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Touch (タッチ Tatchi?) is a Japanese high school baseball manga by Mitsuru Adachi. It was originally serialized in the weekly manga magazine Shōnen Sunday from 1981–1986. The manga was also adapted into a 101-episode TV anime series,[1] which was one of the highest-rated television anime series ever,[2][3] three theatrical anime movies which summarized the TV series, two TV anime specials which take place after the events in the TV series,[4] a live-action tv drama special, and a live-action movie released in 2005. Touch was one of the winners of the 1983 Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen or shōjo manga, along with Adachi's Miyuki.[5]

Story

Touch follows the lives of three people: Kazuya and Tatsuya Uesugi (identical twin brothers) and Minami Asakura. They've lived next to each other since they were babies, and their parents even built a playhouse in the yard in order to keep them from damaging the houses. As they grew into their teens, they suddenly noticed that one of them was a girl, and Kazuya and Minami became closer. Kazuya, the younger twin, was an excellent student (as was Minami).

Tatsuya is really talented but also a bit of a slacker. Since middle school, Kazuya has received awards and recognition for excellence as a pitcher and baseball player. Tatsuya, however, is more inclined to let his brother take the limelight, as he is unwilling to directly compete with Kazuya. This includes Minami as well; while most people (including their parents) suggest that Minami and Kazuya will make a perfect couple, Minami tends to prefer Tatsuya.

During the first year in high school, however, Kazuya is hit and killed by a truck while saving a child on his way to the final match of the local qualifying baseball tournament. Because of Kazuya's death, Tatsuya is eventually convinced by Minami to take over where his brother left off and help lead the team to Kōshien, the stadium where the national high school baseball championships are held.

At first, Tatsuya doesn't want to have anything to do with it, but after talking to many friends and thinking it over, he decides to become focused and help out the team. At the same time, Minami dedicates herself to making it to the All Japan Gymnastics Tournament. Touch tells the story of how Kazuya's memory brings them together.

