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    With the latest chapter, I realized I was getting completely lost with who's who and reread the series from the beginning. Whee. Even knowing what's coming at the end of part 1, it still works. Assuming Adachi doesn't fumble it -- and given his skill, that's doubtful -- I think we're looking at another masterpiece on the order of Rough and H2. As in, yes, better than Touch.

    Given Koh's still in his second year, it seems doubtful they'll win (if they even make it to) Koushien this round. Besides, Koh still wants it for Wakaba, not himself or Aoba -- and even once he changes, he'll have to convince Aoba of that. So we're looking at, at least, a dozen more volumes. If we reach exactly Touch's length, I'll be officially Amused.

    If Koh ends up buying Aoba an engagement ring on his 20th birthday, I'm going to SMACK Adachi.
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    I won't be surprised at all if this manga gets to be at least 5 volumes longer than what it is now. Having read previous Adachi's works, it's not that hard to tell that he won't get into Koushien for now; not to mention there are quite a few characters that still need to be developing quite a bit more, so I don't think it'll be ending anytime soon; and I surely hope not.

    P.S. Don't forget Adachi's Touch was really his first huge baseball manga success.

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    As opposed to Nine, which was merely his first big success, I suppose.
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    Oops, you're right. My bad.

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    I think the main question is whether Adachi's going to continue Cross Game past Koshien or not. I mean, Wakaba's final dream is at Koshien, but that will end when Koh's only 18 or 19... which gets only up to the "sorta expensive necklace/brooch" presents. Most of Adachi's baseball series has ended at high school, but I'm hoping for something like Miyuki that will continue past high school all the way until marriage (or engagement, or whatever). I want to see Koh giving Aoba that engagement ring... if Adachi times it right, it'll be when Aoba graduates from high school.

    But yeah, I think we still have a long way to go before Cross Game finishes. I mean, Aoba's cousin hasn't really come into play yet. I get the feeling he's going to be a bit like Katsu's Shinichi Misaki... but instead of a pitcher-turned-boxer, he might be a mountaineer-turned-pitcher.

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    I suspect you're right, given the years on that birthday schedule. Though if so, we're looking H2 length instead of "just" Touch length. Unless, of course, we do another timeskip and do a one-volume part three called "Seasons of Aoba".

    ...

    Nah.

    I have no feel for what the cousin's role is in this. Which is interesting, even though I don't really like him. Except for the round club manager, no one who's spent time overseas comes to any good in the Adachiverse.
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    (sorry for the necro, but...)

    *Gape*

    An absolutely amazing plot twist just came out with the latest chapters (part 2, 91-94). Cross Game has now surpassed Touch, in my opinion. And yeah, although this twist has been seen in other non-Adachi manga before, Adachi is pulling it off spectacularly well here. And the best part of it is... if you look back at the last few volumes or so, you can actually see the build-up to this (Aoba's question to Ichiyo at the end of the game, the reason behind the introduction of Mizuki, another birthday gift, and even Azuma's attitude in these chapters...). But it's so subtle that if you didn't know about it, you wouldn't have noticed the foreshadowing.

    It's like the best elements of H2 and Touch have combined in this new development, and the character interactions are now set to change completely. This is why Adachi is my #1 mangaka!

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    (Necros are good, for actual new discussion, and should be encouraged. Any moderator who can't see that doesn't know how to moderate.)

    I'm still trying to assess this twist. You're right that it was foreshadowed neatly, but I'm not entirely sure it's a good twist to have made. Though it DOES force Koh and Aoba to face squarely the ghost between them -- if they do face it, that is. Hmm.
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    [SPOILERS FOR CHP... er latest?]
    the ghost that you guys are talking about is Akane right?
    I do agree that she's going to be the "Wakaba"-replacement that will push the two to face their past.

    I love this line: "Do ghost grow up as well"

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    That is an excellent line. Wish I'd thought of it.
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