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Kuroko no Basuke  
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Kuroko is a member from the legendary middle school basketball team known as "The Generation of Miracles", and while nobody seems to know about him, the main five players of the team all admit that he is the strongest member, the phantom sixth player. When he joins the high-school basketball team, everyone is surprised to find out that he is small, weak, and easy to miss.

What is the secret that makes him so strong, and how will he help his high-school team?


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นายจืดพลิกสังเวียนบาส [Thai]
쿠로코의 농구
Kuroko no Basket
Kuroko Tuyển Thủ Vô Hình
Kuroko's Basket
Kuroko's Basket Ball
The Basketball which Kuroko Plays

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30 Volumes (Complete)

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Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 [S1], Vol 9, Chap 75 [S2]
Ends at Vol 9, Chap 74 [S1], Vol 19, Chap 169 [S2]

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Went silly   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by nail80
September 20th, 2014, 11:35pm
The manga started out in an interesting and fresh way, but destroyed itself in the process.
It had some original characters and some games were enjoyable, however the second the mangaka brought the zone he got cornered in a trap.
I can understand the need to make the manga more exciting, I can understand some flashy moves, I can understand all of that. But if you have the Zone as something rare and special you can't have all the characters use it in every single game, it destroys the purpose of it being special in the first place. Then out comes the Second Zone?! Not to mention we're talking about high school kids here. The last game was just nonstop ridiculous.
No, this is not realistic, and it's not as enjoyable as most make it sound.
Basketball in manga will always mean Slam Dunk! That's the series you should read. And also Real. Those 2 are absolute masterpieces and pretty much every other work will pale in comparison.
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Has really started going downhill   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by shi666san
July 28th, 2014, 1:40am
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Let's get this out of the way: if you're looking for a realistic sports manga, then don't even get near this; however, if you're okay with unrealistic + magical BS, then definitely give this a try. Now, onto the actual review, which contains spoilers.

Kuroko is a very refreshing character. He's incredibly polite, straightforward, hardworking, and he sticks to his beliefs no matter what. From the very beginning he's very much into the whole "teamwork/friendship is more important than winning if you're not having fun", so unlike the rest of the GOM who have the opposite mentality, he doesn't have too much to build off of that. However, in the very beginning he shows almost no emotion, so it's been really nice to see how many more emotions he shows.
Kagami, our deuteragonist, is an okay character. Unlike Kuroko, he's not very refreshing; he's the typical hot-headed, but incredibly talented partner of the MC. His good points are that he's ambitious, stubborn and incredibly determined. In the beginning he thought he was above Japanese basketball because he's been in America for years. You would think that it would take a while for him to get into the idea of working with his team specially since his school's team has only been in existence for 2 years (this is the 2nd year of the school's establishment), but it almost took no effort to convince him otherwise. Other than that, he's basically the same as he was in the beginning.
The other Seirin members are all good friends and practically have no conflicts with one another, so in a way that's somewhat disappointing. It would have been nice to see at least one member that's not completely buddy-buddy with them since it'd be a little more realistic. A little inner-conflict would have been a great way for the overall team to develop and grow from that little hurdle.

The GOM, with the exception of Murasakibara, have all gone through some great development. The only reason why I would say that Murasakibara isn't as well developed is because we've only seen him play in one major game. The current timeline only takes place about 2~3 days from that match so we haven't been able to see if he's going to make changes or anything of the sort. If you want good development from the characters, definitely keep an eye out for: Kise, Midorima, and Aomine. Honestly, they were the best developed characters in the series. It's pretty nice to compare their actions and mentality from how they were when first introduced to how they are at the end of the WC/manga.

The downside is that if you're not Seirin (to some extent), the GOM + their respective partner, then you're pretty much irrelevant.

Like all sports series, this one's MC team also wants to become the best in Japan, so we get tournaments and them going against strong teams and succeeding. They ended up losing pretty early on, but at that point it was still believable. The Pre-WC games didn't rely so much on the magical BS/power-levels, so it was fun and exciting to see Seirin win. I could personally cheer for them because they really felt like the underdogs of the series, but that's not the case for me anymore.

