The first two volumes of the Japanese edition were described by Anime News Network (ANN) as "quietly brilliant" and "the slice-of-life genre at its best", saying that despite some "storytelling goofs", there is "no matching the pleasant feelings that come from reading this series."  The French edition was praised by Manga News as a "great success"  and "a pure delight as usual,"  citing as key ingredients the "appealing and funny characters" put in funny situations,  accessible drawing style,  and Adachi's talent for staging baseball scenes;  Adachi was praised for his ability to mix "the sports world which he cherishes so much and the love relationships that are not yet real but so much implied and awaited"  and his skill at rendering moving scenes without dialogue.  The reviewer noted that while Adachi's art style has not changed much since Touch , his layouts are cleaner and his action scenes more dynamic than before.  Anime Land praised Adachi for his "sense of the elliptical and staging",  the verisimilitude of his stories,  appealing secondary characters,  and ability to develop comedy in just one panel.  The reviewer claimed Adachi's handling of Wakaba's death is "remarkable" and that the event "gave real meaning" to the story.