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.