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Kuroko no Basuke  
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Kuroko Tetsuya doesn't stand out much. In fact, he's so plain that people hardly ever notice when he's around. Though heís just as unremarkable on the basketball court, thatís where his plainness gives him an unexpected edge Ė one that lets him execute awesome moves without others noticing! And now that he's a high school student, he's on a mission to defeat each member of his legendary middle school team, known as the Miracle Generation.

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影子篮球员
影子籃球員
นายจืดพลิกสังเวียนบาส
黑子的篮球
黑子的籃球
黒子のバスケ
쿠로코의 농구
Kuroko no Basket
Kuroko Tuyển Thủ Vô Hình
Kuroko's Basket
Kuroko's Basket Ball
Kuroko's Basketball
The Basketball which Kuroko Plays

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c.275 (end) by Akashi Scans (667d ago)
c.274 by Akashi Scans (677d ago)
c.273 by Akashi Scans (691d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
30 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 [S1]; Vol 9, Chap 75 [S2]; Vol 19, Chap 170 [S3]
Ends at Vol 9, Chap 74 [S1]; Vol 19, Chap 169 [S2]; Vol 30, Chap 275 [S3]

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2008

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Viz (August 2016; 2-in-1 Edition)

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fun read   
Rating: N/A
by Krazy Apple
January 7th, 2010, 2:06am
ever since slam dunk, i've been waiting for a fun basketball manga that i could read. cross over came out but after a while, it really started to piss me off and i gave up on basketball manga. until i decided to read this. it's fun, its energetic. and characters are interesting enough to actually keep reading.
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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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interesting   
Rating: N/A
by yuchin4life
February 21st, 2009, 4:59pm
This basketball manga is interesting and entertaining, it is different from other mangas. This manga truly shows that everyone has their own unique talents and that the weak can also be strong. This manga is very unpredictable since you get used to the idea that the strong will always climb higher and that the weak does nothing. Also the chapters are short that makes you really want to read the next chapter and it doesn't drags or repeat like other sport mangas.

... Last updated on February 21st, 2009, 5:38pm
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Well...   
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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You gotta understand something!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by letterbee96
September 26th, 2012, 3:20am
For those who were a bit harsh in your comments, you gotta understand that this manga is FICTIONAL! It has a basketball concept but that's pretty much it! Some of you say that the mangaka is disgracing basketball but he is just putting in his own twist in it! Inagaki Riichiro did the same thing with Eyeshield 21. Sure the situation and sport is different but that doesn't change the fact that both the mangaka are merely drawing what they imagined the sport would be like should it be in a fictional world.

IMO, Kuroko no Basket is fascinatingly fun and a very enjoyable read! The characters are adorable, the plot is the usual, the abilities are cool and it defines an entirely new sport! If the mangaka was disgracing basketball, why is the name of the type of shoots still the same? Why is the timing still the same? Why does the normal rules of basketball still apply? Why is it so hard for some of you to accept this? I myself play basketball, and from the bottom of my heart, I truly hope that this manga will be accepted by everyone.

