English: Kuroko's Basketball 2
Synonyms: Kuroko no Basuke 2nd Season
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2013 to Mar 30, 2014
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.781 (scored by 47633 users)
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SynopsisThe second season of Kuroko no Basket.
Kuroko and Kagami enter the Winter Cup together with the rest of the Seirin Basketball team where they will face off against the rest of the Generation of Miracles.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Kuroko no Basket
Prequel: Kuroko no Basket
Side story: Kuroko no Basket: Mou Ikkai Yarimasen ka
Other: Kuroko no Basket 2nd Season NG-shuu
Sequel: Kuroko no Basket 3rd Season
Characters & Voice Actors
----- This review is for Kuroko no Basket S1 & S2 -----
"Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work."
"Remember teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability."
These are just quotes that apply directly to Kuroko no Basket.
Do you play basketball or any other sport? If not, go out and play some sports, it's good for you. But if you insist on staying home and watching anime, here's a great sports anime for you to watch! I hereby present to you my favorite sports anime, Kuroko no Basketball~! Without further ado, let's get started with the review...
Story: 9/10 - This is about high school basketball with summer/winter competitions... We start off with our main character, Tetsuya Kuroko who has absolutely no skill what-so-ever other than passing skills (which is pretty good still...) who attend Seirin High. Then we have our 2nd main character, Taiga Kagami who has just come over from America to beat the legendary middle school basketball prodigies, "Kiseki no Sedi" aka The Generation of Miracles, who also attends Seirin High. The Generation of Miracles consists of 5 players (a player at each of the 5 positions in basketball) and a sixth man whom I shall not spoil for any of you who have not seen this anime yet. All players in the Generation of Miracles made a promise to each other to all go to different high schools and face each other in competitions to see who the greatest basketball player in Japan was. And so our adventure beings as players begin to train, build friendship, trust, and teamwork in order to lead their team to win the summer/winter cups. The story goes beyond just basketball though, it shows friendship, passion, as well as ambition. This show is serious during games, but also has it's funny and sad moments, which is nice...
Art: 9/10 - Art is good in a sports anime? HELL YEAH IT IS. The art when *insert a couple players names here* go into the "zone" and go ape-shit on the court by wrecking everyone, what a site to see. But not only that, in general throughout the anime the art in Kuroko no Basketball was well drawn and animated. The only problem I had with the art, was that a lot of the characters look alike, just with different color hair. lol.
Sound: 10/10 - All 4 openings of Kuroko no Basketball so far have been amazing, and fit in beautifully with the animations. The lyrics for each opening were well fitted, as they were along the lines of "Can do it" and "Get me higher"... Motivation! The endings were nice to listen to as each episode came to an end, especially "Fantastic Tune". The epic moments during games also had their own special music ^o^.
Character: 10/10 - This is where Kuroko no Basket really shined! We got 5 basketball prodigies, 2 amazing main characters, along with a bunch of teammates who are not only motivational but also likeable.
That's a lot of characters that Kuroko no Basket developed perfectly, but theres more! Himuro Tatsuya? What an interesting character... You guys will learn more about him once you watch Kuroko no Basket. As for the 5 prodigies: Akashi, Aomine, Midorima, Kise, and Murasakibara, their names are all colors in Japanese and they all have that color hair (Aka - Red, Ao - Blue, Midori - Green, Ki - Yellow, Murasaki - Purple). They each have their own distinct personality, although all of them are pretty much solo players who don't care or believe in their teammates much... But enough with that, watch the anime to find out how wondrously the characters develop.
Enjoyment: 10/10 - I ENJOYED Kuroko no Basket, DUH! Unless you hate basketball, or anime in general, you will love this anime. Hell, even if you don't like basketball or anime, give this anime a try, you'd be surprised how enjoyable it is. Perhaps I'm a bit biased because basketball is my favorite sport in real life... But this is one of the motivational, epic, enjoyable and nerve-wrecking (yes, nerve-wrecking as well!) anime I've ever seen. I hope you found this review helpful in any way. Thanks for reading~ read more
"Even if we lose by 100 points, there’s a chance a meteor will strike the other team’s bench in the last second."—Kuroko Tetsuya
Sequel to season one, Kuroko No Basket 2 does not disappoint. The new season begins with a mild time-skip after the inter-high matches. Seiren High—no longer the underdog—is now of equal footing in terms of basketball recognition. The most notable difference the time-skip offers would be the physical improvement of the players; all other improvements—such as unique skills—are publicly developed in season 2. If anything, the anime has adapted an even faster pace and incorporates an unexpectedly drastic increase in the amount of action per episode. Games are now longer, more intense, and developed. The level of play has increased to a higher caliber. There are no more "easy" opponents in this Winter Cup. Each team has a unique play style, some specializing in more specific areas such as defense, offence, or speed. However, all teams must bend their play style in order to counter their opponent. This constant change of pace and strategy creates a fast paced, entertaining battle. The shounen aspect of the anime often shines during the intense moments of the game—where players are at full potential. Although shounen abilities are bound to be unrealistic, the anime counteracts some of this illogic by offering thorough explanations behind some abilities such as Kuroko's misdirection. As stated before, the games have gotten longer, meaning there are less games played but more detail to each specific match.
