This collection contains volumes 16 and 17 of Cross Game (as originally published), and is the final collection of the series. It is the culmination of 15 previous volumes (7 collections). There is absolutely no point in starting here - go back to the beginning.
** This review contains NO plot details of any kind and NO spoilers for ANY volumes of the series. **
Cross Game is, simply put, one of the most exquisitely told stories I ever read. It unfolds at exactly the right pace, hitting exactly the right notes, in exactly the right ways. I have never gotten caught up along with the characters the way I did in this series. I have never wanted things for characters the way I wanted them for the Ko and his friends. From art to humor to drama and everything in between Adachi's coming of age baseball epic works perfectly. And, as I've mentioned in reviews of other volumes, I don't even particularly like baseball.
Cross Game is easily one of my favorite pieces of literature (yes, literature) of any form. It certainly won't be so for everyone, but I will gladly agree to disagree on the point.
Highest possible recommendation. And then some.