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Shun Izuki
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Name Shun Izuki
Kanji 伊月 俊
Vital Statistics
Gender Male
Age 17
Height 174 cm (5' 8½")
Weight 64 kg (141 lbs)
Birthday October 23rd, Scorpio
Blood type A
Professional Statistics
Team Seirin
Position Point Guard
Talent Eagle Eye
Eagle Spear
First Appearance
Manga Chapter 4
Anime Episode 1
Seiyū
Vomic Takashi Ōhara
Anime Hirofumi Nojima
Image Gallery

Shun Izuki (伊月 俊 Izuki Shun) is a second year at Seirin and the regular point guard. He has the Eagle Eye.

AppearanceEdit

Izuki 1st year

Izuki's appearance one year ago

Shun has straight black hair, that reaches his eyes. His eyes are narrow and resemble an eagle, hinting to his ability. His eyes are also usually shown without pupils, entirely black. He has a rather small and athletic looking body, in contrast to his teammates. He plays with the jersey number 5.

His appearance hasn't changed much from last year, but in his first year in high school, his hair was shorter and parted on the right side.

PersonalityEdit

On the outside, he has a cool attitude, but on the inside, he has an unfortunate hobby for puns (word-jokes). Izuki is most known for his puns, although some are not as good as others. The other players of the team usually get annoyed whenever Izuki makes another pun. Apart from his puns, he is also very smart. He plays his matches cool-headed and is an excellent strategist.

StoryEdit

IntroductionEdit

Izuki is first introduced at Seirin High School's opening ceremony, recruiting members for the basketball club along with Koganei and Mitobe, making puns all along.[1]

Seirin vs KaijōEdit

During Seirin's practice match against Kaijō High, Riko described Izuki as "calm and collected, never losing his cool, but also with a strange sense of humor.[2]

Interhigh preliminariesEdit

Semi-finals: Seirin vs SeihoEdit

During the semi-final game, Kagami incurred four fouls, care of Tsugawa, and was sent to the bench along with Kuroko to conserve them.

It is then shown what Izuki's talent is: the Eagle Eye. Kasamatsu commented that he is the key playmaker of Seirin High.[3] After he makes the shot, he made a pun to Hyūga, prompting Hyūga to threaten Izuki by subbing him out.

Finals: Seirin vs ShutokuEdit

The finals of the Interhigh preliminaries are about to begin and Hyūga fires the team up. The match commences and Kagami and Ōtsubo jump for the tipoff. The ball goes from Mitobe to Izuki and Izuki passes to Kuroko, who redirects the ball to Kagami for an alley-oop. Midorima blocks, Takao drives the ball upcourt and faces Izuki.[4] Takao passes behind his back and foils Izuki's defense.

Takao passes Izuki anime

Takao dribbles past Izuki

The match continues and Takao goes up against Izuki yet again. Takao uses his speed to cross Izuki, while Izuki can only amaze Takao's fast movements. Takao passes behind his back to Ōtsubo, who's open and Izuki wonders if he has a Eagle Eye too. When Takao blocks Kuroko's pass, Izuki confirms Takao's ability. He tells Hyūga that Takao has the Hawk Eye, an even stronger ability than Izuki's. He says that Kuroko's misdirection won't work against Takao.[5]

Winter CupEdit

Round 1Edit

Izuki Seirin Vs Too

Seirin vs Tōō

He appears at the Winter Cup alongside Seirin at the opening ceremony and while entering the field. At the tip-off for their match against Tōō Academy, he receives the ball from Kiyoshi. Following Riko's orders to score quick and strong, Izuki dribbles up the ball fast, but runs into Tōō's pressure defense. Unexpectedly, Tōō doesn't underestimate Seirin and Izuki is covered tightly by Imayoshi.[6] He tries to pass to Hyūga, but the ball is stolen by Sakurai. As Sakurai and Aomine perform an alley-oop and the first point is scored, Izuki passes the ball back into the game to Kuroko, who prepares for his Ignite pass Kai. Kagami scores and Izuki is seen guarding Imayoshi before he passes to Susa. After Kagami's simulation battle with Aomine, he passes to Izuki. The ball eventually goes out of bounds and Seirin calls for a time-out. During the meeting, Izuki says that they're stuck in a rough battlefield. Hyūga says that the solution is him scoring a few three-pointers and tells Izuki to pass to him.[7] At the match Izuki passes and Hyūga does indeed score. Both Hyūga and Sakurai continue to shoot until the first quarters end.

At the beginning of the second quarter, Izuki passes the ball to Kuroko who attempts a Vanishing Drive on Aomine, but fails. Izuki passes the ball to Kuroko once again, but realizing that he was going for an Ignite Pass Kai, tries to warn Kuroko that neither Hyūga nor Kiyoshi have gotten awake from their marks. Trying to get the team to calm down, Izuki passes the ball to Hyūga but is intercepted by Wakamatsu who performs a lay-up. As Kuroko stays on the bench from being subbed out, Izuki and the rest of Seirin are surprised at Kagami's skill being able to keep up with Aomine.

