Of Course It's Not Easy
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Episode 45
Episode 45
Title Of Course It's Not Easy
Karui mono na Hazunaidarō
Air date February 22, 2014
Manga chapters 143, 144, 145 and 146
Episode guide
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Of Course It's Not Easy (軽いものなはずないだろう, Karui mono na Hazunaidarō) is the forty-fifth episode and the twentieth episode of the 2nd season of the Kuroko no Basuke anime.


Seirin enters court

Seirin ready for their matches

While the match between Seirin and Nakamiya South progresses, at Touou Academy's library, Imayoshi and Susa discussed about Seirin's possibility of winning the match while studying. Seirin indeed are in a difficult situation of beating Nakamiya South. Imayoshi said that Seirin have not given their 120% like what the players did against Touou, and they may have gotten a little overconfident as they have defeated Touou. After getting themselves awake, still without the help of Kuroko and Kagami, Seirin manages to take the game 83-77. At the same time, Kaijo, Shutoku and Rakuzan won their respective matches. In Seirin's 3rd round of Winter Cup, they found themselves in another difficult situation. In the last 10 minutes, Kuroko and Kagami are subbed in, and win the game against Morizono North 87-82.

Seirin vs Yosen

Seirin vs Yōsen

In another court, Yosen, with Murasakibara and Himuro, completely crushed their opponent 81-0, not conceding a single basket. The most anticipated top 8 match will be Seirin VS Yosen, and both teams have analysed each other, awed by their respective basketball strategies. The match then begins, with Murasakibara winning the tip off for Yosen, but due to the jumper violation made by him, too, Seirin gets to start the ball. Hyuga finds himself open for a 3-pointer, but gets quickly blocked by Murasakibara. Trying to attack again, Kuroko changes the intended pass course to an open Kagami, who attempts to shoot, but gets blocked by the quick Murasakibara. With Seirin still not being able to score over the tall and quick Murasakibara, will this just be a one-sided game for Yosen?

Characters in order of appearance

Manga and Anime Differences

  • In one scene, Akashi's flashback is different from the manga.
  • In that particular scene, Kuroko and Aomine were not in Akashi's flashback.
  • Akashi was wearing his middle school jersey.
  • Wei did not use one of his formal and old-fashioned speech patterns.
  • Yosen's match was extended in the manga, but not in the anime.