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->''"Our family, the Uesugis, and our next-door neighbors, the Asakuras, had three kids born in the same year. This cute kid is Uesugi Tatsuya. that's me. This is my younger brother, Kazuya. We're twins. and this is our neighbor, Minami. We've always been good friends...but one day we noticed that [[LoveTriangle one of us was a girl...]]"''

A baseball/romance/SliceOfLife {{manga}} by Mitsuru Adachi, which follows the lives of twins Tatsuya and Kazuya Uesugi and their neighbor Minami Asakura, as they experience triumph and tragedy both on and off the baseball field.

Tatsuya, the elder twin, is a lazy, perverted kid with no apparent ambitions or goals in his life. Younger twin Kazuya, on the other hand, is mature, intelligent, and a brilliant athlete, from whom everyone expects wonderful things. Their neighbor, Minami, is a bright and spirited girl, whom both brothers have known and loved their whole lives. Everyone believes that Kazuya and Minami would make a perfect couple, and that they're destined for each other - too bad he's not the one she's in love with. [[spoiler: And even worse, early in the story Kazuya gets hit by a truck while trying to save a child from being hit... and ''dies'']].

The {{anime}} adaptation, which ran for 101 episodes, set viewership ratings records when it first aired in the 1980s.

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!! Examples:

* TheAce: Kazuya Uesugi is kind, polite, hard-working, a sports star, makes good grades, and is popular with girls. Akio Nitta is cut from the same mold. Minami Asakura seems to be a female version.
* AdaptationExpansion: As might be expected from turning a 26-volume manga into a 101-episode TV series, three theatrical movies and two TV-movies.
* AngstySurvivingTwin: [[spoiler:Tatsuya. Oh, so much.]]
* BeYourself: Tatsuya eventually learns to step out of his younger twin brother's shadow, [[spoiler: and also learns to favor his own unpredictable pitching style, rather than imitating him.]]
* BrattyHalfPint: Yuka Nitta.
* BrilliantButLazy: Tatsuya, at the start.
* CanNotSpitItOut: '''''Yes.'''''
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Tatsuya and Minami.
* CoolBigSis: Sachiko Nishio.
* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler:Poor Kazuya. Made worse because he was about to ask Minami out when he got hit by a truck.]]
* DoggedNiceGuy: Sasaki to Yuka Nitta. He even changes schools and joins the baseball team in spite of a lack of talent just to be around her. [[spoiler:By the end of the manga, she's willing to give him the time of day, but not much else.]]
* DontYouDarePityMe: On top of everything that's gone wrong in life, [[spoiler: Coach Kashiwaba's going blind. But he's not going to let anyone else know it.]]
* DrillSergeantNasty: Coach Kashiwaba. [[spoiler:Due to his bitterness at being unfairly kicked off the Meisei team over 20 years ago, he seeks to break his former sempais' hearts by breaking the current team's spirit.]]
* FlashbackEffects: In the anime, flashbacks to childhood have backgrounds done in the style of a child's crayon drawings.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Adachi uses it like it's going out of style. [[spoiler:Particularly very early in the series Minami tells Kazuya that he "won't live long", and draws the ace of spades while using cards to predict the future of Kazuya's try for Koushien. "Hoshi no Silhouette", Kazuya's image song in the anime, also qualifies.]]
* FriendlyEnemy: Akio Nitta.
* GeckoEnding: Just ''barely'', and there's nothing all ''that'' different.
* HappilyMarried: Shingo and Haruko Uesugi.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Averted in Tatsuya's case. Although he is an amazing natural athlete, even better than Kazuya, years without exercising or practicing mean that [[spoiler:when he eventually joins the baseball team]] he has to train hard to even come close to his brother's standard, let alone ''surpass'' him. [[spoiler:Played straight, however, with Minami, who goes from not being particularly interested in gymnastics to winning a championship ''very'' quickly.]]
* HeroicRROD: [[spoiler:At the end, Tatsuya is heavily implied to have a permanently injured shoulder.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Early on in the story, Kazuya dies saving a kid from being hit by a truck.]]
* HiddenEyes
* ImageSong
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: All Tatsuya wants is for he, Kazuya and Minami to be happy together, even if it means letting Kazuya have Minami. [[spoiler:Even after his tragic death, Kazuya still remains the elephant in the room, as Tatsuya continues to think himself unworthy of Minami.]]
