Kuroko no Basuke: Exciting or Outrageous?

A few months ago, I finally gave in and joined the bandwagon by watching the entire Kuroko no Basuke anime series. Kuroko no Basuke (黒子のバスケ / Kuroko’s Basketball) is a manga series by Fujimaki Tadatoshi (藤巻 忠俊).  I watched the first season back in 2012 when it first aired.  I found it entertaining that time, but didn’t really felt any connection with the characters.  That’s why I didn’t watch the next seasons until a few months ago.

kuroko no basuke

Fast-forward to 2015.  I felt that the universe was not-so-subtly urging me to watch KnB.  On my Twitter timeline, fan art and screenshots of the series frequently appeared.  On my blog reader, KnB posts abounded.  And so I finally gave in like a normal human being bombarded by constant temptation.

I watched it from episode 1 of the first season.  My impression of season 1 hadn’t changed since I first watched it back in 2012.  But when I began season 2, I was hooked.  It didn’t make me want to play basketball unlike Slam Dunk and Dear Boys.  Heck, I would be terrified of playing in the world of KnB with all of those freak geniuses, especially those monsters from the Generation of Miracles (キセキの世代 / Kiseki no Sedai).

What I Liked

1. The Freakish Talents
It’s not only the members of the Generation of Miracles that have freakish talents.  Almost every team has at least a genius.  Watching these geniuses clash against each other is entertaining and exciting, like entering another dimension.

2. The Comedy
It’s not as funny compared to my other favourite series, but I like that it successfully made me laugh.  I like series that make me laugh, but not all series that make me laugh are good.  Fortunately, KnB managed to be both funny and good at the same time.

3. The Hot Guys
You already know that I love ogling bishounen.  Need I say more? Yum~  (≚ᄌ≚)ℒℴѵℯ

kuroko no baske - fanart

4. The Even Hotter Voices
Ono Kenshou, Ono Yuuki, Eguchi Takuya.  And of course, Ono Daisuke, Suwabe Jun’ichi, Nakai Kazuya, and Kamiya Hiroshi.  Oh my gosh.  From just this cast alone, I won’t give a damn if the story is total crap.  I’ll still watch just to hear these guys’ voices.  Ah, be still my  heart.

5. The Rivalry
Good sports series feature great rivalry between the characters.  Victory is just an empty goal if there is no meaningful interaction between the players.  Although the Generation of Miracles started off as arrogant bastards, their gradually growing respect for Kuroko, Kagami and the other Seirin members fuel admirable rivalries between them.

What I Didn’t Like

1. The Freakish Talents
Like I said above, watching these geniuses clash against each other is entertaining and exciting.  However, there are a lot of times that I felt it’s too much.  It seems like everyone has some sort of super talent.  Take the “Zone”, for example.  I know that this happens in real life, but the way they portrayed it in KnB was just too over-the-top that I couldn’t help but roll my eyes.  They look like they turned into cyborgs or something with those laser lights coming out of their eyes.  Still awesome, though.

kagami taiga vs aomine daiki - kuroko no basuke

2. Not Enough Training Shown
The difficult and (mostly) unconventional training in sports anime is one of my most favourite aspects of the genre.  I like watching the struggles of the characters as they do their best to improve their skills, and of course watching them reap the fruits of their labour.  KnB, especially in Season 1, don’t show enough training.  It’s just one match after another.

3. Kuroko Didn’t Feel Like the Main Character
If not for the title, KUROKO no Basuke, I wouldn’t even think that he’s the main protagonist.  Kagami Taiga overshadows him, but I guess that’s the main point because Kuroko is an “invisible man”.  The influence of the 5 members of the Generation of Miracles are so overpowering that it feels that they play greater roles than both Kuroko and Kagami.

4. The Ending
I’m glad that Seirin won.  Hooray, hooray, yay, yay!  But ending the series with that victory left me unsatisfied.  I want more!  I want to know what happens to them throughout their entire high school basketball careers, or even after that; whether they stopped playing basketball or went on to become professional players.  But I guess that it wouldn’t be as interesting anymore if the series drag on too long.  Okay.  So I’m a little satisfied, after all.

Rating: 😀 😀 😀 🙂 (3 & 1/2 out of 5 grins)

l really like Kuroko no Basuke.  It definitely doesn’t make the cut as my #1 favourite sports anime, but it entertained me and left me wanting for more.  The characters are hot and their voices are hotter (always important to me).  The matches are exciting, although often bordering towards the outrageous, but who cares?  This is anime and anything can happen.

Kuroko no Basuke Official Anime Website (Japanese)

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Published by Arria Cross

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  1. At first I watched it because it’s so popular and I was curious why KnB become like that. Then I started watching 1st season just because my sister want to see it.

    I stopped until episode 13 cause it wasn’t that entertaining. The reason is just like you, their talent is too much, don’t like Kagami because he’s to hot-headed (i know sometimes we need someone like him in shounen, but no… it’s to much for me)

    Then a few months ago I re-watched it again. Idk I still save it on my drive and I found it…. entertaining. Idk why, I just did (seems like me 3 years back then and right now have a different taste). After I watched 2nd and 3rd season, I feel like I’ve watched a real game (It’s I.G. Production after all, most of my favorite anime were produce there).

