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Cross Game, Vol. 1 Paperback – October 12, 2010
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Cross Game is much more than a sports-romance manga. In his great style Adachi manages to talk about everything, and also to emulate life in baseball. Not just the win and lose passion but also the more delicate edges of life, as uncertainty, memories, melancholy.
In Cross Game Adachi also remembers his own gone brother, because in this manga memories have even more weight than common life.
The drawing skills of Adachi have not improved a lot since Miyuki but his narrative is much more accurate and effective. The Master only needs a few pages to transmit his idea and more.
From the very beginning of the manga you cannot put it down. It really does not matter if you like baseball or not, I have not seen a complete game in 20 years or so, what does matter is to feel the feelings it transmits.
Adachi is not well known in America but in Japan is one of the most famous mangakas of all time. I will strongly recommend you to read the best work of one of the best mangakas since the art was invented.
Cross Game in short, is one of the best magas ever, you should not miss it.
The really cool thing so far about this series is that the characters are allowed to grow, and I don't mean just physically. The fact that Cross Game moves through time makes Mitsuru Adachi have to deal with character development, which is noticeably absent in a lot of shonen titles. And really, that is the main thing that this series has going for it, the characters. All the relationships are very authentic and never smack of melodrama for the most part.Read more ›
With that said this anime explores a lot of questions with perhaps the key question being - what impact can a 5th grade girl have on the lives of her friends and family? Well if you invest the time to watch this series you will find out she can have an influence far beyond her years.
This is a charming, well-written series that has great characters, a strong plot and if you are so inclined gives you an opportunity to think about and discuss the dynamics of friendship,family and romance.
While liking baseball will be a plus in how much you enjoy this drama, even if baseball is not your thing you will still enjoy this series.
Because of a main plot development this might be a little intense for younger viewers, especially the first few episodes, but after that this is a family friendly drama that can can enjoyed by the whole family. (I think upper elementary and above would be fine.)
While this series is pretty much ecchi free, male characters do exhibit a normal, healthy, and non-exaggerated interest in the female form, but I would argue that the way it is done is tasteful and if it was not there would actually detract a bit from the story. (this part is very subdued and I only mention it to point out that it is appropriately done and makes the characters more realistic.Read more ›
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Loved the manga and love the anime. It's touched on several aspects of people's lives. What it's like to loose someone and what happens when destiny lands a hand.Published 12 months ago by Sazzad
I read this manga quite a while ago. It is one of my favorites. So now I have bought the kindle version of it. I even liked the anime.Published 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
Mitsuru Adachi is a true master of manga. There is no other work of manga that can match his.
His work visualizes what it means to be young with romantic and touching... Read more
One of the best stories that I have ever read. Finished the series over 8 months ago, reading for hours at a time, and still think about how amazing the story is.Published on July 17, 2014 by Eder Rangel
the description is really, really misleading the story is about as shonen as you can get. completely uninteresting worst $10 i have spent is recent memoryPublished on May 11, 2014 by zac
its in great condition when it came in and its what I wanted. I love the product, and nobody recommended itPublished on March 11, 2014 by Nickolas S. Sine
I love the series and I wish H2, Touch, Rough, Katsu, Mix and all of Adachi's works were brought over.Published on November 1, 2013 by Chris
I loved it! it's a great story of growing up and baseball.
If you like baseball or sports manga I'd recommend it to you!
This collection contains volumes 1 through 3 of Cross Game (as originally published).
It would be a disservice to get into plot details for this collection - important... Read more