Ro-Kyu-Bu ~ Fast Break!

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Synonyms: Rou-Kyuu-Bu!, Rou-Kyu-Bu!, Ro-Kyu-Bu: Fast Break
Japanese: ロウきゅーぶ!
English: Ro-Kyu-Bu ~ Fast Break!
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 1, 2011 to Sep 23, 2011
Premiered: Summer 2011
Broadcast: Fridays at 23:30 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Source: Light novel
Genres: ComedyComedy, SportsSports, EcchiEcchi
Themes: SchoolSchool, Team SportsTeam Sports
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.781 (scored by 3598735,987 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #60232
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2353
Members: 82,776
Favorites: 191

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Preliminary Spoiler
Jul 1, 2011
Preliminary (1/12 eps)
This review for Ro-Kyu-Bu! will be based on opinions made after viewing the first episode of the series.

This show is like a cross between a really sugoi (tl note: sugoi means amazing)adaption of Slam Dunk and Kodomo no Jikan. Basically, we have this lolicon who becomes a basketball coach for an elementary school. This team he has to put up with (tl note: enjoy) consists of two perverted DFC goddesses, some dfc who thinks she’s Shaq, a glasses girl who will probably get hit by a train by the end(as they all do), and this overly self conscious big tits girl who belongs on ...
Jun 26, 2013
I'm somewhat perplexed by the number of 6's and 7's this anime is receiving. I was initially reluctant to watch this anime because of the score, but I'm glad I committed in the end.

Ro-kyu-bu is a loli/sports anime with a barebones plot and relatively static characters. While some might consider this points to criticize the anime on, I would like to point to the genre of the piece and remind everyone why we are watching this anime. To learn more about basketball? I should hope not. Sports anime is almost always a terrible representation of the actual sport itself. I will smack anyone who dares ...
Jul 2, 2011
Preliminary (1/12 eps)
The only two reviews on this show are overall ratings of 10 and 0, claiming it's good loli show and other saying it's a crappy loli show and not worth the time.

The show is indeed loli, though I think they present it in a cute and at the same time seductive way, *spoiler* as soon as he opens the gym door he's greeted by loli maids which then turn to imouto maids with their overall goal of this greeting is to making their new coach love them (I won't reveal why, but if you actually paid attention to the show you'd figure it out and ...
Sep 25, 2011
When lolis and basketball are combined, the result isn't as bad as one might expect. Although it's far from great Ro-Kyu-Bu is a charming series.

If you are looking an anime that is heavily focused on basketball then you are looking in the wrong place. Basketball is simply the activity which brings everyone together. However the series does lack a solid plot because the focus is on the characters themselves making it feel like a slice of life some of the time. The series is character driven and the majority of this anime is spent developing the characters, which is okay but it makes it hard ...
Mar 20, 2013
Mixed Feelings
I'm a big sucker for Lolis and when I found out about this anime I was pumped!

And after finishing it I can say I wasn't disappointed, rather very pleased.

If you are a Loli-lover this is a must watch and one of the best shows in that genre out there.

But lets get to the heart of the review and look on what this show did right and what it lacked in.

Ro-Kyu-Bu, made by Studio Blanc, which did nothing that I know of before did a generic job animating the show. To be honest, an anime in the SoL pseudo-sports genre will most likely look not that ...
Sep 26, 2011
Mixed Feelings
Ro-Kyu-Bu was an entertaining enough series though the plot was lack luster, and the humor was a bit hit or miss. The artwork was typical of a slice of life anime and lacked originality, though the quality was good.

The plot was straight forward enough and lacked depth, though the direction was good and made for a heart warming story at times. However, as the series progressed it became apparent that the linear direction of the series will cause viewers to lose interest, and I doubt I could sit through more than a few episodes at a time before becoming bored with lack luster ...
Dec 5, 2012
The entertainment of basketball for all ages. The girls basketball team show dominance on the court and will accept any challenge ahead of them with the help of there coach on the sideline.
Oct 28, 2012
***This is a Spoiler-Free Review***

You probably have your pre-conceptions of what kind of show Ro-Kyu-Bu is. Even from just looking at a splash image, you may know whether or not this show is for you. This review will not convince anyone that is disturbed or offended (lol) by an anime about grade school girls playing basketball and the occasional ecchi rom-com harem antics that come with such a setup. For those of you still reading, there's a little more beneath that stereotypical exterior...(but only a little)

Story [6/10] - After watching the first episode it's pretty hard to get a feel for what ...
Oct 4, 2012

If you expect a series full of originality, different, you probably will not like ro kyu and above are not like characters with characteristics of a child. If you liked K-on will likely identify with the characters that show the characteristics are similar.

I think the major difference of this series for of basketball are other children their characters strong bond that develops between them and how the author and producers managed to create a story that can be developed in a way not so focused on the sport, when you watch two episodes of the series you will immediately realize the intention of the producers ...
Sep 9, 2015

OH my gao, this is so unbelievably cute, so ridiculous lovable, so fantastically amazing and full of so much greatness. I typically try to avoid using this word, because of how people react to it, but…. It’s the only way to even explain what Ro-Kyu-Bu is….

