Japanese manga author and illustrator Mitsuru Adachi created the baseball-themed series Mix (stylized as MIX). After Touch, it comes this. Since May 2012, it has been serialized in Monthly Shonen Sunday, a publication of the Shogakukan publishing company.
The chapters have been assembled into 20 tankbon volumes as of February 2023. From April to September 2019, OLM broadcast a 24-episode version of the anime television series. Beginning in April 2023, a second season.
Thirty years after Tatsuya and Kazuya Uesugi led Meisei High School to their lone appearance and victory at the National High School Baseball Championship, a pair of extraordinarily gifted stepbrothers named Touma and Souichirou Tachibana raise the prospect of a comeback for the Kshien as they become aware of their fathers’ Meisei High sporting heritage.
Mix Manga Technical Info
Status: 📖 Ongoing
Translation: 📖 Ongoing
Artists: Adachi Mitsuru
Authors: Adachi Mitsuru
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Psychological, Romance, School Life, Slice of Life, Sports, Thriller, Delinquents
Mix Manga Volume
The Mangaa has a Total of 20 Volumes. The first volume was released on October 12, 2012, while the 20th one was released on February 10, 2023. The released dates are as follows
Japanese release date
October 12, 2012
March 12, 2013
August 12, 2013
January 15, 2014
June 12, 2014
December 12, 2014
June 12, 2015
December 12, 2015
June 10, 2016
December 12, 2016
June 12, 2017
February 9, 2018
August 9, 2018
February 12, 2019
August 8, 2019
February 12, 2020
February 12, 2021
December 10, 2021
July 12, 2022
February 10, 2023
From April 6 through September 28, 2019, NTV and Ytv broadcast an adaptation of an anime television series. The show is directed by Toshinori Watanabe and is made by OLM, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions.
Takao Mai created the characters, Atsuhiro Tomioka handled the series composition, and Norihito Sumitomo created the music. “Equal,” performed by Sumika, serves as the show’s opening theme, and “Kimi ni Todoku Made,” by Little Glee Monster, serves as the show’s closing theme.
The second theme song for the show’s opening is performed by Porno Graffitti, while the second theme song for the show’s closing is performed by Qyoto. As the show was airing, Funimation created an English version under permission.
August 6, 2022, saw the announcement of a second season. While Toshinori Watanabe was replaced as director, the remainder of the core team was carried over from season one. On April 1, 2023, it made its debut. “Starting Over” by Sumika serves as the title theme, and “Haru no Oto” by Miwa serves as the closing theme. Little Glee Monster’s “Ima Kono Toki o” serves as the second epilogue.
Mix Anime Season One List of Episodes
Season one of the anime has a total of 24 episodes
“Meisei’s Ace” Transcription: “Meisei no ēsu” (Japanese: 明青のエース)
“I’m the Big Brother and You’re the Little Brother” Transcription: “Ore ga aniki de omae ga otōto” (Japanese: おれが兄貴でおまえが弟)
“Who Cares About Meisei High School?” Transcription: “Meisei gakuen nante” (Japanese: 明青学園なんて)
“I Wish We Could Trade” Transcription: “Torēdo shitē nā” (Japanese: 交換してえなァ)
“You’re a Pitcher, Right?” Transcription: “Pitchā daro?” (Japanese: ピッチャーだろ？)
“In the Spring” Transcription: “Haru ga kureba” (Japanese: 春がくれば)
“Are You Worried?” Transcription: “Shinpai?” (Japanese: 心配？)
“My Brother” Transcription: “Uchi no oniichan” (Japanese: うちのお兄ちゃん)
“It Really is Special, isn’t It?” Transcription: “Tokubetsu da yo na” (Japanese: 特別だよな)
Mix Season 2 Official Trailer
How Many Copies of Mix Manga Has Been Sold So Far
Volume 1 had sold 284,084 copies as of November 11, 2012. 345,120 copies of volume 2 had been sold as of April 6, 2013. Volume 2 sold 390,176 copies during the 48th best-selling manga volume period from November 19, 2012, to May 19, 2013, and 464,362 copies during the 82nd best-selling manga volume period from November 19, 2012, to November 17, 2013. 319,599 copies of volume 3 had been sold as of April 6, 2013.
Volume 4 sold 182,060 copies by January 12, 2014.
How did Fans Received Mix Manga? A General Review
Mix Manga received many criticisms from fans both positive neutral and negative. We have compiled a set of reviews from anime and manga fans below
Adachi-sensei’s semi-sequel to the well-known Touch is called Mix. My goal in this examination of “Mix” is to explain why this baseball manga doesn’t work as well as his previous lengthy works.
Story (6): Set 30 years after the events of our beloved Uesugi Tatsuya, this time we have two brothers (here is where Touch is similar), but instead of a childhood friend, we have a young sister.
So why then is it bad? First, the purpose. It takes eight volumes of Touch to see the manga’s goal clearly, but it is obvious: travelling to the Koshien in his late brother’s stead.
Cross-game is also quite evident after the first volume. Although it is a little more convoluted in H2, the reader is aware that the story will end with the confrontation with the 2 H. However, the goal in Mix is once more Koshien, but why?
