Posted 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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  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:51 AM)
    @Aidan Those tropes CAN work decently, which is why I hate how especially shitty this one is.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:51 AM)
    2:My guess is that rather than develop they want to keep up a frantic pace. It’s works for a while to keep a show interesting but soon enough you gotta bring more to it. The side characters are basically interchangeable. They have very little defining characteristics. The core characters have more but are chained to the needs of the plot. The most developed character on the show is the war vet and the show seems determined to keep him out of the action.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:45 AM)
    Alright, a reply.
    1: Agreed. The princess is essentially the standard of the standard. Noble pure blah blah blah. Hell even if they made her a stuck up Ojosama that at least would have been more interesting than this living trope.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:40 AM)
    @Aidan 28 pages back. Not exactly a “few” pages in hindsight.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:37 AM)
    @K-off, I think I read it but how many pages back?
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:36 AM)
    But out of everything the main thing that’s bugging me is the main villain motivation. His goal is revenge on Vers. And to get revenge on Vers he has started a war with earth…Kinda missing the revenge part here. This doesn’t exactly hurt Vers. I mean yeah they committed a massacre out of a misunderstanding but when the wars done they can just say that they did kill the princess, so f*ck em. History is written by the winners after all.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:33 AM)
    @Aidan I’ve also given a detailed explanation as to why Aldnoah sucks a few pages back, if you’re interested at all.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:32 AM)
    The action is pretty good. Vincent mentioned about scientific inaccuracies but I haven’t really seen anything too jarring. Plus Vincents an idiot so no matter what he thinks, it’s irrelevant.
    Some character development would be nice. Would have been nice to have a quiet episode to help flesh some characters out before bringing the spacemen down for a attack.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:26 AM)
    Ok it is getting really annoying in Aldnoah Zero just how goddamn useless the army is. Alright they are the cannon fodder but bloody hell wouldn’t it be nice if these used elementary tactics like say…using cover? I haven’t fought in any wars but I am pretty sure that you don’t fight them by standing out in the open, shooting while standing perfectly still.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Sep 15. 2014 10:35 PM)
    That’s true, hence the bundling with Arise (since Ubukata’s the writer there as well). That actually sounds better tho, a writing power-duo team usually has great results. I envision a day where our season reviews are filled with these higher-brow shows instead and only one or two Shigatsus … that’s never happening, is it?

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