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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: 8.511 (scored by 27,164 users)
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Ranked: #1022
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Popularity: #1120
Members: 63,815
Favorites: 1,962


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 
report Recommended by totoum
Well both are about baseball and they have several other similarities; however, i don't want to give anything away so you'll just have to watch to find out!! ^_^ 
report Recommended by arialee
From the same manga author. Focuses on a young boy's experience with romance and baseball. 
report Recommended by Meddigo
Both are sports anime with more romance in Cross game. There is a character development and the main characters are childhood friends. 
report Recommended by atobesama
Both series are the work of the brilliant Adachi, Mitsuru. Both shows revolve around high school baseball and involve both elements of romance and sports. The characters and their relationships also have a similar feel..... 
report Recommended by shinigamidono
Both deal with baseball and character development in a slice-of-life kind of way, though Cross Game has an added romantic plot and Ookiku is more techinical driven. 
report Recommended by ketall
Both are about baseball and wanting to bring one's team to Koshien. Whereas Diamond no Ace is more about the sport and nothing but the sport, Cross Game brings a lot more to the table, such as drama and romance. Although I find both to be very enjoyable anime, Cross Game holds a special place in my heart...it is one of the best anime I have ever seen (go to my profile--I've seen A LOT of anime) and is definitely the best sports anime I've seen yet. If you like Diamond no Ace and baseball animes in general, you MUST watch Cross Game! 
report Recommended by eizeral
Sport theme with romance.
Some very funny moments and drama!
Many similarities....u dont want me to spoil it so i'll shut up and u watch it now! 
report Recommended by franco90
first episodes are almost the same. If you like this anime, i definitely recommend arena no kishi 
report Recommended by JavalinBoy542
High schoolers trying to get to Koshien :) 
report Recommended by TomasuRuisu
besides from both being baseball animes, the mc in both of them seem to have this type of personality where they are good on what they do but still miss something important about baseball wich is to love it..... then their relationship with other people slowly make them change and enjoy what they do 
report Recommended by yato_no_kami
Both have those hard training scenes that lead to improvemnts in there chosen sport.
Both involve tough bad asses! Both are very funny at times and have a nice amount of drama. Both have a sub romance theme and both are great easy watches (smooth rolling with nice art, excellnt story line, and matching music to really allow u to feel the anime.

if u like one then yes u should definetly watch the other 
report Recommended by franco90
This is not really something similar, since My Home is a 5 minute short film and Cross Game a full 50 episode show. I still think, people who liked Cross Game and like Slice of Life and Coming-of-Age anime in general, will enjoy this short film and should give it a chance. 
report Recommended by seQuency
Both of them are baseball related and have a main female character that is a possible love interest for the main character. 
report Recommended by prandtl
Both 1st episode of these anime are very similar and both are about childhood friends that are very close to each other and then suddenly an unexpected scenario will happen can they overcome it or not? and both are school-life,romance and drama.

The difference between these two anime:
Cross Game is about baseball while Shinigami no Ballad is about the life of a Shinigami (like a japanese grim reaper). 
report Recommended by bloody_Venus55
Both series focus on the importance of friends and family. 
report Recommended by humaidk2
they are both on sports, they have hints of romance, they both have struggles and they will both make you want more. the time will pass so fast that you'll wonder where the time has gone and you'll be saying to yourself " thats it? i want more! ok on to the next episode!".  
report Recommended by krc101
Both of these are relatively realistic sports anime with underlying romance. Neither has the best artwork, but don't let that stop you from giving them a chance, because they both have very good plots! :) 
report Recommended by lavender_cello
While the sports for these two anime are different they show the hardships of working on a team and trying to succeeded in said sport. While one may be more tragic or less hinted than the other there are relationships that develop within these anime. Both also are 20 episodes +. 
report Recommended by DudeClank60
Something like this Echi,sense of humor and comedy.Something like this.Of course and andventure 
report Recommended by vipdavid
Both very introspective/emotional romances. Cross Game is 10x better than Bokura, so that's saying something. 
report Recommended by SunInSplendor
Slice of life and many emotion on the screen 
report Recommended by vipdavid
Hard-hitting and realistic sports anime with stories that make full use of ordinary life. Ashita no Joe is about boxing while Cross Game is about baseball, but they're much more similar than it may seem.  
report Recommended by Max
both anime are about baseball and reaching nationals
protagonist in both series are pitchers
hard work and training were the keys to success 
report Recommended by pachu315
May contain Spoilers*