Izuki guarded by Susa

Izuki being guarded by Susa

During the beginning of the third quarter, Izuki is surprised because his mark changed from Imayoshi to Susa. Imayoshi then blocks Izuki's pass to Kuroko and shoots a 3 pointer surprising Izuki. Izuki then passes the ball to Hyūga for him to attempt to make a shot. As the third quarter almost ends, Kuroko's Misdirection runs out, and Imayoshi goes back to guarding Izuki. The teams spirit does not falter and Izuki tells Imayoshi that they let Kuroko's Misdirection run out. Izuki dribbles the ball and disappears from Imayoshi's sight, appearing behind him and scoring a point. Seirin pulls out their final trump card, Misdirection Overflow. Even with the use of Misdirection Overflow, Imayoshi shoots a sudden three-pointer from across the court surprising Izuki, and ending the third quarter.

During the fourth quarter, Seirin's defensive strategy turns into a Zone Press. Aomine then enters the Zone making Izuki's passes intercepted by Aomine. Izuki tries to drive past Imayoshi with the Misdirection Overflow but it begins to start to run out. As Kagami enters the Zone, Izuki and the rest of Seirin leave the game to Kagami, in which they win the game.

SkillEdit

Physical Ability
 
6/10 Izuki chart
Technique
 
7/10
Stamina
 
7/10
Mental Strength
 
7/10
Special Ability
 
7/10

Izuki is not very athletic; however, he can shoot, pass and dribble on a high level. According to Hyūga, he started playing basketball in second grade, the earliest compared to anyone in Seirin.[8][9] Izuki doesn't have any specific attacking skills, but he is fast and agile, able to change direction while dribbling and foiling his opponents easily, and also uses his speed in making easy lay-ups during fastbreaks.[10] Despite being at a position where he can rarely shine, Izuki is nevertheless important for Seirin's attacks pattern and as such being nicknamed the "control tower" of the team.[11] A chart of his skills were included with his profile in the CHARACTERS BIBLE. His stats are balanced but he excels in technique.

During Seirin's finals in the Winter Cup, Imayoshi observes that Izuki has managed to improve himself in the middle of the match, mirroring the transformation of the Uncrowned Kings of Rakuzan. He succeeds in stopping Hayama four-fingers dribbling[12], which even Kagami or Miyaji (against three fingers) couldn't have done it. Though failing to stop the five-fingers all by himself, he successfully lured Hayama into Kagami's large sphere of defense with Kuroko's help because he knows that he can't match his speed.

Eagle EyeEdit

  • Eagle Eye
  • Eagle Eye vision
  • Izuki passes through the Eagle Wall
  • Eagle Eye in action

As a point guard, Izuki possesses a very useful ability. Using his Eagle Eye, he can look at the basketball court from a different perspective. As if he watches plays from above, he can see the formation of all the players and develop a strategy accordingly. Practically, he can use it to pass efficiently and move so that two of the opponents collide with each other.

During the Winter Cup, Izuki developed his Eagle Eye to the point that he can pass through Yōsen High's Eagle Wall. [13]

However, the Eagle Eye possesses a blind spot unlike the Hawk Eye, which Mayuzumi takes advantage of. His vision also served him to predict Hayama's Lightning Dribble.

Eagle SpearEdit

E

Eagle Spear

Through repeated practice, Izuki can steal the ball from behind his back, without looking, from a much faster opponent like Kasamatsu. He uses his Eagle Eye to see the position of the ball and to locate the opponent. By not twisting and turning his body and simply lunging his arm to the desired direction, his steal is much faster.[14] He learned this from Kagetora during the winter training camp.

TriviaEdit

  • Izuki's joke books

    Izuki's joke books

    On the first character poll, Izuki ranked 5th, with 955 votes. He dropped to 7th place on the second poll, with 618 votes.
  • According to the CHARACTERS BIBLE:
    • His favorite food is coffee jelly.
    • His hobby is making puns
    • His specialty is making 100 puns continuously.
    • His motto is: "Always Flexible."
  • Izuki's mother has the same love for puns as himself.[15] In fact, both of Izuki's sisters share this trait too.[16]
  • When the team was cleaning out their lockers, it is seen that Izuki gets his jokes from a series of joke books,[17] that go all the way up to volume 108.
  • On last year's test results, he ranked 71st out of 300.[18] His best course is math.
  • According to a Q&A section, Izuki is the most popular with girls on the team, but they all run away once they see his joke book.[19]
  • Hirofumi Nojima, the voice of Izuki, also voices the barks of Tetsuya #2.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Anime only; Kuroko no Basuke episode 1
  2. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 8, page 14
  3. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 23, page 9
  4. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 26, page 10
  5. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 27, page 15
  6. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 115, page 9
  7. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 117, page 12
  8. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 95, page 5
  9. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 188, page 14
  10. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 20, page 6
  11. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 101, page 6
  12. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 252, page 17
  13. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 152, page 17
  14. Kuroko no Basuke 188, page 19
  15. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 42, page 4
  16. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 229, page 5
  17. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 94, page 11
  18. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 37, page 11
  19. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 110, page 19

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