I don't usually make reviews, in fact, this is my first one ever. I decided to review this OVA in particular because of one reason, it was a very simple yet enjoyable episode.
Inter-Highs aren't far away, and in order to participate on the starting lineup a certain halfwit , Kagami, has to face tough study session with Riko and the rest of the gang in order to pass the upcoming profiency test. In a matter of days, everyone tries their best to drill as much knowledge into Kagami's head.
Kagami has to overcome this "difficult" challenge in order to have a chance of defeating the
Generation Of Miracles and winning the Inter-High. Kagami's not only striving towards his goals but also feeling unable to let down his teammates as well. He ungracefully accepts the challenge. Meanwhile, Kise is in the same position as Kagami but unfortunately has no one by his side to help him out.
The story was very simplistic, sometimes unpredictable, yet enjoyable. There were alot of gags and the art & sound was almost identical to the TV version. It had a really good pacing and certain parts of the episode had me chuckling. It was an episode full of gags and excitement with the purpose of letting you get to know the main characters better.
This is not even about the basketball. Of course here are your typical shonen overcoming for the sake of being stronger (or smarter) than before. But overall it's a poor comedy that intends to set you laughing but instead you may find yourself glancing at the clock, or at the gun on the wall. Or what you usually look at in the moments like this. Yes, you need to laugh now, at the very least, it's the only chance to laugh due to this product.
So, this OVA is situated in between Seirin's games with Shutoku and Touou. It takes place just before the championship league during Inter-High, and it deals with Kagami cramming for a test so he'll be eligible to play in the championships. You'll also see a bit of Midorima and Kise talking about these tests as well.
I don't really recommend you watch this episode before Seirin plays Touou in the championships simply because they do show Murasakibara and Akashi in this episode, and I feel like it takes value away from their reveals in the second season.
This was funny little episode as you get to
see the members of Seirin spend a lot of time with Kagami in an attempt to raise his scores. It wasn't anything too special, and obviously, it didn't really advance the plot, but it wasn't really out of place either. It didn't seem like an extra episode, in other words. Kagami and the rest of the team were still stressing about the championships, so it wasn't as though this episode ignored the rest of the plot because it's an OVA.
I don't know, I rated this a 10 simply because I love these characters, so if you do, too, then watch this OVA.
Man, why are there so many Kuroko's Basketball specials? Unlike the more popular DVD specials, Kuroko's Basketball: An Idiot Can't Win came with the 25th volume of the manga but adapts a story from the 5th volume. So we have a weird case where the special takes place way earlier in the chronology than where the actual anime series was.
The Seirin High basketball team is in trouble: ace player Kagami is so incredibly stupid that he's at risk for placing in the bottom 100 of the preliminary exam participants. But the preliminary exams don't actually affect grades. The problem? Students in the bottom 100 are
forced to take a weekend study course that's conveniently scheduled during the inter-high basketball championships.
Thus begins the arduous task of getting a student who averages like 10% to be a top 200 student. The whole Seirin team volunteers to help tutor Kagami because they know they'll need him in the upcoming matches. Meanwhile, short scenes show Kise and Midorima's own problems with the practice exams.
So, as you can imagine this special doesn't elaborate on important relationships or past history like Tip Off or Can We Do That One More Time?. It's more of a comedy/slice of life thing, but the story premise is too shallow to be worthy of a full-sized episode. Primarily because the actual progression of the plot is obvious and redundant. Kagami's dumb and keeps failing at questions his teammates ask him, but we already know partially due to the time this was released and common sense that he overcomes it all in the end just in time. A lot of the same gags stretched out through the whole thing, character details we aren't interested in like which academic subject each one specializes in, and nothing relevant to the main storyline. Nothing likely to make you appreciate it more either. Seirin's team support helps Kagami pass but it's the main theme beaten down throughout the whole series in more substantial ways.
I really don't recommend this to anyone but the hardcore fans most desperate for any additional Kuroko's Basketball. It's not an embarrassingly humored watch or even that boring, just totally unnecessary. You'd need a very high attachment to the characters to appreciate it any more than that, and if you ask me the characters weren't a strong suit of the series. If you want to watch this, I recommend at least watching it when it takes place chronologically (after the match with Midorima), since that'll probably make it feel slightly more important to the overarching storyline. That'll make it an easier watch and some decent downtime between the next match.