Characters

Tatsuya Uesugi (上杉 達也 Uesugi Tatsuya?)
The main character. The elder of the Uesugi twins. Seemingly selfish and lazy, Tatsuya's main quality is his altruistic nature. Naturally athletic, he lets his younger brother progress further than him in baseball so Meisei would win the Koushien fulfilling their childhood dream. Like Kazuya, he loves Minami Asakura, the girl next door and their childhood friend. However, in the field of love, he too cedes to his younger brother, telling everyone that they are meant to be despite his broken heart. Voiced by: Yūji Mitsuya
Kazuya Uesugi (上杉 和也 Uesugi Kazuya?)
The younger of the Uesugi twins. Serious and hard working, he is the complete opposite of his older brother. His pitching skills and perfect grades makes him the favorite of his parents who despite his young age, conspire to get him and Minami to marry. His good looks makes him popular with the girls at school, which irks Tatsuya. Though not as naturally athletic as Tatsuya, Kazuya had work hard to hone his skills since an early age. Like his brother, Kazuya is in love with Minami. He suspects early on that Minami is in love with Tatsuya but even when figuring it out to be the truth, he still refuses to give her up. He hopes to take her to the Koushien and win, fulfilling their dream. Voiced by: Keiichi Nanba
Minami Asakura (浅倉 南 Asakura Minami?)
The Uesugi twins' neighbour and childhood friend. An intelligent and active student who has to help her father with house chores and at the family coffee shop since her mother died at a young age. Minami is a pretty girl who is popular at school and the object of desire for both the Uesugi twins. Although her widower father and Mr. and Mrs. Uesugi often pair Minami and Kazuya to be married, her heart truly lies on Tatsuya. Despite that, she is more often seen with Kazuya and actively supports him on the road to the Koushien which makes everyone think that Minami is actually in love with Kazuya, the star pitcher. Like the twins, she is also naturally talented in sports. Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka
Shingo and Haruko Uesugi, Punch
Tatsuya and Kazuya's parents. Always seen flirting and teasing with each other despite the boys' presence. Mr. Uesugi sometimes puts on a straight face, usually to tell off Kazuya but soon turns back to teasing with his wife. Mrs. Uesugi is always seen smiling, sometimes giggling behind her hand. They live very carefree lives, often at the cost of their sons. Punch is the Uesugi family Samoyed. (Shingo, Punch) Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba, (Haruko) Voiced by: Kazue Komiya
Toshio Asakura (浅倉 俊夫 Asakura Toshio?)
Minami's father and owner of the Minami Kaze ("South/Southern Wind") coffee shop. A widower, his wife died when Minami was very young. Despite of that, he maintains an upbeat, positive attitude especially when seeing Minami and Kazuya together, hoping that they would soon marry. During match days, he would either watch Meisei's team at the stadium or watch them on the coffee shop's TV if the match is broadcast. Mr. Asakura is also an occasional baseball player. Voiced by: Hiroshi Masuoka (seiyū)
Kōtarō Matsudaira (松平 孝太郎 Matsudaira Kōtarō?)
Meisei's catcher. He is Kazuya's best friend and is always paired with him. Voiced by: Shōzō Hayashiya (9th)
Shōhei Harada
A big, intimidating schoolmate at Meisei. Despite his appearance and gruff attitude, Harada frequently gives Tatsuya sound advice on various matters, and at times shows he genuinely cares about his well being. Voiced by: Banjō Ginga
Akio Nitta (新田 明男 Nitta Akio?)
A star slugger for Sumi Tech, the runner-up team at Koshien. Akio became seriously devoted to baseball when he played against Kazuya in middle school. He has a mild crush on Minami, and is a friend of Harada's during junior high when he was a delinquent.Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue
Yuka Nitta (新田 由加 Nitta Yuka?)
Akio's little sister, she is unusually close to her brother, and somewhat immature besides. She enters Meisei under the pretense of spying for her brother, but seems to develop a schoolgirl crush on Tatsuya. Nevertheless, she is very good at observing and analyzing baseball players. Voiced by: Miina Tominaga
Isami Nishimura (西村 勇 Nishimura Isami?)
A somewhat conceited pitcher who overestimates his worth in the story. He has a decent curve ball, but is not considered a threat by any of the main characters. He is easily forgotten and ignored, but considers Akio Nitta to be his only rival. Voiced by: Ryūsei Nakao
Eijirō Kashiwaba (柏葉 英二郎 Kashiwaba Eijirō?)
A substitute coach, hired under coach Nishio's recommendation. A brutal coach with a Spartan attitude, on his first day, he fires Minami as manager and ruthlessly beats Tatsuya, Nishimura, and anyone who slacks off on the team. Because of him, the entire team works much harder, but lose their enjoyment of the game, causing many to quit. He holds a grudge against Meisei's baseball team because of some events that occurred when he attended. Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka
Shigenori Nishio (西尾 茂則 Nishio Shigenori?)
Coach of the Meisei High team. He becomes ill in the brothers' senior year, and must stay in the hospital for its entirety. He assigns an interim coach, Eijiro Kashiwaba, to fill his position, touting him as a "kind, gentle man who loves baseball from the bottom of his heart." The players find, however, that Kashiwaba is not like this at all, much to their chagrin. Coach Nishio returns much later, after nearly a full season has passed. Voiced by: Kōichi Kitamura
Sachiko Nishio (西尾 佐知子 Nishio Sachiko?)
Daughter of Coach Nishio, and manager for the Meisei High team. She befriends Minami, and encourages her to also become a team manager. She is the girlfriend of Meisei's former ace, Kuroki, and both she and he see prospective talent in Kazuya's older brother, Tatsuya, and they try to recruit him to the baseball team. Voiced by: Hiromi Tsuru
Takeshi Kuroki (黒木 武 Kuroki Takeshi?)
Upperclassman of Kazuya who initially scouts him out, and finds his pitching incredible enough to recommend that he starts as Meisei's ace in his own place the following year. Afterwards, he moves to third base. He and his girlfriend Sachiko, who also happens to be the team manager, see talent in Tatsuya as well as Kazuya, and constantly try to get him to try out for the team. Voiced by: Kaneto Shiozawa
Takeshi Yoshida (吉田 剛 Yoshida Takeshi?)
Transfer student to Meisei High who initially idolizes the older brother, Tatsuya, but eventually becomes bitter because he felt he is a better pitcher than Tatsuya if given the same chance. He then swears to be Tatsuya's enemy, and turns from a kind and pleasant young man into a vengeful and rude curmudgeon. He became distrustful of those who are close to Tatsuya, believing them to be playing favoritism and he wasn't completely wrong. He challenged Tatsuya for the position of the team's ace pitcher but before the match was resolved, he had to move to South America due to his father's job. Voiced by: Yoku ShioyaVoiced by: Ryō Horikawa
Sakata
Voiced by: Minoru Inaba
Eiichirō Kashiwaba
The brother of Eijirō, and the one who Coach Nishio thought he was hiring. Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi

