Touch (manga)

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Vol.14 of the Touch bunkoban, showing Tatsuya and Minami.
Genre Comedy, Romance, Sports (baseball)
Written by Mitsuru Adachi
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday
Original run 19811986
Volumes 26
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroko Tokita
Studio Group TAC, Studio Gallop
Network Fuji TV
Original run March 24, 1985March 22, 1987
Episodes 101 (List of episodes)
Anime film
Touch: Sebangō no Nai Ace
Directed by Gisaburō Sugii
Written by Yūjin Harada, Satoshi Namiki, Gisaburō Sugii
Music by Hiroaki Serizawa
Studio Group TAC
Released April 12, 1986
Runtime 93 minutes
Anime film
Touch 2: Sayonara no Okurimono
Directed by Naoto Hashimoto
Written by Tomoko Konbaru
Music by Hiroaki Serizawa
Studio Group TAC
Released December 13, 1986
Runtime 80 minutes
Anime film
Touch 3: Kimi ga Tōri Sugita Ato ni
Directed by Akinori Takaoka
Written by Yumiko Takahashi, Gisaburō Sugii
Music by Hiroaki Serizawa
Studio Group TAC
Released April 11, 1987
Runtime 83 minutes
Live-action television film
Directed by Yoshiharu Ueki
Written by Satoshi Kurumi
Network Fuji TV
Released June 1, 1987
Runtime about 80 minutes
Anime television film
Touch: Miss Lonely Yesterday
Directed by Akinori Nagaoka
Written by Tomoko Konbaru
Music by Hiroaki Serizawa
Studio Group TAC
Network Nippon Television
Released December 11, 1998
Runtime 93 minutes
Anime television film
Touch: Cross Road
Directed by Akinori Nagaoka
Written by Tomoko Konbaru
Music by Hiroaki Serizawa
Studio Group TAC
Network Nippon Television
Released February 9, 2001
Runtime 93 minutes
Live-action film
Directed by Isshin Inudo
Written by Yukiko Yamamura
Music by Suguru Matsutani
Released September 10, 2005
Runtime 116 minutes
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Touch (Japanese: タッチ Hepburn: 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 anime TV series[1]—which was one of the highest-rated anime television series ever[2]—three theatrical anime movies which summarized the TV series, two anime TV specials which take place after the events in the TV series,[3] 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.[4]


Touch follows the twin brothers Tatsuya and Kazuya Uesugi and the girl next door they grew up with and both grew to love, Minami Asakura. As they move from middle school to Meisei High School Kazuya devotes himself to being the ace pitcher of the baseball club and bringing the team to the Koshien, the national high school baseball tournament, fulfilling a childhood promise to Minami. Tatsuya leads a more frivolous life, avoiding conflict with his dear brother in sports or over their shared affection for Minami. In their first year, on the morning of the final game of the prefectural tournament, Kazuya is struck and killed by a truck in a traffic accident. In the second half of the story, Tatsuya takes up his brother's place in the baseball team and tries to fulfill his brother's goal.


