Hey there! It has been a long time since I updated the manga part of my blog, hasn’t it? Well, today I finished Cross Game- the baseball manga and man. I absolutely LOVED it!
*Spoilers in this review*
First inning: Story
Like Ryuji neatly put it down, Cross Game followed, stuck to and made the best of every Cliche of the sports genre.
But the thing I liked best about Cross Game was the fact that despite these clichés , it’s still enjoyable. Other than that, I think it follows pretty much the same story a lot of sports manga follow- Dedication, Grit, Guts, Humour and tragedy sprinkled, Glory garnishing and served to enjoy.
Nothing special or new.
However, I did notice that CG, much like Area no Kishi focussed a lot on the training sections of the stpry more than the games like in Haikyuu….
Second inning: Characters
Yes… here we come- my most adored section of any story- Character development and relations.
In CG, the characters were not only well developed, they had fair and equal portions of screen time. I enjoyed Akaishi’s and Azuma’s time a lot.
So- no protest here. A thumbs up for character development.
Third Inning: Female lead
The main thing that ticks me off is that thefemalecharacters!!!!! Why you give no respect! Showtheirgametoodamnit! *takes a deep breath* LIKE LITERALLY NONE SHOW THE FEMALE LEAD’S GAME OR EFFORTS!!!!! OH THE MANAGER- *rolls eye*
*takes another breath and actually calms down*
Ok. That was unfair. Like really unfair. Because Chihayafuru, Area no Kishi, Crimson Hero all show great respect to the heroine as well.
And Cross Game is awesome in this aspect. Aoba Tsukishima- you’re my idol. She and Kyoko are like waaaaay up there in my pedestal.
Fourth Inning: Setting and drawing styles
Both these were simple. They were simple but that doesn’t mean they weren’t good. They were very good in fact. Just, in comparison to, say, Skip Beat or Special A, they seem a bit toned down- that’s all.
At the same time, early into the manga, the faces look a bit similar leading to quite a bit of confusion. It takes some getting used to.
Fifth innings: Humour and tragedy
They were in exactly the right quantities. They didn’t supersede the actual story but they weren’t spread out so unevenly that the chapters became a bit boring…
Wakaba was the main tragedy. I was totally expecting that though! Right from the start I was going,” She’s going to die. I just know it. She’s dying for sure.”
Most sport manga, if it has romance, is the typical drama of rejection, break up and confessing( I’m looking right at you Crimson Hero)
CG, has been, by far uncontestably one of the best romance stories I have read.
Now some might be like,” What is she TALKING about? They don’t do anything. They don’t even say ‘I love you’! What romance?”
But that is exactly what it is. Cross Game focusses on the true love. Akaishi, for instance, he gets another chance to love Wakaba in the form of Akane and yet he gives it up. For what? Because he wants her to be happy and she is the most happy with Koh! Now that. That is just… *sighs deeply*
Wakaba and Koh- the symbol of innocent love. Akane and Koh- A chance to get back what Koh had lost once. Let me quote here-
Azuma: ” You’d give up even the Koshien for her? ”
Koh: “Of course. Your brother survived without the Koshien. I can’t lose Akane.”
Lastly, we shall come to Koh and Aoba. My favourite of all of them. He understands her. The desperation she feels by not getting a chance to play in the matches; the loss of Waka; the confusion created by Akane; and her love for the sport. She was the reason he started to play, after all.
“Ah, well. He did have the best teacher”-Azuma to Ao(About Koh)
“What about me?”“Can I lie?”“Sure”“I love Aoba Tsukishima the most of all”
“Well, the only two people who can make Aoba cry are Koh and Wakaba.”
I have fallen hard and true for Cross Game.
That’s done a lot too. There was a character who looks exactly like the picher of Ryuoh and Koh and his gang say,” Who’s that?”
“Oh that’s the twin brother of the Ryuoh’s pitcher.”
“What a lazy author…”
While the ending remained open ended of sorts, it was the perfect ending.
Koh might be with Ao or Akane. They might have won the finals or not. Actually, a lot of sports manga do that reach the finals and stop ending don’t they? Crimson Hero, Kuroko no Basuke,hmm…
Still it was a nice bittersweet way to end the manga and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Why? Because I’m lazy to write. I have nothing more to say about it. My final rating is 9.5/10. Yippee.
Sorry about the lack of enthusiasm at the end. This post is 1000+ words!!! I’m exhausted with this surprisingly long review! Again, thanks everyone for your support! I downloaded the wordpress app, but the like button doesn’t seem like its working, so this is just to say that I AM reading the new posts but I have no idea whether its getting liked or not!
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