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Touch is a shounen story about two twin brothers, a pretty girl next door, and that good old pastime of baseball. The manga was written by one of the most well known manga-ka out there, Adachi Mitsuru in the early 80's (1981-1986). He's a wonderful writer who tends to write stories that are related to baseball and Koshien, the stadium where the All High School Baseball Tournament is held.

Won the 28th Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shounen category.


Related Series
Mix (Sequel)

Associated Names
Prendi il mondo e vai
Tầm với
Theo ou la batte de la victoire

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Latest Release(s)
v.26 c.248-257 (end) by Adachi-Manga (2557d ago)
v.25 c.247 by Adachi-Manga (2557d ago)
v.25 c.246 by Adachi-Manga (2565d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
26 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1

User Reviews

4 topics, 27 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (458 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.56 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 23rd 2015, 4:19pm PST



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Original Publisher
Shogakukan (1981; 2005; 2012)

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Licensed (in English)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #912 increased(+196)
Monthly Pos #1611 increased(+139)
3 Month Pos #1942 increased(+155)
6 Month Pos #2090 decreased(-150)

List Stats
On 346 reading lists
On 402 wish lists
On 1236 completed lists
On 36 unfinished lists
On 181 custom lists

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Forum Posts
For those that have read Adachi's Touch... 575 days, 20 hours, 43 minutes ago
Touch , The anime or the manga? 1277 days, 9 hours, 44 minutes ago
Touch/Adachi-Manga 2557 days, 16 hours, 48 minutes ago
Tis finally done 2557 days, 17 hours, 42 minutes ago

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Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by AndyProk
October 3rd, 2012, 4:47pm
I already loved this manga years ago, I'll admit.
Having recently decided to learn Japanese, I chose this manga to help me with that (due to its Furigana). I'm still at the very first table of contents and already discovered a pun that's too awesome to translate:
Would you ever have expected that Tatchan and Katchan would have their first syllables written like they were foreign words in the chapter title? In other words Tatchan≃Touch and Katchan≃Catch?
I already liked Adachi-sensei's humor before, this raises him even higher biggrin

... Last updated on October 3rd, 2012, 4:48pm
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Sosseres
February 16th, 2008, 11:54am
This manga touches the heart of the reader. Both in good and bad ways.

The humor is spot on and the characters are likable.

The biggest issue I have with the manga is the fact that he always has to have those images of bikini clad females thrown in. More tasteful than most fan service, but still detracting.
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My Favorite Adachi Mitsuru Manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by naikan
February 25th, 2009, 9:49pm
To be honest, I suspect that one's favorite Adachi Mitsuru Manga may depend on which of his works you read first. Nevertheless, this is definitely my favorite work of his for a long time now.

Adachi Mitsuru likes to sometimes put in random twists or new characters to compete for the female lead's affections. A lot of these twists are pretty abrupt and do not further the plot. A lot of those side characters get forgotten only to resurface for a single panel 2 volumes down the road.

Therefore, the reason I like Touch so much is because there's no pointless plot twist and every character that is introduced is developed and not forgotten like in other manga. I say no "pointless" plot twists because although there is a plot twist, it's far from pointless- in fact, it's the whole point of the manga, and it's handled beautifully. It comes just after enough plot development but before it can be called "plot twist of convenience", which Adachi Mitsuru has used in other manga.

Other than that, Touch is pretty characteristic of the mangaka's offbeat humor and slice-of-life romantic stories, plus good sports action. It's my favorite work of his, although recently Cross Game has been really enjoyable too, and I highly recommend reading this.
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Rating: N/A
by lalamesilly
January 22nd, 2008, 4:18pm
I like the humor in this manga, yea it did have its sad parts... But I think its worth it, its more like a classic that makes you feel all warm inside ^0^
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Its one of the best manga ever   
Rating: N/A
by banzai
March 31st, 2006, 2:44am
Its all in the title..
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by imnguyen
September 13th, 2010, 5:44am
Really love it! :X
When I read Cross Game, I thought that "This is the Adachi's manga I like most!"
But after that, I read Touch again, and Touch is still my favorite manga smile
Love Touch! :X
Love papa Adachi! :X
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Better than H2 imo   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by yuri999
March 3rd, 2010, 9:25am
I found this to be much better and more engaging than H2. It was shorter and the characters were much better here. Even the relationships weren't all just "slap, kiss, slap" like they were in H2. However the ending here was totally great. The final baseball match in touch was more intense and actually engaging than the one in H2 which was in comparison tame. Altho I hated H2 and its ending, later on it hit me with how deep it was. Touch on the other hand doesn't have such a deep ending but it is more satisfying, believe it or not. I would suggest you read this first if you are a first time adachi reader.

... Last updated on March 3rd, 2010, 9:57am
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A stepping stone to excellence later   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by gomting
February 21st, 2008, 8:35pm
I decided to read this because I enjoyed H2 so much. But after reading H2 first, I can see a lot of "weak" points in Touch, which were later addressed in H2. H2 had much better story, characters, and jokes. Still, Touch is pretty enjoyable to read overall.
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One of the best by Adachi Mitsuru   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Sole
January 23rd, 2007, 7:27pm

This is one of the classic by Adachi Mitsuru, it wasn't just only about baseball and the such, it's actually about the burden the characters had to carry through their highschool years, while fulfilling their childhood dreams, and how one choose his own path and think for himself.

The main character have to fight with something that doesn't actually 'exist' anymore, the sibling rivalry they promised each other turned into something that's more complicated than they ever thought it would be.
It's not just a matter of doing it for himself, but for his brother. The struggle was one of the main theme in the story. The characterization was one of the best in the Adachi's line of works. To me, this is Adachi at his best, and one of the longest successful work he had pulled off.

To the comment that gave it a 5, just because you didn't see it coming, and it's depressing, you think it's a bad manga? Maybe that's what the whole story was actually about, giving it a bad rating just because you can't take a twist in the story is just immature. Not to mention you ignored the next 20 volumes or so of story which would be the core of the whole series.

PS: To Artimidorus:
I did not care what the rating the person gave it, I never said he have to agree with me or anything, I'm just not happy with the person rating something when he did not see the whole picture, that's as rating a movie when you only saw 1minute of it, yes I gave it a 9 because I thought the story was totally well done, you can point out the whole story is a mess and give it a 1, but at least give valid points, yes opinion is opinion, but I never said he was immature because he disagreed with me, but I thought if you're to criticize something, you should at least know what you're criticizing about, not just because you don't like how a story is.

Just a sidenote I didn't rate it a 9 because the amount of authors book I read and liked, this is the first manga I ever read by this author.

... Last updated on May 16th, 2007, 2:07pm
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Best thus far   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Invincible
January 2nd, 2007, 12:03am
I have now read 4 of Adachi's works (Katsu, H2, Miyuki, and Touch) and this is one of the best. To be maybe because it does not really end with any of the ties incomplete, you don't really have some sort of hope that it would turn out differently. It is frustrating seeing Tatsuya struggle with his feelings and yet beautiful to see Minami so patient with him. Tatsuya never really stands out and with that it makes him a much better character. The personalities and charisma of the characters make for very admirable characters. I don't recommend watching either of the movies that take place after the manga story line, they truly ruin that open ended taste Adachi likes so much.
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