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Kunimi Hiro and his best friend Hideo were baseball wonders... Until Hiro found out his arm was permanently damaged, rendering him unable to play anymore. A frustrated Hiro goes through the trouble of specifically finding a high school with no baseball team... Only to later on find out the doctor who examined him was a quack and his arm is perfectly fine. Hiro is quick to reinstate his dream: Creating a baseball team for his school and getting to face off against Hideo in the Koshien. The number one premier league for high school baseball.


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v.31 c.299-308 by Mangascreener over 11 years ago
v.30 c.289-298 by Mangascreener over 12 years ago
v.29 c.279-288 by Mangascreener over 13 years ago
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34 Volumes (Complete)
17 Volumes (Complete) [Wide-Ban]

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol.1, Ch.1
Ends at Vol. 8, Ch. 78

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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (579 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.49 / 10.0

Last Updated
August 6th 2020, 3:07pm PST



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Shogakukan (1992; 2004)

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8 at max  
by Romashk
February 10th, 2009, 8:13pm
Rating: N/A
Hmm... Lots and lots of chapters. It could have been better or shorter. Then I'd buy it without any second thoughts or regret.
It's good, but only if you have time to waste.
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by lethuy
November 9th, 2008, 10:04pm
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
After reading 5 mangas of Adachi Mitsuru, I totally became his manga anti-fan. No creativeness in his manga, I realize that Adachi just has only one type of charaters, the same charateristics, they just go from this manga to that manga. Even the plots are somehow the same. That's the reason why I hate them all.
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Unselfish love...  
by jamievalero
September 18th, 2008, 1:01am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Having been in a long relationship that ended badly, I can understand why this story had to end in the way that it did. I believe that the fateful choice made in the end resulted in the best happiness for the most people -- and knowing how close all the characters are to each other, I believe that they would not have had it any other way. Ironically enough, it's the best ending, I think, that this series can have. I sincerely hope "Cross Game" doesn't end up like this, though.

... Last updated on September 19th, 2008, 8:44pm
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Learn to write good endings mangaka  
by Roninwarrior
September 4th, 2008, 1:43am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
Bad ending. After reading 34 volumes mangaka's should reward their fans. Too many series end this way and make me feel like I was cheated out of a good story by a poorly written ending. The reviewer before me mentions how the author spins the story a certain way where "you", the reader, hope for the main character to end up with his childhood friend throughout most of the series, yet of course the author leads your hopes one way just to disappoint you in the end. The story was pretty good up until the end. I probably wouldn't have minded the ending all that much if it weren't for the fact that it seems like I've been reading nothing but stories that end like this, and I'm getting tired of it.
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Not really as spectacular as it sounds  
by Ansatsu2478
August 1st, 2008, 5:00am
Rating: 7.9 / 10.0
I signed up just to review this because it seems to me that many people are giving this high scores based on how "great" this author seems to be. Lets start with the good points.

For one thing, even though it looks really old, the art isn't even the major concern here. I already grew accustomed to it by the time I finished reading the first volume, so I have no major complaints.

The actual interaction and dialogue between the characters was something that really took me surprise, however. It seems to be very, very, witty and sarcastic. In fact, this is probably the first time I've ever seen something of its kind. The realism that it depicts is quite masterful, and it actually makes me wonder if the author himself had similar experiences in life.

In any case, I found that the dialogue was funny, witty, and sarcastic all at the same time.

Now lets get to the bad points.

Throughout the entire series, it becomes painfully obvious that the author manipulates you into picking favorites when it came to actual relationships.

The main character here has a girl he meets (whos actually the baseball manager mentioned in the summary above) and a childhood friend from the past. The latter being the aforementioned "favorite" couple that the author tries to make you pick. Honestly after reading the manga, I don't think anyone would've supported his relationship with the baseball manager. Just because she wasn't the "favorite".

What annoyed me the most was how exactly the author "manipulates" the reader into picking the "right" couple.

He does this by bashing you in the head with the same flashbacks over and over and over again until you simply laugh the next time you see it. For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about and have read the series, I'm referring to the, "Look we're the same height! Sucks to be you!" scene.

