So this is another OVA of the famous title, huh? Mmm, cool, you probably think if you're a fan. Must be average, you rather think if you aren't. And I'd say yes, this is middling. But, it's a strong one.
This episode tells us about Kuroko's beingness at the time of Teiko and how he managed to overcome his weaknesses. It also covers prehistory of Aomine's demeanor. On the plus side here — it's a long-awaited piece of the story, that makes it more interesting and clearer, with no apparent flaws. On the minus, it makes no advances as well: same art, same sound, and of
course the same OP-ED That's all, can't say more avoiding spoilers) But it's quite interesting, so this one is to check out for every fan of the series
Don't be fooled by the cute picture of Riko and Momoi on the cover, this is not the fanservice special you were hoping for. Kuroko's Basketball: Can We Do That One More Time? (can I never type this again?) is a thorough companion piece to last season's Tip Off episode. Both are normal length additional episodes included with the season one and two home video releases, and both give more background on the Generation of Miracles. Instead of Kise, this time the episode is centered on Aomine which is inherently more interesting. Kise and Kuroko's relationship was never implied to be particularly important in the
series, but Aomine and Kuroko's former friendship was referenced frequently although you never got to see much footage of that time. If you were interested, then now's your chance.
On the other hand, an abridged version of these events would show up in a flashback episode in season three, so whichever one you watch first you're inevitably going to be annoyed by seeing some of the same exact scenes twice. Some of these scenes you may have seen even more than that by now (such as the scene where Kuroko puts a popsicle down Aomine's shirt). Though frustrating, there's no way around this unused footage because the original material in this special episode ultimately makes it worth watching. It's a more substantial elaboration on what is by far one of the show's most important character relationships, so it adds more to the general series plot than Tip Off does regardless of reused scenes. However, though it is more detailed and it's nice to actually see what most of the series only talks about, it won't actually give you any significant new facts on the plot or characters you won't get from the series. Just more of an appreciation for them at best. The animation quality and music selection is the same as the series.
With the recommendation to any curious fans out of the way, the question remaining is when the best time is to watch this special. There isn't really a simple answer here. You can do it as soon as you're introduced to Aomine in order to get the most out of future Aomine scenes in it, or you can wait until the flashback arc in season three where this actually fits in the most smoothly chronologically since it's the same stretch of time. You also get to see how the special and series's unique scenes complete each other. In the special episode, Akashi thinks Kuroko may have a special talent, but it immediately cuts to him already using his unique passes rather than the series which goes into how he develops them. Overall, I'd say once you meet Aomine in the series then the earlier you watch this the more you can get from it, but decide what approach sounds better for you.
This episode is a must watch, in my opinion. If I had to say when you should watch it, I'd say that it's probably best to watch it right after Aomine meets Kuroko in the Teiko arc during the third season of the anime. Essentially, rather than seeing the entirety of Kuroko's time at Teiko, this is a narrowed down summary of that time that just focuses on Kuroko and Aomine. It'll take you from the time they began their friendship to the final moments of it before they grew apart and went on to different high schools.
I think showing the growth of Aomine and
Kuroko's friendship was beautifully done. You'll see Aomine supporting Kuroko a lot and encouraging him to continue basketball, which is basically the opposite of what happens in the current timeline. Also, there are quite a few similarities between Kuroko and Aomine first meeting and Kuroko and Kagami first meeting, which I found simultaneously entertaining and sad because that made me think that Kuroko took to Kagami so quickly because he saw Aomine in him and longed for a friendship like he used to have with Aomine. An example of one of these similarities is that, in the beginning of Kuroko playing on the Teiko team, Aomine wore the number 10 jersey, which is what Kagami wears at Seirin.
It doesn't end happy, so don't expect that, but you will get to see Aomine and Kuroko having fun together--and that includes their first fist bump, which is iconic. As I said before, you really should watch this if you're a fan of the anime. It provides a bit more perspective on Aomine's character that will help you enjoy his character more.