The first two things I learned about Cross Game were that it’s from manga author Mitsuru Adachi, known for doing the uber-classics Touch, H2, Nine, and more, nearly all of which are about baseball, this show included, and that the first episode was already being heralded as a masterpiece as well as fairly sad (No Name was evidently in tears or something.) I was eager to watch it, though I doubted I would love it as much as people were touting it to be.
It’s amazing. Plain and simple. An absolutely spectacular first episode. It begins humbly enough, introducing us to some fun characters in their child years and the kind of tone the show is going to have. It’s nothign totally unique, but very well-written and very enjoyable – but the real clincher is a surprise twist in the episode that, well, ‘hits the ball home’. It’s not simply what happens, but the excellence of presentaton, reaction, and perfect choice of music that make it instantly memorable. I highly suggest watching.
I hate writing season previews because I get all excited about a lot of shows that I probably won’t watch until they are over anyway. However, much more than that, I HATE reading season previews. Why? Because people are fucking idiots about them. Almost every time I see a preview, it’s 90% pessimistic, blasting a show based on the character design and tiny shitty description they get of the show. Some at last have the fucking decency to bring up studios, but even still they don’t bother to do extra research about the show. People, if you think a show looks stupid, why do I give a fuck? Who the fuck wants to read some bitch-ass making himself look cool by blasting a show that hasn’t even aired that he’ll probably end up loving and fanboying over.
Season previews make people look stupid as shit and can create negative vibes towards a show that doens’t need them. Fucking fall 07, some dumb little fucks accused Bamboo Blade of looking like some harem anime, and when that impression got let loose, tons of people avoided the show thinking it’d be some harem show. So all those people missed out on one of the best little gems of the 07-08 cross-season thanks to some fucking stupid rumors from people who hadn’t watch the fucking show. FUCK your uneducated season previews, if you won’t bother to FUCKING research the FUCKING show then SHUT THE FUCK UP. Anyway, here’s mine.