Ranked #72

Cross Game

Alternative Titles

English: Cross Game
Japanese: クロスゲーム


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


Score: 8.571 (scored by 19,210 users)
Ranked: #722
Popularity: #1038
Members: 42,977
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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
Irino, Miyu
Irino, Miyu
Tsukishima, Aoba
Tsukishima, Aoba
Tomatsu, Haruka
Tomatsu, Haruka
Azuma, Yuuhei
Azuma, Yuuhei
Sakurai, Takahiro
Sakurai, Takahiro
Tsukishima, Wakaba
Tsukishima, Wakaba
Kanda, Akemi
Kanda, Akemi


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

More episodes Episodes(0/50)

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Opening Theme

"Summer Rain" by Kobukuro

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)

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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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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.

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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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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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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At one point the cast of Cross Game ask themeselves "do ghosts grow older too?" the cast of Ano Hana would tell them "yes,they do".

It's fascinating how both of these can be so similar and yet in a way so different

Similar because the premise is very similar,making a friend's wish/last dream come true.
Also the 3 main roles of Ano Hana are played by voice actors that were in cross game
Both have very gripping first episodes that make great use of their ED songs at the end of the episode

Different because while in Ano Hana ghosts are very  read more 
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