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    dizzcity is offline Senior Member Long Time Member
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    (A little late, but...)

    *dances* Touch is finished, Touch is finished... *cheers*

    For those of you who haven't heard of it, Touch is 26-volume long series by Mitsuru Adachi, master of youthful sports romance/dramas. Tatsuya and Kazuya Uesugi are twin brothers who grew up with their childhood friend and neighbour, Minami Asakura. While the older twin Tatsuya may be naturally more gifted, he is a slacker and a pervert who just lazes around. The younger twin Kazuya is hard-working and talented, an ace pitcher for the baseball team. Minami has a dream to go to Koshien, which is where the national high school baseball championships are played, and Kazuya is planning on taking her there. Both brothers are in love with Minami, but Tatsuya seems to want to give in to his younger brother, even at the cost of his own feelings, and despite what Minami may think. But when Kazuya finally brings things to a head by saying he will propose to Minami as soon as he wins the tournament at Koshien, can Tatsuya really stand to let things be? And who does Minami herself really love?

    Discussion about ending (spoilers):
    Excellent ending. Now that I've finally seen the ending, I can understand why some people like the Tatsuya-Minami pairing more than the H2 pairings. The romance is a lot stronger in Touch, especially when you see just how dependent Tatchan and Minami are on each other. It's very different from the pairings of Adachi's other manga series... from the very beginning, they are almost mystically-bonded to each other, and that's really what Touch is about. It's not about baseball, or about Koshien (which they barely showed, anyway). It's not even really about Katchan passing on the baton to Tatchan. It's about how Tatsuya loves Minami, and vice versa, and how that gives them both strength to achieve their goals and be more than they could be alone. Half the angst and subtlety of the Hiro-Hikari pairing, but twice the romantic power. This is a childhood sweetheart romance gone RIGHT. And it shows.
    Anyone have any thoughts on the series, or how it ended?

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    pseudorandom is offline Senior Member Always Around
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    I've been meaning to start this thread myself for a couple days now.

    Yeah, that's an ending that's been NAILED by the author. Despite the last-minute introduction of a new character who's important to the plot. The major thrust of the second half of the story is getting Tatsuya to want Koshien not for Minami, but for himself, and to want Minami for herself, and not for Kazuya -- and those are resolved together neatly but not patly in literally the final chapter, in a way that's got the entire series behind it, including all their history together. Excellent job, and yeah, this is in its way even better than H2.

    We'll see about Cross Game, which has the potential to better it.
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    You know, it's funny you should mention that. Now that I've seen both Touch and H2's endings, I've come to new insights about Cross Game. Essentially, Cross Game is what happens if Minami and Hikari were sisters, both loving the same boy. Wakaba/Koh is like Minami/Tatsuya, and Aoba/Koh is like the Hikari/Hiro dynamic. Makes for an interesting read. I wonder which way Adachi's going to turn this time around?

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    I've only seen the anime and the specials after it so I'm not familiar with the manga. (it was a whoping 100+ eps)

    I feel like that the whole story revolves more on koshien compared to their relationship. Maybe the flow of the story is different on the manga

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    i thought touch was an all around great manga..the anime was good too but the manga was better. this is one of my favorites. the relationship tacchan and manami have is really great and its just an overall great series....not my favorite but its up there...if you want some advice for others to read/watch then message me and i'll let you know.

 

 

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