Kuroko No Basket [Anime Review]
Kuroko no Basket is a Japanese sports manga series written and illustrated by Tadatoshi Fujimaki. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from December 2008 to September 2014, with the individual chapters collected into 30 volumes by Shueisha. It was adapted into an anime television series by Production I.G and began airing in 2012 till 2015. An anime film adaptation of the Kuroko’s Basketball: Extra Game premiered in Japan on March 18, 2017.
I am a BIG fan of basketball as well in real life, so I had to watch this. I play ball as well in the summer when the weather permits.
The anime follows the story of a Kuroko Tetsuya, Taiga Kagami and the Seirin basketball team as they try to make it to the National tournament.
In middle school, Kuroko became a part of the Teiko Middle School after rising through the ranks. The school rose to distinction by demolishing all competition and the regulars of the team became known as the “Generation of Miracles”. After graduating from middle school, the five stars went to different high schools with top basketball teams.
Now, Tetsuya Kuroko (also known as the sixth member of the “Generation of Miracles”) and Taiga Kagami – a naturally talented player who spent most of middle school in the US, aim to bring Seirin to the top of Japan.
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First off, I am a BIG fan of Kurokos’ opening theme songs – it’s so good. It reminds me of how Prince of Tennis utilizes its’ opening theme songs to set the mood. I thought everyone was moving into the EDM type of music but I’m glad Japan is still holding the torch for some good old rock and roll.
The quality of the animation is top notch, especially coming out of Production IG. The way they present how each players’ skills are believable enough, not so much that it breaks off from reality. It’s really close to breaking the border of disbelief but it is still grounded in realism. For example, Akashi’s’ “Emperor Eye” might sound unbelievable but in reality, it is possible – not to that extent of accurate repetition but it is possible.
The music in Kuroko is done well enough, the theme songs are the main highlight, but it serves its purpose well.
The story itself is nothing to be amazed though, it is your typical sports anime trope. Protagonist team meets some obstacles, wins some lose some, goes into training, beats obstacles afterward. It’s very well done for something that has been done so many times.
The main draw of this anime though is the concept, values it espouses, and its’ characters. It doesn’t stray far from the formula but it does the formula very well. The values of never giving up, fight until the end, working hard – all have been part of the sports anime universe and Kuroko does its’ part to impart its’ wisdom.
The characters are all likable as well. Each character and the eventual team they went to are an extension of the characters, and the supporting characters do well to compliment the main acts. You know they will end up losing to Seirin in the end but you just don’t want it to happen.
In the end, this is just an excellent sports anime. You won’t get any surprises in the ending but the journey to reach the eventual known conclusion is a blast. It reminds me of Eyeshield 21 to an extent.
Overall, I highly recommend this to any sports anime fan. It is well done in all aspects and you already know what you’re going to get. Lots of sports training montage to inspire you to get out there and kick some ass!
I give this anime (and manga consequently) 4/5 stars, thanks for reading my review! Follow me on Instagram for daily anime stuff and Facebook as well.