    I like its character development, I found this quite realistic and glad to see how they recognize Kuroko and changed.

    Mm, about training scene, imo it’s enough. I prefer seeing their match rather than seeing more practice scene. I know they skipped so much time, but I think the point of the story is telling us how Kuroko’s basketball change his friend view.

    For me, the ending is satisfying because I’m glad that old Akashi is back. Hahaha. KnB is one of animes that I can find it amusing even after I watched and watched it again.

    I read Extra Game and glad to see Kiseki no Seidai plays together again (I’m not spoiling, rite?). They said they’ll make an OVA and I bet It’ll be good. I really want to see they’re moving and being voiced.

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    1. So I’m not the only one who wasn’t that impressed when first watching the anime. I was like, what’s with all the hype? It was still airing during that time, so I managed to finish the entire first season back in 2012. When the season 2 began airing, I just ignored it since I wasn’t that enthusiastic about it.

      I agree with you. The character development is good for most of the characters, most especially with the Generation of Miracles since they have such a huge influence on the entire series.

      Oh, I see. Well, I guess it’s different for each individual. I personally like sports series to show as much “unusual” training series because it feels more gratifying to watch the fruits of these training sessions on the actual games. It makes the actual games more exciting for me this way. And I can’t really blame the anime for skipping so much and increasing the pace since they only have a limited amount of episodes per season, after all.

      As for the ending, I’m satisfied but not 100% satisfied. I love my epilogues, especially the ones that are years after the “official” ending. I’m not looking forward to watching this anime again soon, but since I adore Akashi, what do I know? Maybe I’ll end up watching season 3 again just to see him in action. 😉

      I heard about Extra Game and it sounds interesting. I haven’t read it yet. I’m not that enthusiastic about reading it, but it’s already on my to-read list so I’ll get to it when I get to it. Is it complete already or is it still ongoing? I heard that the OVA is going to be released next month.


      1. It’s still ongoing. I don’t know when will this extra game complete (maybe around five chapters to go), but I hope they stop making continuation of this series. I don’t want KnB become never-ending series and the quality goes down (I used to like tenipuri and ended up hating the series and mangaka).


      2. I see. Is it good? I can’t really comment on it because I haven’t read it yet. But if it’s an epilogue-like series showing what happened to the important characters after the official ending, then perhaps I’ll like it. I’ll probably wait until it’s completed before I read it.

        I have to agree with you regarding PoT. It has gone too long, losing a lot of its charms. But that’s just or opinions since I knew some who are still hooked on it, wanting for more.


      3. It’s good. I think you’ll like it. They showed what’s happening after the story. You’ll be happy to see how Akashi in Extra Game and how others react towards him.

        Anw, about the thing I mentioned before, I’ve to correct it’s anime film not OVA. Sorry, hehe. Though they haven announce much what kind of movie they’ll make, but I bet its taken from Extra Game.

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      4. Oooooh. Sounds interesting, especially since Akashi is my most favourite character in the series.

        Hmmm. I heard something about an OVA being released around Christmas time, though.


      5. Wait… The OVA which is going to be released next month wasn’t it the one bundle with 3rd season dvd contains what they’re doing after winter cup but before the epilogue?

        For animated version of this extra game might come up next year.


  2. I agree with you about the talents of the players. They do border on the outrageous even by anime standards sometimes.

    The ending did feel blahzay too. But those are minor gripes. This was still an awesome show

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      1. I’d say I was about 90% satisfied with the ending of the series. The epilogue after they won was nonexistent. They won the title and then….nothing really. Everyone just went their own ways

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      2. I completely agree with you. I wish there was more after the ending, some kind of update of what they’re doing, maybe some years after they won. I heard about the “Extra Game” manga, but I haven’t read it yet. Have you?

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  3. Great review ! Can’t agree more on both the bad and good aspects. Though I’m very emotionally attached to KnB for introducing me to the sport genre (as I might have told you before), I very much agree with you about the over-the-top ninja magic they did out there ! hahaha At the beginning it was normal, midway still acceptable, but through to the end I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many sparkles, glowing eyes and overdramatical “bakuse no jutsu!” cries! It can rival any battle shonen! rofl just found out Kuroko will be a support character in the Shonen Jump Battle Playstation videogame, J-Stars Victory Vs..oh.

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    1. Thank you! It’s not a favourite, but I think it deserves a post I my blog because I did enjoy it while it lasted. And yes, I think I remember you saying something like that. Ahaha. You got it right. The “ninja magic” moves were too over-the-top towards the end. They’re still enjoyable, though. I don’t play games, but I’m curious what kind of role Kuroko will play as a supporting character in that game. Do you know? Does he misdirect enemy’s attention or something?

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      1. Hahah Unfortunately nothing as cool. XD He will be throwing balls at his opponents like some kind of sniper. I’m glad that at least they kept him in his very passive support role. I almost didn’t even see him when he popped out because he appears so far away from the actual battle. XD But FWOSH. Do his balls hurt.

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      2. Yes, he uses basketballs XD I find him quite cute as well and adorable as he smashes balls in other shonen jump characters faces, but other people seemed to disagree with me…hugs him protectively

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