For a 50-episode series, Cross Game went by surprisingly fast. At first glance it doesn’t seem all that special–yet another sports anime with a predictable story arc leading up to the big game.
However this one is unusually well-written. It’s witty and fun to watch, and it keeps its priorities straight. The game is ultimately just a game; what really matters are the characters. This story features some particularly likable characters (including what is probably the most sympathetic tsundere character that I have ever seen.)
I’m going to miss them.