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Kuroko no Basuke
Kuroko no Basuke logo
黒子のバスケ
Genre Sports
Manga
Written by Tadatoshi Fujimaki
Published by Shueisha (Japan)
Kazé (France)
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run December 2008 – September 2014
Volumes 30
TV anime
Studio I.G Production
Directed by Shunsuke Tada
Written by Noburo Takagi
Original run April 7th, 2012 - September 22nd, 2012 (Season 1)
October 5th, 2013 - March 29th, 2014 (Season 2)
Episodes 25 (Season 1)
25 (Season 2)
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Kuroko no Basuke (黒子のバスケ, Kuroko no Basuke, lit. Kuroko's Basketball or The Basketball Which Kuroko Plays) is a Japanese manga about basketball written and illustrated by Tadatoshi Fujimaki (藤巻 忠俊, Fujimaki Tadatoshi). Started in December 2008, Kuroko no Basuke tells the story of a high school basketball team trying to make it to the Interhigh.

The series is serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump and an anime adaption produced by Production I.G. began April 2012 and ended in September. The second season aired in October 2013 an ended in March 2014. A third season has been green lit with a scheduled date for January 2015.

PlotEdit

The basketball team of Teikō Middle School rose to distinction by demolishing all competition. The regulars of the team became known as the "Generation of Miracles". After graduating from middle school, these five stars went to different high schools with top basketball teams. However, a fact few know is that there was another player in the "Generation of Miracles": a phantom sixth man. This mysterious player is now a freshman at Seirin High, a new school with a powerful, if little-known, team. Now, Kuroko Tetsuya, the sixth member of the "Generation of Miracles", and Kagami Taiga, a naturally talented player who spent most of middle school in the US, are aiming to bring Seirin to the top of Japan, taking on Kuroko's former teammates one by one.

CharactersEdit

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Main article: Characters

Kuroko no Basuke has a wide cast of basketball players, managers, coaches and trainers. The majority are Japanese high school boys who play in their school's basketball team.

MediaEdit

MangaEdit

Main article: Chapters

The Kuroko no Basuke manga series started in December 2008 in Weekly Shōnen Jump, written and illustrated by Tadatoshi Fujimaki. The serial chapters are collected into 25 volumes (tankōbon) with the first one published on April 3, 2009. The series ended September 1, 2014.

AnimeEdit

Mother of God, THE AWESOMENESS

Anime

Main article: Anime

An anime adaption of Kuroko no Basuke (produced by Production I.G) premiered April 7, 2012 and with the season ending on September 22, 2012 with 25 episodes. The official anime site has been open since November 28. A special has also aired on April 3, as a prequel.

After the first season, the anime will continue a season 2 in 2013.[1] Further reports reveal the release date to be October 2013.[2]

Season 3 has now been green lit, and will start off where season 2 ended. The Release date it still to be determined.

The anime is being released on DVD and Blu-ray.

Light novelEdit

Main article: Kuroko no Basuke -Replace-

The Kuroko no Basuke -Replace- series are short stories in Teikō High School, written in light novel format by Sawako Hirabayashi and illustrated by Tadatoshi Fujimaki. There have been five novels released so far, telling tales from the school festival, a training camp and other situations.

GameEdit

Main article: Kuroko no Basuke: Game of Miracles

Kuroko no Basuke also released a PSP game in March 2012. The player of the game will raise and train a basketball team, while also maintaining internal relationships between the characters.

VomicEdit

Vomic is a corner at the variety TV program Sakiyomi Jan Bang!, where voice actors lend their voices to characters from popular manga. The manga featured is rotated monthly. Kuroko no Basuke was featured on the show in January 2011, had eight episodes and covered chapter 26, 27 & 28.

Character Seiyū
Tetsuya Kuroko Ami Koshimizu
Taiga Kagami Katsuyuki Konishi
Riko Aida Ayumi Fujimura
Junpei Hyūga Shinji Kawada
Shinji Koganei Atsushi Abe
Shun Izuki Takashi Ōhara
Rinnosuke Mitobe Fumihiro Okabayashi
Shintarō Midorima Kōji Yusa
Kazunari Takao Hitoshi Yanai
Masaaki Nakatani Gō Shinomiya
Ryōta Kise Takashi Ōhara
Yukio Kasamatsu Tooru Sakurai

Radio showEdit

Main article: Kuroko no Basuke Radio Show
Radio Show

Vol. 1

Kuroko no Basuke had a short radio show with the anime's seiyūs. The recording were bundled and published in CDs. Only 3 volumes have been published so far.

ReceptionEdit

Many of the Kuroko no Basuke manga volumes have ranked high in the Japanese Comic charts, often taking the #1-spot and staying in the ranking for several weeks. Kuroko no Basuke is currently still serialized and spawned a fairly popular 25-episode anime series. A second season began airing October 2013. Productions like the game and light novels also indicate popularity among the fans. Notable is the amount of fujoshi (female fans of yaoi and BL) fans, causing a massive flow of Kuroko no Basuke fanart, fan-fiction and shippings. This side of the series is now a notable part of the fandom. Although it hasn't been licensed by an American company, the series is being published in French, Vietnamese, and Indonesian. Further more, the volume sales have increased drastically after the airing of the first anime season, from 300,000 average copies per volume to 500,000.

Read Anime News Network's review on the series' anime episode 1-7

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Kuroko's Basketball Anime Gets 2nd Season
  2. 2nd Kuroko's Basketball Season Slated for October

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