Manga Giveaway: Cross Game Giveaway

The end of March approaches, which means it is yet again time for a manga giveaway! Today also marks the start of the 2012 Major League Baseball season. So, I thought it would be appropriate that this month’s giveaway should be for a brand new copy of the first volume of Mitsuru Adachi’s Cross Game, Volume 1 as published by Viz Media. (This edition is actually equivalent to the first three volumes of the series.) As always, the contest is open world-wide.

I never really expected to enjoy sports manga. Not that I have anything against sports. I actually used to play soccer and softball in my youth. And as a member of marching and pep bands, I became quite familiar with American football and basketball from the stands. But, except for a bizarre obsession with curling, I’ve never really followed sports. Much to my surprise, I discovered that I actually quite like sports manga and anime. At the moment, my favorite is probably Takehiko Inoue’s Real, which features a realistic portrayal of wheelchair basketball. I was introduced to and pleasantly surprised by Cross Game, another sports manga, when it was featured as part of the Manga Moveable Feast last May.

So, you may be wondering, how can you win Cross Game, Volume 1?

1) In the comments below, tell me about your favorite sports manga. If you don’t have one, or have never read any, just mention that.
2) You can earn a second entry by simply naming a sports manga that hasn’t been mentioned yet by me or by someone else.
3) If you’re on Twitter, you can gain a bonus entry by tweeting about the contest. Make sure to include a link to this post and @PhoenixTerran (that’s me).

There you have it! Each individual has the chance to earn up to three entries for this giveaway. You have one week to submit your comments. If you would prefer, or if you have trouble, you can also e-mail me your entries at phoenixterran(at)gmail(dot)com. I will then post the comments in your name. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on April 4, 2012. Good luck!

VERY IMPORTANT: Include some way that I can contact you. This can be an e-mail address, link to your website, Twitter username, or whatever. If I can’t figure out how to get a hold of you and you win, I’ll just draw another name.

Contest winner announced—Manga Giveaway: Cross Game Giveaway Winner

Did you enjoy this article? Consider supporting us.


  1. I’m a huge fan of REAL as well! I read a bit of Slam Dunk ages ago, but REAL is on another level.

    niki AT

  2. inter4ever says

    My favorite sports manga is “Touch”, which was also written by Mitsuru Adachi. The story was fantastic and drama is very genuine. The characters were very intriguing and the way Adachi exposes them allows the readers to achieve very close attachment to them. Especially, the plot twist early on. Cross game is actually very similar to Touch, but based in a more recent timeline, though personally, I still prefer Touch.
    Another manga that I recommend is Hikaru no Go, thoguh I am not sure if it can be considered a sports series. The great thing about this manga is that the character actually grow and their development is very interesting to read. Highly recommended even if you know nothing about Go.

    Link to tweet here!/ahmedhamed88/status/185067330085203968

  3. Not a fan of sports, so I’ve never tried a sports manga, but I hear good things about Cross Game and Giant Killing!

  4. 1. Never really read any.
    3. Tweeted giveaway-!/BookLoverC/status/185169213479063553
    E-mail: bookandmoviedimensionblogger (at) yahoo (dot) com

  5. Please don’t enter me into the contest, as I already own this volume, but I wanted to add my two cents anyway.

    My favorite sports manga is…Cross Game! I watched the anime series first and am now collecting the manga as it’s released. I love the kinda-quirky humor in the series, which is expressed a lot of times through the looks on the characters faces; the subtlety with which Adachi approaches the topic of loss and the tranquil scenes he draws, which often emphasize these ideas; and the characters – Ko and Aoba are two of my favorites.

  6. 1) Prince of Tennis…but Whistle! comes close.

    2) Whistle by Daisuke Higuchi!

    3) tweeted:

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

  7. I have never read a manga that was directed specifically towards sports. But I really liked reading Love Com and in it Otani played basketball.

  8. I love real as well! Al the same, my favorite would be Swan :) That manga is all kinds of awesome!

  9. the only sports manga i read was prince of tennis but i would love to read this one

  10. 1. Although I guess we could debate on whether it counts as a sports manga or not, my favorite sports/game manga is Hikaru no Go by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata. It’s a story about determination, competition, and hard work on one level, and on another it is a about character growth and is very much a classic coming of age story.

    2. I don’t think that Asa Higuchi’s Ookiku Furikabutte, another baseball manga, has been mentioned yet.

  11. Anonymous says

    I loved and still miss Grappler Baki.

    Furbysbadday (Twitter)

Speak Your Mind

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.