** [[spoiler:Tatsuya still feels guilty about "taking" Minami from his brother, too; probably even ''moreso'' because Kazuya is dead and unable to compete with him.]]
* JerkAss: Coach Kashiwaba.
** HiddenHeartOfGold: It's there. Hard to unearth, but it's there.
* KilledOffForReal
* KissingDiscretionShot: In both manga and anime. Dammit.
** Averted in Miss Lonely Yesterday.
* TheLancer: Koutarou Matsudaira, arguably Shohei Harada.
* LethalChef: After [[spoiler: taking Minami's place as team manager,]] Yuka Nitta's cooking is like this, due to being too exotic. she eventually tones it down.
* MistakenIdentity: [[spoiler:Partway through the manga the baseball team's coach fall ill and hires a replacement. Rather than E'''ichi'''ro Kashiwaba, a kind man with a deep love for baseball, he accidentally hires Ei'''ji'''ro Kashiwaba. HilarityEnsues]]
* NamesToKnowInAnime: Creator/YujiMitsuya (Tatsuya), Creator/NorikoHidaka (Minami), Creator/ShigeruChiba (Shingo Uesugi), Creator/KazuhikoInoue (Akio), Creator/MinaTominaga (Yuka), RyuseiNakao (Nishimura), Creator/HideyukiTanaka (Kashiwaba), YokuShioya [[TheOtherDarrin and]] Creator/RyoHorikawa (Kashiwaba), Creator/HiromiTsuru (Sachiko), Creator/KanetoShiozawa (Kuroki)
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Tatsuya doesn't even want to bother ''trying'' to compete with his brother in any respect, so he hides his own considerable talents under a bushel and gives the impression that he has no ambition in life.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:We never actually see the Koshien match in the manga or the anime, and only Tatsuya's trophy in the manga.]]
* PantyShot: Another common Adachi trope.
* PetTheDog: Kashiwaba never even touches the poor thing on-panel, but still... [[spoiler:when he's hospitalized he asks the baseball team to take care of the dog.]]
* PowerCopying: Takeshi Yoshida is able to learn how to imitate a person's pitches perfectly just by watching them. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, [[GlassCannon he lacks in physical and mental endurance.]]]]
* PutOnABus: Yoshida is sent to South America just before dueling Tatsuya for the title of ace pitcher.
** TheBusCameBack: Several chapters later, he's back, he's ace pitcher for a different school, and loses embarrassingly against Meisei. After that, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome we never see him again]].
* ReallyDeadMontage
* TheRival: Akio Nitta to Kazuya Uesugi [[spoiler:and later Tatsuya Uesugi.]], Isumi Nishimura to Nitta (One-sided), [[spoiler:Takeshi Yoshida to Tatsuya Uesugi, also one-sided.]]
* RomanticFalseLead: Yuka Nitta would like to be this, but Tatsuya ain't biting.
* SamusIsAGirl: The dog Punch is revealed to be female about one-third of the series in.
* [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Asian Man]]: Shohei Harada. He's actually an [[GeniusBruiser uncommonly perceptive and wise]] GentleGiant however.
* ShipperOnDeck: The twins' parents and Minami's dad ''really'' want Kazuya to marry Minami...
** Harada occasionally comes across as this for Tatsuya and Minami.
* SiblingTriangle
* SiblingYinYang: Deliberate on Tatsuya's part.
* TheSpartanWay: Coach Kashiwaba's training methods are cruel and even outright criminal. [[spoiler:But they work, whether he likes it or not.]]
* SpeechImpairedAnimal: "Punch" the dog, though technically the closest thing she does to speech is snickering.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Fan-translators can't seem to decide whether it's Kazuya or Katsuya.
** How this became an issue with the manga, at least, is unknown; the furigana given for the kanji of his name is かずや--Ka'''zu'''ya.
* TriangRelations: Type 9. Both Tatsuya and Kazuya are in love with Minami, who loves both of them in return. [[spoiler:She's ''in'' love with Tatsuya, however.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: Yoshida goes from nice fanboy to arrogant, victory-obsessed prick.
* TwinSwitch: Tatsuya often pretends to be Kazuya for laughs. [[spoiler: And [[DudeNotFunny pulls this once after Kazuya dies.]]]]
* TheUnfavourite: Tatsuya
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Tatsuya and Minami's relationship starts out this way. She treats him somewhat harshly because she ''knows'' he's being lazy and immature on purpose. As he grows more mature and confident, this fades.
* WhamEpisode: Guess.
* WideEyedIdealist: Takeshi Yoshida starts this way.[[spoiler:..but quickly becomes TheResenter.]]
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Harada is a [[http://www.mangapark.com/manga/Touch/c26/7 teenager,]] [[http://www.mangapark.com/manga/Touch/c28/12 believe it or not.]]

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