Anime: Kuroko’s Basketball, Kuroko no Basuke (Ono Kenshou, Ono Yuuki)
Let’s play basketball! Kise Ryouta and his Kurokocchi.
Title: Kuroko no Basuke 黒子のバスケ (Kuroko’s Basketball)
Broadcast Date: 7 April 2012
Official website: http://www.kurobas.com/
Summary (from wiki/ANN):
Kuroko Tetsuya is a former member from the legendary middle school basketball team known as “The Generation of Miracles”. Upon meeting Kagami Taiga, a naturally gifted basketball player at Seirin High School, Kuroko decides upon becoming his shadow to help him become Japan’s greatest basketball player. Based on a 2008 Japanese manga about basketball written and illustrated by Fujimaki Tadatoshi 藤巻忠俊. The anime adaptation is by Production I.G.
I can’t remember when was the last time I watched a sports anime. Kuroko’s Basketball (also known as The Basketball that Kuroko Plays) is the only sports anime this season and I watched it without any expectations. It has surprised me in being rather entertaining so far. Although the main cast consists of relatively new seiyuus, they delivered.
The plot is pretty straightforward but it is well-paced and intriguing enough for me to keep watching to see how Kuroko can achieve his goal. The characters have their individual quirks and it is fun to discover more about them as the story progresses.
For example, Kuroko seems to be small and not in a good shape for basketball. As the audience wonder how he can be the rumoured 6th player in the Generation of Miracles that will help his team win the championship, he surprises us with his abilities.
Animation-wise, the action during basketball matches are pretty exciting. I don’t play basketball or contact sports like this in real life ^^;; but I enjoy watching guys play. Girls’ basketball is scary *_* I remember being scratched during a Physical Education class in school lol~ and caring too much about not accidentally hurting the opponents during the game pretty much rendered me a relatively ineffective player ^^;;
Besides a number of cute guys to ogle at. there’s also a smart female character who is the Seirin High basketball team coach to watch for. Plus, there’s some officially-sanctioned BL fan-service here and there to pique this fujoshi’s radar.
Here’s some official BL-fan service shown during ending credits in some of the episodes. That’s Kagami Taiga (left) and Kuroko Tetsuya. I love watcing Kuroko’s deadpan reactions versus the rather expressive oresama-type Taiga in the anime.
Generation of Miracles member, typical Prince-type, Kise Ryouta giving his Kaijou High basketball captain, Kasamatsu Yukio a flirty phone call? lol~
Ono Kenshou as Kuroko Tetsuya 黒子テツヤ
Ono Yuuki as Kagami Taiga 火神大我
Saito Chiwa as Aida Riko 相田リコ
Ono Daisuke as Midorima Shintarou 緑間真太郎
Inoue Go as Tsuchida Satoshi 土田聡史
Nojima Hirofumi as Izuki Shun 伊月俊
Naoki Mizutani as Furuhata Kouki 降旗光樹
Kimura Ryohei as Kise Ryouta 黄瀬涼太
Miki Shinichiro as Aida Kagetora & Narrator
Hoshi Souichiro as Kasamatsu Yukio 笠松幸男
Eguchi Takuya as Koganei Shinji 小金井慎二
Suzuki Tatsuhisa as Takao Kazunari 高尾和成
Sasaki Tetsuo as Fukuda Hiroshi
Yoshimoto Yasuhiro as Kawahara Koichi
Hosoya Yoshimasa as Hyuuga Junpei 日向順平
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