Media

Manga

The series was collected in 26 tankōbon volumes. It has been reissued in 11 wideban volumes, 14 bunkoban volumes, and then again in 17 "perfect edition" volumes in the original magazine size with color inserts.

Original release

Wideban release

Bunkoban release

Kanzenban release

My First Wide

  • Tatchan and Katchan (タッちゃんとカッちゃん Tatchan to Katchan?) (vol.1), June 2002, ISBN 4091621341
  • We've Made It to High School, however (高等部へきたけれど Kōtōbu e Kita Keredo?) (vol.2), June 2002, ISBN 409162135X
  • Twin Princes (双子の王子 Futago no Ōji?) (vol.3), June 2002, ISBN 4091621368
  • A Walk or a Strikeout (四球か三振 Shikyū ka Sanshin?) (vol.4), July 2002, ISBN 4091621554

Other books

  • Touch: The Last Scene Once Again (タッチ もうひとつのラストシーン Tatchi: Mō Hitotsu no Rasuto Shīn?), 5 August 2005, ISBN 4094080457
  • Touch: Mitsuru Adachi Selected Original Works Collection (タッチ―あだち充自選複製原画集 Tatchi: Adachi Mitsuru Jisen Fukusei Genga Shū?), November 1986, ISBN 4091995918

Anime series

The anime series of Touch premiered on 24 March 1985, and ran until 22 March 1987, comprising 101 episodes in total.[6] It was one of the highest-rated anime television shows ever in Japan, with episodes consistently rated 30+ percentage points during parts of its run.[2][3] In a 2005 poll by TV Asahi of the top 100 animated television series, Touch was ranked 9th.[7]

