English: Kuroko's Basketball
Synonyms: Kuroko no Basuke
Apr 8, 2012 to Sep 22, 2012
24 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisThe Teiko Middle School Basketball Team. The class that produced three perfect seasons in a row, with five once-in-a generation players, called "The Generation of Miracles." There was another player who all of them respected... A legendary 6th player. 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. Kuroko makes a pact with Kagami to defeat the other members of the Miracle Generation, who have all played basketball at other schools. A battle of light (Kagami) and shadow (Kuroko) begins!
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme#1: "Can Do" by GRANRODEO (eps 1-13)
#2: "RIMFIRE" by GRANRODEO (eps 14-25)
Ending Theme#1: "Start it right away" by Hyadain (eps 1-13)
#2: "Catal Rhythm (カタルリズム)" by OLDCODEX (eps 14-25)
The most common criticism I've seen so far of Kuroko no Basket has been how unrealistic it is. I myself am an avid basketball fan who plays regularly and watches NBA games. I can understand the criticism as this anime has a lot of spectacular dunks, blocks and flashy passes, the stuff you usually only see in highlight reels, but occurs regularly throughout the games in here. There's also the shounen elements with the special powers of Generation of Miracles members and other things such as the "martial arts" Seiho employs.
That being said, I am completely ok with this. Why? Because it makes it interesting. Think about it. As a basketball fan, it'd be great to see the teams run plays like the triangle or pick and roll, but you can't expect the average viewer to understand what's going on. Plus, trying to explain this and other technical terms would eat up screen time and bore a lot of viewers.
This is first and foremost entertainment. Kuroko no Basket is great to watch BECAUSE of these elements. Watching Kagami slam the ball down or Kuruko go ninja and make a flashy pass is far more exciting than watching a player hit an open jumpshot from good ball movement. It's the same reason why many people label the Spurs in the NBA as "boring" despite their well-oiled offense. If you really wanted realistic basketball, you'd watch an actual game. What Kuroko no Basket excels at doing is showing how exciting basketball can be to a mainstream audience. I have yet to be disappointed by any of the episodes, as they have all left me with a big, goofy grin on my face from the thrilling games or cliffhangers at the end of each episode. Look around and you'll see that many viewers are not basketball fans, but love this anime. This is great because it's garnering interest in basketball in people that would have never noticed the sport were it not for this anime. This is especially true in Japan, where basketball is nowhere near as popular as sports such as baseball or football(soccer).
As for the anime itself, it captures your attention with epic scenes, likeable characters, and funny comedy. Kuroko's sudden appearances that startle every character out there is a running gag, opponents with names like "Papa" and Kagami's Engrish "THIS IS JAPANESE LUNCH TIME RUSH!" keeps things interesting. The story is your classic sports anime, with the Seiren basketball team aiming for the top. However, if you were expecting some athletic, hot-headed knucklehead who excels in the sport...well, that's the deuteragonist Kagami. Kuroko is the protagonist here, and he's an unconventional lead for a sports anime. He's terrible at almost every aspect of basketball except passing and stealing. Together, he and Kagami form a exciting duo to watch reminiscent of real-world duos such as Stockton and Malone. The other characters aren't explored too much and I was afraid the other Seiren members would just become useless bodies, but slowly we've been introduced to their own unique skills. The only other characters that the anime really delves into are the members of the Generation of Miracles, who are all distinguished by their special powers and...colorful hair, Kuroko included. Here is where the shounen aspect of the show is most visible, with the members displaying everything from behind the backboard shots to full court shooting range (though I have to admit that's really pushing it). They are the equivalent of the boss characters you see in other shounen anime, as Kuroko, Kagami, and the Seiren team must find a way to overcome them.
The art and animation are pretty good, however, animation isn't as consistently fluid as I would've liked. The movement of players shooting or passing the ball feels too rigid or unnatural at times, as if they didn't draw enough frames (with the exception of Aomine's ridiculous handle). It compensates for this by having a lot of slow motion and close up shots of dunks, blocks, and steals which really help excite the viewer and make this anime so thrilling. It is definitely one of the better looking sports anime out there, which is part of what makes it so appealing to a wider audience. For the most part, the music consists of guitar-heavy tracks that come in whenever something notable happens, such as opponents being surprised by one of Kuroko's passes. The opening and ending feature rock songs that keep the same adrenaline pumping feel the anime has. The one thing that really bugs me though is how each episode starts off with a narrator introducing the Generation of Miracles story. It's understandable in the first few episodes, but past that there's no point in it, since viewers would already be familiar with the backstory (Edit: They finally stopped this nearly HALFWAY through the season).
In short, Kuroko no Basket is an entertaining anime to watch, even if you don't like basketball. The thrilling games will capture your interest and many can relate to the story of going for the top and exceeding expectations, as the underdog Seiren team does time and again. Don't go into Kuroko no Basket expecting expertly executed plays like in real basketball. Don't go into it thinking you'll see a mirror image of a real game in anime form. Go into it expecting a thrilling game of dunks, blocks, and crazy passes, a lot of O.O faces from the characters, and competitive trash talking. Watch it for the determined characters, comedy, and overcoming special powers we've come to love in shounen anime. It doesn't portray basketball too realistically, but realism in this case would only drag a fun anime like this down. read more
If your a sports anime fan then 2 words automatically...no even magically came to your mind, Slam Dunk. However sports anime fans or not im sure realize just how awesome this anime is. This could very well be Slam Dunk Successor.
Story-9-Once upon a time, the basketball team of Teikou Middle School rose to distinction by demolishing all competition. The regulars of this 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 of the "Generation of Miracles", the phantom sixth player.
