(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):
Anyone have any thoughts on the series, or how it ended?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.