The story centers around three characters—Uesugi Kazuya, his twin older brother Tatsuya, and Asakura Minami. Kazuya is the darling of his town as he’s talented, hardworking, and the ace pitcher for his middle school baseball team. Tatsuya is a hopeless slacker who’s been living the life of giving up the spotlight to Kazuya, despite the fact that he may be more gifted than him. Minami is the beautiful childhood girlfriend and for all intents, sister from next door who treats both of them as equals. Society largely assumes Kazuya and Minami will become the perfect couple, including Tatsuya. Yet as time progresses, Tatsuya grows to realize that he’s willing to sacrifice anything for the sake of his brother, except at the expense of giving up Minami to Kazuya. And thus the story is told of Tatsuya trying to prove himself over his established younger brother, how it affects the relationship between the three, and both brothers’ attempts to make Minami’s lifelong dreams come true. – My Anime List
Based on 7 review scores:
Baseball fans will love this, and fans of romantic soap operas would be remiss in passing up this appealing, gentle drama.
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Whether you admire it from a distance or feel an intense emotional impact, or whether you dislike older stories and adore the new, Touch is the kind of anime that should be experienced by everyone. It is more than a classic. It’s an achievement for the anime industry as a whole.
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Despite these discrepancies and the number of episodes, the plot does develop rather well and keeps the viewer hooked. Unfortunately, there are quite a few recap episodes, which I find quite irritating. Being an avid baseball fan, I had no trouble getting through the episodes, multiple episodes at a time in some cases, which comprised a single game. However, those who aren’t big on sports may find it difficult. Furthermore, the relationship between the main characters, which underlies the initial premise of the series, leaves off on a rather dull note. Happy? Yes, but very anticlimactic nonetheless. At the end of the day, Touch puts together a touching story synched with a quality soundtrack that, despite its length, will keep you entertained.
I could, of course, discuss Touch for a lot longer, but I will wrap up with the following point: Touch has become one of my favourite series, and though I put it off for years due to its length (and the knowledge that it involved baseball), after watching it all I can do is give it my highest recommendation. This is one of those rare anime that simply tells us a story and allows that believable and endearing story to affect us on its own terms. Just as in life, there are moments of humour, moments of tragedy as well as those of triumph and success. Like Maison Ikkoku, it can be a bit rough around the edges at times, yet the final product is so memorable that it’s a disappointment that it is so poorly known in the English-speaking anime community. The very least that I can do is attempt to spread the word. Anyone who has the slightest interest in stories revolving around coming of age, first love, and accomplishing your dreams should give it a chance.
Really geared for teenagers and above. Male characters do notice pretty female characters bodies and figures and do things real teenage boys do, i.e. look at girly magazines, etc, but this only adds some realism.