# Title[8][9] Original air date[9]
1 No matter what everybody says, we're twins!
"Dare ga nanto iō to oretachi futago desu!!" (誰がなんと言おーとオレたち双子です!!)
1985-03-24 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
2 Women's intuition! Worried about Tatsuya's talent
"Onna no chokkan! Chotchi kininaru Tatsuya no sainō" (女の直感!チョッチ気になる達也の才能)
1985-03-31 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
3 Unexpectedly pitching for the first time! Kazuya's troublesome name!?
"Omowazu hatsutouban! Kazuya no namae de osawagase!?" (思わず初登板!和也の名前でお騒がせ!?)
1985-04-07 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
4 Did you see? Didn't you see?! Minami's diary!
"Mita ka? Minai ka? Minami no nikki!!" (見たか?見ないか!?南の日記!!)
1985-04-14 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
5 High fever rally race! Such an accurate goal!?
"Nekketsu baton tatchi! Gōru wa seikaku ni ne!?" (熱血バトンタッチ!ゴールは正確にネ!?)
1985-04-21 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
6 The rumour's true!? Minami & Kazuya's worried families
"Uwasa wa hontō!? Minami to Kazuya no kininaru kankei" (ウワサは本当!?南と和也の気になる関係)
1985-04-28 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
7 Really! Tatsuya and Minami's wedding clothes!?
"E honto!! Tatsuya to Minami ga kekkon shichau!?" (えッホント!!達也と南が結婚しちゃう!?)
1985-05-05 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
8 Tatsuya in a fight! The truth at the brother showdown
"Tatsuya uchimasu!! Honki de kyōdai taiketsu" (達也打ちます!!ホンキで兄弟対決!?)
1985-05-12 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
9 Tatsuya and Harada's dangerous friendship!
"Tatsuya to Harada-kun no abunai yūjō!" (達也と原田クンのア·ブ·ナ·イ友情!)
1985-05-19 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
10 Everyone in the high school is worried!
"Minna nayande kibun wa sukkari kōkōsei desu!" (みんな悩んで気分はすっかり高校生デス!)
1985-05-26 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
11 Come on, baseball team! A subtle shift in Tatsuya's heart!
"Kitare yakyūbu! Bimyō ni yureru Tatsuya no kokoro!!" (来たれ野球部!微妙に揺れる達也の心!!)
1985-06-02 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
12 First practice! Vigorous Kazuya & worn-out Tatsuya!?
"Hatsu renshū! Hatsuratsu Kazuya to yoreyore Tatsuya!?" (初練習!ハツラツ和也とヨレヨレ達也!?)
1985-06-09 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
13 Kazuya's worried! Dear Kōtarō's slump
"Kazuya shinpai desu! Koi no suranpu Kōtarō-kun" (和也心配です!恋のスランプ孝太郎くん)
1985-06-16 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
14 Discontent? Minami & Kazuya are the best couple!?
"Fuman desu? Minami to Kazuya wa besuto kappuru!?" (不満です?南と和也はベストカップル!?)
1985-06-23 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
15 This is trouble! Tatsuya slapped Minami!
"Kore wa jiken desu! Tatsuya ga Minami o hirateuchi!!" (これは事件です!達也が南を平手打ち!!)
1985-06-30 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
16 It's painful! Kazuya's heart is lemon-colored!
"Setsunai ne! Kazuya no hāto wa remon iro!" (せつないネ!和也のハートはレモン色!)
1985-07-07 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
17 First kiss! Too much love from Minami!?
"fāsuto kisu! Minami yori ai o komete!?" (ファースト·キス!南より愛をこめて!?)
1985-07-14 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
18 Tatsuya's feelings are a little complex!
"Tatsuya no kimochi wa chotto fukuzatsu desu!" (達也の気持ちはちょっとフクザツです!)
1985-07-21 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
19 Forget, forget-me-not!? Important memories for two
"Wasuretai wasurenai!? Futari no daiji na omoide" (忘れたい忘れない!?二人の大事な思い出)
1985-08-04 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
20 What should he do? Tatsuya's tender chance encounter!
"Dōsuru no? Tatsuya no yasashisa surechigai!!" (どーするの?達也の優しさすれちがい!!)
1985-08-11 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
21 Kat-chan wanted to make it to Kōshien for Minami's sake
"Soredemo Katchan wa Minami no tame ni Kōshien" (それでもカッちゃんは南のために甲子園)
1985-08-18 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
22 Keep on playing ball! Kazuya vs. Terashima!
"Iyoiyo purei bōru! Kazuya tai Terashima!" (いよいよプレーボール!和也VS寺島!)
1985-08-25 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
