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 much real in Cross Game it's left to the viewer's interpretation.
Different because while one is an 11 episode intense ride the other is a more subtle 50 episode long journey.
Different because in one the wish is a mystery and the characters try to figure out what it is while in the other the wish is made clear from the begining
One thing is sure though,both are a great watch  read more
Both stories are about one special girl and how an event on one summer day leaves a lasting effect on her family and friends, for years to come. There's the main character who holds the girl's affections, the boy who can only watch in envy, and the girl who always feels like she's in the shadow of that special girl.
Add to it feelings of regret and guilt, wishes, and dreams, you get two great slice of life, coming of age stories.
Both anime are very similar. strong bond between childhood friends, having one special girl in their childhood, and making her last dream come true. the difference is that Anohana with ghost but no baseball while Cross Game with baseball but no ghost (or at least it's left to the viewer's interpretation)
I only recommend these two for each other based on a single similarity ...but it is a very striking similarity both shows carry. Both deal with childhood friends and death, and both also show the gradual reconciliation of feelings toward the dead and coming to terms with it. Both are also very sweet and extremely sad. So I only recommend one for the other if you saw one and enjoyed the parts dealing with the dead and the romance with the shows.
Otherwise, the shows are pretty different. CG is slower paced and about baseball while Anohana is about a group of friends who have broken apart. read more
you get the same feling for both of the romance and the characters that tomatsu haruka voices for. They both hate the person they love. very teary ad motional. i cried every episode. one answrs the other's question.
"Do ghosts grow?"
You would want to answer,"Yes, they do!"
anyway the're both a very good an emotional anime.
Both of these anime deal with young children losing a special someone close to them and how that loss affects them in the future. One of the main motivations the characters have is making the deceased's dream come true.
Both of them are similar because they both love baseball and improve. The main characters are alike. The anime shows little bit of romance, childhood, and both characters been through a death of someone they love and cared for. So if you love cross game then you will love major or if you love major then you will love cross game.
Both series are slice-of-life school romance stories that revolve around baseball written by Adachi Mitsuru. Also the art style is quite similar despite Touch being a much older series. Both are fantastic series.
Both shows revolve around baseball and the romantic relationship between the characters. Very very similar art and themes because they are created by the same mangaka. (So expect similar looking characters at times)
If you liked Cross Game and do not mind watching a long anime, Touch is by far the best option!
If you like Cross Game, be sure to watch Touch.
Both - Cross Game and Touch are awesome, both coming from the master of the slice-of-life and romance genres - Adachi Mitsuru. Storyline in Cross Game and Touch a very similar, the artwork is very similar too.
Both are sports genre anime, both has enough romance and drama.
Don't be scared by the number of episodes, enjoy the charm of the 80s, watch Touch. ^^
Despite the fact one's baseball and one's soccer, Cross Game & Area no Kishi are amazing Sport/Shounen Anime with a little bit of romance. But what reminded me the most is the way that both series starts (Kill off one of the main character in the first episode) but over all both series are amazing and if you enjoy sport anime then i recommend you both series
i really love both animes. cross game i was a little hesitant to watch but i am so glad i did. in the first few episodes i noticed that area no kishi and cross game were kinda similar. for one a loved one dies. for two because of that loved one dying they are later spurred to do something to that that dead loved one would be proud of. three romance. four they are based on sports so teamwork is another. the downside of watching area no kishi is that you'll fall in love with it to become heartbroken that there isn't another season aired or planed to be aired. i know feel like i should rewatch area no kishi..... read more
Different sport (cross game -> baseball; area no kishi -> soccer), but same feeling to the plot: a player trying to make a loved one (and his) dream come true.
Among these two, I would say cross game has better characters, but if you like this, probably will like the other too.
Both are great baseball anime, have great characters, and both pretty enjoyable to watch. Although cross game have more romance and slice of life plot, and ookiku more focused on baseball game itself (teamwork, strategy, technic,etc) i'm pretty sure if you like cross game you'll probably like Ookiku Furikabutte too.