This mysterious player(Kuroko) is now a freshman at Seirin High, a new school with a powerful, if little-known, team. Now, Tetsuya Kuroko, the sixth member of the "Generation of Miracles", and Kagami, a naturally talented player who spent most of middle school in America, are aiming to bring Seirin to the top of Japan, taking on Kuroko's old teammates one by one.But along the way there gonna to have to fight teams that are just a strong without a GNOFM(generation of miracles). The 3 kings of Tokyo Seiho-king of the north,
Shinsenkan-king of the west and Shutoku-king of the east.
Art-9- is simply amazing. The CG on the hoops whenever they score is well done and the fights....er matches are fluid and crisp. The characters are in detail and very well.
Sound-10-this is were the anime excels. The music gives off a old school hip hop feel to it with a unique Japanese spin.
Character-9- i like how all the characters are different and talented int heir own way. It;s also great to see the series focuses on other characters besides Kuroke(epicness) and Kise(badass). Everyone awesome and likable especially Riko.
Overall this is easily, without a doubt one of the best anime ever. read more
“There's no such thing as useless effort.”
Kagami Taiga (Kuroko no Basket)
So, as I have nothing to waste, I will bring to you a review of the immensely praised show that is Kuroko no Basket. Even though it is not a very popular show (not even in the top 100), most people that have watched it are immensely positive about it, and it made me wonder why. After being encouraged to watch the show several times, I figured it was the time to do so – and I can say it delivered. I soon became one of the people “enchanted” by the show.
Once upon a time, there was a basketball team that demolished each and every competition they came across: the all-star team of Teiko Junior High. The team consisted of 5 basketball players with each an astonishing amount of talent, and their own unique speciality: the Generation of Miracles After junior high school ended, the team naturally broke up – the prodigies all joined different high schools with great basketball teams. However, fairly unknown is that there was actually a 6th player which played in the all-star team of Teiko Junior High: Kuroko Tetsuya. This so called “phantom” player joined a new school, with an unknown basketball team, unlike the other prodigies. At this school, Seirin High, Kuroko meets Kagami Taiga, a natural basketball talent who has just returned from America (where he had lived for some years). Together, they are aiming to beat the generation of miracles, and become the strongest in Japan.
Overall it’s just a very solid storyline, which is able to keep the viewer interested over the course of episodes, but it’s not stunning either. It isn’t a very complex storyline which leaves the viewer thinking, but rather a very simple storyline which is enjoyable to watch. The show does not have much filler, yet is not too serious either – this was a huge plus to me. It was a very refreshing watch; a show I could really enjoy without putting too much thought into it. The pace is very good, as I found myself blowing through episodes one after another. However, I was a little disappointed at the predictability of some (or maybe most) of the matches, and the story as a whole. But that does not take away the fact that the story is very enjoyable. Most people that dislike KnB do so because of its unrealism – but I don’t agree on that. It’s the unique abilities and unrealistic shots that keep the viewer thrilled. I think the majority of the people would not like watching very plain basketball games as seen in real life. In short, Kuroko no Basket features a simple, yet very enjoyable story.
Nothing astonishing here, nothing bad either. It is not a visual masterpiece, but some episodes really had a nice atmosphere to them due to the excellent animation in them. The drawing style is nothing to complain about either. Overall, I’d say that given the budget, they did a great job on the art: it is more than decent.
Sound is one of the aspects in which KnB really shines. The openings and endings are very good (and fitting), but even more impressive is the soundtrack during the episodes. They really manage to enhance the atmosphere of the matches and make episodes more thrilling than they already are. The sound acting is very well done as well – the sound as a whole is just excellent.
As for the characters, logically, the biggest focus is on Kuroko and Kagami. They are thoroughly described, and made to be very likeable: they both have characterising traits which perfectly fit their basketball abilities. The 5 “Prodigies” are very well done too – as far as the ones we get to know in season 1. Furthermore, we get to know a variety of characters in the high school basketball scene. While they weren’t all given the necessary description (for example, I think the other players in Seirin could have gotten more of a backstory), they were still decent enough to fulfil their roles.
I honestly enjoyed Kuroko no Basket as much as I was told I would. While the show definitely has some flaws and is not nearly as enthralling or well thought out as others (I’m looking at you, Fate/Zero, Steins;Gate), it still turned out to be a great source of enjoyment. The matches actually did manage to keep me on the edge of my seat, and managed to get me to play basketball myself! It made me want to try those fascinating shots in real life, and got me to look up more about basketball as well. In short, if you are looking for a refreshing (perhaps simple) anime, or just really like sports shows, then you should certainly give this show a watch – because that’s what Kuroko no Basket has to offer.
Let me start by telling you that I'm 29 years old, and when I was 6 years old, I fell in love with an anime called Captain Tsubasa, not only because I am Portuguese and we generally love football, but because when you're at that age, everything is magical, you want to do the shots they do, you want to be Tsubasa Ozora on the field.
I've seen many sports anime after it, and none were good enough to create the impact that Captain Tsubasa caused on me, there were a few that I loved such as Miracle Giants Dome-Kun! and Ganbare! Kickers, but Captain Tsubasa would always have a special place in my heart.
To all the sports anime fans that grew up with this style of Shounen, the anime with the potential to dethrone the generally accepted king is finally here. The story is just what you expect from a sports anime, it's unrealistic? It's an anime. How many anime about sports are realistic? hell, other than slice of life how many anime about anything are realistic? and is that really what you are looking for when you're watching anime? realism? the answer is obviously no.
