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Old 2009-10-12, 02:13   Link #1241
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Believe me. I'm not really a big fan of the game of baseball (much less watching it), but out of all the sports, baseball is the one for me that stands out best for telling a fictional story.

Maybe it's something because of the way the game is structured... while it is a team sport, a 'moment snapshot' always pretty much boils down to pitcher vs batter, which it being much like a duel makes telling a fictional story a bit more intruiging than you would get with other games.



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I swear I'm getting addicted to this series. I can watch the anime episodes and the manga chapters over and over, and over without ever getting bored. And I swear, this does means something for someone who had never, ever rewatched a whole series before like me.
I think I pretty much reread what is released of the manga at least 5 times already. Always looking for shippy clues... since this is Adachi we're talking about, must not leave even one subtlety unturned.
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Old 2009-10-12, 03:35   Link #1242
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I'm supposed to be studying right now but noooooo I'm waiting for the subs to finish downloading so I can watch because I can't concentrate on my textbooks. Dammit.
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Old 2009-10-12, 04:50   Link #1243
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Kou sure is spending a hell lot of time smirking from his direct catch from Mishima's hit. Cmon, there are people on base, get down to fielding already man...
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Old 2009-10-12, 05:32   Link #1244
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Aoba's ecstatic justification of Kou's ability despite his flaws to elder Azuma? Aoba getting embarassed when he replies that "he's such a great guy"?

Moar pl0x.

From the angle of his catch it looks like Shimano just went and caught the ball from Azuma's hit with his dominant left hand rather than his glove out of anger and not because he actually thought it through. Anyway, it gives Mishima a chance at bat.

If this were like any other series, I would have probably said that the Kitamura-Mishima showdown with him catching his hit would have been the best scene of the episode, but no. Bar none, I think, the best scene in this episode is when Aoba insists that Kou will stop them. Now. I think, as the series has passed so far, no other statement Aoba has made has made it so clear how much she now grows to trust Kou and his abilities, despite how she normally acts. If anyone still has doubts on how much Aoba actually believes in Kou and his ability, I think this scene has erased those doubts.

And as a story virgin, I can tell that the next episode with this person who resembles "her", I think the story and the characters will be rocked to its core. Whatever it is, it's probably the next biggest event of the series.
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Old 2009-10-12, 07:35   Link #1245
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Aoba's ecstatic justification of Kou's ability despite his flaws to elder Azuma? Aoba getting embarassed when he replies that "he's such a great guy"?

Moar pl0x.
the anime is just so awesome at removing all the subtlety that Adachi loves to use in his manga.
This part in the manga was not as good as it was in the anime.
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Old 2009-10-12, 08:24   Link #1246
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From the angle of his catch it looks like Shimano just went and caught the ball from Azuma's hit with his dominant left hand rather than his glove out of anger and not because he actually thought it through. Anyway, it gives Mishima a chance at bat.
Actually I think one of the most interesting things was that despite depicting Shimano as an egotistical jerk, he's actually quite good at baseball. After all, he's the only one to get on base (twice) in the first 8 innings. And that barehanded catch was actually quite impressive.

If anything he's a lesson about how baseball is a team sport. Imagine what the score would be if Shimano was batting 3rd and Mishima 4th.

PS: My comment on Azuma's brother realizing the most impressive thing about Kou was referring to the fact that Kou got Azuma to enjoy playing baseball again.
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Old 2009-10-12, 08:59   Link #1247
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the anime is just so awesome at removing all the subtlety that Adachi loves to use in his manga.
This part in the manga was not as good as it was in the anime.
So... is this a good thing or a bad thing for you?
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Old 2009-10-12, 09:17   Link #1248
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Parachuting, here: I, for one, find it a VERY good thing, myself. In the sense that they are taking something that was already great and making it all the better, sometimes.
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Old 2009-10-12, 09:58   Link #1249
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So... is this a good thing or a bad thing for you?
it is a good thing, because even though I'm reading the manga, I am not so fanatic to read it 3 or 4 times to find the hidden things, the anime just save me the work.
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Old 2009-10-12, 14:16   Link #1250
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And as a story virgin, I can tell that the next episode with this person who resembles "her", I think the story and the characters will be rocked to its core. Whatever it is, it's probably the next biggest event of the series.
I guess there will be a new character introduced in the next episode according to the preview and the plot will only get more interesting I guess this girl is the person in the new ED? and not Wakaba? Well I guess we'll find out in the next episode.
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Old 2009-10-12, 15:28   Link #1251
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I guess there will be a new character introduced in the next episode according to the preview and the plot will only get more interesting I guess this girl is the person in the new ED? and not Wakaba? Well I guess we'll find out in the next episode.
We finally get to see Waka again next episode. The next episode is named "Who!?" Waka-chan in Yukata ^^
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Old 2009-10-12, 15:29   Link #1252
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Sounds like a reminiscing episode after the baseball match. I guess sort off like when they won against Daimon's team for the second time.
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Old 2009-10-12, 16:43   Link #1253
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That was a really good episode. And I don't think we discussed it much so far because the OP/ED get more attention but the BGM in this series is excellent.