This time, unlike Touch, we don’t have anything that makes the goal obvious, like Katsuya’s passing. Because of how hazy it is, I can’t predict where the story will go or how long it will last just yet. After 15 volumes, I still don’t experience the same “damn that’s good” mental reaction that I did in Touch, Cross Game, and H2.
Second, the story literally goes everywhere. Mix should be about two brothers and a sister and the connection with the events of Touch, but instead, we have this middle generation, the generation between the events of Touch and Mix: the generation of the trio’s parents.
Thirdly, while baseball isn’t horrible in and of itself, it’s also not very excellent. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve read Cross Game, H2, Touch, and Mix twice, but this doesn’t seem to work. The competitors are… eh. Furthermore, the protagonists in Touch, Cross, and even H2 had a good motivation to succeed rather than fail, which gave me wicked chills. But there is something missing from the baseball in Mix.
The plot also lacks a good romance, which is unfortunate but true nonetheless. All of his other works had individuals who were engaging in play primarily for romantic relationships.
Art (9): I really love Adachi’s work, therefore I’m at a loss for words. Oh certainly, I have. Just pick up a copy of Touch to see how his work has transformed over the past 30 years.
Character number six: Another trio… However, something doesn’t work this time because this manga belongs to the “romance” genre. But why the hell, sisters and brothers? Particularly in baseball with a battery, relating stories about brothers and sisters can be particularly interesting. I’m sorry Japan, but this isn’t romantic. First of all, there is very little to no romance when compared to his other works.
The trio’s relationships are as follows:
Souichirou – Otomi: Again, a sister and big brother feeling, no problem and no ambiguity here; the jealous and overprotective big brother works all right. Touma – Souichirou: extremely cool complicity between these two; it produces a very natural vibe between brothers (non-blood related here).
From my perspective, this is “Mix”‘s worst issue, according to Touma and Otomi. They grew up together starting at age 6 and have the same parents. Everyone is informed that they are family. Although it’s clear to us readers that Otomi likes Touma, he doesn’t regard him as a brother, for example. Well, I can’t really ship those 2.
The manga isn’t finished; perhaps Adachi-sensei will surprise me by not connecting them, but I assume he’ll end by leaving it open like usual. But in this case, I really, truly don’t want our relationship to end on an open note.
As an illustration, Touch has a rather open conclusion, although Minami and Tatsuya do in fact love one another and will marry. In H2, Haruka and Hiro’s final exchange makes it clear that they’ll probably end up dating. They do end up together in cross-game, which is great. So, in Mix, I’m hoping that they won’t end up together and continue to be siblings in a rather conclusive finale.
Enjoyment (7): In all honesty, I did enjoy this manga, albeit not as much as some of Adachi Mitsuru’s other works. The flashbacks from Coach Nishimura, where we see Uesugi or when Harada appears, are my absolute favorites. Though it’s actually another narrative, I still hold out hope that we’ll see Minami and Uesugi, so it wouldn’t be shocking if we didn’t.
Overall (7): As I’ve already stated, Mix isn’t horrible, but it falls short of Touch in Adachi-sensei’s opinion. I’ll keep hoping that things will improve (they did in H2, so I still have optimism).
My initial reaction to reading “Mix” was anger since I had anticipated a follow-up with the children of Minami and Tatsuya, but now I’m pleased I did.
I read more of Adachi-sensei’s books after “Touch,” but none of them were as good as “Touch.”
I discovered after reading “Mix” that this tale is essentially a “modernized version” of “Touch.”
I observed that:
Toma Tachibana = Tatsuya Uesugi
Otomi Tachibana = Minami Asakura
Soichiro Tachibana = Kazuya Uesugi
The two brothers make up a powerful battery of brothers, and I enjoy that they go out of their way to visit Koshien and please their younger sister, who gives them such strong support.
This is adorable, and Soichiro is a tremendous supporter of Toma and Otomi.
In this tale, various historical figures from “Touch” also make an appearance. These figures start out passively observing history but soon start interacting with our heroes.
Even still, some of them seem to prefer to conceal their genuine identities and tell a few too many lies.
Let’s just say that I am currently quite concerned because the Kazuya event is brought up far too frequently in the narrative and I am extremely concerned for Soichiro.
The Tachibana brothers aren’t in danger once more, therefore Otomi’s accident was probably a ‘troll’ of sorts.
I sometimes genuinely feel like I’m rereading “Touch” in some sense because it seems like the present and prior history have been mixed up and practically overlap.
It’s important to keep in mind that Mitsuru Adachi is the maestro of romantic comedies and that “Touch” is more than just “a boy meets a girl”; it’s a masterpiece.
Despite the clear growth from his early works, Mitsuru Adachi’s graphic style is always recognizably his.
This piece, like all the others by this talented artist, exudes serenity and a love of sports.
This is What Some Fans Think About Mix Manga on Reddit
I haven’t read much of it yet, I believe I got up to chapter 92 when it was getting translated but I haven’t kept up with it. I really enjoyed s1 and looking for s2 in the spring season.
As you can notice below most of the critics were positive and both the anime and manga were well-received. If you have not yet started reading the manga or watching the anime, I will personally invite you to do so and equally check out these trending anime