The main character is Kou Kitamura, son of the owner of Kitamura Sports. In the same neighborhood is a batting center run by the Tsukishima family. Due to their proximity and the relationship between their businesses, the Kitamura and Tsukishima familes have been close for many years, with their children going back and forth between the two homes like extended family. Because Kou and Wakaba were the same age and always together, Aoba was jealous of all the time Kou spent with her older sister. Aoba is a natural pitcher with excellent form, and Kou secretly trains to become as good as she was, even while publicly showing little interest in baseball. – My Anime List
Based on 14 review scores:
Cross Game is not the most intellectually compelling anime you will ever watch. It doesn’t delve deeply into subjects, and it never leaves a certain comfort zone when discussing more tender subjects. It doesn’t have groundbreaking characters or a surprising story with exciting cliffhangers. It is fully aware, however, that those things don’t matter if the execution isn’t just right, and that shows bright as day. Thus, Cross Game‘s simplicity is also its beauty, standing as an instant classic and a coming-of-age story that will be looked upon as one of the greats someday by the power of its small successes and incredibly human characters.
Mad Maz Reviews
A great show– well paced with amazing characters that fill you with a warm and fuzzy feeling!
I simply cannot recommend this series enough to people who don’t absolutely hate the very notion of Baseball, although at least some knowledge of the game is probably required to really enjoy it. Nevertheless, the true jewel of the series is the narrative centered around the colorful and attractive characters, each and every one of them relatable or understandable in their own way. Cross Game surely belongs among the best anime series ever created. I don’t usually give out 10/10 scores easily, but this series deserves every single point it gets. Simply amazing.
One of the most human anime stories I’ve ever seen. I liked the innocent love, the competition, and the determination. This anime reminded me a lot of “Captain Tsubasa” even though they are completely different. Cross Game just gave me that same feeling I had when I was little watching “Captain Tsubasa”. I also grew fond of baseball after watching this anime. It’s as if this anime gave baseball a deeper meaning! All I can say is this anime is so worth the watch, it will make you cry, it will make you smile, and it will defiantly keep you inspired. Believe in dream! Also, this is one of the few anime that I was satisfied with its ending. I know that not everyone would agree with me on this one but, this kind of story needed such an ending!
Anime News Network
Western fans often find themselves turned off by sports anime because of the genre’s routine stylistic elements and the necessity to appreciate the sport being played to be able to appreciate the anime. For those who fall into that category, this one might change your mind. This wonderful intersection of love, loss, and baseball (and a little comedy, too) is easily one of the most accessible and distinctive of all sports anime and has the potential to be one of the best. Its slower and more deliberate pacing may not suit some, but the series has too many other merits to ignore it just for that reason.
Through the highs and the lows, the show never falters, never loses its rhythm. All heart, Cross Game reveals the magic that can happen when every aspect of the show fits together just right, and in so doing, delivers a fantastic experience.
It is a worthwhile show to watch. It is not only entertaining, but it also makes you think and reflect quite a bit.
Cross Game is based on a manga by Mitsuru Adachi, who pretty much can only write one type of series, but he can do that incredibly well. Cross Game is the same, and although I do prefer Touch (due to its longer length and because it did have excellent baseball matches, despite its lack of wit in the slice of life department), Cross Game nevertheless is excellent and its execution is one of a kind.
My Anime List
I really enjoy Cross Game. I laugh on the jabs, cries in the sad and touchy scenes and get caught in the suspense and excitement of baseball action. that you will ask for more. Well if you Want more baseball action, read H2 and Touch.
This is a charming, well-written series that has great characters, a strong plot and if you are so inclined gives you an opportunity to think about and discuss the dynamics of friendship,family and romance.
While liking baseball will be a plus in how much you enjoy this drama, even if baseball is not your thing you will still enjoy this series.
If you’ve seen Touch, or perhaps another Adachi series, Cross Game is probably the most refined version of Adachi’s general style, and it is certainly one of the best series in its genre in the past few years. So why hasn’t Cross Game replaced Touch in my favourites list? In this case, its simply a case of the first exposure having greater impact. The Adachi style was fresh to me during Touch, while I was familiar with it already in Cross Game. I have no doubt that those who watch CG without having seen earlier Adachi works will feel about it the same way I do about Touch.
Cross Game delivers gently rolling romantic drama spiced with baseball games that will send viewers flying from their seats – and all this driven by quaint and lovable characters. Although Adachi seems to forget what to do with it all two thirds of the way, Cross Game nevertheless turns out to be a rare, multifaceted experience that shounen fans should grab at the next opportunity.