the other hand of course, there’s no way that the slice of life of Ookiku Furikabutte is going to be as good as in Cross Game. At least, the conclusion of this baseball match was a lot more enjoyable than the previous two episodes, because it turned Kou into a mere mortal again.

And yeah. Kou and Aoba holding hands together. That was totally worth the wait of these 2,5 episodes of baseball.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

5 Responses

  1. Shrimpgeek says:

    I am rather surprised the anime was able to follow the manga considering 50 episodes was alot of stuff to pack in. I was especially worried that the ending of the anime would not be the same as the ending of the manga since it would have to cram that ending within 10 minutes. But hey its good to hear that they were able to. I definitely agree that this is one the better slice of life animes out there as baseball is only the secondary aspect.

  2. Kiseki says:

    Wait. 2.5 episodes of baseball?

    I should get to watching this…sometime. It took FOREVER in the manga. :’D

  3. dizzcity says:

    It took nearly 3 volumes in the manga. ^^

    But I’m glad the anime followed the manga all the way to the end. Hope they won’t produce anime-original OVAs the way they did with Touch and completely change the end point of the series, though.

    Haven’t watched it yet, but I’m very curious about who said the “Is it okay if I lie?” question at the hug, since that was an ambiguous point that really played well to manga’s strengths.

  4. thomas says:

    Really really nice way of ending the show, I admit I shed a little tear. This anime got to me really well, a lot of times.

  5. NarueDaisuki says:

    What a hateful guy. The most hateful guy … in the world …

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  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 06:28 AM)
    You said Time Machine should hold up against all the external factors to be considered good, well … LNs have to be judged the same way, or should I just write off the unsophisticated writing, bad contrived stories, panderings and whatever wrong with then to demographics? Excuses m8. If something is good it should be good regardless of who wrote it and for whom it was written for.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 06:20 AM)
    And no I don’t care that they exist or the fact that they are generally bad, my main point at the start was that LNs are just simply books, so it was your apparent love of them that put you on the defensive. Nobody should be ashamed of what they like but if they wanna tell me that something is good then they have to prove that beyond the arbitrary confines that they set up around it.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 06:12 AM)
    It’s not even comparing apples and oranges anymore, but rather comparing a plastic grape-looking toy to aged exquisite wine.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 06:08 AM)
    Mushishi started as a manga, not a fuckin Light Novel, and that’s why it can be a Monte Cristo compared to that sorry lot.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 06:07 AM)
    1) short books with pictures aimed at younger audiences are not a genre but a subcategory of books that always existed.
    2) Its not your demographic either m8, and shit aimed at kids is not serious literature.
    3) experts make the world go around, its uneducated bums who think their opinions matters as much as professionals, it doesn’t.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 05:43 AM)
    To any man Fate/zero can be their Hamlet. Mushi-shi their monte cristo. Shiki their Dracula. Show them the old and it may never grip them as the new does.
    And well if you wonder why I, who constantly places his opinion higher than others and deems many a thing shit is saying such an opinion means nothing well…I am a smug self satisfied bastard who loves belittling other to show off a smug sense of superiority. And that’s the way I like it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 05:37 AM)
    To summarize.
    1: You are judging a whole genre based on a limited selection of materiel you have sampled. That is idiocy.
    2: You are complaining that books not aimed at your demographic, are not aimed at your demographic. Also idiocy.
    3: Your “experts” opinion is just another fanbase. Nothing proves them to be more right or wrong. This is fiction, everything is subjective. And legacy is irreverent. Idiocy my dear fellow.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 05:31 AM)
    And no I don’t mean that few good LNs that are actualy thoughtful and straight outliers but the majority of the bread and butter of the industry. The Beliebers and Transformers movie fans have a lot more in common with the NGNL crowd then the folks who enjoy classic literature and Dostoevsky. Now take that as you may.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 05:13 AM)
    *the kindle was fixed but it’s fuckin up again, my bad.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 05:12 AM)
    Probably enjoy LNs as well. Its pretty much the same idiocy.

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