H2 – Manga Review
One reason I chose this over Touch would be because it is more recent and almost all Adachi fans regard it as his best work so far. And yes, I can clearly see the parallelism Adachi Mitsuru has applied on both Cross Game and H2. Cross Game and H2 both have the stout catchers and stupid comic relief characters. Luckily, Punch is not that annoying in H2 in comparison to Touch where I want to smack him to the ground.
First flaw, well not really flaw but weakness, I noticed in the manga would be the imbalance between Haruka and Hikari. What about this? Hikari is clearly a major character in the story since she is the love interest of the two male protagonist. Due to this, Haruka was reduced as just a baseball team manager. Even though you can say that Haruka is the reason why the Senkawa’s baseball club became the Senkawa baseball team, I quite don’t disagree that she weighs the same as what Hikari played in the story. Haruka also didn’t have that many romance scenes with Hiro even though they are the supposed couple. Instead, Hikari had so many romantic and together scenes with Hiro. During these times, Haruka simply did watch and accepted the fact that Hiro still likes Hikari. Haruka also often go unnoticed every time she tries to do thing for Hiro because Hikari is always around; therefore, Haruka’s character in the manga is over shadowed by Hikari’s too much presence.
The chapters that I’ll never never forget from H2 would be Hikari’s mother’s death. Well yeah! I cried a lot while reading these chapters. These are the only chapters that really had an impact to me while I was reading the manga. I don’t know but Adachi Mitsuru seems so good in portraying the deaths of characters since I also wept for Wakaba. I really cried over the flashback scenes and the moment where Hikari finally cried after playing with Hiro on the old empty lot where they played along with Hikari’s mother during the past(Chapter 248). I don’t know but Ayaka’s Koi Kogarate Mita Yume played on my mind while reading these chapters.
I also thought that I just learned something awesome from reading because according to some anonymous doctor from the manga, butterfly is good for back aches[the swimming form]. Now that you mention it, it’s actually pretty weird right? Well, I still believed it until I found out that the doctor was a quack. Oh noes.
I liked how the idea of winning and losing baseball entered in the extent of romance. This was the very turning point of the story and you can clearly see here the clarity how the plot progressed. You can say that the idea of Koushien is already cliche because it really is, but the elements of the manga is not. How so? Well, H2 focuses on the relationship of the 4 main protagonists and not really that much to baseball although it is where the plot revolves (Hiro vs Hideo idea). It can be surmised that baseball itself is just a medium to present the struggle between friendship and trust among Hiro, Hideo, Hikari, and Haruka. The fact that the finals for the Koushien wasn’t included already in the storyline would probably because Adachi just want to focus on the character and really not on the sport.
The paper plane at the end of the show just symbolizes that the lives of the 4 protagonist would continue soaring around the world of baseball but it is already upon the hands of the reader to assume what happened after the story ended in the manga.
I really hate sports manga since they are so typical about the winning and losing cycle but regardless of that, H2 is a great story that falls under coming of age and slice of life, such as friendship and trust between friends although it is under the umbrella of baseball.