23 Minami registered! She appeared!? Love's timely sudden change
"Minami ni todoke! Deruka!? Koi no gyakuten taimurī" (南に届け!出るか!? 恋の逆転タイムリー)
1985-09-08 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
24 Kōshien after just one more, Minami's dream after just one more!
"Kōshien made ato hitotsu, Minami no yume mo ato hitotsu!" (甲子園まであと1つ 南の夢もあと1つ!)
1985-09-22 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
25 Minami's longest day! Kat-chan, hurry up and come!
"Minami no ichiban nagai hi! Hayaku kite Katchan!!" (南の一番長い日!早く来てカッちゃん!!)
1985-09-29 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
26 End of the tournament! If you weren't there...
"Shiai shūryō! Kimi ga inakereba..." (試合終了!君がいなければ...)
1985-10-06 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
27 Summer was too short...Goodbye, Kat-chan!
"Mijikasugita natsu ... Katchan ni sayonara!" (短かすぎた夏...カッちゃんにさよなら!)
1985-10-13 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
28 What's a baseball team without an ace...
"Ēsu no inai yakyūbu nante..." (エースのいない野球部なんて...)
1985-10-20 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
29 What? Tender Tat-chan's boxer status!?
"Are? Yasashī Tatchan bokusā shikkaku!?" (アレ?優しいタッちゃんボクサー失格!?)
1985-10-27 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
30 There's no reason not to use the glorious Number 1
"Eikō no sebangō 1 yatte yarenai wake wa nai" (栄光の背番号1やってやれない訳はない)
1985-11-03 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
31 Tatsuya on the mound! Control is another story, however
"Gōwan Tatsuya! Demo kontorōru ga kadai desu" (剛腕達也!でもコントロールが課題です)
1985-11-10 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
32 Kazuya's dear wife, but the worry is about the stupid brother
"Ore wa Kazuya no koinyōbō demo kininaru baka aniki" (俺は和也の恋女房でも気になるバカ兄貴)
1985-11-17 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
33 Birth of a rhythmic gymnastics star! Minami has a natural gift!?
"Tanjō shintaisō no hoshi! Minami wa yappari tensai!?" (誕生新体操の星!南はやっぱり天才!?)
1985-11-24 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
34 Good luck, Tatsuya! The exhilaration of taking the mound for the first time
"Ganbare Tatsuya! Hara hara doki doki hatsu tōban" (がんばれ達也!ハラハラドキドキ初登板)
1985-12-01 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
35 One way or another you're cornered!? Current rumours of Minami!
"Nanika to shinpai!? Chikagoro uwasa no Minami-chan!" (何かと心配!?近頃ウワサの南ちゃん!)
1985-12-08 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
36 Alone together! Minami and Tatsuya's dangerous night!?
"Futari kiri! Minami to Tatsuya no abunai yoru!?" (2人きり!南と達也のアブナイ夜!?)
1985-12-15 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
37 Aim for Kōshien! The baseball club is in the middle of camp!
"Mezase Kōshien! Tadaima yakyūbu gasshukuchū!!" (めざせ甲子園!ただいま野球部合宿中!!)
1985-12-22 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
38 First round preliminaries! Strategist Tat-chan enters!?
"Yosen ikkaisen! Zunōha Tatchan tōjō!?" (予選一回戦!頭脳派タッちゃん登場!?)
1985-12-29 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
39 Show of competence! Cool Nitta and Tenacious Nishimura!
"Jitsuryoku haiken! Kūru na Nitta to Gattsu Nishimura!!" (実力拝見!クールな新田とガッツ西村!!)
1986-01-05 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
40 A heated second round! Tat-chan vs. Tenacious Nishimura
"Nettō nikaisen! Tatchan tai Gattsu Nishimura" (熱投2回戦!タッちゃんvsガッツ西村!!)
1986-01-12 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
41 11th inning in the rain! Bases loaded with 2 outs! Batter Nishimura
"Ame no enchō jūichi kai! Nishi manrui!! Battā Nishimura" (雨の延長11回!2死満塁!!バッター西村)
1986-01-19 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
42 Another extra inning!? The four-sided love affair about Minami
"Mō hitotsu no enchōsen!? Minami o meguru shikaku kankei" (もう一つの延長戦!?南をめぐる四角関係)
1986-01-26 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
43 Shake up Tatsuya the ace! Minami & Nitta's dangerous relationship!?
"Yureru ēsu Tatsuya!! Nitta to Minami ga kyūsekkin!?" (揺れるエース達也!!新田と南が急接近!?)
1986-02-02 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