The entertainment level has reached an all new high, various jaw dropping moments are wisely incorporated to avoid repetition. To top it off, the anime captures viewer's attention by further expanding in the realm of character depth. Kuroko gains more expression and passion, and remains a glowing catalyst. Kuroko, "the shadow", cheering along with his team speaks volumes about how much character development takes place. Other basketball players too, receive a hefty amount of attention. Aces are prominent as usual, but now regular players are given much more spotlight. Whether it be three pointers, fakes, dunks, or passes each play is valuable. There are many times where players simply want to give up; honestly it's not easy to have endless motivation in face of defeat. Each character has their insecurities and doubts when it comes down to their skill level and natural talent, but it's ultimately up to them to decide if they will let that affect them. Teamwork is demonstrated through many lights, with emotionally supportive remarks accompanied by intermediate coordination, the value of trusting your teammates is highlighted.
The large amount of characters does have its downfall though. Not all characters receive recognition deserved, and even some of the former "mini-main characters" become less prevalent. The freshman hardly get any playtime, if any at all. They are mostly seen cheering on the team, rather than competing with the team. We miss out on the development and improvement of other teams due to the heavy focus on Seirin High. Still, the character development we do get is appreciated and worthwhile. Dual gender fan-service is implemented in two or three episodes, but it doesn't hinder the plot.
Art and sound has improved, not dramatically, but notably. Scenes where game-play is at peak, is where the artistic improvements are easily visible. The characters have more "fluid" movements, and facial expressions are clearer. The OP and ED are pleasing, and fit well with the heart-racing action. Voices are well done as usual, the English, however, is horrible. It's to be expected though, as I believe none of the voice actors use English other than for acting.
Something that has bothered me throughout the series was the exaggerated portrayal of the members of the Generation of Miracles. Members of the GoM were depicted as godlike undefeatable players. Although the GoM's abilities certainly deserve enormous recognition, no individual player—so far—has shown to be as overpowered as claimed; which is good. Each team has their own Aces, and below those Aces are above-average important players crucial to the team. Currently, the setup of one GoM per team, makes the competition in the Winter Cup relatively equal. The key games are expected to be close battles.
Another slightly problematic area is time. Seirin is an "end-game" team, but sometimes the star moments are too miraculous and timely. Like season 1, many times Seirin manages to unrealistically catch up towards the last minute(s) of the game. Some moments are so exaggerated that 20 seconds in the game timer is actually 3-4 minutes of the episode. Timing could have been better, to accommodate the intense game play. Even though it's nice to see a team catch up inspirationally, it should be saved for rare occasions. Under-use is better than over-use in situations like these.
I would strongly recommend viewers who enjoyed season one, to watch this season. Kuroko No Basket 2 manages to leave you wanting more. It was far too easy for me to finish these 25 episodes, as some games were so intense and involving it was difficult to stop watching.
Thanks for reading this review, have a great day!
Both series is about sports (Free is swimming, knb is basketball)
and both has this group of guys, and some rivilary going on between them.
KnB is definetly more into the shounen-genre where Free! is more of a fanservice anime, but if you liked Free! you'll probably like Kuroko no basket as well!
Free! and Kuroko no Basket are both shows about a group friends competing against an old friend in the show's respective sport .However is that Free! is a bit more focused on the friendship between the main characters while Kuroko no Basket is more focused on the show's respective sport.Free! also has more female oriented fanservice(the majority of it is just them taking their shirts off)though seeing how it's a show about males swimming it's really expected.It also has a bit more shounen ai undertones than most sports anime but at the same time it's poking fun at it.Despite that show isn't filled with an overwhelming amount fanservice that would distract you from the story.Nonetheless both are great sports shows filled with funny moments while watching the cast trying to obtain their goals.
Both are shounen-sports anime about boys competing with each other, and the characters are similar, comparing how they feel.
Slam Dunk and Kuroko no Basket are both sports genre anime, and as you can see, both of the anime's main subject is basketball. Kuroko no Basket's similar to Slam Dunk as because the anime both shows a competition or tournament within the region. The only difference of this shows is that; Slam Dunk is more on reality, while Kuroko no Basket is not realistic, the anime shows some weird basketball technique's which is impossible for people to do unlike Slam Dunk. Another thing why I should recommend Slam Dunk is that also has a great art, great story and great soundtracks.
Both series are very similar :
- both are sports genre, specificately both are about basketball
- both have great art
- both have great OST
- both have great characters
If you liked one of them you would like the other for sure !!
Opening Theme#1: "The Other self" by GRANRODEO (eps 1-13)
#2: "Hengen Jizai no Magical Star (変幻自在のマジカルスター)" by GRANRODEO (eps 14-24)
Ending Theme#1: "WALK" by OLDCODEX (eps 1-13)
#2: "FANTASTIC TUNE" by Kensho Ono (eps 14-24)
#3: "Hengen Jizai no Magical Star (変幻自在のマジカルスター)" by GRANRODEO (ep 25)
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