Goodbye, Cross Game. Thank you.

I guess I needn't have worried about the outcome. First, a question. Mishima is at the plate with a runner on first and two outs. He's forced Kou to a full count. He takes ball four. This is good for the Ryuuou team, right? Two runners on. A chance not only to tie but to … Continue reading Goodbye, Cross Game. Thank you.

Cross Game 49, Nodame 10, Letter Bee 23

Cross Game 49 is indeed excruciating to watch. You may think, well, it's a sports show, so it has to end with victory, but this series has as many letdowns as triumphs. There would be a certain beauty to it if Seishuu loses, and Kou, Aoba and Akaishi don't realize their dream of playing in … Continue reading Cross Game 49, Nodame 10, Letter Bee 23

Ookami 8, Cross Game 46, Hanamaru 6

Ookami Kakushi 8 continues to answer a questions only to raise a couple more. We learn that the hospital is trying to develop a vaccine for the curse, and they want Sakaki to help, but he's got his own agenda, basically revenge for the killing of Miera, I believe, but isn't it really Kaori who … Continue reading Ookami 8, Cross Game 46, Hanamaru 6

Cross Game 45, Vampire Bund 6, Hidamari 6

Cross Game 45 has a record three games in it, but they're background for the personal dramas and do little more than reflect them. Besides, they're all wins on the way to the big games coming up. The first half mainly concerns Aoba and what's been bugging her for a while. Kou has surpassed her … Continue reading Cross Game 45, Vampire Bund 6, Hidamari 6

Cross Game 43, Ookami 5, Kimi ni Todoke 17

Last episode Cross Game was all about turning back to the game, but ep43 sputters a bit along the way. Oh, they play a game and watch another, but the shifts in scene and the minor details they always throw in were more annoying this time. Even the weekly Nomo moment felt off. Or maybe … Continue reading Cross Game 43, Ookami 5, Kimi ni Todoke 17

Cross Game 41, Ladies vs. Butlers is gone, Ookami Kakushi 3

I never thought I'd say it, but Cross Game has been dithering around too much recently, especially when it comes to the whole Kou/Aoba/Akane/Azuma situation (Rearrange those as you see fit). I know this show is rarely straightforward, and we get everything, as usual, through side glances and symbolism, but there's under a season left … Continue reading Cross Game 41, Ladies vs. Butlers is gone, Ookami Kakushi 3