Tatsuya Uesugi (上杉 達也 Uesugi Tatsuya?)
The main character. The elder of the Uesugi twins, seemingly selfish and lazy, he is actually very altruistic and reluctant to compete against others, especially his brother, Kazuya. A naturally talented athlete, he could be successful in baseball or most sports if he put in the effort but lets his younger brother succeed in his place. Like Kazuya, he loves Minami Asakura, the girl next door and their childhood friend, but initially cedes this relationship to his brother as well. When Tatsuya starts high school he nearly joins the baseball club but, when he hears that Minami has joined as the club manager, he can't go through with it. Instead, Harada cons him into joining the boxing club with him. After Kazuya's death, he joins the baseball club as their ace pitcher. Voiced by: Yūji Mitsuya
Kazuya Uesugi (上杉 和也 Uesugi Kazuya?)
The younger of the Uesugi twins. Serious, hard working, and seemingly confident in everything he does, he seems to be the complete opposite of his older brother, Tatsuya. His pitching skills, perfect manners, and perfect grades makes him the idol of his parents, his schoolmates, and the neighborhood. He and everyone else sees himself and Minami as the perfect couple who will eventually marry. He strives to lead Meisei to win the prefectural tournament and advance to the national tournament at the Koushien, fulfilling a childhood promise to take Minami there. Though he projects a image of confidence he is actually always wary of his brother, knowing that, if Tatsuya tried, he could be a better athlete than he is and also steal Minami away. On the verge of fulfilling Minami's dream, while walking alone to meet up with the team on the day of the prefectural tournament's final match, he is struck and killed by a truck in a traffic accident. Voiced by: Keiichi Nanba
Minami Asakura (浅倉 南 Asakura Minami?)
The Uesugi twins' neighbor and childhood friend. A responsible, attractive, athletic and intelligent student who also has to help her father with house chores and at the family coffee shop since her mother died at a young age. Her interests match up more with Kazuya, whom she cares for very deeply and supports completely on his road to the Koushien, but her heart mainly lies with Tatsuya. Like Kazuya, she see Tatsuya's true potential and kind heart. Althhough she wishes to focus on being the basebal teams manager, she is eventually convinced to join the school's rhythmic gymnastics team and becomes a star athlete on her own. Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka
Shingo Uesugi (上杉 信悟 Uesugi Shingo?); Haruko Uesugi (上杉 晴子 Uesugi Haruko?)
Tatsuya and Kazuya's parents. Always seen flirting and teasing 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. (Shingo) Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba, (Haruko) Voiced by: Kazue Komiya
Punch (パンチ Panchi?)
Punch is the Uesugi family Samoyed. She has puppies in part 2 of the manga. In the anime, Punch is a male dog and the puppies are instead adopted strays. Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba
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 but he remains faithful to her, never interested in remarrying. Despite this, he maintains an upbeat, positive attitude, looking forward to the day he believes Minami and Kazuya will marry. For a while, he also employs Tatsuya part-time and sees what a good worker he can be. After Kazuya's death he realizes that Minami loves, and had always loved, Tatsuya and supports both of them. Voiced by: Hiroshi Masuoka (voice actor)
Kōtarō Matsudaira (松平 孝太郎 Matsudaira Kōtarō?)
Meisei's portly catcher and clean-up hitter. He is Kazuya's best friend and is always paired with him. Initially, he is vehemently against Tatsuya joining the baseball team but eventually warms to him and becomes as close to him as he was to Kazuya. He occasionally expresses his jealousy of his friends' greater talent and ability to attract Minami and other girls.Voiced by: Shōzō Hayashiya (9th)
Shōhei Harada (原田 正平 Harada Shōhei?)
A big, intimidating schoolmate at Meisei. Introduced as a street brawler and bully, he actually proves to be kindhearted and very loyal to his friends, especially to Tatsuya and Minami, who he often gives sound advice to on various matters. He is a member, and eventual captain, of the boxing club and initially had Tatsuya join him, forcing him to toughen up and exercise. Voiced by: Banjō Ginga
