In the midst of the NBA Finals, I thought it would be a good idea to review this basketball themed anime, titled Kuroko’s Basketball. And in case anyone was wondering, I am predicting the Miami Heat to win the 2012 NBA Title, if they haven’t already. And if you are reading this after the finals have ended and the Heat did not win, please ignore what I just said. If they did win, then yes, I am psychic. Now onward to the review!
A basketball player known as Kuroko was a member of the undefeatable middle school basketball team known as “The Generation of Miracles.” Although he was not part of the starting five rotation, he was supposedly an amazing sixth man that came off the bench. He joins a high school basketball team and meets Kagami, who is a new overseas transfer student from America. Kagami is basically the Michael Jordon of basketball, and plays at a very high level. When he plays Kuroko in a pick-up game, he basically breaks both his ankles and destroys him. But it turns out that Kuroko’s main strength isn’t his offensive ability, but something else.
Kuroko’s Basketball features about the best artwork I could want for a basketball themed anime. It is very similar to Prince of Tennis, and I would not be surprised if some of the artists worked on both animes. Everything is very fluid and the actual basketball moments are very well drawn. For an anime focused solely on basketball it would be hard to be blown away by the artwork, but Kuroko’s Basketball does a good job of getting it just right.
Aside from the opening song which will be discussed down below, there is not too much focus on the sound aspect in this anime. For a basketball anime, all you really need is to get the sound of a basketball bouncing and shoes squeaking, which this anime does. So far there hasn’t been any memorable background tracks that I can recall, but that may change as the series progresses.
There are a good amount of characters in Kuroko’s Basketball, but so far we have not learned much about anyone besides Kuroko and Kagami. The rest of their team seems to be minor characters, and one of them hasn’t even spoken yet. I also find some of Kuroko’s “abilities” to be slightly exaggerated and not believable, but saying anything else would spoil the anime. Overall the Kuroko and Kagami combination seems to be like a Scotty Pippen and Michael Jordon relationship, or possibly John Stockton and Karl Malone. I would say it is like Dwayne Wade and LeBron James, except that Kuroko so far has not shown any offensive abilities.
OP and ED: 9/10
The opening for Kuroko’s Basketball is pretty epic, and features some intense basketball scenes. The song is called “Can Do” by GRANRODEO, and it is kind of catchy and fits the theme well. It mainly features Kuroko but has some nice showings from Kagami as well. It is definitely one of my most favorite anime openings of all time, and I wish I could say the same about the ending. The ED song is called “Start It Right Away,” by Hyadain, but unfortunately nothing ever gets “started” in the ending. It is just a plain collection of still shots with very little animation. So just make sure you watch the opening, and I won’t blame you if you skip through the ending.
Final Review: ?/10
Will be posted upon completion of anime
The sixth member of the “Generation of Miracles.” He is the main character and Kagami’s right hand man.
A transfer student from America, his goal is to beat the “Generation fo Miracles” and become the best basketball player in the world.