Dark Merchant manga
Touch is a shounen story about two twin brothers, a pretty girl next door, and that good old pastime of baseball. The manga was written by one of the most well known manga-ka out there, Adachi Mitsuru in the early 80's (1981-1986). He's a wonderful writer who tends to write stories that are related to baseball and Koshien, the stadium where the All High School Baseball Tournament is held.
From Adachi's Universe: Slow Step follow the adventures of schoolgirl Minatsu as she looks for a man and tries to stay on top at school. She's got the school bully to worry about, two potential suitors, a pervert for a PE teacher, and a gang of criminals in hot pursuit.
This collection, titled simply Short Program, collected stories by Adachi published between 1985 and now. Volume 1: Story 1 - Change Story 2 - Take Off Story 3 - Short Program Story 4 - What's Going On!? (Part 1) Story 5 - What's Going On!? (Part 2) Story 6 - At the Intersection Story 7 - The Current State of Affairs Story 8 - Plus 1 Story 9 - Purple Volume 3: Story 1 - Clogs and Diamond Story 2 - Where the Wind Blows Story 3 - Angel's Hammer Story 4 - Memory Off (Pt. 1 & 2)
(From MangaDownloads): Rough is a romance/sports story by the great Adachi, and this time he seems to have been inpired by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: Yamato Keisuke, a promising freestyle swimmer, and Ninomiya Ami, a talented diver, are the offsprings of two rival families owners of confectionery shops. Two generations ago, Grandfather Ninomiya came up with an idea for an owl-shaped cake, but Grandfather Yamato quickly raised to the challenge and thought of a similar cake--but in Yamato's the owl had ears. Because they're priced the same, Yamato's extra ears were crucial, and that made the business of the Ninomiya confectionery suffered. Grandfather Ninomiya then fell ill worrying about his shop. Before his death, his last words were "I was killed by the Yamatos", and since that moment the two families have been sworn rivals.
15-year-old Atsushi Ando moves back to his home town with his family after 6 years. The story focuses on the fortunes and misfortunes he encounters in this town mostly due to pranks pulled by the ghost of his older brother Hitsushi Ando, AKA Q-Chan, whose death prompted the family to move away. The catch is that only Atsushi can see his brother's ghost.
Minori is the manager of her high school's baseball club, which has been defunct up until five years ago. Even now, it's a little rough, since there currently are no seniors in the club at all! None of the second year players know why the club closed so many years ago, or about the baseball history all their fathers share...
- Chap 1 (3 years ago)
Enter our hero Wakadaishou! He doesn't have much interest in school; he saves his energy for all the excitement he can stir up after school. This is an early Adachi Mitsuru 'youth manga', filled with engaging characters, comic scenes, and a young hero with a zest for life.
Track and field star Nimi, sees a boy molesting a girl on a train and he falls in love with her at first sight, as he get off the train he watches a baseball game where the girl is crying, her father is the coach of the team and the team is losing badly, he then swear to join the baseball team to make her happy, but there are obstacles one of her childhood friends is a extremely talented baseball player and loves her, and is always proposing to her and trying to make her his, and then there is another girl the ace of the track and field team who has fallen in love with Nimi when he was still doing track and field, and is trying to make him hers.
After the death of his mother, Shichimi sets out to join his half-brothers and -sister who live together in Karakuri Tenement, a place provided by the father they have never met. He finds out that each of them had different mothers (all of whom have died), but were fathered by the same man. Not long after Shichimi's arrival, the siblings decide to journey to visit the graves of each of their mothers. On this journey, they encounter many dangers. From: Wikipedia
(Summary from here): Wakamatsu Masato lives with his step-sister, Miyuki, whom he does not have blood relationship with. Their father is always working oversea (in fact, he has not appeared in the manga at all...) and left the two of them living by themselves in Toukyou. Miyuki is cute, nice, sensitive and very popular among guys around Masato. Masato has a girlfriend at school whose name is Kajima Miyuki, who is pretty and gentle, the ideal dream of every high school boy. It took years for Masato and his sister to realize whom they love and care most after a lot of events. The manga is very nicely written, with excellent layout, interesting story and character developments, refreshing art style and filled with youth and emotion. It also shows the dramatic improvement of the author's skill.
From ANN: The story of Mix takes place in the same Meisei Gakuen high school as Touch, only it is set 26 years later. Like Touch, Mix revolves around brothers, and promotional images indicate that Mix will also have the sport of baseball as a theme.
Collections of short stories: Volume #1: Volume #2: Volume #3: -Ace of hearts -Teens -Wind and Leaves -Hirahira's stories Volume #4:
Satoyama Katsuki is a carefree 15 year-old high school kid, and a pretty lazy one at that. However, he secretly has a crush on a girl who happens to share his name: Mizutani Katsuki. Upon finding out that Mizutani's father used to be a pro-boxer, and she herself infatuated with the sport, he reluctantly joins a boxing gym in order to impress Mizutani. Satoyama is quick to find out he may have the blood of a genius boxer running through his veins...
Jinbe a fromer soccer goalkeeper is now an aqaurium technititan, has a stepdaughter. Jibe's wife passed away. His stepdaughter doesn't yet know how much she loves him or what Jinbe's feelings are for her? Will this relationship turn into something more than stepfather and stepdaughter?
From Adachi's Universe: A quirky but fun series, Itsumo Misora explores the lives of six kids and how they are brought together by fate and the appearance of unusual powers. It contains everything Adachi is synonymous with: humor, sports, tangled lives, strange situations, and love triangles...
Idol Ace (アイドルA) is a manga written by Mitsuru Adachi about a high school girl who wishes to play on the high school baseball team, but can not due to the rules. Fortunately, her father is the team's coach, and her best friend happens to look very much like her, so she is able to do a swap with him during games and meet her dream.
From the creator of Touch and Nine, enter the world of Hirahira-kun Seishun Jingi! One of Adachi-sensei’s lesser known works, it follows 7th grader, Hirahira-kun as he deals with the 8th grade bully, Daimyoujin and tries to gain the affection of his fellow classmate, Yocchin!
Genre: School Life
15 year old Kasumi Kishimoto arranged to stay with her aunt when she entered high school. Upon ariving she is surprised to learn that there are four other people boarding there, all of whom are male and attending the same high school. And when one of them walks in on her bathing on her first night there, she wonders what she's gotten herself into.