My first impressions of : Kuroko no Basuke / (黒子のバスケ).
Genre: Sports, Comedy, High School, Shonen.
Animation Studio: Production IG.
What is it about: The basketball team of Teikō Middle School rose to distinction by demolishing all competition. The regulars of the team became known as the “Generation of Miracles”. After graduating from middle school, these five stars went to different high schools with top basketball teams.
However, a fact few know is that there was another player in the “Generation of Miracles”: a phantom sixth man. This mysterious player is now a freshman at Seirin High, a new school with a powerful, if little-known, team. Now, Kuroko Tetsuya, the sixth member of the “Generation of Miracles”, and Kagami Taiga, a naturally talented player who spent most of middle school in the US, are aiming to bring Seirin to the top of Japan, taking on Kuroko’s former teammates one by one. [Kuroko no Basuke Wiki page]
What do I think: Sports Anime doesn’t really take my fancy mainly due to the unrealistic powers and superhuman abilities of the characters, which take away the true spirit of the sport.
As I write this, Inzuma Eleven comes to mind! So what is it about Kuroko no Basuke that’s got me hooked? Read on to find out…
The initial hook was Kuroko and as the title suggests, is the protagonist. Kuroko is a ‘freshman’ at Seirin High, and at first it’s hard to imagine such a weak character being good at any kind of sport, yet alone being good at basketball. However, it’s not long until we realise he has a natural ‘gift’ of ‘presence-less’ in other words, he is able to conceal his presence which allows him to go unnoticed.
I could see how this can be a distinct player advantage, but the only problem is that Kuroko is not good at basketball, he can’t shoot, can’t dunk and isn’t particularly fast. However it’s intriguing to discover how he was once part of the undefeated “Generation of Miracles”.
Kagami is the other main character, who has enjoyed playing basketball when he was in America (not sure what he was doing in America, quite possibly away on Summer School?).
If Kuroko is short and weak then Kagami is tall and powerful, in other words he is the total opposite of Kuroko. Kuroko being aware of his limitations see’s potential in Kagami and offers to ‘team up’ to help Kagami achieve his dream to be Japan’s best high school basketballer.
Light and Shadow are used as metaphors to describe the players. For the shadow to be darker, it requires a brighter light. So Kuroko is the shadow and Kagami the light. Therefore, in theory, the more skilful Kagami gets the more skilful Kuroko gets. So the journey of ‘Light & Shadow’ begins.
The chemistry between Kuroko and Kagami is surprisingly strong, both on and off the court. Kagami being the hothead, often finds himself being coached by Kuroko who has a more tactful approach to situations.
Their partnership on the court can get heated at times, but outside the court the duo create many comical scenes that made me chuckle.
It’s going to be intriguing to see whether the Seirin High basketball team will win the ‘Inter High’ Championship Tournament, but what will be more interesting is to see how they do it…
Kuroko no Basuke is a short anime series of three seasons, first one consists of only 25 episodes, there are 50 in season 2 and 60 in season 3.There is a one off DVD episode called, Kuruko no Basuke: Tip Off. The episode covers Kuroko’s past, when he was part of the “Generation of Miracles”. However, the original weekly manga consisted of 30 volumes before being turned into anime.
You can legally stream the series via Crunchyroll: http://www.crunchyroll.com/kurokos-basketball
More info visit the dedicated wiki page: http://kurokonobasuke.wikia.com/wiki/Kuroko_no_Basuke_Wiki