Cross Game Review

I suppose this is the review where I’m supposed to say that Cross Game is the best thing since slice bread. Except I don’t think Cross Game is the best thing since slice bread. I liked Cross Game, although I definitely enjoyed the first season the most, but I still had things I didn’t like. It’s also hard to review this in that it’s been part of my life for a year. It’s kinda like trying to explain why I like milk. I love milk, but since I drink it every day, it’s hard to know why exactly. It’s just part of the routine. That doesn’t mean I won’t try though.

Summery: In fifth grade, Kou’s best friend/girlfriend Wakaba dies in a swimming accident. However, it seems that the night before her death, she had a dream of Kou pitching in Koshien. Now in high school, Kou and the rest of the team are struggling to make that dream come true.

Why I Picked It Up: The Null Set talked about how great a show it was, and I had the flu when I read it, so I figured ‘Why not?’

Why I Finished This: Cross Game really is an example of slice of life at its best. Most of the characters are incredibly captivating, and go through some amazing character development. Despite its large cast, most of the characters still get a lot of focus.

But: While the slice of life part is great, after the first few games, the sports part becomes incredibly weak. The games are drawn out, and a tad boring, especially the final game. Also, the show repeats itself a lot.

Who I would give this to: Slice of life fans, anyone who claims that sports anime sucks as a starting point to disprove the sterotype.

Final Rating: 4/5 I loved it.

4 Comments

Filed under Cross Game, Slice of life, Sports

4 responses to “Cross Game Review

  1. Most of the games were actually pretty short for a sports anime. I agree though, the show was much stronger off the baseball field.

  2. Yeah, most of the games weren’t that great … I actually liked the girls game the most because it had Aoba kicking ass with strategy and then kicking ass with her mad skillz once the opposing team caught on. I would have been entertained by that game if I watched it IRL.

    But, yeah, much better show off the field. It’s a testament to the writing that the show can be so understated and yet really emotional when it needs to be.

    • The girls baseball was fabulous overall. I hope Aoba reconsiders playing for them someday.

      I don’t think I’ll find a slice of life that quality in a long time. This season had this and Kobato, and both were treats in that way.

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