Posts Tagged ‘baseball’
Last year, the book “Moshi Koukou Yakyuu no Joshi Manager ga Drucker no ‘Management’ wo Yondara” (“What if a high school baseball team’s trainer read Drucker’s ‘Management’?”) became a surprise hit in the business book world. The heartwarming story of a girl who takes over as trainer (called “manager” in Japanese) for her sick friend and decides to use Peter Drucker’s business management techniques to take the team to the national high school baseball championship, “Moshidora” has sold over a million copies.
And now, just in time for the spring invitational Koushien tournament, it is becoming an anime. NHK (which airs the baseball tournament on TV in Japan) released the promotional video yesterday.
Because if you haven’t, you really should. There are currently six episodes of the hit baseball anime streaming over at Hulu and VizAnime.com, and I highly recommend all of them. Cross Game was one of the best anime of 2009, and it’s a damn shame that more people haven’t watched it. Heck, I think more people should buy the manga when it comes out in omnibus form in English – at a whopping 576 pages, you’ll be able to get a whole lot of Cross Game at once.
Sadly, the Hulu thing means that you won’t be able to watch the show unless you’re in the US, but that’s one of those sad facts of licensing.
I forgot to post a news bit when VIZ started streaming Vampire Knight over on Vizanime.com. But today, ANN uncovered their plan to stream Cross Game later this month and as a life-long Adachi fan, I am obligated to give this news all the love it deserves.
So, here goes: when Cross Game starts streaming online later this month, you need to watch it. Ookiku Furikabutte failed commercially over here, but Cross Game is one of those anime that transcends its baseball premise and appeals to all audiences. It has everything you’d want out of a high school drama, with baseball, romance, baseball romance, comedy, baseball comedy, generational struggles against authority, drama, and dramatic baseball.
Seriously, though, it’s one of the few stories in the last few years which has evoked strong emotional responses from me, from honest tears after Wakaba’s series-defining death at the beginning of the story to a sentimental smile at the romantic climax of the series. It seriously has something for everyone, and you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you skipped it.
If you’ve read any of my writings for an extended period of time, you know that I’m a huge fan of baseball. So it should be no surprise that Viz’s weekend announcement of its upcoming release of Adachi Mitsuru’s Cross Game manga caused me to leap in the air and hoot in joy. I cut my teeth on his classic baseball drama Touch when I was just getting into the hobby, and have been hooked on his youth/sports dramas ever since. Cross Game is one of his strongest efforts yet, with the strongest supporting cast of all his stories and as deep of an emotional current as ever.
Full review after the jump – spoilers ahead! (Review spoiler: I really, really like Cross Game and you should read it)
We all knew it was coming with the climactic pre-Koushien game headed to its conclusion, but the Japanese Shonen Sunday site now confirms that next week’s Cross Game will be the last chapter in the manga, which has run in the pages of the magazine since 2005. The popular baseball story from legendary author/artist Adachi Mitsuru was adapted to an excellent anime last year, and is still airing.
I’ve always been a huge fan of Adachi’s baseball manga (some day, I’ll take a picture of my manga shelves and show you how much I love his work), and this news makes me sad because his current project is a fan service-filled track manga-slash-ghost story. This will cause a huge baseball void in my heart that cannot be filled until Adachi starts his next great romance/baseball manga. Maybe I’ll track down Idol Ace in the meantime…
Go to the official Ookiku Furikabutte (Big Windup to you English speakers) page now, and you’ll find a short trailer for the second season of the baseball drama, which is coming this spring. There really aren’t any big surprises in the trailer: the show once again looks like it’ll be all about baseball and the strong bond between a wussy pitcher and his supportive catcher.
I would ask if you’re watching this, but from FUNimation’s comments on ANN about Oofuri’s poor sales, I don’t think many people are. It’s kind of a shame because I really like baseball stories, and Oofuri’s failure blocks other baseball stories from ever coming out in the states (*cough Cross Game cough*).
Mizuki Nana may be the only anime seiyuu on the 60th Kouhaku program this week, but there are plenty of mainstream performers on the program who’ve lent their songs to anime programs and video games. I mean, Final Fantasy X-2 skyrocketed Koda Kumi’s career, and fans of her skimpy outfits and catchy dance tunes are thankful for it. This is a quick look at some of the Kouhaku performers and some of the songs you may not know about that ended up on anime soundtracks.