…… Welcome to Loli’s playing basketball!!! That’s right, that’s what Ro-Kyu-Bu is, but fret not, aside from a few bathing scenes, it’s not all that bad, I promise (I’m totally lying, don’t listen to me, beware, ecchi)! The story of Ro-Kyu-Bu is about a high school student who is forced to be a sensei to 5 school girls in a ...
Aug 22, 2013
What can i say other than this anime is very Moe, and it has its hints that its not an anime for children. I'm always confused as to what grade these kids are in. Is the guy in High School, or Middle School. I understand that the girls are elementary school kids, but seriously, They most definitely do not seem like elementary. they seem like late middle school kids.

It was a very good anime, and I enjoyed it very much. The anime had its funny moments, its sincere moments, and its serious moments. It also taught that sports should not ...
Oct 25, 2014
Highschooler Subaru Hasegawa has lost his passion for basketball. His aunt sets him up as a coach for a young schoolgirls team in an attempt to get him out of his funk.

Are you are looking for a hilarious, overly cutesy, slightly risqué show with an actual story? Congratz, you can stop as this is the absolute pinnacle of that. The main characters are really endearing and while the story is not exactly complicated, it does a really good job of somehow getting you invested in small girls playing basketball.

The voice cast in this show is simply amazing. Highlight has to be everyone's favourites Yuki Kaji ...
Nov 11, 2014
Mixed Feelings
When i dug into this show, not long ago, i was cautious due to the hate it got, as a Loli anime of course - this is to be expected. Thus forth, if you're completely against the genre, don't watch it just to rant!

Anyway, moving onto the show, contrary to popular opinion and the beginning in particular, this anime encompasses a nice medium between the Moe, and the sport at hand: basketball of course! It is to be expected then that since there is a division between genres, it's a laid back show, in fact it throws a degree of intimacy into the mix with ...
Nov 24, 2013
A really nice way to be introduced to a totally new genre! I've never watched an anime about basketball, as well as any other sport, but this... This was awesome! Maybe all the lolicon references dropped this anime's rating a lot, but it still was an worthy one!

{STORY - 9/10}

An inspiring story about five young girls, with the dream of playing on a big tournament. Subaru is the one chosen to lead this team to glory, as he'll also regain interest on basketball after a long time not playing it...

A lot of training and effort will turn those girls into an admirable team, based on ...
Jul 3, 2011
Preliminary (1/12 eps)
So I decided to check out this anime, which I have dubbed "Loli-Ball" after hearing some buzz on it around the web. For the most part I expected it to be pretty moe right off the bat and I was right. It doesn't try to hide it's moe-ness at all. There's quite a bit of fan service as well but nothing to explicit.

The story really isn't in far enough for me to get a good opinion on it but it has potential. A former basketball player in 10th grade is tricked into coaching an elementary school's girl's club for 3 days, although it's obvious somehow ...
Jan 4, 2022
Recommendation: Skippable unless you like the specific combination of basketball and lolis.


+ Doesn't do much that's new, but effectively harnesses the uplifting sports movie vibe. It's sweet and heartwarming and you'll be rooting for the girls. Unlike many shows of this type, Subaru (the main character) isn't a loser or weirdo, he's a cool and nice guy, so it doesn't have to indulge in the usual harem shenanigans (though it sometimes does anyway, much to my chagrin).

+ Characters have varied personalities and all get individual focus at different times to develop their characters. When they actually play basketball games, it's thematically tied into ...
Oct 17, 2014
Mixed Feelings
When I finished ro-kyu-bu!, I was left with one question: where were the dunks?! I realize everyone but Airi is pretty short, but man, I was pretty excited for some dunks.

In any case, ro-kyu-bu! is a serviceable ecchi-loli-harem-sports show. The novelty of that combination, combined with a really catchy opening and ending theme, was what hooked me, and I wasn't disappointed. It's cute enough, the characters are endearing if typical, and though I haven't watched any other sports animes (although you could call this a harem show that uses sports as a motif, I guess) the show makes watching basketball interesting enough. Watching the girls ...
Dec 21, 2018
Ro-Kyu-Bu! is a cute, eh, sports anime? That features a colorful cast of elementary girls who can unrealistically Michael Jordan a basketball. It’s like Kuroko’s Basketball, if the cast often played the sport in maid outfits and swimsuits. It’s an earnest fanservice series that doesn’t go too far and is family friendly; the seductive subtext is usually implied AT MOSTーif you need an added to connotation to that sentiment, this series is done by the same team AND mangaka that worked on Tenshi 3P.

• The characters, from the first season, are pretty memorable. There’s the lead heroineーTomokaーwho has alacritous desire to become the best basketball player ...
Dec 23, 2017
Mixed Feelings

First off before I rant about this anime I wanna just point out how I came across this series.. It was while I was playing Degenki Bunko Fighting Climax Tomoka was in the game it was two years ago I came across it so now I finally finished ahd watched it now onto the review!


Story (5):
first three episodes Subaru and the girls go through training everyday but after a certain time he wanted to stop but thanks to his aunt he really couldn't cause she knew Subaru loves Basketball and there was someone on ...
Jun 25, 2021
Preliminary (8/12 eps)
at first its hard to get started but for someone who does not like sport its amazing exciting the character development is so well paced its hard to believe this isn't in the 1000 rankings

cons: sound does is good but could be better

pros: funny, enjoyable, great plot, great if you like loli's lewd or not

hoping to see by the end: some ecchi scenes with romance and more characters

to the creators of the anime:
this is the most wholesome anime i have seen in a long time
it makes my heart beat beat with awe at the cute lolis and care and love he gives to ...