Music Monday – Make it rain…baseballs?

Summer sun, blues skies, and soothing heat. With humidity equivalent to a rain forest and dark clouds that guard the horizon, it is fair to say we have had our share of unseasonal weather. So in the strangeness of it all, Music Monday strikes like lightning, showering you with summer rain~ or in this case, Summer Rain by Kobukuro.

Dry yourself off. This is Cross Game one of the many sporty brainchildren of Mitsuru Adachi that possess his trademark story about promises, baseball, and relationships. Now now, be assured, I DID say baseball, and it is actually worth finding out about. Each of the characters portrayed in Cross Game are truthful and quite realistic, which can be somewhat hard to believe considering at its core it is a gag/drama manga. It can be said, however, that the characters that Adachi has created are ‘well aged’, in that they are stock characters always presented in familiar scenarios.

Adachi has many manga under his belt, with more than a few being about baseball, and nearly all of them sharing a similar cast of characters or personality types. Even though these characters get reused in some way or form they always retain their charm as they become instantly recognisable both in appearance and personality. So what is the point in reading or watching the same story and characters again and again from series to series?

Well that’s Adachi’s strength, he makes these familiar characters and plots interesting, constantly reinventing situations these characters can find themselves in and how they react. You know who the hero is, those that will support and hinder him or her, the struggles they will likely endure, and promises they must keep, but you love seeing how it all unfolds and meeting these characters again whom you have grown to love.

I honestly think that Adachi is a person who expresses himself honestly through his work. In every page you can see either his passion for baseball or his own quirky nature expressed through each and every one of his characters.

It has been said that passion can be contagious, and while reading Cross Game I felt anxious as the drama on and off the pitcher’s mound would heat up. It may not have been Adachi’s explicit objective to get everyone who reads his work hooked on baseball, but instead to maybe give a small insight into the game, which he portrays through his characters that embody his love for the game, life, and family. So before you throw a fastball, maybe try to switch things up with a slower pitch, see if you can get a read on the series. Who knows, you may strike it out, or maybe it will knock you out of the park~