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Cross Game


Alternative Titles

English: Cross Game
Japanese: クロスゲーム

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 50
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2009 to Mar 28, 2010
Premiered: Spring 2009
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: SynergySP
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.551 (scored by 21,172 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #802
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1054
Members: 47,659
Favorites: 1,567
8.55
Ranked #80Popularity #1054Members 47,659
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Episodes: /50

Synopsis

The main character is Kou Kitamura, son of the owner of Kitamura Sports. In the same neighborhood is a batting center run by the Tsukishima family. Due to their proximity and the relationship between their businesses, the Kitamura and Tsukishima familes have been close for many years, with their children going back and forth between the two homes like extended family. Because Kou and Wakaba were the same age and always together, Aoba was jealous of all the time Kou spent with her older sister. Aoba is a natural pitcher with excellent form, and Kou secretly trains to become as good as she was, even while publicly showing little interest in baseball.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Kitamura, Kou
Kitamura, Kou
Main
Irino, Miyu
Japanese
Irino, Miyu
Tsukishima, Aoba
Tsukishima, Aoba
Main
Tomatsu, Haruka
Japanese
Tomatsu, Haruka
Azuma, Yuuhei
Azuma, Yuuhei
Supporting
Sakurai, Takahiro
Japanese
Sakurai, Takahiro
Tsukishima, Wakaba
Tsukishima, Wakaba
Supporting
Kanda, Akemi
Japanese
Kanda, Akemi

Staff

Sekita, Osamu
Sekita, Osamu
Director
Takadera, Takeshi
Takadera, Takeshi
Sound Director
Shirane, Hideki
Shirane, Hideki
Script, Screenplay
Tsuchiya, Michihiro
Tsuchiya, Michihiro
Script


Edit Opening Theme

"Summer Rain" by Kobukuro

Edit Ending Theme

#1: "Koikogarete Mita Yume (恋焦がれて見た夢)" by Ayaka (eps 1-13)
#2: "Orange Days (オレンジDays)" by SQUAREHOOD (eps 14-26)
#3: "Moeru You na Koi Janai Kedo (燃えるような恋じゃないけど)" by Tsuru (鶴) (eps 27-39)
#4: "Rehearsal (リハーサル)" by Natsuko Kondo (近藤夏子) (eps 40-49)
#5: "Koi Suru Otome (恋スル乙女)" by Natsuko Kondo (近藤夏子) (ep 50)



More reviewsReviews

LiLSatan
Aug 27, 2010
This is the first anime that I watched that was written by Mitsuru Adachi. I love baseball anime so I give this one a chance, I never thought that I'll love it so much~ :D Just finished re-watching it for the third time.

Story:
Honestly, i was blown away by the first episode, what a very strong start for an anime. It was all unexpected, Just the first episode and it already made me cry... The story was about the cat and dog relationship of Kou and Aoba. Adachi-sensei used his usual pattern of story, the childhood friend route. With a lot of twist read more
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Baconzombie
Dec 20, 2013
“Simple is best.”
-Coach Maeno

One of the most common misconceptions viewers have regarding any form of media is something I call the “been there, done that” phenomenon. That is, if something similar has been done before, chances are the viewer will form a set of judgmental comparisons and criteria to be matched. This leads to the unrealistic expectation that equates to the viewer expecting some sort of literary revolution, only looking forward without truly embracing what the present has to offer. Adachi Mitsuru’s Cross Game accepts its genre boundaries, and relies on the deftness of its storytelling and the depth of its characterization to keep you read more
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KurosuGemu
Apr 29, 2010
Story: 9/10
Cross Game is my first Adachi anime, and I was thoroughly impressed by its storytelling. The whole series is slow paced and filled with tension. Despite being somewhat predictable, Cross Game is well executed. There is only 1 filler episode out of 50, and even that episode tied pretty well into the main story. My only criticism is Adachi could have fleshed it out a little more, adding some more episodes. Yes this show already has 50 episodes, but it feels shorter than that.

Animation: 8/10
I really liked the art from this show. It feels like an old school anime, and the nostalgic atmosphere it read more
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theshinyone
Aug 11, 2014
Cross Game is a very special show. Unlike the disappointing standard in most shows today, Cross Game is a show that treats both its characters and the audience with respect. On paper, it looks to be yet another boring baseball series, but it shines as a rare gem of the genre.

The most significant difference between this show and most other sports shows is the fact that the show is willing to portray the characters outside the sport - showing who they are as people - what they care about, what they like, who they are. The show is often said to be more of a read more
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