Winter Cup is when the magic and power-levels started getting more and more prominent + ridiculous. It started getting more difficult to cheer for Seirin and their wins started to feel really forced. The opposing teams would do incredibly stupid things, and the only explanation that we would be given were the characters just asking "why? why did I do that?". That's it. It just feels like the plot helps them (especially Kagami) too much, in order to win. Realistically they should have never actually won as many games as they have.
Also, for the team that's always giving friendship/teamwork speeches, they sure don't exactly do what they preach. Friendship speeches are pretty common in sports series because they can be very motivational (IRL), but this series takes it to another level. They gives these speeches before games, during all the time-outs (rather than discussing strategies), during the actual games, and after the games. As you can see, that's a lot of friendship/teamwork speeches, but despite that being the case, Seirin focuses mainly on Kuroko + Kagami. That was mainly the case in the beginning, but it's mainly devolved to just focusing on Kagami to make all the shots because he's their ace. Kagami is basically basketball Jesus because he is the best of the best in every aspect during the games. When it's not serious games, and they're just one-on-ones, he ends up losing quickly.

The Teiko arc, I feel like it dragged on for too long, but at the same time wasn't long enough. The only reason why I say this is because I feel like it didn't focus too much on what it was supposed to focus on: the opposing basketball ideologies that both Kuroko and Akashi hold. It focused more on Aomine and his changes, some of which we already knew and was basically repeated again, so that felt a bit repetitive and redundant. We also get to see Kuroko's motivation for wanting to change the GOM's way of playing, which isn't exactly...the best, sadly. It also didn't have enough basketball games, which would have been cool to see. There was also a lot of stuff that was retconned.


I really enjoyed the series in the beginning, but as soon as the magic started becoming more relevant, it started becoming ridiculous, and not in the good way. Now I feel like I'm reading the series every week because I just want to see the characters resolutions. I honestly don't care about Seirin becoming the #1 team in Japan, and would like an epilogue to see how the others are doing. I'm being kind and giving the series a 7/10 because I enjoyed some of the characters very much and because it kept me interested for so long.

My personal favorite games happen to be Kaijo vs Touo, and Shuutoku vs Rakuzan. Surprisingly (or maybe not?) they are the matches that don't involve Seirin. The Kaijo/Touo match is probably the best one in the series; it was a great match for Kise (in the character development department). It was neither too long nor too short, but it had some great plays and more insight on both Kise and Aomine as characters. The Shuutoku/Rakuzan match, although very short, was my 2nd favorite match because we got introduced to Akashi and his character, and most importantly because we got to see some amazing character development on Midorima's part. We really see how much he's changed from the very first match and how much he believes and trusts his teammates.

The ending was quite disappointing. I felt Rakuzan got the short end of the stick for the finals. Not only did they lose in the worst way (nerfed to no end), but we also didn't get to see their perspective on the match's end. It felt incredibly rushed since the game ended one chapter, yet the entire series ended the very next one. There was no time to see anything on them or the other team's reactions. I was really looking forward to Akashi's reaction since he's the character that was ingrained with the "must always win" mentality, but was disappointing that he got 3 pages of him saying that he lost, and that they would win next time. Hopefully the "miracle" in December is a proper epilogue, since this one was practically non-existent. As of now, I'm dropping it to a 6/10.

... Last updated on September 14th, 2014, 7:43pm
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Nice and Refreshing, but lately a bit corny/over the top.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
July 24th, 2014, 1:31am
I just started this manga. And I am surprised to say I actually like it.

Ok so, I'm not really a sports fan in general, and Prince of Tennis struck me as annoyingly sweaty and I didn't really think I would like Kuroko no basket.

But man I fell in love with the invisible Kuroko! He's so very different from the main characters I've known that he is a gust of fresh air. He's got brains and loyalty. What's not to love? Now that the latest chapters have been released, we know that Kuroko is INDEED the main character, the phantom who works as the shadow that binds teams together. biggrin I love it.

BUT, the various basketball techniques are getting a bit TOO unrealistic lately.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I mean, SECOND ZONE? really?? that's pretty cheesy, not to mention unrealistic
I know it's a shounen manga, but there's a limit to suspension of belief--I just can't ignore the various super saiyan powerups anymore. sad

EDIT: so, I've watched the anime, and i think the anime had a greater impact on me due to the fluid motions and the amazing voice actors! I'm now caught up to the latest chapter/episode, and I can say with confidence that the story has been amazing.