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Actually I think one of the most interesting things was that despite depicting Shimano as an egotistical jerk, he's actually quite good at baseball. After all, he's the only one to get on base (twice) in the first 8 innings. And that barehanded catch was actually quite impressive.
Shimano's catch is downplayed in the anime, which I thought was a little unfair to him and a poor decision from the staff. The barehanded catch is given more attention and praise in the manga. Not only does it outline how good Shimano is (which in turn outlines how great K˘ and Mishima are), it also makes his injury more surprising and more amusing, in a schadenfreudian way.

All the other things which are added in the anime are really good contributions. They are doing a nice job with Nakanishi's girlfriend.
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Old 2009-10-12, 19:26   Link #1254
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I love how the anime shows Aoba's enthusiasm! In the manga I could tell she was shown excited but in the anime she is completely absorbed into the game/Kou in a whole different level. I also like how Junpei and Aoba kinds makes a good team of commentators XD
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Old 2009-10-15, 23:52   Link #1255
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Well, I guess we are all waiting in expectation for the next episode, and all that needed to be said has been said, but while waiting, I'd recommend people to go and watch one of Adachi's (Cross game mangaka) first series, Touch. I'd say it it shares many of the positive characteristics Cross Game has, and if you watched you can boast to your friends that you have refined your tastes by watching old series. Đac Đac

Other than that, from the preview it seems that we should be seeing the conclusion to the baseball match next game. I love the baseball part as much as the next fan, but I need we should take a rest and return a little to what I think is Cross Game main's strength and I think they are the characterization episodes. But maybe that's just me.
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Old 2009-10-16, 01:04   Link #1256
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Other than that, from the preview it seems that we should be seeing the conclusion to the baseball match next game. I love the baseball part as much as the next fan, but I need we should take a rest and return a little to what I think is Cross Game main's strength and I think they are the characterization episodes. But maybe that's just me.
In my opinion, Cross Game is doing a wonderful job at balancing the baseball aspects with the progression of characters. Before the baseball part came back, there was a pretty long break from it and I was glad to see this anime get back into the action

One thing I'm a little confused about though. Is the next episode going to have some flashback moments or was that a new character being introduced? It seems like a new character because I remember Kou and Azuma walking home and Kou turning around only to be greeted with a girl that looks like Wakaba Can't wait, only 2 more days
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Old 2009-10-16, 01:14   Link #1257
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I don't remember the previews being that reliable in the past in the sense that they sometimes played around with the shots, but whatever.
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Old 2009-10-16, 01:54   Link #1258
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I need we should take a rest and return a little to what I think is Cross Game main's strength and I think they are the characterization episodes. But maybe that's just me.
Of course they are. Many have said that Cross Game is a sports anime more for the setting, than for the actual contents. Though it does manage to balance the two. In baseball match's episodes, there's still character development (Aoba cheering Kou), in character development's episodes, there's still baseball development (the characters improving their skills, or learning new things).

As for the next episode, DeX-kun, no use asking now what'll happen next. I guess wait and see is always for the best.
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Old 2009-10-16, 02:05   Link #1259
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Of course they are. Many have said that Cross Game is a sports anime more for the setting, than for the actual contents. Though it does manage to balance the two. In baseball match's episodes, there's still character development (Aoba cheering Kou), in character development's episodes, there's still baseball development (the characters improving their skills, or learning new things).
Exactly, this is the very point that I believe as well. This anime does an amazing job at balancing and creates such a great atmosphere.

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As for the next episode, DeX-kun, no use asking now what'll happen next. I guess wait and see is always for the best.
I wasn't asking what's going to happen next actually I wanted someone to speculate along with me
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Old 2009-10-16, 02:12   Link #1260
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I wasn't asking what's going to happen next actually I wanted someone to speculate along with me
Aoba professes her eternal love for Kou.
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