Both Anime are having similar setting in terms Romance

:Both anime has Childhood friends dead but they are able to see similar looking girl like there childhood friend
report Recommended by Smill
The fate between the two lies on how they be able to reach for it's certain dreams. Either does have a same similarities and concept for what makes sport become a huge inspiration that aspire more than flaws along with the realistic aspects of romance. 
report Recommended by RnDNEET021
The Feel is similar and character design is also really similar ! 
report Recommended by Startronica
Both feature remarkable slice-of-life stories that are both written effortlessly, and are surprisingly addicting lacking every fan-factor necessary for a typical anime.
They also have some really great characters, dialouge, humor, and have some of the best romance stories that anime can offer.

Cross Game has sports elements that accent the slice-of-life features rather than dominate them. Themes of loss, tradegy, grudges, loyalty, and moving on are present. A bit slower paced than Kodomo, but there's never a boring moment.

Kodomo is twice the length of Cross Game, has MUCH more zany humor than Cross Game, borderlining on insanity at times! Themes of  read more 
report Recommended by Otaking09
Both with baseball, team evolution, the history is diferent but still the "battle of genres". 
report Recommended by tinosoft
These two series have the similar theme of "Work hard to reach your goal!" 
report Recommended by ohai
If you liked the sort of melancholic atmosphere in Clannad, you'll probably enjoy the atmosphere in Cross Game. Also Baseball 
report Recommended by unknuckable
one more anime about baseball. but a lot more psychological. 
report Recommended by palmman
Fantastic character studies masquerading as sports series! Both series do devote a good deal of time to matches and games, but the real attraction here is the great sense of pacing and a well-developed cast of characters. Cross Game is more leisurely and romantically inclined, while Giant Killing is more bombastic (and has a lovely musical score~). You don't need to know much about the respective sports to enjoy these shows! 
report Recommended by -PixieDust-
Similar to "Maison Ikkoku", "Cross Game" is a gentle romance that explores many of the same themes about the death of a loved one. While Cross Game is set in highschool instead of the college years, human interactions and romance are dealt with as serious subject matter (despite all the humor of life thrown in). 
report Recommended by Sackett
not about baseball or any sport. but both have that "awww" cute love feeling. 
report Recommended by jchang
Now this may seem weird but just trust me on this and check it out. I don't want to say anything because I don't want to give anything away even in the slightest. Just watch it, both absolutely amazing shows.  
report Recommended by Charter
URGGHh Words are not enough to express how awesome both of these animes were *tears up* I personally fell inlove with both because of the love/hate thing going on oAo SERIOUSLY!!!! I also liked the fact that despite Aoba's "tomboy-ish-ness" lots of people were still able to develop a crush on her....WHICH MADE KOU SO FRIGGIN JEALOUS....well yeah i exaggerate too much but come on...don't you think that his jealousy was so cute :3 ^_^ same with Akane from ranma 1/2, even ranma has his lapses wherein he would sort of accidentally admit that he likes akane (indirectly) by being all jealous and stuff  read more 
report Recommended by nikasanyuu
Both are about baseball, about friendship, about coming from behind, about overcome low odds ... 
report Recommended by gfy
good alternative, both have sport (cross game baseball, slam dunk basketball), char developement but slightly different, in the first one is more romantic then in the second one...  
report Recommended by Marcx
What can i say.. dispite of having different main theme sports vs music, i kept thinking what anime first comes to my mind when i was watching Kimi no Uso.
And surprisingly, i think it's Cross Game.

They kind of give off similar feel, both Slice of life with some sad touches, and those sad touches make both anime more beautiful, more meaningful.

Also both are about finding your first true love, and finding and reaching your goals . In my opinion they are both so nice. And well, maybe as a sidenote, there is some baseball on both :) />
Both great anime for watching, especially if you are looking for slice of life anime.
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report Recommended by Lylaaz
Romantic comedy between a boy and a girl. Entails baseball as the primary theme to the story. A lot of drama along the way. Original story by the same creator, Adachi Mitsuru. 
report Recommended by alchemist11
This recommendation applies to all seasons of Bakuman. Make sure you watch Bakuman 2 and 3 if you watch the first season of Bakuman. Both Cross Game and Bakuman have romance as the second theme. Both protagonists focus on what they do—manga in Bakuman, and baseball in Cross Game. The series have sweet romance behind the main story and a cheerful tone. 
report Recommended by sora2eugene