Synonyms: Kuroko no Basuke, The Basketball Which Kuroko Plays
Published: Dec 8, 2008 to ?
Authors: Fujimaki, Tadatoshi (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Score: 8.561 (scored by 8597 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.
Mar 6, 2012
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
Oct 25, 2012
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
Apr 11, 2013
Isn't it weird? The Generation of Miracles are full of strong people who have surpassed regular basketball play, yet the phantom sixth man, Kuroko, is much weaker than them. How is he even considered part of this? What does he hide? And as the story progresses, everyone finds out about Kuroko and his strength. Though he is weak, he is a key player in Seirin. As matches go on and as the Seirin team encounters the Generation of Miracles, they grow, but not just them so do the Miracles. My favorite part of the overall story is how each player learns to enjoy themselves. Losing and winning, that's what the game of basketball is. Everyone needs to taste defeat sometime and hopefully it changes their way.
Only because some scenes can be exaggerated with the drawings. However the details in the artwork are a key in making the manga so exciting to read. The sweat drawn and the way the players execute their moves are well drawn and it gives a sense of how hard they are working.
I love the characters. I really really do. They are all silly in their own ways, and yet they are so serious when it comes to the game. I love how they change throughout the story too. Basketball isn't just a game anymore, it's something much more for them. Some characters do scare me, I do know that there's something more about them, so I'll wait. They may not scare me anymore.
It's not just the development I love, it's how they interact with each other, how they play off each other, and how they can joke with each other. It's great.
I love reading this. I hold my breath during some matches because of how intense they are. I get emotional when Kuroko gets serious. I laugh at the silliness in the manga. I just can't stop to put it down. (Well I have to right now gotta wait for the updates! LOL) But this manga is a page turner for me.
It's an amazing manga. A great story and funny characters and games that can keep you on edge. Even the back stories keep you on edge. This manga is just thrilling to read and I cannot wait for the next update!
Jul 29, 2012
While I am not that fond of sports manga, I have fallen in love with Kuroko no Basuke. While most of the “heroes” in sports mangas are those buff and muscular guys, Kuroko is completely different. He is very short and doesn’t have that many muscles, instead of changing, he uses this to his advantage. And, instead of trying to be the one to shine, he realizes his limits and instead, helps his friend to get to the top. This is very different from the regular sports mangas, and that is what makes it so unique.
In most sport mangas, the artists seem to focus too much on the anatomy and the…well, muscles. Because of that, it isn’t very attractive to us…girls. Kuroko no Basuke, while keeping up with the body shape and muscles, also makes the art attractive and appealing to the eye.
They are all interesting, at times I find myself forgetting that this is a sports manga and start drooling over some of the guys. Anyway…I love how they build characters and introduce their personalities, it leaves you misjudging them sometimes though. :|
Kuroko no Basuke has a good mix of everything: Action, comedy, slice of life, and even a little romance. Whether you like basketball or not, you will find yourself enjoying this manga. :)
Aug 26, 2013
I'll try to not give away spoilers.
Currently 226 chapters have been published, as i write this review I'm only 111 chapters into it. This is my opinion so far:
Reading Kuroko No Basket's synopsis will pretty much give you the typical Shounen Jump sports manga story, which has been done countless times before but what makes this one any different from the rest? It has unique take to it. To begin with, It's all about the "Generation Of Miracles", a middle school team consisting of 5 ridiculously powerful players who've been dominating the middle school basketball scene for three consecutive years. Those 5 players also recognise another player within their ranks, the rumoured "Phantom Sixth Player".
Fast forward to high school, they all go their separate ways & the story begins with Kagami Taiga, an incredibly gifted rookie who joins the newly found Seirin high school basketball team. Where he then befriends Kuroko Tetsuya, another freshmen who's rumoured to be "The phantom sixth player" but doesn't look the basketball type , the two decide to pair up and take down the generation of miracles.
The one thing I found with this manga is that you have to be patient at first. See through the first 20 or so chapters & then it will really start to get interesting!
Also, it is that type of sports manga that seems over the top with outrageous moves (ex: Eyeshield21) but that's what makes it more fun and interesting.
I absolutely adore the art style in Kuroko No Basket. At the first few chapters, it looks pretty average but the art work improves considerably as the story progresses. It's very impressive from the mangaka's point of view.
No doubt you'll also enjoy his majestic art style.
What i love most about this manga, aside from the progression of the story, are the characters. They're all exceptionally well made and are covered in complete depth - Especially the main ones:
Kuroko Tetsuya, An Incredibly quite person who gives off no presence whatsoever, which turns out to be his biggest asset in the basketball court. His progression in the series so far has been brilliant, it will make you fall in love with him & you'll understand why he has chosen the journey he set off to accomplish. Then you have Kagami and the rest of the basketball team, who are also covered brilliantly. Kagami is your typical one guy who's only good at basketball and works his ass off to become number 1.
As you get more into the story you'll see an amazing amount of character development with all of the characters that's been introduced (Especially the obvious main ones, side characters that you can't hate & the most importantly the generation of miracles... who all went their separate ways after their three glorious years in middle school for their own goals and reasons)
Since i started to read this manga, i haven't once stopped thinking about the next chapter - "What will happen next", you'll always want more. It'll become extremely addicting as the story progresses.
This is anything you want in a sports manga and more! Even if you're not a sports fan, it'll be a joy to read. I'd totally recommend this to anyone, manga lover or not.
I hope i managed to convince whoever is reading to give this a chance because you will not regret it once you do!
So, I'm off to read more!