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When Koh was eleven years old, he lived a quiet and peaceful life, delivering sporting goods for his family's store and batting frequently at the Tsukishima Batting Center. Though Koh had no interest in baseball, he started the play the sport anyways after a series of events, much to the delight of his best friend, the beautiful Wakaba Tsukishima. However, soon life dealt Koh a tragic turn, changing him forever. Now, years later, Koh attends Seishuu Academy and is soon pulled back into the world of baseball. Alongside Wakaba's talented sister, Aoba; old friend and fighter Nakanishi; and plenty of new teammates and companions, Koh will once more pick up the pitcher's mitt and see if he has what it takes to be a champion.

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Cross Game 2005 TBD
Name Role
Yuuji KONDOU Character Design
Osamu SEKITA Director
Kotaro NAKAGAWA Music
Mitsuru ADACHI Original Manga Creator
Naohiko FURUICHI Producer

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Cross Game VivisQueen 7.5/10 Jan 17, 2011

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Major Season 1

Major Season 1

Goro Honda is a little boy who is obsessed with baseball. As a child, he watches his father, a professional baseball player, be removed from the Blue Oceans’ main team due to a shoulder injury that left him unable to pitch again. However, since his son looks up to him more than anyone else in the world of baseball, Goro's father decides that he can't quit just yet (as pitching is not the only way to be able to play baseball!). With his father's shining example, Goro decides to never give up as well, working his way into the Japanese Little League as a force to be reckoned with!

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Szwagier

Both are about really talented pitchers, whose main power is really fast straight.

In both cases there's tragedy at the beginning of the anime, concerning a very important person to main character. Death of that person strongly influence hero through out the whole course of series, and  makes them more focused on baseball.

Also in both animes there is tomboyish heroine, who also plays baseball and who slowly becomes attracted to main hero.

VivisQueen

After loving everything Major did, I cannot believe I almost missed out on Cross Game. I'm sure it works the other way around. Are you still twitching from that Post-Awesome Anime Depression? Miss that RAWR RAWR YEAH YEAH feeling and need a high to replace the one Cross Game or Major gave you? Then watch the other. Both are equally brilliant at developing nail-biting baseball games, combining it with heart-wrenching drama, and marvellously involving character development. If you watched one, you absolutely can't miss out on the other.

mmag13

The obvious reccomendation here.  Both series follow a young boy as he grows and strives to make it big in baseball.  The main characters personalities are a bit different, Goro from Major being a hothead, and Ko from Cross Game being more laid back.  But they both have the passion burning within them for baseball, fueled by tragedies that happened in their early childhoods.  If you liked one, give the other a shot.

Kai777

Both of these series are about the main character being a star baseball player, as they are both trying to reach the Koshien.

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.

Long ago, young Meiko Honma tragically died and her tight-knit group of friends, shaken by the event, drifted apart. Now, ten years later, Meiko has re-appeared as a ghost that only Jinta, the former leader of the gang and an avid shut-in, can see. All she desires is for Jinta to fulfill her final wish so that she can move on to the afterlife, but with no memory of what it was, it’s up to the teenager to gather his former friends and discover what will allow his beloved friend to rest in peace. With so many feelings left unsaid, can this group work out their strife and help the ghost of the girl they once adored?

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AirCommodore

AnoHana and Cross Game are coming-of-age tales with a similar sort of drama (which is probably a spoiler to mention what). Both also feature their casts as teenagers, but with very frequent flashbacks to their childhood, so the character developement (of which there is plenty) is even more obvious.

straydog

These two shows have the same basic set up. Although Cross Game is longer and has a story based in sports back ground, both shows cover the same basic characters and character backgrounds

jasonb1980

These two shows may not seem to have a lot in common at first. One is about a ghost, the other is about baseball. At the heart of each anime, though, is a story of grief and how people can become sort of stuck in who they are when soemone they love passes on.These are two touching stories about young people dealing with loss, love, and growing up.  

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Touch

Touch

Twins Kazuya and Tatsuya, and their neighbor Minami have played together since they were children and built an unbreakable bond. But with puberty, the twins realized something: Minami is a girl, and three is a crowd. As the trio tries to preserve their relationship, Kazuya's pledge to make Minami's dream come true by taking her to Koshien with his baseball pitching skills makes the slackerish Tatsuya wonder about himself, and his own goals. But Minami has another dream she wants fulfilled, and as the twins continue to push themselves, with Minami in the middle, a life-changing tragedy leads one twin down a path he once never would've considered...

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Proto

While these two series were made by the same author and share very similar (almost identical) character dessigns, there are some clear differences between them that make them both enjoyable. Touch is a series made during the 80's by Adachi that enjoyed a huge popularity rating (+20% at its peak). It depicts a story writen by a younger author, very fresh and sometimes idealistic. On the other hand, Cross Game tells us a similar story writen by the now much more experienced author (it was writen during the late 2000's). The story and character development is much more compact, and Adachi makes every second of the series count. In any case, if you liked any of these you may as well watch the other

shinigamidono

Both series are slice-of-life school romance stories that revolve around baseball written by Adachi Mitsuru. Also the art style is quite similar despite Touch being a much older series. Both are fantastic series.

sothis

Both titles by Mitsuru Adachi are cut from the same cloth - a tragedy shapes the life of the protagonist, motivating him to be his best on the field. Youi'll definitely get the same feeling from both anime.

Area no Kishi

Area no Kishi

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sothis

Area no Kishi strongly feels like it was written by Mitsuru Adachi's pen - both stories involve a sports team (baseball for Cross Game, soccer for Area no Kishi) and a tragedy that shapes the main character's life, motivating him to do his very best on the field.

athleticnerd

They both lose someone close to them. For Area no Kishi Kakeru loses his brother who actually has a dream before he dies. Suguru is a genius midfielder and dreams of a more offensive power in the Japanese national team and that is Kakeru a thoroughbred striker. In the dream Suguru and Kakeru are playing soccer in the national tournament. Suguru passes the ball and Kakeru kicks the ball in winning the tournament. The morning after Suguru gets into an accident while saving and protecting his brother Kakeru. Suguru dies. Cross game is similar because for Ko Kitamura his childhood friend/ girlfriend has a dream as well. Ko is the pitcher at the Koshien which is nationals for highschool baseball, and he throws pitches after pitches strikes after strikes. Wakaba Ko's girlfriend dies saving a girl and ends up drowning. Both of these boys due to deaths of their love ones ends up working hard in their sports. Either one is very great! 

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H2

H2

Hiro Kunimi loves baseball and was the star pitcher of the youth team until he injured his elbow. Much to the dismay of his friends, Hiro has decided to give up his beloved baseball, even going so far as to burn his glove and enroll in one of the few schools without a baseball club. Hiro then joins the soccer club and decides to throw himself into the sport. One day, in a bid to humiliate the Baseball Fan Club – run by the clumsy Haruka – the Soccer Club challenges them to a match. Disgusted by their arrogance, Hiro decides to quite the Soccer Club halfway through the game and joins the Baseball Fan Club instead! It seems that Hiro’s desire to play baseball and his dream of reaching Koshien are too strong to simply ignore after all.

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eldemoniodesb

similar character designs as well as both series revolve around a pitcher wanting to make it to koshien and their struggle along the way  

shinigamidono

Both series are the work of the brilliant Adachi, Mitsuru. Both shows revolve around high school baseball and involve both elements of romance and sports. The characters and their relationships also have a similar feel.