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Kitamura Koh has known the Tsukishima family for years. One of the Tsukishima daughters was even born on the exact same date as Koh! What will become of Koh when his best friend is no longer around?

Cross Game received the 54th Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen manga in 2009.


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c.160 (end) by MangaDownloads over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
17 Volumes (Complete)

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Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 17, Chap 160

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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (829 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.81 / 10.0
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January 27th 2017, 10:42am PST



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Viz (8 Omnibuses - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #560 (No change)
Monthly Pos #680 increased(+124)
3 Month Pos #1042 increased(+59)
6 Month Pos #1059 decreased(-3)
Year Pos #1041 decreased(-7)

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On 920 reading lists
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On 1989 completed lists
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Pokemon~ over 4 years ago
His next work over 5 years ago
In cross game who do you think Koh will end up with? over 8 years ago
Anime or Manga? over 8 years ago
Mitsuru Adachi Ends Cross Game Sports Manga Next Week over 8 years ago

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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by wall
May 23rd, 2010, 4:36pm
Great as all Adachi mangas, but too similar to his previous works. And that is a little annoying by now. Main protagonists looks and acts too alike like in H2 and Touch. In spite of that it was exciting read as ever. Considering its lack of originality - 8,5/10
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Not as good as rest of his works   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by mystichead
April 3rd, 2010, 3:56pm
after reading his other kinda annoyed by the world revolves around koshien....i dont mind it much..but if it is like part of EVERY single thing it could get extremely annoying. But this manga was was PRETTY likable for the most part, especially the light humor and some of the romance. decent development on both plot and characters (main and side)

however the ending process did kinda leave me peeved, seemed somewhat rushed or with too many holes. but still good. Its Adachi after all
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Is an Adachi   
Rating: N/A
by enaikelt
March 26th, 2010, 8:56pm
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Cross Game is better by far than H2 and Touch, and cute, gripping and readable on top of it, but in the end it really remains the same. Adachi's main characters all look the same as each other, there's always a love triangle, and always a tragedy. I'm glad the principal romantic couple got together in the end, though.

It starts off horribly slow, but it does tend to suck you in as time goes by, so stick with it. As a general rule, though, I try to let a few months go by in between each Adachi manga. ^^;
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by thagoldensun
February 16th, 2010, 8:39am
Truely, an incredible story. it pulls you toward it, and you cant but continue to read it untill the end, and even further.
As much as I would like a continuation of the series, as much am I satisfied with how it ended. Adachi is truely a master in his profession, a mangaka that is able to use every aspect a manga has to offer and utilises it fully. nothing less than a 10 is appropriate here.

Mitsuru Adachi-sensei, thank you for this great, great story!
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Rating: N/A
by [][][]
February 16th, 2010, 1:15am
This is the best series i've read so far out of all. Proves that he's matured yet another step with each series he draws. Probably some might not like the ending, but it is indeed one of the most conclusive ending (not like other ambiguous ending he has) I've ever read (Katsu can be counted in that too but well, i just love Cross Game more). But, even leaving the ending aside, i do feel that Cross Game is the better one overall in term of plot and growth of the chara. And it is similar to Touch for some reason, probably the upgrade version bigrazz
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Great Story   
Rating: N/A
by kidsoshi
February 15th, 2010, 1:51pm
This is probably my favorite of adachi's works. from the very beginning it has you hooked, trying to figure out whats going to happen next. and although im not into baseball, the game scenes were cool. the only thing i was disappointed in was the ending. it just didnt seem like the right place to stop for me. but hey what can you say. this is an adachi work. and most of his endings are like this.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by morphin007
February 2nd, 2010, 6:39am
I really love Adachi's work =)
Every time you read one of his story, you'll probably know what will happen in the end (always same face and generally always a sweet end) but there is so much comedy, drama, fun, sport between the start and the end so you can never be tired reading adachi's manga.
And i can't remember a time when i think it would be better if one of the character do something else or if the manga go in another direction... Adachi just do the perfect thing every time =)
Ok i m a bit to enthousiast, sometimes the sport part take a little too much length but it's never boring =)
Ah i hope he would draw again a manga like Nijiiro Togarashi, or with less sport in it =)
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Best of Adachi so far   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by gomting
January 29th, 2010, 10:10pm
Adachi is obviously good at what he does though of course he's not perfect and some of his other works leave something to be desired. But, this isn't some of his "other works". If you had to choose just one Adachi manga to read, I'd recommend this one. Plot, characters, and humor all complement each other perfectly (hint: sometimes it helps to read it a little more slowly and thoughtfully than usual to fully grasp the meanings and appreciate the jokes). Most impressively, he accomplishes the hardest task of all - taking a cliche story and turning it into an exciting, entertaining, and unpredictable masterpiece.

... Last updated on February 16th, 2010, 8:48pm
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Adachi Adachi Adachi. . . sigh sigh sigh   
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by FallenDevil
January 27th, 2010, 5:57am
Why oh why must Adachi be so good? I can't think of another series other then On of Adachi's that has made me stay up till 4am reading it.

What can I say that hasn't been said? Cross game starts with a bang, Anyone who has read Adachi's work knows what to expect.

Some kind of Rivalry between 2 people (Either siblings or Love interests), Tragedy (at some point) a hint of romance (Waiting for AobaxKoh) and good story telling overall. I mean really if you have read his stuff you know what to expect but None of his series disappoint. Cross sure hasn't I don't think I've read a sports manga better then it, Hell I couldn't say I can think of many manga in general that has made me crave for more such as this one. Someone said before that They have had times where they get bored of reading and skip parts of manga (for the exception of Adachi) and I must certainly agree.

I too have had the urge to Skip past series (and I have) but Not once on adachi's.

Could talk more about it but that would make this post too long.

Overall good series nuff said.
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So much Adachi   
Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by harmonize
December 2nd, 2009, 4:49am
... and I still can't have enough. I've read all his works available out there for me to read and yet I still haven't got bored of his manga. His style suite my taste perfectly, I suppose.

I agree with thanhlongjn that his manga "all had the same drawing style, the stories were somehow similar". But a manga, for me, is more than just the drawing style, and somehow, similar stories are proved to be still attractive, if the mangaka is a genius. His wit isn't getting old, it's deeper as time goes by, so are his stories. Sometimes I got tired of reading lines and lines of dialogs from other manga, but not from Adachi's, something's better left unsaid. He sure has a gift for using unspoken dialogs and implication.

Cross Game is definitely worth for you to look at, if not enjoy entirely.

... Last updated on December 3rd, 2009, 8:49pm
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