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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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Product Details

  • Series: Cross Game (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421537583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421537580
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.8 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Mistusu Adachi published Touch in the early eighties, nobody thought that he will able to surpass that success. Touch inaugurated a new genre in manga: sports-romance. Adachi was a very successful writer in his early thirties, he had a lot of time in front of him, but he had set the bar pretty high, it took him almost 30 years to set a new standard.
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.
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This series was a big surprise for me. I'd been reading manga for years and knew of Mitsuru Adachi by reputation because he's such a legend in the world of manga. I had the impression his stories were very shonen and wasn't sure I would enjoy them. But "Cross Game" made me a fan of his for life. The story isn't particularly elaborate, it's subtle and elegant, featuring many scenes of everyday life which is part of what makes it so wonderful. The narrative revolves around why and how a boy decides to train to become the best baseball pitcher he can. Baseball is just the backdrop of the series though, the best parts of the story involve the relationships between the characters, the development of which is handled perfectly. And the cast of characters is fantastic, I love them all, the portrayal of their different personalities is excellent. And as you get to know them you can't help but root for all of them. If you are a fan of manga, I highly recommend adding this series to your reading list.
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Cross Game is the story of two families and baseball in Japan. 5th grader Ko Kitamura's parents own a sporting goods store. The Tsukishima Batting Center and its next-door coffee shop is owned by the family of his classmate, Wakaba Tsukishima. Ko has been delivering supplies and hitting balls at the Tsukishima Batting Center ever since he was three and has become quite a hitter. He's also managed to make Aoba fall in love with him, even though he doesn't get along very well with Wakaba's sis, Aoba. Even though Ko has been around baseball all his life, and even pushed his class to form a team, he doesn't have much interest in playing. It seems he only started the team so he could raise his allowance by having them buy uniforms and equipment his sporting goods store! But he finds himself playing on the team after he uses a game to escape from a bully that wants to kick his butt because he likes Wakaba. She has a lot of faith in Ko. She foretells that one day he will become the best pitcher in Japan. Volume 1 of Cross Game actually contains the first three volumes of the series in omnibus form, which tells you why this is a bit higher in price than the usual $9.99-$10.99 manga volume. Each volume moves forward in time a bit. Volume occurs in the 5th grade. Volume 2 and 3 cover his junior high and freshman year in high school.

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.
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I want to marry Wakaba. Okay I guess that won't work because I am already happily married and she is an anime character in fifth grade, but other than that the writers and animators do an amazing job of establishing Wakaba's character in such a way that is is clear that any guy would be pretty much putty in her hands.

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.
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