In any case, I'd like to actually talk about that last comment on the summary that says "You don't need to be a baseball fan to enjoy this!" I'd like to challenge this statement.

I went into this manga only knowing bare-bones baseball. Meaning that I only know the basics: 3 outs, 3 strikes, 4 bases, 4 balls and you walk, change sides, 9 innings, hit it into the stadium or out of the park and its a homerun.

Like I said, bare minimum.

And yet, there were many things that I did not know. Real baseball fans may laugh at me for this (>_> hey, I'm more of a football guy anyway...)

Things such as a pitching error, or generally what the hell an "error" is
eluded me. I honestly had no idea. Of course, I can't blame the manga for my own ignorance. I'm just challenging the statement bigrazz

In any case, the actual baseball is pretty fun to read, which is another surprising thing coming from this. I generally don't like reading sports manga because I always had this mindset that seemed to think that if it were animated, it'd probably be 10x better. Maybe that would be the case, but I still thought this manga really delivered on the actual game.

And now lets get on to what people say was one of the worst points of this manga by far: The Ending

I read comments on here before I even read the manga, so I was already "spoiled" on the fact that the ending was bad. So I came into it expecting a bad ending.

And guess what? was a bad ending. ^_^

From what I've been hearing on this author, he seems to have a knack for giving people endings similar to this in all of his works (which actually really makes me hesitate to read his other stuff)

First of all, lets not talk about the ending but the stuff preluding it. I'd have to say, after all the hype on the whole "Big Showdown" facade, I was expecting a really fantastic game at the ending.

But of course, this manga surprised me again when it gave me, probably one of the worst games in the entire manga (no joke). They made it out to be so damn dramatic, but it ended up just being a big laughingstock. The "showdown" was more or less pretty damn one-sided.

When they went head-to-head with Eikyo Academy, however, THAT was exciting. Maybe its because it made you feel like there was a "real villain" on the opposing team, so the game felt more fulfilling overall.

Maybe it wasn't a bad game, but compared to all the other games in the manga, I'd say it was pretty bad. You'd also have to consider how much hype the author put into it.

Now on to the "actual" ending..

The ending was bad, yes, but when you stop and think about it, how else could it have possibly ended? I'm sorry to say, but, at that point in time, I would have to say it was impossible for the "favorite couple" to actually flourish. There was just no way. From the very beginning, I knew it to be true.

And even though I knew this, deep down inside me, I wished for some miraculous event to occur. An event that would've turned the tables in favor for the main character to actually get the girl that he desired even though he held himself back. I wished it; many others wished it, but it didn't come true.

The realism was good. Too good in fact. Ironically, its greatest flaw.
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amazing manga  
by totalanime
March 26th, 2008, 11:50am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Lets see, read it in 3 days and don't regret the time i spent. Great series that flowed so smoothly. Would have preferred a different ending, but i can understand the way it ended. Just a little incomplete, but nonetheless, worth the read...
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Great =)  
by flapple
March 25th, 2008, 3:02pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
This was a great read and very entertaining, but i felt the ending was incomplete sad and im still wonder whats gonna happen... but it was great

read this its good smile
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by gomting
January 26th, 2008, 8:27am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Wow, it's been a while since I was totally into a series like this. I literally couldn't stop until I finished it. Excellent ending. Like some people, I wanted it to end another way, but I think it was the only right way to end. But, the best part was really the dialogue. It's witty and often thought-provoking. The art was a bit lacking, but it's nothing that takes away the overall experience. Highly recommended, but a fair warning - it does take considerable amount of time to read all 34 volumes if you are slow reader like me. =)
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by pichie
November 25th, 2007, 12:29am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
uhm... I really really liked this. This manga made me a baseball fan as well... and made me a fan of Adachi's works. biggrin The ending made me feel soo empty. But anyway, I'd recommend it to anyone. smile
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Ah Adachi! You disappointed me  
by Laclongquan
October 28th, 2007, 10:46pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
The ending is more bitter than sweet...

Some like his ending, I dont. He make me investing too much in my favourites, and now he denied me the favoured conclusion....

Of all the Adachi endings, this saddens me the most
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