Despite all that, whoever wrote the anime and drawn the moves definitely knows his basketball since some of the plays are copy/paste from some of the greatest dunks, three-pointers or behind the hoop shots in real life, they know their technical therms, they know how basket works, and they made a damn good anime about it.
The generation of miracles is exactly what they said it is, miracles, players that usually are born in the united states, once every other decade, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James... except these were born in Japan, all at the same time, and now, they're all rivals. You will love them all.
The main character is not some overpowered monster that destroys everyone, no, he's very simple, you barely notice him, but you know he creates the biggest hype, and you can barely wait to see what he will be capable of in the future, but he faces hardships, real hardships, he's the underdog you like to root for. Right at the beginning of season 2, his potential will scare you.
His rivals are not only his rivals, they're his friends, you will get to know them, their traits, you will appreciate the anime as much for its school and story characteristics as much as you will do for the sports component. The character development is ridiculously good, and you will get acquainted with all players from the top teams in about 25 episodes, games last 2 or 3 episodes, which is just the right amount of time, it's packed with action, it's packed with story, it has just the right amount of each!
It keeps topping itself, over, and over, and over, and you get more and more excited, and not only for basketball or sports fans! No! You can like fighting anime such as Fairy Tail, Zetsuen no Tempest, Bleach, Naruto, and you won't be let down by the action of Kuroko no Basket, I guarantee it.
No one would ever thought an anime about basketball could be so interesting, so filled with adrenaline and action packed, no one would ever think it could have such an amazing story, but Kuroko no Basket will prove you wrong, your heart will race, you will laugh, you will get excited, you will root for your favorite characters, and you will watch another, and another, and another, until you inevitably surrender to the awesomeness of Kuroko no Basket.
As a sports anime, it gets a 10. As an overall anime, it still gets a 10 because it is that awesome! read more
Both are sports anime. Haikyuu is more funny too than Kuroko no basket. Both anime have a group of colorful characters and two main characters that are aiming to be the best at something . One is Volleyball and the other is basketball.
Both of them have intense sport matches and an interesting development of the characters.
An unlikely duo trying to do their best in order to overcome their weaknesses and bring out the best in their teams. Both shows have a similar cast which share various humorous conversations. Either through hard work and practice or with talent, the characters are overcoming their obstacles one by one in order to achieve their dreams. That, of course, doesn't mean there aren't any bumps in the road. Haikyuu!! focuses more on the real aspects of sports, while Kuroko no Basket focuses on the suspenseful, which makes it seem over the top quite a few times.
Same plot style, story-telling style, characters interaction style.. The two just have same style, nearly in everything.
You should enjoy the other if you enjoy the one. except you are one easy bored person. Such same style can make you boring when you watching the second.
Kuroko no Basket and Haikyuu has a similarity in two characters sharing a dream and competing to be the very best. They are both part of a team as well and goes up against powerful adversaries to prove their worth. There is decent humor coming from the character interactions and stylish plays each episode plays out. Do note though that Kuroko no Basket has more of over-the-topic antics with its gameplay. But nonetheless, I would recommend both series especially if you're a sports fan looking to see players strive to succeed and trying to make their dreams becoming a reality.
It has almost the same feeling. Well, Haikyuu' duo might be slightly more comical and has more "rivalry" relationship than Kagami&Kuroko.
both sports anime made by Production I.G. revolving around hand based sports with small 5-6 man teams. similar atmosphere and focus for both is on bond between 2 highschool first year MC's where one supports the other to score with their impressive jumping ability.
Kuroko no Basket and Haikyuu give a similar feeling of intensity during games, as sports anime, and have both comedy and drama. They also have a similar focus on friendship and competition between team members.
The first thing I thought of when I started watching this anime was Kuroko no Basket. In relation to Kuroko no Basket, two players with extraordinary talent need one another in order to reach their full potential. In Haikyuu!!, Kageyama and Hinata were enemies at first, but end up playing for the same team when they enter high school. Kageyama is only interested in being a setter and Hinata strongly prefers being a spiker. The two must learn to work together in order to form a perfect duo to be the team that can stay on the court the longest.
-are sports anime.
-feature two players that at first don't get along well.
-have a duo of a skilled player and one with potential to get better.
Haikyuu!! focuses more on realism than Kuroko no Basket, which utilizes more spectacle.
Both awesome sports anime about unlikely talents, teaming up with someone very talented, to make a successful team.
they are both my favorite sport anime I really think anyone
who loved knb would also love Haikyuu!! :
they both have amazing characters
they are both extremely funny
if you like the games in knb you will love them in Haikyuu!!
they make you want too see more and never get bored
their relationships is what made me love haikyuu so much as knb
Kuroko no Basket and Haikyuu!! are both sports-themed anime with a well developed, dynamic cast of main characters. The characters are portrayed with contrasting personalities which makes the show interesting as it is not overly fixated on merely the abilities of the strong players, but also how the players overcome their various challenges (regardless of height, personality, past grudges etc) to improve as a team. If you have watched either, it is highly likely that you'll enjoy the other as well.
both are sport anime and both have a lot of great characters. They both involve a sport duo (Kagami and Kuroko/ Hinata and Kageyama) who work together to get their team to the top.
-a very good view of their sports
-not a OP main character
-Very Close to the manga
Both made by Production I.G.
Both have two strong players join the same team.
Though both are different sports, they have the same atmosphere.
Both protagonists aim for victory and are highly motivated.
They both are sports animes, although different sports, the animes have a similar feel to them. Kuroko no Basuke and Haikyuu!! are both very engaging and have good, interesting characters.
Both made by Production I.G, both have two strong players join the same team, though both are different sports, they have the same atmosphere and both protagonists aim for victory and are highly motivated.