P.S. Just to get this out of the way, I finished Slam Dunk just recently, and IT WAS ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD. I got over the weird art and etc, and laughed quite a bit. smile It has its merits--but it's definitely VERY different from Kuroko no basket.
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So retarded, I couldn't continue   
Rating: N/A
by JHax9999
July 21st, 2014, 8:40pm
I tried... I really REALLY tried to like this manga. The ratings for it aren't bad, so I assume the later chapters are good (?)... good enough to make people stick around for the payoff maybe? But I won't be one of those people. I just couldn't get past those first couple of chapters. The whole premise is so unrealistic and retarded that I cringed in embarrassment every other page. It's such a shame, too, because the art looks great. But every reaction is so exaggerated and corny that I just can't...

Look, I know it's a manga, so it's not like I expect it to obey the laws of physics or logic 100% of the time. But the premise needs to be believable, at least, so that I can look past the ridiculousness and enjoy the story. Why not just simply establish that Kuroko is nimble and quick on his feet, so during matches he's so fast it's almost as if he's flashing in and out of sight, and that enables him to do the things he does. Something like that, I can believe. But you expect me to buy the idea that for some inexplicable reason no one can see this kid even when he's literally standing 5 inches in front of them? And then everyone acts shocked once he raises his hand and makes his presence known? Does that make any sense? That's not a talent or an acquired skill! That's just some weird bullshit that the mangaka makes up, and doesn't explain, and then expects you to just swallow. Well, no thanks. There's only so much stupid I can handle.

... Last updated on July 21st, 2014, 8:47pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Mochi__x
April 10th, 2014, 11:44am
I have to disagree with some other reviews here. Firstly, even though its titled "Kuroko's Basketball", it doesnt mean that it'll only focus on him, obviously you have to bear in mind that the main plot is about him trying to defeat the other GOMs, so of course some focus on the other "basketball giants" is to be expected. Plus they are all interesting characters so instead of just having one great main character, Kuroko, there are all the other likeable side characters too. In fact there isn't a single one that I dislike, even the so called "enemies" have charm.
Also something that a few people mentioned that really irritated me is how its too over exagerated apparently. Well firstly, I think all manga is slightly exaggerated, as it would be extremely boring to read about an ordinary character, living an ordinary life, where nothing exciting or unusual ever happens. If a book like that exists then what would be the point? So moaning about it being unrealistic is just stupid.
Besides, here are some examples of popular shounen manga; Attack on Titan, Naruto and Prince of Tennis… are any of those realistic? I don't think so. As its also a sports manga then Prince of Tennis is more comparable, but really, the special skills that they possess are ridiculous. I know the GOMs have their own amazing abilities too, but they are more believable in my opinion.
The anime adaptation of this is also incredible. The seiyuu all fit their roles perfectly, and they really do bring the characters to life. I also found that some moments in the anime had more of an impact than they did in the manga, just because of the emotion the seiyuu's expressed. For instance, after the Kaijou vs Too match, I thought Ryohei Kimura's portrayal of Kise's reaction was brilliant. (Obviously I'm not saying the anime is better than the manga, in fact I think both are amazing, but all the voice actors really are wonderful so I think its important to mention)
There are so many other reasons why I adore this series, but I can't list all of them right now. I'll edit this comment later but for now all you need to know is this manga is epic. Seriously.
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Enjoyable read.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Baniita
August 31st, 2013, 3:36pm
Not bad. The characters are endearing, charming, and... very, very moe. The interactions between the characters, and their bonds, are strong, deep, and well-written. I liked that Kuroko came from the very top with the GOM (Generation of Miracles) and is a veteran, instead of being a rookie. His past--and the breakdown of the GOM was particularly moving.
Someone criticized the title for being lame or something--but I think it's straight-forward and carries meaning. It's about Kuroko's basketball--how he overcame his weakness of lack of conventional talent, and created his own way of playing the sport he loves so dearly, how he manages to make everyone acknowledge his worth as a basketball player, his wish to play in a real team, rather than a league of one-man teams. All this, and the stories of the people his life that surround and affect him.
I was impressed with how well paced this was. The matches felt like they went faster than the long chapters I was actually reading. The art later on is absolutely fantastic (save for Momoi and Riko--I can't figure out if Momoi is actually supposed to be attractive, or maybe she's just poorly drawn--Alex is the only good-looking female in this series.) The expressions of the characters in this manga are great--especially Kuroko's furious face, and his "we'll win now!" and "even so, it's better than losing here" faces. The humour isn't disruptive, and is funny rather than lame (well, except for Izuki, of course) unlike certain sports manga I've attempted to read.
A lot of people are complaining about the move names, and I have no idea why, because seriously--I don't care what you say, "Right of Postponement", "Ankle Break", "Ignite Pass Kai" all sound super-cool. This is a fictional shounen manga--what's wrong with cool move names?
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Also, I have no idea how the mangaka managed to make streamers (Zone) flowing from the eyes look cool.

