Valentines Day – Nobody knows who St. Valentine is. According to Wikipedia he’s some unidentified Catholic martyr who
died between the year 400 and 600. So why all over the world people celebrate this dead guy has nothing to do with the
impervious Catholic church (nobody else seems to care that today is St. Polycarp’s Day after all), but rather has to do with
money. Some genius decided that retailers could get a ton of money if everyone needed to buy chocolates or flowers for their
significant others on February 14. It’s a little different in Japan though, with the process cut into two between Valentine’s Day
for the girls giving chocolate and White Day for the boys giving chocolate for all the girls who gave them chocolate.
Luckily for Cross Game though, it avoids the pitfalls of other anime by not focusing on girls cooking chocolate or anything
stupid like that.
So this episode deals with how everybody spends the New Year’s. Everyone pairs up except for poor little Senda-kun… and Akaishi-kun I guess. It’s also a brilliant example of how effective Cross Game can be with nothing more than simple conversations between the characters.
This episode starts with a bit of cleaning. Frankly, I can’t blame Aoba. Just look at all those dust clouds that are surrounding her. Though I do wonder just what in the world she’s vacuuming. Does she have one of those ceilings or walls made of carpet? Also two baseball games are played with about 5 minutes of total play time. Pretty dang fast.
Since apparently nobody here has a love for Cross Game, I’ve taken on the task of blogging it out of civic duty. To those who already know of Cross Game, awesome. You can look forward to reading my random ramblings this weekend when SubSmith releases episode 33. For those of you who haven’t yet discovered this excellent adaptation of Mitsuru Adachi’s hit manga, this post will be dedicated to trying to get you new folks up to speed by at least laying down the foundation of this coming-of-age story. This post will obviously contain spoilers, and I’ll only be touching the bare minimum as far as content goes.
Before I mention it’s a sports anime, let alone baseball, take a look here.
Okay, so that should have at least gotten the guys’ attention somewhat.