Both animes is about sports and friendship
The story lines themselves are totally different, but if you enjoy sports anime or liked Kuroko no Basket, then you will definitely enjoy Haikyuu. Both have really strong and likeable characters then have a 'never give up' attitude and the matches themselves will leave you on the edge of your seat.
- Both are sports.
- There are mainly two main protagonists in both the anime.
- The art style of kuroko and haikyuu is kinda similar.
- the depiction of the story and character developments are similar too.
- Ther is fair amount of comedy in both of them.
Sports,bishounen guy,tournament that very fierce and competitive,plenty of talented players and rivalry of two protagonists are themes that both anime shared very much.
Both are sports anime and both offer an adrenaline rush while the main characters are pushing their hardest to get a win. Personally i feel Kurokos is a bit more toned down in comparison to Haikyuu but bother are excellent.
Both anime have characters who are hard working and passionate about sport. They also have one thing in common that stood out for me! Thats how each individual character is much more effective working in a team rather than facing challenges on their own. Art is quite similar in a way and If you enjoyed watching kuroko no basket, I guarantee you will love Haikyuu.
Both are sport anime. Both are the story of a team going throw competitons. They both have as main characters two guys that do not do well at the beginning. For me, both were addictive from the beginning to the end and i can´t wait for the respective sequels
This is only in my opinion:
-They're both sports
-You can learn a few sports life lesson (I'm not sure about KnB though)
-The art is awesome. :>
-Plus, it's intense. X>
Both of these animes have loveable characters with a great sports theme
A short guy with exceptional skills at only one speciality (Passing or spiking) teams up with a more serious genious type who aims to be the best. These two friends later find a mediocre high school team to face some old friends from middle school as enemies in high school, while carrying that team to victory. They both have a colorful cast, exciting matches, shounen aspects and godlike sport skills that surpasses professionals.
Both anime series are thrilling sports anime with two main chars that become a duo and in both series they rely on each other alot and form special attacks thanks to the help of the other. While in Kuroko No Basuke they play basketball and in Haikyuu!! they play Volleyball. Both of them feel extremely similar.
-Both are shonen, comedy, school, sport anime
-The story is almost the same (after first season)
-While KnB finished with 3 seasons of 25 episodes each Haikyuu!!! is currently at its 2nd season which has 25 episodes, same as the first
-Both are from the same studio
Whats different? I think Haikyuu is way more realictic and has a bit more comedy while KnB is more on the flashy side with over the top dunks, etc.
Both anime are sports anime. They both have good character development and similar art style. The matches in both anime are intense and also give the watcher a sense of victory when the main characters win.
Extremely similar sports shows. Kuroko is about Basketball and Haikyuu is about Volleyball. In both shows the main protagonists aim to be the very best at their sport.
They both have an unstoppable first year duo that can be compared to the best. They grow as a duo and become as strong as possible.
Haikyuu has more lighthearted comedy while Kuroko is more serious. Both have a good balance that make the shows entertaining.
Pretty much same plot, different sports. If you like one, you'll like the other.
These are sports shows and they have really similar story. Kuroko feels bit like there is supernatural element that makes it feel exaggerated and unrealistic where Haikyuu feels more probable (at least at this point, after first season).
Both of these shows have humor and they try to have emotional moments.
Both series are composed by a surprising duo that combines to become stronger and more efficient after training.
Also, the same goal (defeating other teams) is present and the characters look alike; they all have a special ability making them powerful in their own domain.
If you are looking at this recommendation, i do hope that you check out Haikyuu!!. Why? If you like sports anime, then this shouldn't disappoint you. Both anime feature a team who is aiming to be the best in their sports, but there is going to many rivals with common goals, so to be the best, they must be stronger than all of them. The characters will grow stronger as the plot follows.
It is obvious that it's two anime based on sport. Haikyuu is about volley-ball.
It's more based on true feelings that we can go through as a volleyball player, which I am and which i can definitely confirmed. I started haikyuu at first, and it gave me chills.. Really. When i ended the first season, i was so excited about the second one, that I had to calm down my restlessness. So I started KnB, and as in KnB, we go through a lot pain, struggle in every kind: about a situation, a relationship..
I was really surprised to like it as Haikyuu which the story speaks me more because of the fact that i love volley ball and that i truly know what they are talking about because I've been through it. But KnB showed me the complexity of a basket ball game.
KnB and Haikyuu share those strong feelings we can go through in sport. It's hard to stay emotionless, because it is undeniable that it is what's making us alive.
Both great sports anime although I enjoyed Kuroko no Basket more. Both have:
- character development
- intense matches
This is a sports Anime, both Anime centre around main characters trying to better themselves in their respective sports, Haikyuu!! may not have as many episodes as Kuroko no basket but the story development and animation for both are great.
They are very similar
-Both made by Production i.g.
-There is two players that at first don't get along well.
- The main characters aiming to be the BEST!
In both, first year duo enters the team and makes the team stronger with their unique qualities.
Two great series and must watches.
Both main focuses are sports, Volleyball and Basketball respectively
Both have great displays of friendship, team building and great personalities developing
Both are exciting, competitive and bring GREAT sense of humor to the plate.
Haikyuu!! reminds me a lot of Kuroko no Basket in terms of humor, action level and how exciting it is to watch! The main character is funny, full of energy and doesn´t have the immediate tools to succeed at what he wants to do, this and the ever exciting oposing teams makes for an always exciting story. This Anime really pulls you in and makes you, as you should, root for the home team!!
-you can see relations between the characters of the two shows
-seriously though they're hilariously similar
I watched tHaikyuu right after finishing Kuroko's Basketball, and I noticed a lot of similarities.