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And I liked that they lost quite early, too, instead of one predictable win after another. In one match where Seirin finally managed to lead, I'm glad they dealt with the difficulties of being the pursued rather than the pursuer, and the difficulties of the crowd antagonizing them rather than always being "the good guys".

I do have one major complaint, though. This manga is a huge tease. I won't explain it any further than that.

Okay, so after all the annoying comparisons to Slam Dunk, I attempted to pick it (SD) up again.
But before that, comparing the two is silly. The entire point of KuroBasu is that the main protagonist isn't tall, built, strong, and totally hot-headed. You have Kagami for that--and the character type is so overused he's usually not very high in the popularity polls. Kuroko is a kuudere, and he's just... so different, that it's refreshing.
For all the stunts that the characters do, at least the mangaka cared to put in the tedious effort to explain things in a way that they'd make sense in theory. The GOM are called "Miracles" for a reason--their abilities are supposed to be impossible by normal means. The point is they're not normal, and they're in a fictional universe. This is fiction--isn't one of the main points of fiction being able to escape from the boring reality?
Without all these super-fancy moves, I'm pretty sure I would've gave up halfway into the first volume like I did with Slam Dunk the first time. I'd imagine it took a long time to come up with those ideas, and then apply them to the characters in a way to make them interesting and appealing. I think the work put into that deserves some acknowledgement, at least. By including all these "ridiculous stunts", it creates interest for a much wider audience, for those who would otherwise have better things to read. Slam Dunk's demographic, I'm sure, would be mostly male. For KuroBasu, though the active fandom is pretty much predominantly female, the reader demographic seems to be more or less equivalent in gender.
This is a shounen manga, not a seinen manga, so Real isn't even relevant (not that it isn't amazingly well written and drawn). More than "real sports", this is more like... "moe sports". I do not apologize for well-executed moe. (By moe, I mean the fact that Kagami is the Light, and Kuroko is his Shadow. The promises between characters. Aomine's story.) I find each character, especially the members of the Generation of Miracles (I don't care what you people say, it sounds super cool) much more interesting and memorable than most characters in the other shounen manga you people have so far mentioned in comparison. From the hot-headed sports heroes, one sees their determined faces so often that it's common to get desensitized. With Kuroko, who's normally expressionless and calm--to see his furious face, his extremely determined face, has much more of an impact. I liked that the main team went against the stereotype of having a cute female manager, and instead went with a tough, comedically ruthless, cool female coach. I especially loved that the women in this aren't just Mary Sue pin-up mascots that were just there because there needed to be a love interest. ("Love interest": read "boring, shallow infatuation".) KuroBasu basically has little to no mutual male-female romance, actually...

All that matters is that KuroBasu is interesting. As for the people who say that it's gotten dull, personally I've found it more interesting. The Aomine vs Kagami battle was brilliant, Akashi alone is reason enough to read this, and the Teikou arc is fffffffantastically heart-breaking and moving.

Now, onto re-trying Slam Dunk: So far the humour is painfully lame and old-fashioned (well, it IS old-school manga...), so I don't know what the guy saying that SD humour is better has been smoking. I've seen KuroBasu bloopers funnier than this. I want to throw the witless "romance" out the window. The main character is a dolt and super annoying, and not even the slightest bit likeable--Kagami is much more likeable as a character. Every time anyone says "dunk", they say "slam dunk", and it's so lame I can't even handle it--ugh. "Can't you throw it more softly? Your opponent is still a weak girl." No. KuroBasu has Alex--and here we're stuck with her? SD throws around the "best basketball player in Japan" label like butter. Screw Slam Dunk. Maybe it gets better later on, but I'm not going to approve of a manga that fails to keep me reading from the get-go.

