Kuroko no Basket
Sports anime have a way of entertaining even the most nonathletic of people, namely myself. The player’s talents are exaggerated, their personalities are quirky and fun, and there’s at least one hot guy thrown in there to please fangirls like me. Kuroko’s Basketball is no exception, but there’s something about it that appeals to me more than other anime in its genre. Right from the get-go, I was impressed with Kuroko, simply because he defied all my expectations of a main character. As it turns out, he’s specialty is being invisible and passing the ball, and his goal is to help his teammate become the best player in Japan. A main character with the role of supporting character? Now that’s…different.
The basic setup here is that you have five prodigies who formed a team called “The Generation of Miracles,” and now they each have separated to join different high school basketball teams. Kuroko is one such prodigy–the sixth “phantom” member. At the beginning of the series, he signs up to join Seirin, a team that is in need of a major breakthrough to be taken seriously. Unlike other teams, they have a young female coach who is good at reading physical strengths and weaknesses instantly just by looking at people (it’s not an excuse to look at half-naked men or anything).
Seirin also welcomes another new member, the hotheaded Taiga, who is quite impressive for his height and slam dunks. It doesn’t take long for Kuroko to recognize his potential to be as strong as the Generation of Miracles. Despite their personalities are completely opposite, they learn how to work together. Kuroko becomes his “shadow,” using his lack of presence to direct the ball to Taiga so that he can make all the big shots. Before Seirin realizes it, they depend on this unlikely duo to win their most challenging games. In this season, their goal is to break through the Interhigh championship and then prepare for the Winter Cup.
The Generation of Miracles is fascinating. Each player has their own style of basketball and a big ego to go with it. While Kise is good at copying other player’s moves, Midorima can score from any spot on the court, and Aomine is just a monster. What’s interesting to notice is how different Kuroko is from the other prodigies. He never steps into the spotlight or looks down on others. That is because to him, basketball is only worth it if you incorporate good team play. It’s not all about winning by yourself, like the other GoM players seem to believe at first. It’s an important lesson for Taiga to learn, as Kuroko wants to prove the power of their style of basketball.
I don’t know how anyone can watch this and not get addicted. Every match is designed to be exciting due to the reputation of Seirin’s opponents, increasing in suspense towards the heart-pounding finale. The series is animated by Production IG, so of course the most important games are going to look stunning. So much detail goes into every inch of their movement and sweat, allowing them to appear fluid and crisp.
Not only is this series dramatic and suspenseful, it’s also a great comedy! Kuroko’s invisible nature gets a lot of laughs, as he seems to appear in front of people without warning, scaring them half to death. There’s a joke at every corner of their practices, lunches, or whatever they might be doing. So the coach is a bad cook? Then make the players die a slow death. So they find a cute little puppy that looks like Kuroko? Then make the oh-so-aggressive Taiga afraid of dogs. My favorite is probably Midorima’s obsession over zodiac signs and horoscopes. You never know what “lucky item” he’s going to be carrying next. See that pretty little frog in the screenshot? *cowers*
If you’re about to pick up Kuroko’s Basketball, then I really envy you. This is the kind of show that’s best to marathon when you get hooked. And if you’ve already seen and love it, then let’s hope for a second season in the near future, because this is only just getting started! What’s going to happen at the Winter Cup? And who are the last two members of the Generation of Miracles? To be continued…
Mimi’s Score: 8/10 meeps
Justin’s Score: 8/10 meeps
Dusk’s Score: ?