An easily excitable ace and a seasoned support-role player team up. There's clashes at first but they soon become an unstoppable duo.
The advancement of the team into various competitions - from practice matches to regional tournaments. It all happens at the same pace.
The characters, plot progression, and humour all have close similarities. If you don't want to let go of Kuroko's Basketball yet, this is a good one to shift on to. You will most likely enjoy one if you enjoyed the other.
Both sport anime's, one basketball one volleyball. Both have two main characters trying to be the best and they use each other to be better.
Surely these two series have a lot in common to begin with the main focus being the sport genre, one focused on basket and the other on swimming.
Both Free! and KnB have a gorgeous art style and colors, which doesn't let "indifferent".
Plotwise, as a few other person mentioned already, the main charas Kuroko and Haruka are both the quite type; also both titles share a curious thing that somewhat "uniforms" them, in KnB they have color-related names for the GenMir, while in Free all the important charas have a girly name.
Being team sports genre focused, obviously both series see the team of main characters that will aim to the first place in competitions, and as any respectable serie the main chara/s will have to face, at some point, their rival, being a "long lost friend".
Both show you the beauty of their sports to the point to let you all bumped up and make you say "let's play basket/let's go swimming!"
So yes, indeed, if you liked one of these already, you might really want to check the other, as you'll probably love it too!
They both have old teammates meeting again as rivals. Though neither are shounen-ai, there are some moments that make you question whether or not the characters are straight.
Both series are about a group of boys trying to accomplish something sports-related. Though Free! is more slice-of-life and Kuroko no Basket is more typical shounen, they have some similarities. Both Kuroko and Haruka (the main characters) have the same "kuudere" way of interacting with people. If you enjoy the humor of Free!, the humor in KnB will surely amuse you. While Free! has a lot of fanservice, KnB has little of the sort, but if you like bishounens, both series will appeal to you!
Haruka and Rin are somewhat like Kuroko and the other players of the Generation of Miracles.
Both are about old teammates who meet again in high school as rivals.
I’m going to try to compare very much things in both shows. So maybe it’ll look like I am searching similarities too far… Anyways, sorry for my English...
Let's get started... So.
Both have (how could it be else), their main focus on sport (swimming and basketball). Even though Free! is more slice of life and KnB is more fixated on the real sport, they have very much in common. First of all they both have a nice, enjoyable art style, with characters, considered as beautiful (it's all a matter of tastes though, but I hella like all of them). Both of them tell a story about a team that’s trying to ‘achieve’ something (and let’s not forget that both teams were not really ‘spectacular’ before the main characters joined/formed the team). There’s this rivalry between old friends, that used to be in the same team together. Also, something that I noticed was the fact that they’ve ‘theme names’ (yeah, idk how to call it), what I mean is… ehm, the Free! characters all have female names(Rin, Rei, Haruka, Nagisa and Makoto) , while the generation of miracles have all color-themed names (AOmine, MIDORIma, AKAshi, KIse, MURASAKIbara and KUROko, let's not forget NIJImura and MOMOi). Both have a great voice cast imo (even though they don’t have many va’s in common, there’s Shimazaki Nobunaga and Tatsuhisa Suzuki). Oh, and there are lot’s of similiarities between certain main characters? Lot’s of people seem to compare Rin with Aomine, because they once worked together with the protagonist and are now are rivals, but I think Rin and Taiga have a lot in common as well. Both used to live in a Western, English speaking country (America and Australia), in the second season, one of their childhood friends pops randomly up (if I am right, but I might be mistaking, they even had both an injured arm, shoulder and wrist), they both seem to be rude and arrogant at first and their colorsheme is similar. For the other characters… I think you can compare the protagonists Haruka and Kuroko a lot? Because both have a calm, introvert personality, maybe even a little weird. Their voice type is the same and their expressions, such as deadpan faces are sometimes similar as well. The biggest difference between the two of them is that I have the feeling that Haru is taken too serious, by having literally almost everyone kissing his feet, while Kuroko is lot’s of times mistaken as a bad basketball player. The other main characters have less in common but I think you could compare Kise’s rather friendly personality a bit with Makoto his? Only a bit tho. And let’s say that the megane-guys are both a bit weird, haha. But still… I wouldn’t say there is a amazing similarity between those. Oh, let’s not forget there’s a stroking similarity between the High Speed (Free! novels) characters and certain KnB characters. Serizawa and Murasakibara, Ikuya and Tatsuya, Asahi and Akashi… Even their names… Just look at this piece of fanart (http://static.zerochan.net/Free%21.full.1715331.jpg ) and judge for yourself.
Oh, and both have lot’s of shippings…
I think the biggest difference between the shows is that KnB focuses way more on the sport itself and is sort of more serious. The cast is waaaay bigger then Free theirs and honestly the characters are better developed. KnB takes the time to introduce you to other characters that aren’t the main team, while Free! focuses 90% on Haruka and his relationship with the other (ex)teammembers .
I’d say, watch KnB if you’re searching for someone with a ‘deeper’ plot and if you feel like watching a 26+ episode anime. Watch Free! if you’re more looking for fanservice, a ‘lighter’ storyline and just something to relax.
I don’t think one is better then another. Some people say KnB is too slow and boring and others say Free! is too rushed. It’s all up to you. In the end opinions are different…
I preferred KnB, but as I said. That’s all a matter of taste.
Well, if you are looking for some cool guys, both Kuroko no Basket and Free! are series to check out.
