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Shoichi Imayoshi
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Name Shoichi Imayoshi
Kanji 今吉 翔一
Vital Statistics
Gender Male
Age 18
Height 180 cm (5' 11")
Weight 71 kg (157 lbs)
Birthday June 3rd, Gemini
Blood type AB
Professional Statistics
Team Tōō
Position Point Guard
Talent Intelligence
Mind Games
Double Clutch
Buzzer Beater
First Appearance
Manga Chapter 39
Anime Episode 14
Seiyū
Anime Kazuya Nakai
Image Gallery

Shoichi Imayoshi (今吉 翔一 Imayoshi Shoichi) was Tōō's captain and point guard. He has now retired from the team.

AppearanceEdit

Imayoshi has black, messy hair along with grey eyes. His hair is quite long and reaches to over his eyes. He wears glasses after which his eyes are usually squinting. He is of average height and build. He wears the Tōō jersey with the number 4.

PersonalityEdit

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He is a well-spoken and superficially kind on first glance, but hides a somewhat darker personality that more subtly reveals itself in conversation. Speaking in the typically polite Kansai dialect, Imayoshi laces what would be pleasant conversation with slight jabs at other's weaknesses and understated but absolute expressions of his own confidence. [1]

StoryEdit

Winter CupEdit

Round 1Edit

He enters the Winter Cup court together with the other players from Tōō Academy for their first match, against Seirin. As they start to warm up, the audience is talking about Aomine and Imayoshi, saying that his moves are unpredictable.[2]

Izuki Seirin Vs Too

Imayoshi pressures Izuki

As the match is about to begin, he shakes hands with Hyūga, noticing that he has matured into a fine captain, judging from his appearance. He also sees that the other players have evolved as well. The match start and Seirin takes the ball. They drive it up court, but run into Tōō's pressure defense, led by Imayoshi. Imayoshi tells Izuki that they aren't underestimating them, because Momoi has imprinted the importance of stopping the first attack. Izuki eventually mispasses and the ball is stolen by Sakurai. He passes to Aomine, who does an alley-oop. As Seirin collects the ball, Imayoshi apologizes and tells them they got the first point.[3]

After Kuroko's succesful pass that leads to Kagami scoring, he dribbles up the ball, saying that they just got started.[4] He gives a high pass to Susa, who makes the shot and scores. In the audience, Kagetora Aida analyzes his pass, thinking that giving a high pass to nullify Kuroko's invisible pass, plus the difference in height between Kuroko and Susa, was a very smart choice. Tōō's scoring continues and Kagami eventually has the ball and goes up against Aomine. Imayoshi warns Kagami, saying that he'll get the jackpot when he wins, but that he probably won't.

FinalsEdit

Before the finals of the Winter Cup commence, Imayoshi is seen arriving at the gym with his former teammates. He jokingly comments on the fact that even Aomine wanted to join in, receiving a jab at how he should be studying instead of watching basketball. They then run into the Yōsen team and Imayoshi greets their captain, Okamura.[5] When the players enter the court, he comments on how Izuki will most probably be helpless in front of Akashi. When Susa asks him about the Uncrowned Kings, Imayoshi makes it clear that they've somewhat regained their lost glory and that they're a threat to look out for.[6]

SkillEdit

Physical Ability
 
6/10 Imayoshi chart
Technique
 
8/10
Stamina
 
8/10
Mental Strength
 
8/10
Special Ability
 
6/10
Imayoshi double clutch

Imayoshi's double clutch

Imayoshi is an elite player from the - now elite - school Tōō Academy. His moves are unpredictable and he has the ability to set a scoring play in motion with just a few passes. He is very fast and he can sometimes execute difficult attacking moves out of nowhere, for example his double clutch he performed in the first match against Seirin.[7] He is also seen to perform an near exellent pressure defense in their second match against Seirin.[8] He is also capable of a buzzer beater from a decent distance and shoots regular three-pointers as well.

TriviaEdit

  • On the first character poll, Imayoshi ranked 17th, with 288 votes. He ranked 21st on the second poll, this time he got 172 votes.
  • He speaks in a Kansai accent, hinting he may originate from Osaka.
  • He went to the same Junior High school as the Uncrowned King Makoto Hanamiya. Hanamiya says that Imayoshi's personality is the worst, which means something coming from him.
  • He is bad at drawing.
  • According to the CHARACTERS BIBLE:
    • His motto is "Wisdom to realize one’s own ignorance".
    • His favorite food is grilled eel over rice.
    • His hobby is horse racing (without betting money).
    • His specialty is fishing.

ReferencesEdit

  1. List of Kuroko no Basuke characters on Wikipedia
  2. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 114, page 11
  3. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 115, page 15
  4. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 116, page 13
  5. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 230, page 4
  6. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 231, page 15
  7. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 43, page 4
  8. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 115, page 9

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