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Viz Media to release Mitsuru Adachi's Cross Game Manga in October

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Sports manga about high school baseball team from creator of H2, Touch, Miyuki

The North American book distributor Simon & Schuster is listing the second volume of Mitsuru Adachi's Cross Game baseball manga for a January 2011 release by Viz Media. The website does not have the first volume listed.

Viz Media confirmed to ANN that it will release Cross Game, starting with volume 1 on October 12, this year, and Volume 2 on January 11, 2011.

Adachi ended the manga in the February 17 issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday. Director Osamu Sekita and the Synergy SP anime studio have been adapting the series for television since April.

The story revolves around Koh Kitamura, a grade-school boy whose family runs the Kitamura Sports store. He gets to know the four daughters of the family who runs the nearby Tsukishima Batting Center, thanks to the store's business and his own batting practice at the center. Aside from playful bantering between Koh and the Tsukishima daughters, all is peaceful in their lives until a tragedy strikes their world. Four years later, Koh continues his baseball training, despite not playing a single game since the tragedy. The manga follows Koh's gradual full return to the sport he loves, and his coming-of-age surrounded by the Tsukishima daughters and others.

Adachi is best known for his sports manga, particular his baseball titles Touch and H2. Like Cross Game, these earlier titles were adapted into anime as well.

[Via Tanbishugi's Twitter]

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