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: Unknown
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: 8.401 (scored by 4749847,498 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1582
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1570
Members: 115,119
Favorites: 2,900

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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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


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Characters & Voice Actors


Sekita, Osamu
Takadera, Takeshi
Sound Director
Kawaguchi, Keiichirou
Episode Director, Storyboard
Shirane, Hideki
Script, Screenplay


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
LiLSatania (All reviews)
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
Apr 29, 2010
KurosuGemu (All reviews)
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
Dec 20, 2013
Baconzombie (All reviews)
“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
Aug 11, 2014
Pixaiated (All reviews)
Cross Game is a very special show. Unlike most shows today, Cross Game is treats both its characters and the audience with respect. On paper, it looks to be yet another baseball series, but it shines as a rare gem of the genre.

The most significant difference between Cross Game and other sports shows is its willingness to portray the characters outside the sport - showing who they are as people - what they care about, what they like, who they are. Cross game is really more of a slice of life rather than a sports show - There are often long periods of extended slice read more

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