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Shūzō Nijimura
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Name Shūzō Nijimura
Kanji 虹村 修造
Vital Statistics
Gender Male
Age 17
Height 179 cm (5' 10")
Weight 67 kg (148 lbs)
Birthday July 10th, Cancer
Blood type A
Professional Statistics
Team Teikō (former)
Position Small Forward
First Appearance
Manga Chapter 205
Image Gallery

Shūzō Nijimura (虹村 修造 Nijimura Shūzō) was the captain of Teikō Junior High, leading the Generation of Miracles when they were in their first year.

AppearanceEdit

Nijimura has short black hair with his bangs combed to the left side. He is rather tall and wears a black armband on his left forearm. Being the captain, he played with the jersey number 4, but after he recommended Akashi as captain, he played with the jersey number 9.

PersonalityEdit

Nijimura is a calm and collected individual, but a severe upperclassman who is not afraid to speak his mind. He didn't hesitate to beat up Haizaki when he suspected the latter to skip matches. He also possesses a sharp mind: he could tell the changing atmosphere due to the arrival of Kuroko or that one day, he'll be surpassed by the Generation of Miracles. Being the former captain of the Teikō first string, Nijimura is a leader and is easily listened too.

However, he criticized himself about his hot-hotheadedness that can impinge with his judgment as a captain. Nijimura has also a caring side, as he claimed that he would stop playing right away to visit his hospitalized father if something happened to him.

HistoryEdit

Nijimura and Sanada see Kuroko's misdirection

Nijimura and Sanada witness Kuroko's misdirection for the first time

Nijimura attended Teikō Junior High and as a talented basketball player, became part of the first string and was even appointed captain sometime in his first two years on the team. During his second year of junior high, Nijimura led the first string containing the Generation of Miracles-to-be (except Kise who hadn't joined then). When Kuroko found the answer to his playing style, Akashi requested a match between the second and third strings in order to show Kuroko's strength to the coach and to Nijimura. The club set it up and Nijimura was surprised and amazed at Kuroko's Misdirection style and invisible passes.[1]

Shuzo Nijimura

Nijimura made his entrance

Before Kuroko's first debut match was about to commence, Akashi received a call from Haizaki claiming he had a cold and cannot make it. Nijimura took the phone from him and scolded Haizaki.[2] Once the match begins, Kuroko was substituted immediately after the start of the match. Nijimura enters the match and Teikō won against Nambara Junior High. During the time they had before their second match of the day began, Nijimura met with Sanada outside of the stadium to discuss Kuroko's usefulness to the team. They concluded that Kuroko was a player of no value and decided to demote him from the team.[3] However, Aomine heard their conversation and interrupted stating that he will quit the club as well if they demoted Kuroko. Sanada and Nijimura decided to give Kuroko a second chance during their match against Haranishi Junior High, in which Kuroko finally succeeded at his passes, leading Teikō to victory.[4]

Nijimura gives the captain position to akashi

Nijimura gives the captain position to Akashi

After observing the changes in the team after Kuroko had joined the first string, Nijimura thought that the atmosphere had changed drastically and that because of Kuroko, the team fights most of the time, but this means they talked to each other more. Realising the current status of the team, he felt that Akashi is more deserving to be the team captain and eventually recommended him for the position to Sanada.[5] One of Nijimura's reasons for giving up his position was due to his ill-father but he also felt that Akashi would be a much better choice then himself. Sanada agreed with his recommendation and appointed Akashi as the new captain of the team.

At the the time of his departure, nothing seems to be wrong with the team after they became champions once again.

SkillEdit

Physical Ability
 
8/10 Nijimura chart
Technique
 
8/10
Stamina
 
10/10
Mental Strength
 
10/10
Special Ability
 
6/10
Nijimura's drive

Nijimura drives inside

Back in junior high school, Nijimura had the reputation of the strongest power forward in the league. Being the captain of Teikō Junior High, he had certainly proven himself to be an excellent player all-round. As the power forward, Nijimura has a very fast and strong drive.[6] Reaching all the way inside to the basket, he is also seen switching to a pass lightning fast and swinging it to the free man. However, his skills are eventually overshadowed by the Generation of Miracles' dominance.

QuotesEdit

  • "I'll lecture you guys afterwards. First, let's win."[7]
  • "Kuroko Tetsuya, huh... Akashi seriously managed to find a strange one. Before, I couldn't have imagined the first string having such an outstanding guy. But when he's in a match, he changes drastically and makes plays that manage to surprise all of us. The atmosphere during practice has also changed a bit. The members fight because of Kuroko... But on the flip side, that also means they talk to each other more. I'm not gonna say it's thanks to him, but... it seems like this'll become an interesting team."[8]
  • "I gave it a lot of thought, but in the end, I think this is the best way to do things. For both the club, and for me. Please make Akashi Seijūrō the captain."[9] (to Sanada)
  • "Man, how long are you gonna be soft-hearted? We're not a buddy-buddy kinda club. We're teammates, but at the same time, we're rivals. Even you joined the bench by shoving someone else aside. If you look at it another way, it also means that if your level of play isn't up to scratch, someone else will take your place."[11] (to Tetsuya Kuroko)

TriviaEdit

  • The kanji 虹 (Niji) in his name means rainbow, further following the color theme of the Generation of Miracles and Teikō Junior High.
  • Nijimura has a father that was ill during his second year at Teikō. It is unknown if he is still alive. In Replace V, his father is revealed to be treated in America. It is also known that Nijimura has a younger sister and brother who moved to America to visit their father.
  • According to the CHARACTERS BIBLE PLUS:
    • His favourite food is Fried rice.
    • His hobby is Table tennis.
    • His specialty is Karate.
    • His motto is: "Don’t forget your first resolution."
  • Fujimaki's commented that Nijimura went through a rough, hot-blooded phase, which would be why he’s so strong at fighting.
  • Fujimaki has changed Nijimura’s birthday since the Jump Festa, where his birthday was stated to be in June 12th (Gemini).
  • During his time as the Teikō captain, Nijimura's position was PF, but when Akashi took over as captain, his position changed to SF.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 206, page 22
  2. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 208, page 7
  3. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 208, page 21
  4. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 209, page 21
  5. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 211, page 4
  6. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 208, page 11
  7. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 208, page 12
  8. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 210, page 6
  9. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 210, page 21
  10. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 211, page 8
  11. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 212, page 5

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