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...
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.
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
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.
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.
Yusaku Godai is a ronin – a person who failed his entrance exams. Though eager for a second chance to succeed, Yusaku’s attempts to study for future exams are constantly thwarted by his fellow residents at Maison Ikkoku, who insist on using his apartment for their debauchery and drinking games. Though tempted to call it quits at the house, things change when Maison Ikkoku’s beautiful new building manager, Kyoko, arrives. With plenty of competition from the sidelines and interference from his drunken and provocative neighbors, Yusaku must now focus his energy on winning the girl of his dreams, Kyoko!
I watched Maison Ikkoku and really enjoyed it; I wanted something similar and came across Touch. Essentially both anime revolve around a series of love triangles, and the male and female protagonists discover what they really want in life. The animation style of both anime is quite similar; and although dated, the stories themselves are as enjoyable today as they were back in the mid-80s. If you enjoyed either one make sure you try out the other.
Maison Ikkoku were simply THE romance anime series from the eighties. They had ordinary people with real lifes and realistical situations surrounding them, comedic, tragic or dramatic as they may seem with real life. They were tru landmarks in the genre and are often credited as being influence of the genre, if you've seen one, you have to watch the other.
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!
Touch was the highest rated anime in it's day and one of the best written shows I have come across. With this in mind I stumbled upon Major. The dominant theme in both shows is clearly baseball but beyond that the similarities are striking. Both feature the strong drive to achieve a dream whilst overcoming hardship and tradegy. Touch also brought romance into the mix which, although present in Major, it is very much in the background. For anyone who has enjoyed either show I definitely recommend you try the other.
Both the baseball stars in these shows have similarities like being very stubborn and proud and with a connonball of a throwing arm. And while Touch focuses more on a love story and Major on the hardships of Goro's life they also use similar elements in both shows.
Area no Kishi strongly feels like it was written by Mitsuru Adachi's pen - both stories involve a sports team (baseball for Touch, 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.
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.
Both are the works of Adachi Mitsuru. Both series revolve around High School baseball and the dreams of reaching Koushien stadium which hosts the national high school baseball tournaments in Japan. The characters have a very similar feel and there are plenty of rich romantic and non-romantic relationships between the characters in both series. The art and animation styles, the voice acting, and the music and sounds are also quite similar in these series.