- both main characters in the anime 'Suzuka', Suzuka and Yamato also involved in sports
- funnily both main characters, Suzuka and Yamato also always argue with each other and behave similar to Aoba and Kou.
-Suzuka, the main female protagonist has the same attitude and personality with Aoba (hard work at sports, serious type and a little harsh with the main male protagonist
-plot with equal drama and romance
Although Suzuka is quite a classic anime, but it resembles, or I rather say Cross Games resembles it in many ways.
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.....
Both made by same authors and about baseball. Characters hide their real powers at first. Building a team from a scratch. Some characters are very much alike. If you liked Cross Game you should definitely give H2 a try as well, despite it being older version, it is easy to get it used to.
They are both by the sama mangaka artist so both were animated by same studio, they are both about baseball set in high school with the pitcher falling in love with a female friend who encourages them throughout though in Cross Game, the pitcher falls in love with his dead girlfriend's sister, his rival.
The best stories are shown, not told. Both Cross game and Chihayafuru weave masterful stories of ordinary lives and mold characters who are memorable yet genuine. Though both series focus on a sport (baseball in Cross Game, competitive karuta in Chihayafuru), familiarity nor interest in either are necessary, as they are the mere groundworks for laying out the lives of charming characters who could very well exist in an excellent slice of life show without any unifying context. Both shows are about growth - Cross Game examines childhood friends growing beyond a childhood tragedy, while Chihayafuru explores childhood friends, reunited, growing toward their childhood dreams. The nuances of both shows reveals something so precious and rarely seen these days on TV - their humanity. How human we are, how intricately our lives interconnect, how subtly we change, and how this is all beautifully conveyed by our cast of characters under the guise of shooting for Koshien and becoming the karuta Meijin and Queen.  read more
Both are sports shows which choose to focus large amounts of time on developing its characters, resulting in extremely strong emotional arcs through the series. The character depth in both shows are stellar - we will laugh with them, cheer for them, and cry with them. The shows start out very similarly, choosing to use the first few episodes to show us what our characters experienced as young kids, serving as an extended prologue, allowing us to see what drives them, and what has made each character what they are in the present time. Overall, both shows are a masterpiece when it comes to writing characters.
As a sports show, the actual sport obviously has to be done well. Neither dissapoints - even though karuta and baseball couldn't be more different, the matches are filled with tension and excitement, and every moment is well-animated and backed by a fantastic soundtrack.
The major difference in the shows is in its tone. Chihayafuru is undoubtedly the more upbeat of the two, whilst Cross Game is a much subtler work.
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!
Cross Game and Diamond no Ace are anime series with a sports theme relating to baseball. The main male protagonist gets involved with the sport. Throughout both series, the main male protagonist trains himself to become better and earn a reputation.
There is competition in both series while also holding a degree of comedy.
They both also takes place in a school environment as the main characters meets both friends and rivals.
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
Cross game and Hajime no Ippo are dramatic, and makes you care about the characters outside of the field,ring respectively. They are both VERY addictive and will make you want to marathon through them. If you like the fact that you cared about the characters then either of these anime will satisfy that need.
Cross Game and the 3rd season of Major are basically the same.They both involve an aspiring pitcher, and his goal to get to Koshien. The protagonists also went through a traumatic incident in their past. They both have female love interests that love to play baseball. Also I couldn't help but notice that they both have the same high school name "Seishuu". Sports anime is not a very popular genre, but I recommend that you should see Major S3 and Cross Game, because they are both suspenseful, romantic, and most importantly enjoyable.
Both 1st episode of these anime are very similar both ends with a tragic accident 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).
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! :)
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.
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!".
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 +.
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.
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
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 urrghhh JUST SERIOUSLY WATCH THIS IF YOU LOVE TSUNDERES :D both the guy and the girl here are :)
lol i know i'm making no sense to you right now but PLEASE give it a shot >u< read more
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 social separation, difference of growing up, and nurture vs. nature are present. read more
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!
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).
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.
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.