44 Yuka's detective story! Where did Minami & Tatsuya go?
"Yuka no tantei monogatari! Minami to Tatsuya wa doko e yuku" (由加の探偵物語!南と達也はどこへ行く)
1986-02-09 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
45 Challenge to the ace! I'm Uesugi's rival!
"Ēsu o nerae! Boku ga Uesugi no raibaru da!!" (エースを狙え!僕が上杉のライバルだ!!)
1986-02-16 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
46 Rival declaration! Surpassing Uesugi Kazuya!
"Raibaru sengen! Uesugi Kazuya o koetekure!!" (ライバル宣言!上杉和也を越えてくれ!!)
1986-02-23 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
47 Showdown with Sumiko! What? The pitcher is Yoshida!!
"Taiketsu Sumikō! E!? Pitchā Yoshida!!" (対決須見工!えッ!?ピッチャー吉田!!)
1986-03-02 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
48 Uesugi appears at last! Nitta, I'll be victorious!
"Tsui ni Uesugi tōjō! Nitta, ore to shōbu da!!" (遂に上杉登場!新田、オレと勝負だ!!)
1986-03-09 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
49 Brother, don't give up! Kōshien's in sight!
"Dame aniki henjō! Kōshien ga mietekita!!" (ダメ兄貴返上!甲子園が見えてきた!!)
1986-03-16 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
50 A date after school!? Minami & Nitta's dangerous relationship!
"Hōkago dēto!? Minami to Nitta wa abunai kankei!!" (放課後デート!?南と新田は危ない関係!!)
1986-03-23 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
51 Unacceptable!? Minami declares her love to Tatsuya!
"Nattoku shinai!? Minami ga Tatsuya ni koibito sengen!!" (納得しない!?南が達也に恋人宣言!!)
1986-03-30 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
52 A love triangle! You're a bother!
"Koi no sangen chūkei! Jamamono wa omae da!!" (恋の三元中継!ジャマ者はお前だ!!)
1986-04-06 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
53 Tatsuya's extracurricular lessons ... Thinking too much about love!
"Tatsuya no kagai jugyō ... Omoisugoshi mo koi no uchi!" (達也の課外授業...思い過ごしも恋の内!)
1986-04-13 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
54 Finally, the last Kōshien!
"Dainibu kan: Iyoiyo saigo no Kōshien dazo!!" (いよいよ最後の甲子園だゾ!!)
1986-04-20 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
55 Highlights: Memories are too beautiful...
"Sōshūhen: Omoide wa utsukushisugite..." (総集編·思い出は美し過ぎて...)
1986-04-27 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
56 Highlights: Don't surrender the ace position to anyone!
"Sōshūhen: Ēsu wa dare ni mo watasanai!" (総集編·エースは誰にも渡さない!)
1986-05-04 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
57 A mysterious new coach turns up!
"Nazo no shinkantoku ga yattekuru!!" (謎の新監督がやってくる!!)
1986-05-11 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
58 I'm Kashiwaba! I won't forgive the spoiled children!
"Ore wa Kashiwaba! Amattare wa yurusanai!!" (オレは柏葉!甘ったれは許さない!!)
1986-05-18 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
59 Tempest at the Meisei baseball club! Another problem after Minami leaves
"Arashi no Meisei yakyū-bu! Minami ga satte mata ichinan" (嵐の明青野球部!南が去ってまた一難)
1986-05-25 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
60 Hard-fighting new coach! Minami's still number one
"Shin manejā daikusen! Yappari Minami ga ichiban" (新マネジャー大苦戦!やっぱり南が一番)
1986-06-01 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
61 Hey Kashiwaba! Minami is the bet in the contest!
"Oi Kashiwaba! Minami o kakete shōbu da!!" (オイ柏葉!南を賭けて勝負だ!!)
1986-06-08 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
62 Sepia-coloured couple! Minami & Nitta's beach story
"Sepia iro no futari! Minami to Nitta no kaigan monogatari" (セピア色の2人!南と新田の海岸物語)
1986-06-15 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
63 The secret behind the sunglasses! What kind of person is Kashiwaba?
"Sangurasu no oku no himitsu! Kashiwaba wa nanimono?" (サングラスの奥の秘密!柏葉は何者?)
1986-06-22 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
64 No rules of the practice game! We're watching the demon manager
"Jingi naki renshū jiai! Oni kantoku no otenami haiken" (仁義なき練習試合!鬼監督のお手並拝見)
1986-06-29 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
65 Go for it, Minami. It's not suitable to give up!
"Ganbare Minami. Gibu appu wa niawanai!!" (ガンバレ南!ギブ·アップは似合わない!!)
1986-07-06 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
