Synonyms: Kuroko no Basuke, The Basketball Which Kuroko Plays
Published: Dec 8, 2008 to Sep 1, 2014
Score: 8.531 (scored by 12649 users)
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SynopsisTeikou Middle School basketball club: an incredibly strong team with over one hundred members and three consecutive championship wins. Amongst their brilliant record, was a generation of five prodigies known as the "Generation of Miracles." However, there was a strange rumor concerning the Generation of Miracles about one more player recognized by the five prodigies... a phantom sixth man.
When Kagami Taiga joins Seirin High School's basketball team, he meets Kuroko Tetsuya, a horrendously bad player. Kagami is shocked to find out that Kuroko is the rumored sixth man of the Generation of Miracles. Not only is Kuroko terrible at everything from dribbling to shooting, he lacks so much presence on the court that at times people even forget he's playing. But during games Kuroko uses that lack of presence to his advantage, specializing in passing the ball to stronger players. In order to become the best player in Japan, Kagami agrees to team up with Kuroko to defeat the other members of the Generation of Miracles. (Source: Crunchyroll)
Note: Chapter count includes Chapter 62.5 "Tip Off."
Related MangaSide story: Kuroko no Basket: Replace
Adaptation: Kuroko no Basket 2nd Season, Kuroko no Basket, Kuroko no Basket 3rd Season, Kuroko no Basket: Tip Off, Kuroko no Basket: Baka ja Kattenai no yo!
Story: Kuroko no Basuke (Kuroko's Basketball) to sum it up without spoilers is a basketball manga about a boy named Kuroko Tetsuya wanting to show people, the "Generations of Miracles" (a group of Kuroko's previous team-mates) in particular his way of basketball, hence the title Kuroko no Basuke. Reading into it you'll discover how deep the plot gets as you go along introducing new characters and threats to Kuroko's basketball team Seirin, the deuteragonist: Kagami Taiga is "the light that illuminates Kuroko" meaning he is the person who Kuroko practises with and makes plays with. Kagami himself wants to defeat every single player of the "Generations of Miracles". Up until now Kuroko no Basuke never ceases to amaze me with it's great execution, allowing you to experience the character's emotions and feeling also that winning isn't easy, you have to struggle and learn from your defeats. Great story that just keeps getting better and better. 9.5/10
Art: Though some panels can be overly exaggerated and unrealistic in some matches you're still able to grasp the current situation. But for the most part the manga is clear, well drawn and at times very realistic, not to mention FUCKING EPIC. 8/10.
Character: Now this is were every manga/anime needs to shine, and Kuroko no Basuke is one of those series that has some of the best character development ever, for characters such as Kise, Kagami, Kuroko, Teppei and Hyuuga they're the ones who have made me proud the most with their overall goals, attitudes and accomplishments. Kagami with his will to not give up and monster-like jumping height, Kise for his attitude in matches and rivalry with Aomine, Hyuuga and Teppei with depth towards their back story and Kuroko's goals and accomplishments. Now this are just my personal favourites, all in all great characters. 9/10.
Enjoyment: You'll be craving your weekly dose of Kuroko no Basuke's awesomeness, even if you're not into sports I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy this, hell I myself am not even into sports and It's one of my favourites. The enjoyment will only build-up as you go along reading it, That's my time. 9/10
Overall: 9.5/10 read more
Note: Some minor spoilers. Beware.
The summary on MAL is a little confusing so I'll try my best to make a more coherent one.
In middle school, there was a certain basketball team whose players had immense talent. This caused them to be dubbed the "Generation of Miracles". After finishing middle school, they all went their seperate ways but talk remained of a mystery 'phantom player', their 6th man.
The story starts with Kagami Taiga, a returning student joining the Seirin high school basketball team. Another person who joins is Tetsuya Kuroko. He's weak, can't shoot and has no presence on the court but herein lies his secret...
An interesting premise that is well executed too. It progresses nicely thus far and there's real development in both the plot and the characters. And it's nice to see a manga like this that isn't all victory and glory all the way, there's some real issues Seirin runs into along the way and watching them deal with these is interesting. There are some things I'd like explained sooner rather, such as the oath Akashi mentions at one point that was apparently made when they split up after middle school but up until this point has not been elaborated upon. But hey, ongoing manga so plenty of time to get that taken care of.
Let's start off with the main character, Kuroko. He's quiet, always calm (to the point where I'm wondering if the author has been watching a few too many Christopher Walken movies), bad at basketball. However, his strong point is helping others by way of his completely and utter lack of presence on the court (something that quickly turns into a running gag off-court where his team mates will think they're alone until Kuroko actually says something). He's neutral but not boring. He's calm but not a pussy. Disliking Kuroko as a character is difficult because he always puts other people's needs ahead of his own.
Kagami (or to call him by my favorite nickname for any character ever, Bakagami) is the second main character and, as mentioned, a returning student from America. He's as blunt as a hammer, he is self-centered, he's a bit of an ass, so you could be forgiven for disliking him at first. But Kagami is a good example of character development in Kuroko no Basket. What starts off as a self-centered douche with all the subtlety of a brick to the face turns into a real team-player. He quickly finds Kuroko teaming up with him to help him and while he does so somewhat reluctantly, this helps him not only discover Kuroko's magic abilities but discover that teamwork can be far more efficient than going at it solo. He becomes more involved with his team mates and caring more about their individual skills and how they can help the team.
The side cast is a joy too. There's Riko, their second-year coach who has the magical ability to learn a player's skills and potential just by looking at their shirtless bodies (because what is shounen without some sort of absurd abilities), Hyuuga, the likable team captain and 3-point shooter and of course the rest of the Generation of Miracles.
