I’ve started another sports anime and I must say this one looks very promising. I have to admit I am enjoying Kuroko’s Basketball much more than I thought I would. I didn’t go into this anime with low expectations but after watching Free! Iwatobi Swim Club I was apprehensive to try another sports anime.
However during my recent livestream Pokeninja90 mentioned she had watch a few episodes at the urging of her brother and they weren’t bad. I feel like we have similar viewing tastes so I decided to give Kuroko’s Basketball a chance. I am glad I did.
“An up-and-coming power player, Taiga Kagami, is just back from America. When he comes to Seirin High School, he meets the super-ordinary boy, Tetsuya Kuroko. Kagami is shocked to find that Kuroko isn’t good at basketball, in fact, he’s bad! And he’s so plain that he’s impossible to see. But Kuroko’s plainness lets him pass the ball around without the other team noticing him, and he’s none other than the sixth member of the Miracle Generation.” –Crunchyroll
During the first season we are introduced to three other members of the Generation of Miracles and learn more about Kuroko’s time spent playing with them. We also watch as not only Kuroko and Kagami grow but the rest of the players (including the Generation of Miracles) surrounding their basketball world grow as well.
I really enjoyed Kuroko’s character. It’s interesting to watch a sports anime about a player who isn’t completely remarkable. I thought it was a really nice spin for a sports anime to take this route. The description of Kuroko drew me in to watching this show even more because I was curious as to how his presence (or lack there of) would influence the course of the show.
I wasn’t disappointed in Kuroko’s portrayal in the least. Not only is he interesting to watch on the court but his belief that playing as a team is really what matters is very moving. How he interacts with the other characters (especially Kagami and the rest of the Generation of Miracles) is compelling and attention grabbing.
Another aspect I enjoyed about the show is the detail in which the go into the lives of the other characters not just Kagami and Kuroko. You learn a lot about many of the characters, which really adds to the emotional feels when any of the characters are playing. For example if by the end of season one you aren’t rooting for Kise and team Kajo (a member of the Generation of Miracles and a rival team to Kuroko’s) with every fiber of your being than you my friend might have a heart of stone.
You begin to learn about the other characters as much as you learn about the main characters. I think their character develop through the show seems realistic and even their improvements in basketball follow a sense of realism. Nobody is going to improve overnight. It takes dedication and many times it is the loses we have in sports that teach us the most about how we can become greater. Kuroko’s Basketball understands this and tries to highlight these themes.
Finally I have to give Kuroko’s Basketball for having such strong female characters in the anime. The nice thing about this show is that the female characters really contribute to their teams’ success. In Haikyu I have to admit that as much as I love Shimizu and Yachi they are manly there for moral support. They don’t really guide the boys of Karasuno as far as their skills or improvements are concerned. Their main function is to give them perspective when necessary.
Riko Aida and Satsuki Momoi have very different roles in Kuroko’s Basketball and their involvement with their prospective teams is integral to their teams’ success. Their function in the show isn’t necessary to give the players moral support instead it is to provide them with the tools necessary to improve as players and therefore win.
Riko Aida is the coach of the Seirin basketball team. This is the team that Kuroko and Kagami play on. She excels physical therapy and molding the potential of her players. Riko’s eye doesn’t miss a beat and not a single player on her team can hid a thing from her when it comes to basketball. She’s a tough coach but her players respect her because she knows that her training will bring out the best of them. Oh, and did I mention she is also in high school?
Satsuki Momoi is the team manager for Touou’s basketball team and the power hub of information. She is an amazing analyst and uses this power to insure her team’s success. She is able to watch the players of other teams and compile data on their potential growth, habits, playing style, and everything else that you can think of. She then uses this data to predict player’s movements on the court. Momoi instructs her players on how to combat the other team. Don’t let her smile fool you for a second. As Kuroko puts it she’s only cute when she isn’t playing.
I recommend this show! There were sometimes where I flat out laughed and sometimes that just about ripped my heart out. It has a good balance and by the end of season 1 you will be compelled to watch the next season. The characters draw you in and the plotline keeps you guessing.
Would I say that I love this show more then Haikyu? No. There are aspects of Haikyu that really make the show for me that aren’t present here. That being said Kuroko’s Basketball is amazing and you can bet that as I wait for each new episode of Haikyu to premier I will be binging hardcore on Kuroko’s Basketball.
I’ll admit that for me this show had a bit of a slow start. I didn’t become super hooked until episode 8. Sometimes this can happen for me if the first few episodes are more of foundation episodes but I don’t think that was the case for Kuroko’s Basketball. I think there reason I wasn’t super hooked from the get go is because in the beginning there isn’t a whole lot of struggle. Everything just seems to easy but by episode 8 things start to get interesting.
If you haven’t seen Kuroko’s Basketball I highly recommend you check it out. I myself am very pumped about watching season two so you know I’ll have a season two review out soon. Did I mention that you can watch it legally on CrunchyRoll right now? So support our anime and go watch it LEGALLY the next chance you get.
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