Cross Game

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Japanese: クロスゲーム
English: Cross Game
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Type: TV
Episodes: 50
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2009 to Mar 28, 2010
Premiered: Spring 2009
Broadcast: Sundays at 10:00 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: SynergySP
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, SportsSports
Themes: SchoolSchool, Team SportsTeam Sports
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.381 (scored by 5062250,622 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1922
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1755
Members: 123,735
Favorites: 3,041

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Kou Kitamura and Aoba Tsukishima are often at odds—even though their families happen to be close friends and business partners. Although the only child of a sports shop owner, Kou has never been interested in playing baseball. Despite this, he possesses an impressive batting ability honed by frequent visits to the local baseball batting center run by the Tsukushima family. On the other hand, Aoba loves to play baseball and is a star player with exceptional pitching form.

However, these two seemingly complete opposites share something very important to them—Wakaba Tsukishima, Aoba's older sister and Kou's destined sweetheart. Admired by the quarrelsome duo, Wakaba often finds herself the catalyst to their never-ending rivalry. But whether or not they realize that they have more in common than either would care to admit, only time will tell. The game of baseball may just be what the pair needs to ultimately overcome their own personal struggles.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kyoutani, Tomomi
Assistant Producer
Sekita, Osamu
Takadera, Takeshi
Sound Director
Kawaguchi, Keiichirou
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"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) (eps 50)


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 ...
Jul 13, 2017
Mixed Feelings
"Simple is best" isn't always an accurate statement. So instead of doing the usual score / followed by explanation, I'll give you a rundown of why I liked and disliked this show.

I know I'll probably get some hate for saying this, but this show isn't as perfect as 95% (or so, or more) of the reviews would have you believe. That doesn't mean it's bad though, it's actually a very solid show.

What's wrong with it then?
In MY opinion, some of the characters (or rather, how they were used), the sound and art aren't up to par with a "perfect" show. I also think the Studio ...
Aug 3, 2010
Well, I will say first of all that both this manga and anime are perfectly nice, perfectly pleasant, and probably perfectly enjoyable for a lot of people. It is all smiles (except for Aoba who is, you know, completely incapable of anything but frowning or looks of indignation), all optimism, and simple but sweet. Unfortunately, that keeps it from being very good either.

The story is your typical "gets one star, enjoys a meteoric rise to the near top, loses anyway, probably eventually wins but ONLY in the very last year" formula. Typical to this, ONLY the protagonists and "notable" opponents ever in ANY way matter. ...

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