In fact, both series consists of a cast of male characters that are dominant in their perspective sports. They also have rivalries with certain other characters that brings out some of the intensity of both shows. There's some fan service for the female audience. Additionally, both series also seems to have a building of friendship between certain characters. Of course though, there is that sense of rivalry that can be traced back through flashbacks that brings out some animosity. Both series also has a manager/coach who is female but also becomes involved with the teams/clubs that consists of the male dominant casts.
Kuroko no Basket and Free! are both shows about bishounen boys that were good friends before high school until one becomes a rival (Aomine in Kuroko no Basket and Rin in Free! ).In both shows the more quiet main characters(Kuroko and Haruka) has to defeat their rivals before they can reach their ultimate goal.Both shows also have a female coach who are just as entertaining as the male leads,show the development of their friendships and the training proses they go through before facing their rival.However Free! is a bit more on the slice of life side than Kuroko no Basket.
•Both are an anime focusing on a sport throughout the whole show. Both are shrouded with immense testosterone from all the male characters, with a few females added in to not overwhelm the show with its manliness.
•Both plots focus on the concept of rivalry from old friends they use to compete with in their sport category.
•Both anime seem entirely different with the animation and quality of the soundtracks, yet they give each anime the same type of feelings as the audience watches as the story progresses—angst, eagerness, determination, etc.
•Both are similar in the competitive-sport-rivalry sense so you might like one if you like the other.
Rin's peronallity is kinda looks like Aomine Daiki
Rin & Haruka's friendship are like Tetsuya & Daiki's friendship... so as his talent, Rin is an athlete who had been practicing since he was a kid, and Haruka is someone who don't care about but love swimming so much
those two are really similar with Kuroko & Aomine
Both about sports although KnB is way more focused on it than Free!, whose purpose is also show the relationships between the main characters and the character development. I want to highlight the fact that I'm talking solely about the anime adaptions of these two series so.
The target audience of Free! is mainly females, of course, and probably those who are fond of shipping.
In KnB's case it's a way more open one, since girls and boys could watch it and enjoy it equally. BUT If you really are a "fujoshi", believe me, there are a LOT of characters you could ship so no worries.
Anyhow, I would like to say that if you've watched Free! you probably will like KnB, but it doesn't necessarily apply the other way round.
-both are sport-themed anime
-both have bishounen characters
Sports. Bishounens everywhere (fanservice too; although Free! takes it to a different level). Good comedy. Somewhat unrealistic skills. Rivals. Childhood friends. You name it.
Both are extremely good sports anime, though one is swimming and the other is basketball. Both have memorable characters and awesome opening theme music. Both have memorable moments that will leave you stunned and wanting to swim and/or play basketball!
I'm sorry for making such an obvious rec. Free! = Kurobas plus water. They both have a strong, silent protagonist and a crappy sports team determined to make it to the top. Old friends become rivals whom go to elite sporting schools. The uniformity in names of team members (colors in Kuro and girly names in Free!) is also similar. And of course, the *coughs* pretty boys. The only thing is, Free! has a bit more fan service.
Both are sports anime that have a lot of good looking bishounen guys (fan service for girls, lol). Both have old teammates compete with each other in high school.
Both have all male main characters except for the fact that both Seirin and Iwatobi's teams are coached by a female student. The only differences are in terms of genre - that whereas Free! is more "Slice of Life" combined with sports, Kuroko no Basket is more "Shounen" combined with sports.
Both of them are very sports-centric and have many different characters (with various hair colors) that are namely, males. They both have that feel-good kind of sensation that comes along with watching teamwork, friendship, and all of that nice stuff. And they also are bother rather funny and slice-of-life themed animes, though KuroBasu is focuses a bit more on the sports (basketball).
If anything, I find KuroBasu a lot more exciting and fun to watch :)
- Some second years get together and form a club for practice.
- The club is also in a school who never did well at tournaments
- The antagonist is also talented and connected to the main character's childhood
- There's also a female coach who's talented at her work.
The plot is also rather similar: Train at a not-so-popular highschool to meet their rival from middle school at a tournament later.
All in all, it gives off the same sports-anime aura with competitive athletic spirit that gets you excited just like Free! does.
Both shows are focused on the changing of relationships over time, more specifically friendships becoming rivalries, with the rivalries being over sports. In Free!'s case, Haruka and Rin become rival swimmers, while in Kuroko no Basuke, Kuroko butts heads with his former basketball team.
Kuroko no Basuke and Free! are both mostly composed of a bishonen cast, with some obvious parallels between them, such as having significantly calmer protagonists (Kuroko and Haruka) and their more competitive rivals (Aomine and Rin).
Both shows are fun to watch and although they focus on sports, are well-written and interesting. The mostly male casts are fairly diverse and interesting, and their interactions really bring the "Growing Up" theme home.
Sports with a lot of fanservice and perfect boys who everybody loves.
Both are sports anime and deal with the friendship of the team. They both look into the depths of teamwork and how they strive to reach their goals.
If you enjoyed sports genre type of anime then Kuroko no Basuke and Free! is for you. Both will let you experience what it's like to swim/play basketball. After watching both of these anime, you will probably think "I want to swim/play basketball. Plot-wise, both involve the main characters (Nanase Haruka and Kuroko) enjoying the sports they are in. Later on, they will overcome difficulties with their teammates. Kagami and Rin are also kind of similar. Both have red hair, are arrogant, and in love with their sport to the point that that they will do anything. Teamwork wins the game.
Both sports shows are filled to brimming with endearing, good-looking high school boys, though Free is more slice-of-life, while Kuroko is more high-energy hype. And, of course, magnificent voice acting performances by some of the best seiyuu boys in the industry today.
They involve hot guys playing sports.
