Summer-winter 2013. Preparing for the baseball manga season:
Touch - Mitsuru's earlier work. Romantic subplot. Tragedy. Completely scanlated. Received 28th Shogakukan Manga Award.
Cross Game - Mitsuru's work. Completely scanlated . Received Shogakukan Manga Award in 2009 so around the 14th vol. Both have Shogakukan Awards! Did he sell his soul out?!
... Alomost got swayed here to gulp up H2 as well. But I'm gonna stick to the course. Just add it later...
Ookiku Furikabutte - Ongoing. 21 volumes so far, 20 vol. scanlated. Update irregular. Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2006 - around 12th vol (holy shit). And this is a female magaka.
- well... I generally see, why it got the Tezuka Award. Chronologically this manga was the first to introduce such a deep insight into the baseball-based manga... but in my view it lacks impact.
Last inning - Ongoing. Manipulative bastard + strategic minds. 38 volumes so far, 17 of them scanlated, weekly update. Apparently he was an assistant of Adachi Mitsuru's, so I'm expecting quite a lot from this title.
Daiya no A - Ongoing. 36 volumes so far, scanlated up to the 15th. Weekly update. Hardworking protagonist. Shogakukan Manga award (2008).
One Outs - Ongoing. Manipulative bastard + strategic minds. Completed. 15 volumes scanlated so far. New chapter comes out around every two weeks, meaning in (5 vol * 7 chapters each * 2 weeks) 70 weeks it should be fully scanlated (2 years?)
Rookies - Completed. Scanlated up to the 23rd vol. of 24. Irregular update. Coming of age, personality change. I guess something similar to Kamen Teacher and GTO?
H2 - I have no choice, Mitsuru's works are just too good. Though the settings and the topic are from the same pool, I still like how he manages to develop each of his series into a different story.
Am I the only one to get the feeling that baseball topic gets significantly good feedback both from publishers and the audience?..