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Cross Game Episode 41 Synopsis & Review

Synopsis

Cross Game’s latest episode has lots of development crammed into its 23 minute time frame. Several major plot developments were made. First, Seishu and Kurokoma (Daimon) are in the same side of the tournament bracket. This means that only one of them can advance and meet up with Ryuou in the finals. That said, Seishu’s practice is going well. Junpei is pushing everyone very hard in training. Rain or sunshine, they are out in the field honing their abilities. The lowerclassmen reveal that they approve of an Aoba and Azuma pairing, although Kou restrains himself from showing any reaction to that.

Aoba wishing a surprised Kou a very happy 18th day of birth.

Another interesting development comes from when Kou and Akaishi attend one of Akane’s art galleries. Kou says it was like an art explosion just to be nice. However, Akaishi seems to have appreciated Akane’s art more and tells her that her art is quite good.

This episode also contains lots of birthdays. Kou misjudges Azuma’s birthday a week early while Akane’s is revealed to be June 25th. Kou and Wakaba’s 18th birthday starts off with Kou visiting Wakaba’s and her mother’s grave, and soon meets up with Mr. Tsukishima. Kou tells him that he is no longer buying Wakaba gifts that she requested (but he IS keeping it- he buys her “slightly expensive earrings” for her 18th birthday). Mr. Tsukishima tells him that it’s for the best and that Wakaba would have wanted everyone to find happiness. Finally, he tells Kou that when he meets someone else, he should introduce her to Wakaba. At the end of the day, Kou gets a cake from his guy friends, but settles for a beautiful cake made by Akane and a slice of cake possibly made by Aoba. If it was in fact made by Aoba, then this would have to be the first time a character ate something she made safely.

Aoba invites Akane to a sleepover where they talk about Kou the whole time. Aoba can’t really see what Wakaba saw in Kou, so Akane suggests that it is hard to see your positive qualities yourself. She notes that the two are very similar, and are both very charming. As she praises them both, Aoba calls for an end to the conversation (or else Aoba herself may realize that she likes him). Later, Azuma tells Aoba to give Kou a massage since he has been training very hard and could use it. During the massage, Aoba tells Kou that Akane loves them both just like Wakaba once did. Despite that, both of them know best that Akane isn’t Wakaba (as seen from an earlier game of catch between Aoba and Akane).

Review

Overall the only downside for this episode was its pacing. There is a lot of story told in this one episode that I would have liked to have been spread out into at least 2 episodes. Nevertheless, the episode is very entertaining, funny, and charming with all of the romantic and baseball developments.

**** (Perfect)

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