These anime are of the sport and bishounen genres. The characters are likable, funny, and cute in some form. Teenage boys in high school who are in a sport team compete with other schools and use teamwork. They have some girls involved who are reliable.
Both anime are sports related.
they both have a lot of match related drama and rivalry
Free has better animation but kuroko no basket has a better storyline and more suspense and detail when it comes to the sport being played
(switch the two anime around) Despite the obvious similarities of both being sports anime and have manservice, both have solid stories, that while cliché, are entertaining and great to watch. Kuroko has a more stronger cast of colourful characters and while they both have good animation, Kuroko is done by Production IG which makes the matches all the more better.
Action stories and fantasy, both are Funny and have interesting plot .
Sports anime, do I have to say more.
You'll notice in an eye beat that both series are very similar:
- both are sports genre, specificately both are about basketball
- both have great artstyle
- both show a quite unique developing of the characters
- both KnB and SD have awesome characters with special abilities and strong personalities
- both also have funny comical scenes alternated sometimes to the normal pace of the story
- they both have great musics and osts
..etc. I could actually continue but truth is that there are way too many things to list..
Slam Dunk is a sure "must watch" between the classics sports anime, while Kuroko no Basket has a very original and interesting plot who makes it definitely another "must watch" between the new sports anime.
Give them a try, you'll get a taste of a very catching pace which you won't regret!
If you liked one of them, you'll most likely love the other too!! ♥
Both of the anime are sports anime, which is basketball. Besides that both of the shows have the same genre and types, comedy, school, shounen and sports which is the spotlight why I made this recommendation. Both of these anime have a good characters, good story plot and interesting/worth watching. However, the only difference is that Kuroko no Basuke was a "little" impossible if you based it in some reality basketball plays while Slam Dunk can be. Both of the series should be watch if you really like a sports/comedy/shounen/school anime. Since both of this anime is worth watching and you'll not regret about those.
Both deal with basketball and have some comedy.
Both deal with Basket ball, with a likable protagonist who is both fantastic, but terrible at the sport at the same time. Many similarities can be drawn between characters, making then very well in sync
Both series deal with Basketball
They are both Sport anime's about Basketball
Similar Characters in both shows
Dashes of comedy
Each have a similar feel when you watch it although Kuroko no Basket has updated animation.
Both of the series were sports genre. Both series/anime shows a lesson about friendship and teamwork, yet they're also the same with other genre, like school and comedy.
Kuroko no Basket and Slam dunk, I also define them as a good anime since the story's very great, if you really like an anime sports, and yet the illustration of every character is good. Both of the shows are very unique and has a lesson if you watch it.
However Slam Dunk's more realistic than Kuroko no Basket.
Slam dunk and Kuroko no Basket have the same main theme: basket ball. For the ones that have watched slam dunk, kuroko no basket it's a must-watch series mainly because it shows the evolution of the sports animes and it would probably be a consolation for the ones that felt "orphans" after Slam Dunk's end, but also because it's one of the most famous series in the present as Slam Dunk were in the past.
-Both the anime are about Basketball
-Both mainly centered around 2 players
-Both extremly motivating As soon as i watched slam dunk and kuroko no basket I instantly felt like picking up my basketball and shooting hoops
-Both anime are about trying to win the championship
- both are sports genre, both are about basketball
- both show a quite unique developing of the characters
- both KnB and SD have awesome characters with special abilities and strong personalities
- both also have funny comical scenes alternated sometimes to the normal pace of the story
-BOTH ARE EPIC!!!
They are both anime about basketball explaining how the main character wants to get better. I recommend boh of these because they are such fun and exciting anime.
Both are about basketball high school team and have a crazy main character. Slam Dunk is more like real basketball, but Kuroko no Basket is more like Dragon Ball with super powers lol. Both are fun to watch; I like Slam Dunk more.
Both about the sport of basketball
Slam Dunk his game style is more real than Kuroko no Basketl
The main character in slam dunk is big and strong, but has a good sense of humor.
Very different with Kuroko no Basket, his main characters are small and weak. But that's what make this anime quite unique
Both anime are highly recommended to watch
- They are both about basketball
- They both look noob in the beginning, everyone notices their strenght short after they play
< Slam dunk is more based on funny stuff
>Kuroko no basket is more based on skill diference
If you liked Kuroko no Basket, you will like Slam Dunk just as much. Slam Dunk is the ORIGINAL basketball anime, coming out long before Kuroko no Basket, dating all the way back to over 20 years ago, in 1993. Though I still enjoy Kuroko no Basket more for the sole fact that Slam Dunk never was completed, it still remains a favorite of mine.
-Both involve Basketball as the main plot
-While Kuroko no Basket has an intense and sick skills and moves , Slam Dunk is more on realistic way
-Both got comedy that serve as a side dish
The craze that is shown surrounding Kuroko no basket sounds very similar to what was shown surrounding slam dunk in the 90's. I live in the United States and because of this dubs are unlikely but they are worth the 101 and 62 (episodes and counting) to watch. Slam dunk is rumored to make a come back this year. Both deeply follow basketball and I honestly think Slam Dunk is better than Kuroko even after watching it second.
They basically revolve around one thing: basketball. If you like playing basketball or even just watching basketball, then this show is for you. Amazingly unrealistic skills that will put you on the edge of your seat for every episode.
PoT and KnB can be considered somehow similar:
- both are shonen series of sports genre (despite PoT deals with tennis, while KnB deals with basketball)
- both are about good friendships and the importance of the teamwork in order to win
- among all the sports series, both of those are between the most commercial ones and very likeable stories.
- the characters in both of them have "special techniques/powers" who make everything even more interesting
- still, both are quite addicting, have a gorgeous art style and a very skilled cast of seiyuus.