66 Minami is the student council president? An idol one way or another!
"Minami ga seito kaichō? Aidoru wa nanika to taihen!" (南が生徒会長?アイドルは何かと大変!)
1986-07-13 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
67 Oh-oh, we're beginning to see! Coach Kashiwaba's true character!
"Mumu mitekitazo! Kashiwaba kantoku no shōtai!!" (ムムッ見えてきたぞ!柏葉監督の正体!)
1986-07-20 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
68 Stop Tatsuya! Yuka's forced dating strategy!
"Sutoppu za Tatsuya! Yuka no muriyari dēto sakusen!!" (ストップ·ザ·達也!由加のむりやりデート作戦!!)
1986-07-27 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
69 The Kōshien dream! Don't rush your resignation!
"Yume wa Kōshien! Taibu todoke wa awatezu ni!!" (夢は甲子園!退部届はあわてずに!!)
1986-08-03 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
70 Summer is soon! How many more dropout troubles
"Natsu majika! Doko made tsuzuku ochikobore sōdō" (夏まじか!どこまで続く落ちこぼれ騒動)
1986-08-10 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
71 Summer camp starts! The evil coach is waiting!
"Natsu gasshuku totsunyū! Oni kantoku ga matteiru!!" (夏合宿突入!鬼監督が待っている!!)
1986-08-17 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
72 Scarier than the demon? Lady Yuka's cooking camp!
"Oni yori kowai? Ojō-sama Yuka no gasshuku ryōri!!" (鬼より怖い?お嬢様由加の合宿料理!!)
1986-08-24 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
73 Chef Yuka! It's a long hard road to be a gourmet chef!
"Hōchōnin Yuka! Gurume no michi wa kewashiku tōi!!" (包丁人由加!グルメの道は険しく遠い!!)
1986-08-31 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
74 Finally! Cooking battle between Minami & Yuka
"Tsui ni kita! Minami to Yuka no kukkingu dai sensō" (遂にきた!南と由加のクッキング大戦争)
1986-09-14 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
75 End of the cooking trouble!? Secret taste is from Minami's spice
"Oryōri sōdō kanketsu!? Kakushi aji wa Minami no supaisu" (お料理騒動完結!?隠し味は南のスパイス)
1986-09-21 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
76 Thinking of the floor exercise! Minami is waiting for Tatsuya!?
"Kinishite shintaisō! Minami wa Tatsuya o matteiru!?" (気にして新体操!南は達也を待っている!?)
1986-09-28 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
77 First match of the competition! Now summer is here!
"Yosen kumiawase kettei! Iyoiyo natsu honban!!" (予選組み合わせ決定!いよいよ夏本番!!)
1986-10-05 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
78 Highlights: Asakura Minami is 18! Now is the time for youth!
"Sōshūhen I: Asakura Minami wa 18-sai! Tadaima seishun shinkōkei!!" (総集編·浅倉南18才!ただいま青春進行形!!)
1986-10-12 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
79 Highlights: Fight Meisei! Kashiwaba doesn't scare us
"Soushuuhen II: Faito Meisei!! Kashiwaba nanka kowakunai" (総集編·ファイト明青!!柏葉なんか怖くない)
1986-10-19 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
80 Today is the first round! We're not going to lose!
"Honjitsu yosen ikkaisen! Yaruki dake wa makenaize!!" (本日予選一回戦!やる気だけは負けないぜ!!)
1986-10-26 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
81 First battle is no problem! The real enemy is Kashiwaba!?
"Tondemonai ikkaisen! Hontō no teki wa Kashiwaba!?" (とんでもない一回戦!本当の敵は柏葉!?)
1986-11-02 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
82 I can see! Kashiwaba brother's secret
"Mietazo! Kashiwaba kyōdai no fukai nazo" (見えたぞ!柏葉兄弟のふかーい謎)
1986-11-09 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
83 What will Tatsuya do in the second round! Kōtarō's in a pinch!!
"Dōsuru Tatsuya nikaisen! Kōtarō dai pinchi!!" (どうする達也二回戦!孝太郎大ピンチ!!)
1986-11-16 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
84 Yuka-chan in danger! Don't force the date so much
"Yuka-chan kiki ippatsu!! Oshikake dēto mo hodohodo ni" (由加チャン危機一髪!!押しかけデートもほどほどに)
1986-11-23 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
85 Unforgettable showdown! It's about time for his comeback!
"Shūnen no taiketsu!? Imagoro aitsuga kamubakku!" (執念の対決!今頃あいつがカムバック!)
1986-11-30 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
86 I'm not going to lose the third time! Behold the power of the ace!
"Makete tamaru ka sankaisen! ēsu no chikara o misete yaru!" (負けてたまるか三回戦!エースの力を見せてやる!)
1986-12-07 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
