Kuroko no Basuke

 
 
 
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Genre: Comedy, School Life, Shounen, Sports
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franzoir
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Jul 2 2015 07:03 AM
So it is over. The main problem with this show is when you look at its very normal origins of normal guys playing basketball to Akashi acting as an AoE mage and handing out zone like its candy, but also Seirin summoning the space nebula, there is definitely some incongruity. However, what has kept this show interesting is the downright genius conceit of the GoM and the characters.

In the final battle, whilst Aonime is my favourite character for not having to rely on the power of friendship, Serin team play is true to competitive sport. While Kagami may be the ace, an ace cannot single handedly win a team game. None more exemplified by Kuroko's final comment "I am a shadow," or alternatively, I am the one who supports.

Looking past treating people like mini gods and hardware specs...despite all the guff the characters prevail through with some genuinely affecting commentary on youth, talent and inward despair. This is very much the glue of KnB and keeps it from falling to the sport shounen dregs of PoT.

9/10
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Jun 13 2015 10:25 PM
Oooo I take it back...Akashi is the most layered character. Perhaps the most layered character I have seen in a sports anime.

In real time, Seirin vs Rakuzan is becoming more ridiculous as it continues. Kuroko develops the sharingan, Kagami is entering SSJ2 and Akashi is so powerful he is reducing people to their knees. All of that is just superficial glossing but contrasts to the very substantial and nuanced character development of Akashi.

My first impressions of Akashi was that he was a typical archetypal sociopath. The idea that there were 2 Akashi just hammed up his psychotic-ness. However, in the context of this episode it makes sense. Akashi's life was always lonely but through his mother's love he found basketball, and though he lost her he still had basketball. Basketball eventually led him to find friends he cherished, he probably cherished them more than anybody else from the GoM (including Kuroko). However, that very real fear that all children have growing up, that they will be left behind by their friends became a reality. That reality led Akashi to make an extreme decision, if he couldnt keep ahold of his friends he would subjugate them. In this sense Akashi stands in contrast to Kuroko. Kuroko was powerless and couldnt help but be left behind but Kuroko accepted this weakness and moved on...whereas Akashi allowed his insecurities to take ahold of him and shape his persona.

In the ridiculous space of 5 mins, Akashi does some real soulsearching and confronts his insecurities head on. This is the type of soul searching that can take years...regardless it was pleasing as Akashi realised his folly. His dominant persona made him weak in the sense that if he didnt have victory he had nothing which is a very depressing way to live life. The new Akashi that emerges at the end of the episode understands that basketball is just a game, and it has led him to find good friends despite his neurosis. Win or lose, he still has value. He now wants to win the game for the enjoyment of playing basketball against a friend and with his team as opposed to confirming his superiority. The former is way more healthier.

As teenagers grow up, the search for identity is hard and can have many stumbling blocks. I think KnB did an eloquent job of showing the importance of being comfortable with yourself through the character of Akashi.
franzoir
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Jun 4 2015 08:43 AM
Every shounen eventually reaches that breaking point. The Super Saiyan effect where a shonen series is at its giddy best but then logic breaks and it can no longer sustain momentum. For KnB, that point was Aonime vs Kagami. How does a show top that? It cant or can it? KnB S3 suffered from this earlier on. In order to top the zone clash logic starts to break and the matches become a joyless affair.

This however turns around with the brilliant Teiko arc which is the best arc of KnB. I always wanted to see the GoM on the same team. I got what I wanted but not how I expected it to be. I expected to see Harlem Globetrotters level of happiness and skill. What instead transpired was a dark tale of ambition burning youth, potential realised and subsequently squandered, but also the brutal truth that it is terribly lonely at the top. The type of loneliness that can drive you insane (Akashi) or dispassionate (Aonime). Particularly Aonime's arc was tragic. I always thought he was a unique character but now it is clear he is the best and most layered character in the show.

However, the brilliance of the Teiko arc can only be executed by going back in time. And we are now back in the present where logic has already broken. Kuroko is overwriting Mayzumi and Kagami can enter the zone at will and go 'deeper' into it. It doesnt really make sense anymore. One of the cool things about the zone concept is it is a true phenomena amongst competitive players but it is just that... a phenomenon. It is not like I can have aurora borealis in my backgarden anytime I felt like it. But whatevs....the series is almost over so I can ride it out.
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Mar 30 2014 05:07 PM
QUOTE (riezalmie @ Mar 30 2014, 01:03 PM)
When so called "Zone" came into play it seems like the game become another fairy tale story when a small character gain super power winning against bigger character.


