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Cross Game, Vol. 1 Paperback – October 12, 2010
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About the Author
One of the biggest names in the manga industry today, Mitsuru Adachi made his debut in 1970 with Kieta Bakuon in the pages of Deluxe Shonen Sunday. The creator of numerous mega-hits such as Touch, Miyuki, and Cross Game, Adachi sensei received the Shogakukan Manga Award for all three of the aforementioned series. Truly at the top echelon of the manga industry, his cumulative works have seen over 200 million copies sold, and many of his series have been adapted into anime, live-action TV series and film. A master of his medium, Adachi has come to be known for his genius handling of dramatic elements skillfully combined with romance, comedy, and sports. He along with Rumiko Takahashi, have become synonymous with the phenomenal success of Shonen Sunday in Japan.
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Top Customer Reviews
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. It has more of a slice of life feel to it. Adachi started drawing manga back in the 70s and it really shows. His style is very reminescent of artists from that era, like Rumiko Takahashi, with all its strengths and weaknesses. Artists from that time of shonen are not very good at non-action facial expressions. I mean, they do a good job with fighting or comedic expressions etc, but are sorely lacking when it comes to illustrating moods like sadness or other more subtle emotions. It really hurts in some scenes in volume 1. A couple of panels are actually just copied like you're supposed to go "oh, he must be sad because they showed this same expression twice", even though the look on the character's face is just blank. That's about the only complaint I can make about this book. I loved it otherwise. Definitely check it out.
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If you like baseball or sports manga I'd recommend it to you!