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What Is a Cross-Game?

When watching any media piece, it’s easy for a viewer to judge a show on its past and make expectations of what they’d like to watch. This often leads to the feeling of being disappointed when a program doesn’t meet those expectations. This is not the case with Cross Game, a shounen that shows that a beautiful story can be found even in a simple tale of baseball and love.

The main characters of the show are all memorable including the four street sisters to Ko’s best friend Daiki. The small cast makes the show unique. They are able to bring the feeling of a persona and ambiance to each scene. They are able to deal with themes like death and love easily, which gives them a deeper feeling than you would expect from a simple shonen.

What is it that makes Cross Game really stand out is the fact that it knows where to place its focus. While the characters are well developed, there is no tension or surprises that occur throughout each episode. This allows the viewer to be able to fully enjoy the development of their relationships without being overpowered by the need to add more emotional tension or a plot constantly trying to shock readers with new twists and cliffhangers. Cross Game is a wonderful film due to its avoidance of all of these traps. The genre could benefit from a lot more of this.

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