Akio Nitta (新田 明男 Nitta Akio?)
A star slugger for Sumi Tech, the two time winner of the prefectural tournament and runner-up at Koshien. Akio became seriously devoted to baseball when he played against Kazuya in middle school. He has a crush on Minami and is a friend of Harada's from junior high, when they were both delinquents. After Kazuya dies he wants Tatsuya to take his place and show him "Kazuya's pitches" again.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 childish besides. She enters Meisei under the pretense of spying for her brother but really is there to try to seduce Tatsuya into being her boyfriend. She is very good at observing and analyzing baseball players. Despite her bratty behavior, she is also a very good student who scores even higher in history exams than Sakata.Voiced by: Miina Tominaga
Isami Nishimura (西村 勇 Nishimura Isami?)
A somewhat conceited pitcher who refuses to acknowledge Tatsuya's skills and considers Akio Nitta to be his true rival. He has the best curve ball of any pitcher in their prefecture but no one will rise to his boasting. He also has a crush on Minami and constantly asks her out on dates. Due to overusing his curve ball he suffers damages his elbow and can no longer effectively pitch in his final tournament. Voiced by: Ryūsei Nakao
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 throughout the prefectural tournament. 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," unaware that he had gotten him confused with his elder brother, the more popular Eiichirō. Coach Nishio returns at the end of the prefectural tournament. Voiced by: Kōichi Kitamura
Eijirō Kashiwaba (柏葉 英二郎 Kashiwaba Eijirō?)
A brutal and spartan substitute coach that fills in while Coach Nishio is ill. Nishio meant to recommend his brother, Eiichirō, but either he or the school got the names mixed up. On his first day, he fires Minami as manager and ruthlessly beats Tatsuya. His training consists of further beatings, humiliation, and working the players beyond exhaustion. Most first year members of the team quickly resigned. He holds a grudge against Meisei's baseball team because of some events that occurred when he attended. He also compares the Uesugi twins' relationship to his own poor relationship with his own brother. Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka
Sachiko Nishio (西尾 佐知子 Nishio Sachiko?)
Daughter of Coach Nishio, girlfriend of Kuroki, and early manager for the Meisei High team. Early on, she mistakes Tatsuya for Kazuya and recognizes his athletic ability, encouraging him to join the team as well. Voiced by: Hiromi Tsuru
Takeshi Kuroki (黒木 武 Kuroki Takeshi?)
Upperclassman of Kazuya who initially scouts him and finds his pitching so incredible that he unselfishly gives up his position as Meisei's ace the following year. He moves to third base and becomes team captain. He and his girlfriend Sachiko see talent in Tatsuya as well as Kazuya, and try to get him to join the team, especially after Kazuya dies. Voiced by: Kaneto Shiozawa
Takeshi Yoshida (吉田 剛 Yoshida Takeshi?)
Transfer student to Meisei High who initially idolizes Tatsuya. He joins the team in their second year to be close to him and to try to gain self confidence. As his skills increase as a pitcher, being able to effectively mimic both Tasuya's fastball and Nishimura's curve ball with great control, he grows from confident to over-confident, conceited, and condescending. He challenges Tatsuya in a pitching contest for the ace position but before the duel can be held he has to move to South America due to his father's job. He returns in his third year as a cocky and ill-mannered pitcher of another team to play a game against Meisei. Voiced by: Yoku ShioyaVoiced by: Ryō Horikawa
Sakata (坂田?)
Voiced by: Minoru Inaba
In the same class as Yuka Nitta and top student of their year. Despite being timid and not athletic, he joins the team and sticks with it even after the majority of the other new students quit. He falls in love with Yuka and tenaciously tries to win her affection.
Eiichirō Kashiwaba (柏葉 英一郎 Kashiwaba Eiichirō?)
The brother of Eijirō, and the one who Coach Nishio thought he was hiring. He might not be the model baseball hero that many believe him to be. Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi



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 4-09-162134-1
  • Though We've Made It to High School (高等部へきたけれど Kōtōbu e Kita Keredo?) (vol.2), June 2002, ISBN 4-09-162135-X
  • Twin Princes (双子の王子 Futago no Ōji?) (vol.3), June 2002, ISBN 4-09-162136-8
  • A Walk or a Strikeout (四球か三振 Shikyū ka Sanshin?) (vol.4), July 2002, ISBN 4-09-162155-4

Other books[edit]

  • 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 4-09-408045-7
  • 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 4-09-199591-8

Anime series[edit]

The anime series of Touch premiered on 24 March 1985, and ran until 22 March 1987, comprising 101 episodes in total.[5] 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] In a 2005 poll by TV Asahi of the top 100 animated television series, Touch was ranked 9th.[6]

A Laserdisc boxset of the series was released in Japan on December 10, 1995.[7]

# Title[8] Original air date
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!!) 
March 24, 1985
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) 
March 31, 1985
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!?) 
April 7, 1985
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!!) 
April 14, 1985
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!?) 
April 21, 1985
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) 
April 28, 1985
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!?) 
May 5, 1985
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!?) 
May 12, 1985
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!) 
May 19, 1985
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!) 
May 26, 1985
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!!) 
June 2, 1985
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!?) 
June 9, 1985
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) 
June 16, 1985
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!?) 
June 23, 1985
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!!) 
June 30, 1985
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!) 
July 7, 1985
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!?) 
July 14, 1985
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!) 
July 21, 1985
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) 
August 4, 1985
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!!) 
August 11, 1985
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) 
August 18, 1985
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!) 
August 25, 1985
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) 
September 8, 1985
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!) 
September 22, 1985
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!!) 
September 29, 1985
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...) 
October 6, 1985
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!) 
October 13, 1985
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...) 
October 20, 1985
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!?) 
October 27, 1985
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) 
November 3, 1985
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) 
November 10, 1985
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) 
November 17, 1985
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!?) 
November 24, 1985
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) 
December 1, 1985
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!) 
December 8, 1985
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!?) 
December 15, 1985
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!!) 
December 22, 1985
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!?) 
December 29, 1985
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!!) 
January 5, 1986
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!!) 
January 12, 1986
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) 
January 19, 1986
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) 
January 26, 1986
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!?) 
February 2, 1986
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) 
February 9, 1986
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!!) 
February 16, 1986
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!!) 
February 23, 1986
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!!) 
March 2, 1986
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!!) 
March 9, 1986
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!!) 
March 16, 1986
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!!) 
March 23, 1986
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!!) 
March 30, 1986
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!!) 
April 6, 1986
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!) 
April 13, 1986
54 "Finally, the last Kōshien!"
"Dainibu kan: Iyoiyo saigo no Kōshien dazo!!" (いよいよ最後の甲子園だゾ!!) 
April 20, 1986
55 "Highlights: Memories are too beautiful..."
"Sōshūhen: Omoide wa utsukushisugite..." (総集編·思い出は美し過ぎて...) 
April 27, 1986
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!) 
May 4, 1986
57 "A mysterious new coach turns up!"
"Nazo no shinkantoku ga yattekuru!!" (謎の新監督がやってくる!!) 
May 11, 1986
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!!) 
May 18, 1986
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) 
May 25, 1986
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) 
June 1, 1986
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!!) 
June 8, 1986
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) 
June 15, 1986
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?) 
June 22, 1986
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) 
June 29, 1986
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!!) 
July 6, 1986
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!) 
July 13, 1986
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!) 
July 20, 1986
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!!) 
July 27, 1986
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!!) 
August 3, 1986
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) 
August 10, 1986
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!!) 
August 17, 1986
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!!) 
August 24, 1986
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!!) 
August 31, 1986
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) 
September 14, 1986
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) 
September 21, 1986
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!?) 
September 28, 1986
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!!) 
October 5, 1986
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!!) 
October 12, 1986
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) 
October 19, 1986
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!!) 
October 26, 1986
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!?) 
November 2, 1986
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) 
November 9, 1986
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!!) 
November 16, 1986
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) 
November 23, 1986
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!) 
November 30, 1986
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!) 
December 7, 1986
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) 
December 14, 1986
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!!) 
December 21, 1986
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!?) 
December 28, 1986
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!?) 
January 4, 1987
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!) 
January 11, 1987
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!) 
January 18, 1987
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!) 
January 25, 1987
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!) 
February 1, 1987
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!) 
February 8, 1987
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) 
February 15, 1987
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!) 
February 22, 1987
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!) 
March 1, 1987
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!) 
March 8, 1987
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!) 
March 15, 1987
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...) 
March 22, 1987


Theme songs[edit]

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
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

Live-action movie[edit]

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.


The manga has sold approximately 100 million of copies.[9]

Kazuya Kamenashi of the J-pop group KAT-TUN was named after Kazuya Uesugi.[10][11] Tatsuya Ueda, of the same band, was named after Tatsuya Uesugi.[12]


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  2. ^ a b "Touch DVD-Box". AnimeOnDVD. Retrieved October 28, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Touch". Retrieved September 13, 2006. 
  4. ^ 小学館漫画賞: 歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved August 19, 2007. 
  5. ^ Hitoshi Doi's Touch TV series episode guide
  6. ^ "TV Asahi Top 100 Anime Part 2". Anime News Network. September 23, 2005. Retrieved October 28, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Animerica" 3 (11). Viz Media. 1995. p. 19. ISSN 1067-0831. 
  8. ^ "タッチTVシリーズ => ストーリー" (in Japanese). Group TAC. Archived from the original on October 24, 2007. Retrieved October 29, 2007. 
  9. ^ 傑作純愛ラブストーリー「タッチ」が、長澤まさみさん主演で実写化! (in Japanese). Toho. 2004-12-13. Archived from the original on 2009-03-03. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  10. ^ "亀梨和也". 話題の芸能人・有名人. October 9, 2008. 「和也」という名前は、親戚の姉があだち充原作のアニメ『タッチ』に出てくる「上杉和也」から付けた。 
  11. ^ "KAT-TUN 亀梨和也". アイドルnet. October 9, 2008. 名前の由来は、「タッチ」の上杉和也 
  12. ^ Cartoon KAT-TUN Episode 43; aired on NTV on 30 January 2008.

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