87 Unexpected!? Kashiwaba's romance! An awakening of love like Minami's
"Igai!? Kashiwaba romansu! Minami ni niteiru koigokoro" (意外!?柏葉ロマンス!南に似ている恋心)
1986-12-14 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
88 It's not revenge!? No signs in the fourth game!!
"Fukushū janai!? Nō sain de yonkaisen!" (復讐じゃない!?NOサインで4回戦!!)
1986-12-21 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
89 Tatsuya's the ace? Feeling the pressure!?
"Tatsuya wa ēsu? Senaka ni kanjiru puresshā!?" (達也はエース?背中に感じるプレッシャー!?)
1986-12-28 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
90 Round before the semifinals! Meisei vs. 3 pitchers!?
"Junjun kesshō! Meisei tai pitchā ga sannin!?" (準々決勝!明青VSピッチャーが3人!?)
1987-01-04 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
91 It's unexpected!? The game's not over yet!
"Ban kuruwase!? Mada mada shōbu wa wakaranai!" (番狂わせ!?まだまだ勝負は判らない!)
1987-01-11 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
92 Distressing image pile up! Tatsuya's more than Minami expected!
"Setsunai imēji kasanaru ne! Tatsuya wa Minami no yosō ijō!" (せつないイメージ重なるネ!達也は南の予想以上!)
1987-01-18 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
93 Here it comes!? Coach's order! Wounded heart, enduring Kashiwaba's program!
"Deta!? Kantoku meirei! Kokoro ni kizu motsu Kashiwaba saihai!" (出た!?監督命令!心に傷持つ柏葉采配!)
1987-01-25 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
94 In the middle of the semi-finals! Tat-chan going for the big new record!
"Junkesshō massaichū! Naruka Tatchan daikiroku!" (準決勝真最中!なるかタッちゃん大記録!)
1987-02-01 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
95 Celebrate, victory of the finals! Our fate lies in Kashiwaba's hand!
"Shuku, kesshō shinshutsu! Unmei wa Kashiwaba no te no naka ni!" (祝·決勝進出!運命は柏葉の手の中に!)
1987-02-08 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
96 One more to get to Kōshien! Hope! Kazuya's promise
"Ato hitotsu de Kōshien! Kanaetai! Kazuya no yakusoku" (あと1つで甲子園!叶えたい!和也の約束)
1987-02-15 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
97 Go go Meisei! Play ball to victory!
"Gō Gō Meisei! Shōri ni mukatte purē bōru!" (GoGo明青!勝利に向かってプレーボール!)
1987-02-22 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
98 Finals for whom!? See the real Tatsuya!
"Dare no Tame no kesshōsen!? Hontō no Tatsuya o misete!" (誰のための決勝戦!?本当の達也を見せて!)
1987-03-01 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
99 No more chances!? It's coming! The Kashiwaba sign!
"Mō ato ga nai!? Deruka! Kashiwaba sain!" (もう後が無い!?出るか!柏葉サイン!)
1987-03-08 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
100 Let's win Meisei! Kōshien is waiting for us!
"Katsuzo Meisei! Kōshien wa oretachi o matteiru!" (勝つぞ明青!甲子園は俺たちを待っている!)
1987-03-15 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
101 New starting line, from Tatsuya Uesugi to Minami Asakura...
"Atarashii stāto rain, Uesugi Tatsuya wa Asakura Minami o..." (新しいスタートライン·上杉達也は浅倉南を...)
1987-03-22 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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Staff

Theme songs

Opening
Episodes 1-27: Touch, by Yoshimi Iwasaki
Episodes 28-56: Ai ga Hitoribotchi, by Yoshimi Iwasaki
Episodes 57-79: Che! Che! Che!, by Yoshimi Iwasaki
Episodes 80-93: Hitoribotchi no Duet, by Yumekojo
Episodes 94-101: Jōnetsu Monogatari, by Yoshimi Iwasaki
Ending
Episodes 1-27: Kimi ga Inakereba, by Yoshimi Iwasaki
Episodes 28-62: Seishun, by Yoshimi Iwasaki
Episodes 63-79: Yakusoku, by Yoshimi Iwasaki
Episodes 80-101: Kimi wo Tobashita Gogo, by Yumekojo

TV Drama

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Live-action movie

A live-action movie of Touch was released in Japan on 10 September 2005; Keita Saito starred as Kazuya Uesugi, Masami Nagasawa as Minami Asakura, and Syota Saito as Tatsuya Uesugi.[1]

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Reception

Kazuya Kamenashi of the J-pop group KAT-TUN was named after Kazuya Uesugi.[1][2]

Tatsuya Ueda, of the same band, was named after Tatsuya Uesugi.[3]

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References

External links

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