Cross Game 6

September 20, 2015

Mitsuru Adachi – Viz – 2012 – 17 volumes
this is an omnibus containing vols. 12-13

Where’d my review for volume 5 go?!  I guess I’ll have to re-write it…

Anyway, it’s been a long time since I read this series, which is a shame.  I’m polishing it off during my vacation this week.  Part of me realizes I should have chosen Slam Dunk, as I’m staying south of Cleveland, and there is a lot of buzz about the Cavaliers in the NBA Championship.  But Cross Game is an awesome series, and the only things I know about basketball all came from Slam Dunk, whereas I actually watch baseball.

This series is just so sensitive!  In this omnibus, the team starts gearing up and training for their summer season, but the baseball’s a bit low-key compared to the character stuff.  Ko and Akane begin to grow closer, and it’s nice that everyone embraces Akane (including Wakaba’s family), and don’t just see her as a replacement for Wakaba.

An injury takes Aoba off the field, and her coaching for Ko intensifies as the team keeps training.  But that’s secondary.  Her injury also means Ko continues to be kind to her, but… when it becomes clear that Ko doesn’t really want to date Aoba, Azuma steps in and begins courting her in the subtle way this series has.  Equally subtle is… I’m not sure what this character’s name is, I think it’s Akaishi, who used to have a crush on Wakaba, treats Akane well, but with distance.  He likes to see her smile, as he liked to see Wakaba smile.  He tries to get Ko and Akane together, since he likes Ko, and figures he was always the one that made Wakaba happy.

I’m not entirely sure I like the way everyone in the series just replaced Wakaba with Akane.  Seems like someone would have a problem with that?  It’s not Akane’s fault, of course, but she’s sort-of seeing Ko, hangs around the Tsukishima house, and everyone that liked Wakaba now likes Akane.  It’s a little weird, but this series is so full of good vibes it’s hard to deny something like that.

I’m surprised I don’t have more to say after reading two volumes, but these are fast reads, and the pacing is fairly breezy, with a lot of the content of each chapter sometimes hinging on a moment.  It’s a pleasant experience, and I wish more people enjoyed sports manga.  This one wasn’t even all that sport-y this time around.  But the baseball games are exciting!  Those will probably start in the next omnibus.

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