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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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Associated Names
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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c.275 (end) by Akashi Scans (213d ago)
c.274 by Akashi Scans (222d ago)
c.273 by Akashi Scans (237d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
30 Volumes (Complete)

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Anime Start/End Chapter
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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Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (862 votes)
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Living in the shadow of giants.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by GoldenKaos
March 8th, 2013, 9:36am
The inherent problem with creating a basketball manga, is that Slam Dunk! already exists.

Fujimaki is competing directly with Inoue Takehiko, which is generally unadvisable. So it's almost impossible not to draw parallels with what Slam Dunk was; a manga that had deeper and better paced character development across the board, more realistic rivalries and characters you could root for harder, better humour and less nonsense shouneny titles like the Generation of Miracles, the King of the North/East/South/yadda yadda and the Uncrowned Kings.

It's also somewhat in the shadow of Eyeshield 21 in that that manga took a *very* shounen stupid name and 'unrealistic capabilities of highschool students' approach to american footbal, a little like Kuroko no Basket did to basketball, but did it 'properly' in a sense, and went for the whole hog with a different theme for every different team and crazy moves and move names to suit that theme.

Slam Dunk! is a very realistic approach to a sports manga while Eyeshield 21 is anything but that. Both those mangas excelled at what they tried to achieve, I suppose my problem with Kuroko no Basket is that it kinda straddles the line between the two and doesn't manage to do either as well as it could have.

Not even gonna think about comparing it to Real, that wouldn't be fair.

As its own free-standing manga, it's good. Maybe slightly above average, but good. It stands out in its theme of Kuroko wanting to play basketball that's "fun" and actually enjoying the game, and influencing others, including his old teammates, to do the same. Certainly has its share of comedy moments and a very likeable cast. Having the main character be a supporting player on the court rather than the ace is a nice twist away from normal sports manga conventions but otherwise it's a nice, kinda-just-above-average sports manga that doesn't do much that hasn't been done better elsewhere. I'd recommend other sports manga before this, but hey, it's not Prince of Tennis, which can only be a good thing.

EDIT: Although, it does get rather dull later. Most sports manga have a tendency of following the "Team faces seemingly insurmountable circumstances, team falls behind in points, team/player(s) overcomes some ineptitude, team beats opposition by >10 points, rinse and repeat with a stronger rival each time until team gets beaten, train, train, train, and repeat until team beats biggest rival/wins toughest tournament." formula (gratz to That3rdGuy whose summary was accurate and concise enough for me to nick it bigrazz) - other sports manga often survive on making this pretty damn repetitive cycle feel a lot less repetitive than it is. Eyeshield 21 does so mostly by having Hiruma Youichi exist, for example, and also by having radically different teams for each game. One game they're fighting an Egyptian Pharohs-themed highschool American Football team, the next they might be fighting elite buddhist monks and the next they might be fighting dinosaurs. Baby Steps also does something similar (though not nearly as radical) with every game posing a new challenge to the main character (when he doesn't win easily at least) - psychological issues like mounting anger, pressure from crowd, as well as physical issues like fatigue. Slam Dunk! circumvents the problem by being jaw-droppingly great, mostly.

Most of Kuroko no Basket's efforts to deal with this... design flaw in the sports genre is either half-assed, unsufficient or both. Games feel like they just drag on in the later parts, as well as new rivalries/characters that feel quite shoehorned.

... Last updated on May 29th, 2013, 3:14am
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so goood   
Rating: N/A
by kr7113
January 30th, 2013, 1:51pm
it was my first time reading a sport manga. i'm usually the type to go for a action/fighting based manga in shounen.(bleach one piece) etc. i had an opinion i would hate it but i honestly couldn't be any more wrong. i found myself cheering for the characters getting points in matches. the characters were like able well i like kuroko not sure on the other main character but i do like the other members of the generation of miracles people say its 'exaggerated' etc however i thought it made basketball a lot more interesting. i have caught up all ready it took me a couple of days (yes an otakuu) it was worth it i really recommend other people read it.
i honestly don't care what people say but i have read kurogane (kezawaharuto) i find kuroko no basuke a lot better than that manga series.