They have distinct personalities, some of them funny and a joy to 'listen' to (Kise's fairly one-sided admiration of Kuroko never gets old), some of them a bit rotten (Aomine, looking at your general direction, just saying) and others are downright weird (Murasakibara, are you not secretly shizophrenic?) but they're all well-written characters.
Say what you like about KnB but it looks good. Characters look great with plenty of detail and the environments (and the courts in particular) are also easy on the eyes. The amount of sweat on the characters during matches did distract me a little bit at times but this is a sport manga so I'm going to call this a case of 'par for the course'.
186 chapters read and furiously awaiting the next one every week. Yep, sounds like enough enjoyment in my book!
A solid sport manga with good story, interesting characters with development to go and a healthy dose of comedy mixed in. I'm calling this one a must-read for anyone interested in basketball or sports manga in general.
A miscellaneous note on KnB's portrayal of basketball:
I've heard some people call KnB over-the-top for its sometimes ridiculous display of matches (and reading chapters with matches against Aomine, I can definitely agree with that), making it too dumb to read. You have to take into account 2 things here. For starters, shounen targets kids aged 10+ so it just needs a lot of action to keep the attention of the target demographic. Second, and this is speaking as a basketball fan, having realistic depictions of basketball would be boring. KnB basically takes the best bits in basketball matches (fast attack, great defense, slam dunks, impressive plays) and throws out the rest and you know what? That's fine. I don't want to be flying through pages to get to the exciting bits, I want the exciting bits now! Preferably 5 minutes ago. Yes, it does get BEYOND over-the-top as mentioned before and you won't get arguments proving the opposite from me there. Kise's 1:1 copying of player's abilities, Midorima's ridiculous shooting range, Kuroko's vanishing and (the biggest offender in my book) Aomine's suspension-of-disbelief-butchering shooting, they're indeed over-the-top but they help keep everything fresh and original rather than every member simply being another good player to beat. read more
High school team sport mangas.
Not only do the two main characters have a similar relationship, there are many similarities to be seen in side characters too (e.g. the split personality captain, kind giant, popular-with-the-ladies rival...).
Apart from that they have the same atmosphere to them and recurring themes i.e. improving teamwork, meeting opponents that used to be teammates in middle school...
Both are sports themed titles, with one being basketball and the other volleyball. In reading HKyuu I can see some of Kuroko in the main characters.
In Kuroko, you have the Kuroko/Kagami pair who act as best friends slash rivals on and off the court. Kuroko helps Tetsuya and vice versa. In HKyuu, there's the Hinata/Kageyama pair who fit the exact same role on the team; Kageyama being Kuroko and Hinata being Tetsuya.
Sports manga released on Weekly Shounen Jump. There are a pair of players in both, one with a extremely high level technique for passes and another one with pure raw power.
Kuroko no Basket and Haikyuu!! are sports theme manga that involves competition, sportsmanship, and teams striving to become the best.
The main characters from both series have friendship and rivalries with similar relationships. There's also many humorous moments during various game competitions. In some ways, the main characters also has similar personalities as they form a team based on teamwork and respect.
Very strong similarities with these 2 manga.
1. It is a sport manga. Also, the schools which the manga's are based on were teams that were strong but not exceptionally overpowering the previous year but receive talented first years that have the potential to take their teams to the top.
2. The main and supporting characters are fairly similar. The 2 main characters in each of the manga's bring out the best in each other. Generally, one of the main characters uses their talent to support the other main character.
The supporting characters are similar in a sense that they each have strong recognizable unique personalities. They also both have a female mascot. (Although one is a manager and one is a coach)
3. Rivalry. Both manga's seem to bring out a rivalry from former team mates from the main characters middle schools. The team mates ended up going to different high schools and end up competing against each other.
Overall. The set up is pretty similar. Of course, one major differential is the sport. (Volleyball, Basketball)
Both are sports manga with the two main characters having the strongest combination. Hinata from haikyuu!! is just like kagami from kuroko, with his amazing jumping ability. Kageyama can be likened to kuroku with his perfect skill at passing and maximizing their partners' talents. Both mangas are amazing.
The main characters have similarities, especially in their relationship to each other and others. Also, the art is really great and the mangakas catch the passion for matches in a similar way.
They're both aiming for the top.
Both series share a unique shounen-ish take on their respective sport.
Both are somewhat "over-the-top" shonen sport animes with lots of special moves and special abilities.
Kuroko is somewhat more serious than ES21, but the main difference is that in Kuroko the main character starts out incredibly powerful.
If you liked Eyeshield 21, you will definitely appreciate the humor in Kuroko no Basuke.
Both feature light-hearted yet competitive atmospheres, and Kuroko no Basuke puts an interesting twist in the over-used (yet still so dear to my heart) weak-character-discovers-a-sport-and-becomes-a-star theme.
Instead of featuring a weak character who is struggling to find where he belongs, Kuroko no Basuke has a character who seems weak, but is actually very grounded and secure in his abilities and his future. In any case, his "weak" stature is actually his secret weapon in basketball. Kuroko's blank stares and invisible presence are also to die for.
The chapters in both of these mangas fly by, so be sure not to let the length of either one put you off. You just can't miss either of them.
Both have same styles of humour and "shonen sports moves" - questionable moves and techniques that attract shonen fans but are mostly likely impossible to do in real life.
Both of them have a relatively similar storyline as well with the protagonist's team aiming for the top by defeating several incredibly strong opponents.
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