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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.
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.
Both Touch and Cross Game were originally created by Mitsuru Adachi so they have a very strong thread of continuity between them. Essentially romance and baseball get mingled together, with one driving the other. The drama is really a will-they-won't-they between characters who share a love of the game. Cross Game and Touch also deliver thoughtful, complex characters that are very unusual for the sports genre. I think Touch is the better of the two for its first 25 episodes, but then drops in quality, while Cross Game is consistently great. However, if you liked one, I cannot recommend the other enough. I think they have to be discovered together.
Both anime revolve around baseball and have similar story. Secondly animation styles are similar and both anime are written by same author
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.
A classic romantic comedy from the 1980's, telling the bittersweet story of three high school students. The series features very unique storytelling and direction, music from some of the biggest Japanese pop acts of the 1980's, and an added twist as Kyosuke and his family are ESPers, whose powers are used to tell unique stories and put the characters in unusual situations.
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 quit 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.
Minatsu is a high school student who witnessed a hit and run, and subsequently was threatened violently by the perpetrators. In order to evade any danger coming her way, she decided to disguise herself as "Maria," a long-haired, bespectacled young woman. Her current boyfriend, Shuu, seems to be trying his best to grab Minatsu's attention, with not much success. Then there's her neighbor, Kadomatsu, who gains much of Minatsu's attention, but it's not Minatsu he longs for, it's her alter-identity Maria! Minatsu, Kadomatsu, and Shuu form a haphazardly-shaped love triangle filled with joys and heartaches.
Both shows have a love triangle and happen to focused on sports too. Baseball being the main one and a little bit of boxing shows up in both too. They have a similar feel but Touch is a million times better than Slow Step. You might like one if you enjoyed the other or if you've only seen Slow Step and hated it please watch Touch to give you an idea of what this type of show can do properly.
Believing himself to be useless at soccer, Kakeru Aizawa instead becomes the manager of his school's soccer team, while his brother Suguru is its ace, and is even good enough to represent Japan in the championships. However, Kakeru may have a yet unknown strong talent within himself that only his brother Suguru can see, and they often get into arguments over Kakeru's denial of his skills. Things are made more complicated with the return of Nana, an old friend of theirs that Kakeru has a crush on.
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.
Sakuragi has hit an all-time low. During his last year of junior high school, fifty different girls rejected him, the last one choosing a basketball player instead. Thus it’s no surprise that in high school, Sakuragi beats up anyone who dares utter the name of the sport. However, it’s not long until he meets Haruko, a beautiful basketball enthusiast, and is determined to make her fall in love with him – even signing up for the school team to accomplish his goal. However, winning Haruko’s heart won’t be easy, as her brother is the strict and protective captain of the basketball team and Haruko’s eyes are focused on Sakuragi’s rival, the talented Rukawa. Can Sakuragi give up his delinquent ways to help get the team to Nationals, or will his temper get him kicked out before he can learn to dribble the ball?
To me, Slam Dunk has a couple of inspiration, one of them being Touch.It is older than Slam Dunk but its impact on the sport of baseball has been the same as Slam Dunk and Basketball.
It has about the same number of episodes and movies.Along with Rokudenashi, this is a must watch anime for anyone who like sports and good stories.
Ryo has always enjoyed baseball, and has an incredibly fast pitch to prove it. She is better than any man she knows, yet has never really put her skills to the test; after all, baseball is a “man’s game”... until now! Keiko Himura, the chairman of Kisuragi High, has a goal: to create a team that proves women can play just as well as men -- if not better -- and she has chosen Ryo to be the new team's captain! With 8 more teammates to find, can the girls lead the team to the ultimate victory, to win at the famous stadium Koshien?