MMF: Cross Game… not something for everyone..
Baseball is a national sport in Japan, perhaps even more so, since there are several titles in graphic novels, dramas and anime that dealt with this sport. Still it is an American sport to begin with. Since New York has a thing for the Yankees or the Mets, one cannot simply ignore just how much love there is for baseball. Even when I was in Boston, I see how Tom Wayland jokingly dissed out the Boston Red Sox; the reactions of the audience can let anyone who’s not a sports fan definitely see there is pride in loving a sport. Of course, the mascots of AB definitely made sure that Wayland got a Red Sox jersey.
But back to the MMF book in question, this month focuses on Cross Game by Mitsuru Adachi. On occasions in a blue moon, I do check out a couple of sports manga, however I am always seeing the same themes recurring such as the underdog team, the fact to practice harder wins, and there is always a conflict to overcome. For me that gets to be a boring concept to read.
Cross Game was certainly not on my list of manga to wait for, but since this was an MMF title, and I saw volumes 1-2 at the library, there I go. I did happen to tear up with the conclusion of volume 1, but then volume 2 begins, and my annoyance of sports manga in general begins again.
This is a very basic run down of what I happen to read. Ko Kitamura is a boy who grew up with the neighboring Tsukishima sisters. They happen to own the local batting range, while Ko’s dad owns the local sports shop. So everyday Ko happens to go to the batting range to practice. He practices, and somehow the story goes by with hardly anyone realizing his skill. Well there is Aoba, but somehow I find that with the ghost of Wakaba, there really is not going to be a healthy relationship for these two. So Ko joins up with the underdog team, and they go against the favored team.
Playing in the Koshien is a goal for Ko to reach, and from what I know about the Koshien. Is something that is similar to the World Series, or even on the level of Superbowl for Junior Leagues. So whenever I watch Japanese baseball series, there is the goal of Koshien, and it gets to the point where you would always root for the underdogs, and then have a very predictable ending of the team reaching Koshien, or a WHY were they defeated scenario.
I really doubt that I would finish reading Cross Game, but if you happen to like a series about a sport, and character development, then this is a series for you. There are other blog posts more in favor for this series located here. So remember to check it out.