“The Basketball Which Kuroko Plays..”
Time for another review, but this time we’re going head to head with the Seirin Basketball team in Kuroko’s Basketball Season One. Adapted from the manga series created by Tadatoshi Fujimaki (which also was included in our Top Ten Sports Manga Feature!) Tells the story about a high school student named Taiga Kagami who was talented at Basketball and comes to join Seirin High, he meets another student who seemed to be plain, mysterious boy named Tetsuya Kuroko. Kagami is shocked to find that Kuroko isn’t good at basketball, in fact, he’s bad! And he’s so plain that he’s impossible to see. But Kuroko’s plainness lets him pass the ball around without the other team noticing him, and he’s none other than the sixth member of the Miracle Generation.
With a series revolving around Basketball, there is an interesting cast of characters mixed with a strong balance of action and humor, while it shares the love of the sport and similarities like Takehiko Inoue’s Slam Dunk there are several differences.
While I won’t go into full detail about the differences between the two basketball anime in this review, there are two things that Slam Dunk and Kuroko’s Basketball share and that is the importance of hard work and dedication. I would like to say that if anything this focuses not only on Basketball but uses this as a plot device to tell a story about friendship and conflict. The animation and art style are good for its time, the facial features are more rounded and less detailed, but it was cleaner, more simplistic lines. The Basketball matches were animated well, the player’s movements were realistic, and maintained a sense of wonder when watching a real Basketball game.
My favorite character was Kuroko Tetsuya, a teenager who was described as a “Phantom” due to his zero presence but doesn’t have the talent. Kuroko wants to beat his former teammates “Generation of Miracles” as much as his fellow teammate Taiga Kagami wants to. One nitpick I had about the first season was several unresolved plot points but fans have noticed this trend in anime (Happens a lot during several sports manga or anime series).
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