No the Zone is a real thing. If you have ever played a competitive sport for a long time, there will be a certain day when all your skills, knowledge and experience converge and you will play the respective game at the height of your powers...to the point where you even surprise yourself.

It is pretty much the same as the colloquial expression 'this player is on fire.'

The only problem with they way KNB used it was because Kagami used it twice in row. When they first introduced the concept of the zone they said Daiki could only use it sometimes. And this is how it is in real life. It will probably only occur to a professional players 1% of the time.

But hey...that is a typical shounen cliche, to exaggerate things past it limit. And remember, it is not as bad as PoT.
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Mar 30 2014 03:03 PM
At least before episode 24 and 25 in Season 2, its skills and determination which anyone can have.

When so called "Zone" came into play it seems like the game become another fairy tale story when a small character gain super power winning against bigger character.
Like Gundam series where a single person can beat tens or hundreds of people.

Might as well put 500 people on Yosei team against Seirin 5.

Lets just say Season 2 ends with f****g disappointment.
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Mar 30 2014 03:55 AM
I saw the last episode of season 2 earlier. This series is sort of entertaining but loses some steam when random crap is put into it such as "Thor's Hammer" and the fact he says it when he does it, just makes this series more sillier than usual.

This series became more and more of an anime for girls and less of a sports anime as it progressed.

My overall score for this anime is 7/10 and the Engrish was horrible and I don't know of a American girl who just randomly kisses people in the lips, it's a silly gimmick but I guess the show needed a random laugh here and there.
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Feb 8 2014 05:45 PM
The zone clash between Aomine and Kagami was awesome. I laughed when the ball went to a vacant Touou team member...he almost didnt know what to do after witnessing a high level exchange.

Truth be told, Daiki is my favourite character in the series and I wanted him to win against Kagami.

Even so it was an exciting episode and the fist bump at the end I found strangely moving if not somewhat idealistic of how friendship works.
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Nov 27 2013 08:39 PM
Just marathoned this show and my initial impressions were that it was great. I can easily get on board with any series that has clearly delineated its roadmap and wastes no time getting there. For example the generation of miracles matchup.

I do enjoy the premise and the setup that 5 prodigies and one 1 dark horse yet all 4 of the prodigies seen so far have respected Kuroko for his one dimensional gimmick. It is also kind of tragic seeing Kuroko's backstory about how everyone of the GoM blossomed apart from him which eventually led to his isolation.

Another thing I find charming about this show, is that all the teenage boys are realistically portrayed as assholes which is always a huge plus for me. Nothing as over exaggerated as PoT devil eyes/godly techniques but there is a fair amount of convincing trash talk and smugness when people are failing. That is a part of sport's culture and I think the show nails that spirit in this respect.

As it has gone on however it has started to become more generic as a sport show with melodrama abound. At this point though I cant be bothered to drop it because I am actually quite heavily invested. But I'm hoping that Kuroko's character arc will lead him to become more aggressive as a player because I believe that is the best lesson sports can bestow unto humans.

My favourite GoM so far is Daiki because of his wild unrestrained style. And while Mirdorina and Kise have started to rely on their respective teammates...I'm glad Daiki remains a solitary player and furthermore was able to beat Kise specifically because he relied on his team. That is something you dont see in shounens which monotonously champions friendship/camaraderie above all else. I found that message to be relatively mature.

I have huge interest in seeing Akashi. I wonder what his personally is like and how he was able to lead the GoM. This also leads to another point. I dont care how it happens or when it happens but there must be an instance where all 6 GoM play on the same team again. That would be a real treat.

All in all, this show is entertaining me and not a bad way to kill some time.
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Dec 26 2012 01:09 PM
QUOTE (JCDRANZER @ Dec 26 2012, 02:21 AM)
I don't even know why the mangaka is getting the death threats in the first place.....why is he getting them, is there any logical reason or is the guy sending the death threats just mad? Of course he's mad, he's sending out death threats over a manga but is there any real reason of why he's so angry with the mangaka?

I don't think there is a known reason. There have been many speculations, including "mockery" of basketball, not enough shounen-ai, etc...
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Dec 26 2012 05:21 AM
QUOTE (Kit-Tsukasa @ Dec 26 2012, 09:41 AM)
Unsurprising news is unsurprising    Given the way the first series ended, it was effectively a no brainer, especially all the recent "attention" it has been getting from those death threats.

I don't even know why the mangaka is getting the death threats in the first place.....why is he getting them, is there any logical reason or is the guy sending the death threats just mad? Of course he's mad, he's sending out death threats over a manga but is there any real reason of why he's so angry with the mangaka?

After finishing this series, I thought it was mediocre at best but the soundtrack of this series is just great that I'm actually looking forward to a 2nd season.
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