... Last updated on August 31st, 2013, 3:41pm
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Awesome but also unrealistic   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by sakirol
July 26th, 2013, 10:43pm
Kuroko reminds me of Prince of Tennis a lot. Like it's been mentioned before, the basketball is crazy unrealistic. It's perfect for people like me who read sports manga for the thrill of the competition and don't mind the details of the sport as much, but it is pretty far-fetched.

After reading through to the current chapters, I think the strongest and most enjoyable part of this manga is how the backstories of unique characters are linked up to each match. I find the characters here more memorable and each match more emotional in kuroko than in some other sports manga which makes up the best reading experience. Enjoy the humor, emotion, and character development in this manga. It makes it worth the ridiculous basketball moves.

... Last updated on July 26th, 2013, 10:45pm
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Perfect for non-basketball hardcores addicts   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by evinrud3005
July 15th, 2013, 2:36pm
Well. I am not a sport freak, so when I started this, I was not sure where it would go. But the more I read, the more it got me interested.
It is quite similar to Tennis no Oujisama, in the fact that it is not "real sport". The shoot they have are all unreal, even if they are all explained so you think that in theory it hangs together. So it's a no go for the people who wants the real sport. But for me, this is a plus, because I don't get bored reading it!
This manga is full of good feelings: sportsmanship, friendship, humor, and character growth. It even has an inkling of romance, but so diluted that it doesn't disturb the real purpose of this manga: be the best basketball team.
So, a good read. I specially loved the re-take at the end of every chapters... Shame that it seems the author dropped it. I hope it will come back!

... Last updated on July 15th, 2013, 2:41pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ForteAtrox
March 18th, 2013, 8:10pm
I started this series without much expectations, I just wanted to see what all the praise was about. I normally don't read sports mangas, especially shounen ones because of all the ridiculous superpowers and power ups the characters receive during their training arcs. It took me awhile to realize I actually LIKED this series, in fact I really really liked it.
The story is solid enough and enjoyable, I think the pacing is well done as well as the humor, but the best part of the manga I believe is the characters. They are pretty much what makes the series shine in my opinion. The mangaka has done a great job of juggling the characters and balancing them out, there aren't really any super stereotypical characters that most shounen mangas have, and they have their own personality and depth. What I appreciate the most is that the abilities of each character isn't really supernatural or just outrageously ridiculous. Realistic? No, but the level of ridiculousness the abilities the characters have is controlled and not mind numbingly dumb like they do in another sports manga Prince of Tennis.
I think Kuroko no Basuke is doing just fine the way it is, and it's proven that it still has a lot of potential to grow and get better. So far I don't find that the series is dragging, everything that has happened seemed appropriate for the story to continue or for characters to get stronger. Sure, it still has the whole typical setup of a sports manga but instead of finding that boring, you'll find that you hardly notice it.
If you are reading this series to judge it and compare it to another sports manga you like, then why bother? This series stands out on its own and should be enjoyed without a clouded opinion.
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Where is Kuroko?   
Rating: N/A
by Stubborn_kid
March 16th, 2013, 12:46am
Ok, so this manga is "a bit" unrealistic but thanks to its humour and the unique main character I still find it very enjoyable. I'm not a sport manga fan so it's easier for me to ignore those unrealistic plots. The only and also most obnoxious problem to me is: Where is Kuroko?!!

Don't tell me about his special "lack of presence" ability. Despite how much special his ablity can be he still IS the MAIN character and that mean what I want to focus the most on this manga is KUROKO not just a bunch of "miracle" giant guys or the stale team-work idea. You could find those miracle giant characters or the "power of teamwork/mental strength'' thing in any other sport manga but what make Kuroro no basket fresh and unique IS Kuroko and this manga can NOT make use of it properly!

I want to see more of Kuroko. I want to watch him closely and observe his improving progress. What can he became. How far can he get. How great can he achieve. etc. I want him to be more IMPORTANT! His influence towards the others is NOT enough as a role of a main character. The more I like Kuroko, the more I get sick of this manga.

Hope to see sth new in the next chapters.
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