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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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Cross Game StevenSAKUJO 7/10 Jul 5, 2013
Cross Game GuardianEnzo 9.5/10 Jun 8, 2011
Cross Game Glitch32 8.8/10 Oct 2, 2010
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LinguisticFanatic

Both of the series are about baseball.  Cross Game is a much more laid back series than Ace of the Diamond, but it's just as much fun watching the main characters work towards their goals.  Cross Game starts out when the main character is small, but after the first episode we get shoved into the Koshien hunt like all the other baseball shows.

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Both animes are about team sports. In addition there is the same rivalry between main character and "ace" of another big shot team. Altough Cross Game has an romantic theme whereas Eyeshield 21 is more of a comedy I'm sure that you will enjoy both animes just as much.

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Annalyn

I don't really like sports, and have never seen a live action movie/show about sports that I considered worth watching. But the Prince of Tennis and Cross Game are amazing! The Prince of Tennis is easily in my top ten anime, to the point that I've watched the first hundered or so episodes twice.

I admit, the two shows have their differences. The Prince of Tennis has a lot more humor and goes, I believe, three times as long. Cross Game includes some light romance and deals with the mourning process. Even I came very close to shedding tears. But Cross Game still has its humor.

Another thing: many slice of life, romance, drama, and so-called "comedy" anime bore me. These two most certainly don't.

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