... Last updated on January 30th, 2013, 1:56pm
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Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by ckz
January 6th, 2013, 4:06am
start with "generation of miracle", eagle eye, everything is too exagerating... cant bear to read any more... compared to slam dunk this manga is childish and unrealistic, full of nonsense...
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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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Amazing and Entertaining!!!   
Rating: N/A
by Badhairday
November 21st, 2012, 4:02pm
I'm not really a big fan of Shounen manga and I'm not really a big fan of basketball but this manga has somewhat changed my opinion on Shounen manga. I've been delaying this series for quiet a while now but since I have taken it up, I did not regret reading it! It's fast paced, fun and imo you could sense the tension every time in the match. I would normally give out 10/10 for this manga but I gave it an 8 instead because of my personal reasons.
I love Kuroku for his personality and his funny relationship with everybody especially with Kagami (I think that's his name...) This series actually made me stay up really late because you can't wait to see what's going to happen next!
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Quite good, but gets stale   
Rating: N/A
by That3rdGuy
October 20th, 2012, 5:15pm
This is definitely a good manga at first, even if you're not a sports fan (I dislike televised sports; too boring). There are some very annoying parts, like how so many of these abnormally giant kids (especially for Japan) do things only adults can do, the cliche next rival is always stronger than the last, and how Kuroko finishes Kagami's sentences. I'd beat that little twerp bloody if he kept doing that. Also, this whole misdirection and lack of presence just doesn't work out. In order to misdirect someone, you must first make your presence known. Glancing around doesn't misdirect somebody's attention that well and it only works for a split second if it does. Now, if Kuroko is pointing at something while gawking, that may cause them to look in the general direction he's pointing for a bit, but not if they're seriously playing basketball. Sure, make the argument that this is a manga, but by using a little common sense you can tell many mangakas strive for realistic situations. This manga fits the bill of a mangaka striving for realism.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Granted they add impossible moves like Kuroko's unstoppable drive (well, everything about Kuroko's "skills"), Midorima's 100% accuracy and making a full-court shot, and every shot Aomine makes, but the rest is fairly realistic (it's more like college level--maybe even pro level at times--basketball played by a bunch of 14-year-olds, pssshhht!).

Anyways, this manga is pretty good, but the exciting feeling you get at the first few matches fades over time and it becomes somewhat repetitive. Team faces seemingly insurmountable circumstances, team falls behind in points, team/player(s) overcomes some ineptitude, team beats opposition by >10 points, rinse and repeat with a stronger rival each time until team gets beaten, train, train, train, and repeat until team beats biggest rival/wins toughest tournament. They usually always win the second time around. It's a generic way to keep the audience spellbound. That type usually doesn't appeal to me, but since I've read so far, I may as well see it to the end. Slam Dunk is much better in almost every way. It's "not too little and not too much" style is much more appealing, such as Sakuragi's slam dunks not happening often so you really feel the excitement when he manages one. The competitiveness within and outside the main team was also a great aspect that could have made this manga better. Then again, it'd be one step closer to being a knock-off. Just too much of the same thing over and over. The manga's entertainment value begins to plummet between chapter 50 and chapter 60.
In the end, the concepts are interesting and new (as far as I know). They did use Slam Dunk's main character's jumping ability. Interesting how both main protagonists from both series share the same talent. It does go a bit overboard with Midorima's and Aomine's ability. Well, maybe more like it goes a lot overboard. Still, it's well worth trying out despite my harsh criticisms. Basketball fans may get offended by the unrealistic talents, though.
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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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I like it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by RaeBabeeyx3
August 15th, 2012, 2:46am
Yes, it is sorta unrealistic but I like it anyway. The characters are pretty good and I find it funny as well haha. I even cried at one particular point. I think that the best arc was the Winter Cup when they had a rematch with Aomine. I like the manga even more now because
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Kuroko learnt how to shoot.
I also liked the relationships between the characters. It's a fun read. I liked it. 10/10
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one of the best sport mangas ever   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by lilinette
June 22nd, 2012, 10:41am
all im going to say is that iv read and watched anime solely for the love of the characters (mainly kuroko sooooo cute XD the basketball theme was very interesting but as @Blades452 says the problem for this manga (and for almost every sports manga) is that the matches get repetative. well maybe im a girl and dont get it but really the first 5-6 matches i enjoyed and plus iv play basketball in the summer all the time and really love it. so in short:
characters - 9/10 (9 because i really dont like when most of the characters are boys or girls, i mean there was only one girl coach :3 i really like her too)
plot- 7/10 because at the start its really interesting andmakes great impact but it starts to wear off after sometime (it happened when reading prince of tennis too ;-0
art-9/10 i really like it, i mean i got sick of those nonproportional bodys of boys in shoujo manga, so i really liked the art (mainly kurokos design >///<
anime- 8/10 um dont scold me for talking about anime on this site its still connected to the original manga. the action scenes were really good and pulled me in and i absolutely adored kagami and his slightly american character
all in all - 8/10 for a sports manga thats a pretty high score for me ^>^ read it even if youre a girl!!!!!
UPDATE: read up until chp.150 and its freaking awasome!!!! XD i dont know it suddenly pulled me in again. spoiler: there are surrently 3 main girls in the manga*w*

... Last updated on July 11th, 2012, 7:11am
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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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