Despite being about two different sports as you'll have a chance to see, they have some important points in common!
If you liked one of those, give a try to the another as well! It will worth it!
Highly recommended both, they are great series.
They are about sports and have good characters that have resemblances between them. Bth are really good and addicting ^^
Both displays fancy exaggerated moves albeit different type of sports (tennis vs. basketball)
Both are amazing sports anime, although they do have their differences. The character personalities clearly differ. For example, the main character of "Kuroko no Basket", Kuroko presence goes unnoticed most of the time, he's polite and he doesn't have a natural talent for playing basketball. While the "Prince of Tennis" main character, Ryoma is quite hard to miss, has a natural talent for playing tennis, and is cocky, often shown by the way he taunts players with his catch phrase "mada mada dane." Although, both main characters differ, they are the same in the sense that they both have a love for the sport that they play. An obvious difference in the 2 shows is that their both playing completely different sports (one being tennis, the latter being basketball), but even though they both follow a story line consisting of 2 very different sports, both series allow for the viewer to bond with the show and come to love the sport that's being played as well. If you love predominantly sports based anime's like then you should check out these 2 anime's.
Both are sports anime with lots of characters that all still get good characterization.
The sense of humor in both series is quite similar too, as well as the plots and counter-plots while playing a match.
•both are of the same shounen, sports genre, but different sports altogether
•both male protagonists join a school for their favourite sport.. tennis/basketball
•both animes show the importance of friendship, rivalry, teamwork etc
•both animes sports groups/clubs, have special talents/skills/powers that make each of their individuality, making them better than others, making them elite.
•both anime plots are roughly the same, both male protagonists want to be the best at what sport they play, and both animes are surrounded by a full comedic cast of supporting characters
•if you liked one you will probably like the other in terms of sports and special moves/skills and winning to be the best.
PoT is basically KnB's Generation of Miracles playing for one team. Both are team-orientated sports anime, with lots of humour, matches, team bonding moments and more. They go hand in hand, so if you like one, you'll like the other. They both have superpower sports, although PoT way more than KnB.
Inui = Midorima
Tezuka = Akashi
Ryoma = Kuroko
Momoshiro = Kagami
Eiji = Kise
Oishi = Teppei
Atobe = Aomine (same VA)
Akutsu = Murasakibara
Mizuki = Makoto
Amane = Izuki
Taka = Hayakawa
- well, its about SPORTS!!
- ones about tennis, anothers about basketball
- its ur shounen sportanime, so of course there are unrealistic moves, like the vanishing drive(kuroko no basket) and Cyclone smash(prince of tennis)
-Main characters are OP, completely overpowered
- Main characters vow to defeat certain sum1 or pplz,
- part of the school club of the sport, along with the rest of the team, the 2 schools aim to win at the national tournament or winter cup and fight against other strong schools
Both involve a bunch of guys playing sports.
Both have prodigies and people who do the impossible.
These two anime are almost identical, there are only a few things that these anime have different but not much. If you liked one you should like the other.
This show reminded me of Eyeshield from the start, and even from episode two with the model guy in both animes. Kuroko has less of the wimpy aspect though. Pretty crazy. Hopefully Kuroko will go big.
Both sports, evil and innocent characters loved watching both of the series
Both published from weekly shonen jump, and get animated by Production IG, also have sport theme even though Eyeshield21 is american football and kuroko no basket is basketball of course,the tension and comedy on par level
The two involve sports, eyeshield 21 american football while kuroko no bascket bascketball, and the two of them include a main character who normally would suck at sports but they have this inner talent that goes evolving through the anime. If you liked one you would definitely like the other.
Very shounen type of show. The progress of the team from being average to becoming the best! Serious and funny with lovable characters.
Eyeshield 21 was my first anime to ever watch and finish, so all sports anime I have been comparing it to Eyeshield.
What do you get when you mix a bunch of oddballs, superhuman abilities, and sports? Your typical shounen/sports series that's what! So how do these two differ from that? Well, not that much really but that's probably why they are so similar. While the sports themselves are different the way the team and the individual players play follow similar styles. "If they score then we'll just score 10x more!" are their team mottoes as they both play as offensive, high scoring teams. The protagonists Kuroko/Sena are pretty much the same character as their weak appearance and unique ability make them both the underdog and star player.This leads to games that are interesting as well as exciting due to it becoming a David vs Goliath scenario.
Both have wimpy main characters that have hidden talents. Both have characters that start out weak compared to the other characters, but eventually grow in terms of strength and skill as the story goes on. Both main characters have some sort of side kick who is physically brawny and skilled in their respective sport. The deurotagonist is hot blooded, and determined to become the best in the sport.
Even though one anime is about bicycling and the other one about basketball it does have some similarities.
• In both series:
- Main character seems weak at first.
- Some of the first years are strong and there are some admirable senpai's.
- There are other teams which stories are also shown in the anime. The teams already know each other and have competed before, they also come to research each other before the game/race.
Yowapeda and KnB both are sport anime that will make your heart race and Yowapeda will make you laugh.
Both are sports related animes and have excellent character development :P
Why chose between battle shounen and sport when you can have both?
Lazer vision, speeding blur effects, OP power-ups, shouting out attack names, and a very generous dose of nakama power. Kuroko no Basket has slightly higher production value, but Yowamushi Pedal makes up for what it lacks with truly outrageous/outstanding attack sequences. There is drama, there is laughter, and there is plenty of intense sweaty stare-downs accentuated by zoom effects.
these two are the best if you love sports. the characters in these shows take it to the extreme and play their respective sports as extremely and as entertaining as possible.
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