Kuroko no Basuke

Title:Kuroko no Basuke
Kuroko's Basketball
The Basketball Which Kuroko Plays
黒子のバスケ (Japanese)
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Notables: ONO Kenshou
ONO Yuuki
Tetsuya Kuroko is a former member from the legendary middle school basketball team known as "The Generation of Miracles". Upon meeting Taiga Kagami he decides upon becoming his shadow to help him become Japan's greatest basketball player.
(Synopsis courtesy of ANN)

A Spring 2012 series, based on an ongoing manga (with 16 volumes and 150+ chapters since 2008)

25 episodes

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Watch 7 6 7 5 6 6 Ggultra2764 [series:2559#1552]
Kuroko's Basketball is a basketball-themed sports anime focused on a former member of a legendary basketball team of young prodigies called the "Generation of Miracles" named Kuroko who becomes part of the high school basketball team for Seirin High School and learns to work with the team to compete in an Inter-High tournament against rival high school teams, among which include members of Kuroko's old team. For the most part, the series dabbles into a good number of the typical tropes of sports and shounen anime with Kuroko, his Seirin teammates, and other characters continually working to improve their skills. In addition, the series milks the typical character tropes of both as well where rival teams think highly of themselves, most particularly Kuroko's former GoM teammates behaving arrogantly in response to Kuroko's team, and the characters don't really grow much out of their character types at least for the anime's first series, especially our deadpan and emotionally reserved lead titular character. On the plus side, the basketball games are reasonably engaging with characters demonstrating capable skills and abilities on the basketball court in spite of the majority of games being rather predictable in their outcomes. In spite of its hype, Kuroko's Basketball doesn't seem to have anything about it that particularly sticks out compared to other sports anime of its ilk. While sports anime fans may clamor for it, I suppose I'll be in no rush to try tracking down the anime's later seasons.

Last updated Saturday, May 12 2018. Created Saturday, May 12 2018.
Rent chibi [series:2559#2380]
Pure sports show, and an interesting one at that. Strong personalities and motivations from just about all the characters, and basketball action seems, to this non-player, well thought-out and realistic. At the end of the second season Kagami and Kuroko are forced to come up with a way to completely re-think their playing style and strategy - and their friendship - in order to defeat the "Generation of Miracles" opponents. Exciting stuff, I can't wait to see what they come up with. (I can't believe only Horrible is subbing this show.) Rent+ rating, maybe even Buy.

Last updated Sunday, September 23 2012. Created Sunday, September 23 2012.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:2559#628]
(Seven episodes watched):

I almost didn't watch this show at all, but I'm glad I did. To my surprise, Kuroko no Basuke swiftly and smoothly lays out an interesting premise: two freshman highschoolers join the school basketball team. One, Kagami, seems to the female coach like a once-in-a-lifetime find; he is talented, aggressive (having just spent a year playing the game in the US), and his physique is that of a God. If only he were not so arrogant and condescending. Another, Kuroko, seems like a total waste of time: he is miniscule, his shooting sucks, and somehow he hardly even seems noticeable even when you are standing right next to him. Yet it turns out that he was once a member of a team that was fantastically successful, and he plays a crucial part in winning. It was fun to watch this odd couple of two totally unlike guys coming together; I want to know more about them. Kuroko's unflappable, deadpan nature works well with the high and mighty Kagami, who does not suffer fools gladly. This show doesn't waste time and has clearly set its sights high. My only complaint is that this business about Kuroko being a 'shadow' seems exaggerated--you'd almost think that he could become completely invisible when he wishes. I'm usually not all that interested in sports anime, but I've got a feeling that this will be more about the developing friendship between Kagami and Kuroko (and Kagami starts out hating him) than about a team trying to win some championship. I'm excited about this show.

Episode two seemed less exciting. Rather than concentrating on the presumable friendship between Kuroko and Kagami, a formulaic plot seems to be coming together: each of the five superstars that Kuroko was once a teammate with has now joined a team of his own, and Kuroko and Kagami will try to defeat each of them in succession, the weakest one first and the strongest last, no doubt. At least we learn that Kuroko didn't like the old system where everybody but the five was a nobody--that wasn't a true team, he says. So, it looks like this will be a conflict between the superstars-are-everything approach and the one-for-all-and-all-for-one approach. And, the humor is pretty good here, so I am still enjoying the show. The basketball games are given enough originality and spirit to be modestly exciting. I just hope that the focus of the series will remain on Kuroko and Kagami rather than on the games themselves, since that's where my real interest lies.

Episodes three and four largely cover a practice match between Kuroko's team and the first (and weakest) of the five superstars, Kise. I was more interested by episode five, which covered what happens afterwards. Kise had appealed to Kuroko to transfer to his school and join his team, but Kuroko wasn't interested. The thought occured to me that maybe now Kise would be so impressed by the performance of Kuroko, Kagami and their teammates that he would offer to come over to their side. That way, instead of a predictable and formulaic plotline of growing steadily stronger and taking down each of the stars one by one, it would be a matter of persuading them to reform their philosophies of the sport, which would require three dimensional personalities rather than them being 'bad guys'. But, alas, Kise didn't make the offer. Still, this is an interesting show which I don't mind watching.

It looks like this show will indeed be more about what the team manages to accomplish than about the principal characters, Kuroko and Kagami. That's a disappointment; I'd much rather watch the friendship between this odd couple develop than see if their team can beat all five superstar teams (We all know they will). Can this show manage to remain amusing and keep the games interesting? Kuroko doesn't say much, or put forward much advice about how to deal with each opponent, or expand on why he prefers his current team to the previous one. Character development has pretty much come to a halt as all attention is focused on the games themselves. But it's what happens between the games which most interests me.

Last updated Friday, June 08 2012. Created Tuesday, April 17 2012.

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