Not easy drawing a manga so plz appreciate what you've got here! Slam dunk is still the all time favourite basketball manga but don't think low of Kuroko no Basket just because they deviate from the original sport!
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Has it's moments but glaring flaws holds it back   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Blades452
June 20th, 2012, 9:12am
I don't know how much different the show is but I am judging this based off the manga.. If I was gonna review the anime I would review it on an anime site not mangaupdates unlike some fools here. From what I can tell from this manga, because of it's main premise people are either mostly going to like it and some are going to hate it. Unfortunately I find myself somewhat in the middle here and see the flaws that this manga has. The matches themselves got awfully repetitive pretty quick, as another review said before it's just really one team powering up than the other team gets a power up and it goes back and forth. Also feel like the tension between the two opponent teams isn't there. Kuroko's special ability as the "Phantom sixth man" was very interesting but boring to read in action, the author just seemed to have a hard time incorporating this idea legitimately in a way that makes sense while losing it's entertainment value. Outside the action of basketball I find it to be more so entertaining, the characters were good as well as the comedy. While I'm not one to call out others, I'm not gonna sit here and imply anyone who dislike the manga a "smartass" or "know-it-all" like some blind fanboy nor am I gonna greatly exaggerate why this manga is bad. Worse where I write the review for the anime version of this series on a manga site. While I wouldn't recommend this manga, I wouldn't say I wasted my time reading this since I did had some fun reading it.
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Uwaaaah~   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kinky-Chan
December 13th, 2012, 7:37am
This is a nice basketball manga!! Honestly saying, it's my first time reading a shounen manga. I never wanted to try reading shounen manga mainly because I never liked that genre. But then I found this manga. Although it's my first shounen manga, and my first fully related to basketball manga, I can say that this is a really enjoyable manga. And of course, the one I like the most is Kuroko!!!!!!!

I love the fact that he's hidden, looks calm and then suddenly showing something flashy during the game. But what I dislike the most is how their team always looked shocked whenever their opponents went ahead of them. It's happening too much that I get pissed whenever they go like "How did they-?!" but whenever I see kuroko coming in, I'm so happy! xD

Maybe Slam Dunk might be better (I didn't read it) but this is really nice. It's not too hardcore but it's really intense and I love the drawing! I can't wait to read what happens next! And of course, I hope that the manga won't drag out to long volumes...I'm never patient with ongoing manga.

PS: I have to say though, I kinda liked Aomine. Although he's one hell of a badass. And one more thing, I never liked Kise's tactics. I don't see how copying others is called a "great talent". It's distasteful! If he have at least, his own techniques, then I would say he's a good opponent, but copying other's people technique and using them to win matches is very....fake. It kinda pisses me off although this is a fiction story.

... Last updated on December 13th, 2012, 9:44pm
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I like it.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by PepperPia
August 12th, 2011, 2:24am
I don't normally read Sports Manga but this one looked interesting because of Kuroku being unnoticeable, I like the way the two main characters develop. And how it shows despite Kuroku not being amazing at basket ball he resorts to his own techniques that make him amazing. Also it's good that the characters and team is not invincible.

UPDATE: It's starting to go downhill at the Winter Cup, there's too much powering up too quickly, it seems like new skill are being developed like billiow. And the matches drag on.
UPDATE no.2: After a long break I started reading this manga again, the matches still drag and the power ups are ridiculous, but the arc of Kuroko's middle school and the reasons he is out to defeat the generation of miracles is really good, and got me interested again. It makes you understand Kuroko's motivations better.
I am hoping that Serin win the winter cup and the manga ends, I don't want it to be drawn out and ruin it.

... Last updated on September 1st, 2013, 3:54pm
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Kuroko reminds me of...   
Rating: N/A
by kayue
June 26th, 2011, 8:08pm
Just started reading this, and the first thing I thought was "Kuroko reminds me of someone."
It wasn't until I was halfway through the first volume that I finally figured it out. "L" from Death Note! XD

That being said, I really enjoyed the first book and look forward to reading more. The characters are interesting, A lot has been said about Kuroko's ability, so I won't say more than "ninja". But Kagami's hyper-shounen-style "I'm going to be the BEST!" is balanced by Kuroko's almost apathetic-but-he-really-wants-to-win character; creating something fresh and fun.

The side sempai characters are almost too nondescript and cliche at first, but they to become interesting during the first tournament. (Love the Captain!) The only one I don't care for much is the lone female, "Coach", but I can live with her.

Definite recommend. I only gave it a "9" for now, but we'll see if things can get even better after volume 1.

... Last updated on June 26th, 2011, 8:10pm
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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.

Characters:
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.

Plot/Arcs:
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.


Overall:

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.


[EDIT]
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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