The college basketball team Strky, comprised of familiar faces from past Interhigh tournaments, is ready to face off against the Jabberwock, a popular American street basketball team that has just arrived in Japan. But what they believe will be a friendly match against a foreign team turns into a devastating loss, and afterwards, the Jabberwock's captain Nash Gold Jr. comments that the people of Japan are equivalent to monkeys and should stop pretending to play basketball.
Angered by this insult, Kagetora Aida proposes a rematch with a different Japanese team, to which Nash accepts, believing the outcome will be the exact same. For the revenge match, Kagetora assembles the Vorpal Swords, consisting of the Generation of Miracles alongside Tetsuya Kuroko and Taiga Kagami—the only team that stands a chance in teaching the Jabberwock a lesson.
Since many fans hoped Kuroko no Basket would continue by having a Japan all-star team going up against international opponents, Extra Game doesn´t disappoint. The sequel pursues the way of the original series and thus transfers old strengths and weaknesses. The characters are what made Kuroko no Basket so great and author Fujimaki once again set up vigorous antagonists. If Nash can make Akashi look like a nice guy and Jason Silver makes Murasakibara seem like an okay Center, you know you are in for a ride.
The stakes were never higher and although this is how the series has always been progressing, by just throwing better opponents at us, the Jabberwocks are the most formidable adversaries by a wide margin. While the art is exceptional even for Jump standarts, the only flaw I have with Extra Game are the sometimes cringeworthy, over the top lines from Nash. Seriously, nobody speaks like that.
Kuroko no Basket remains as one of the shounen-sport gems and Extra Game is a worthy, unfortunately bi-monthly, successor. read more