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From Selene Scans: Ogata Natsuki is the best player on the Kakuchi Junior High Basketball Team. Which is not saying much because they couldn't even get through the 3rd round of the Prefectural Tournament from freshman year until the end of Junior High. For High School, his friends convince him to try out for the Number One High School Basketball team, Fujiwara Academy. So he goes to live with his aunt who runs a hot springs resort to go and try out for the best. Fujiwara Academy.
The thing is... he's small. So people look down on him and he has trouble convincing people he's any good. Through one thing or the other, he ends up with Tachibana Mitsuki watching her school, St Mariannu High go up against Fujiwara Academy in a practice game. But the thing is, St Mariannu is very weak. Weaker than even his former school. Fujiwara is just toying with them and now they don't even want to finish the game. What will happen now? Will Natsuki ever be able to achieve his dreams of being High School Basketball's Number 1? And will it be with Fujiwara?
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The series is average, not great. With that said, plot is good, character development was below average, and ending was rushed. It was a boring read at one point, the games, however, did not disappoint and in fact, flawless. I won't give spoilers, but I will say if readers like a good ending, they're not going to get one.
I don't know if had to be axed or something like that but it was quite good up until the end and then it just skips the match that is the whole point of the series, and it;s kinda annoying. But otherwise it's an okay manga, it didn't seem to have anything special about it.
Fun fist ark
I actually only read the manga up to chapter 27 and their defeat by Fujiwara that marks the end of the first ark. Wasn't particularly interested in seeing the inevitable training and small victories then defeat of Fujiwara (or judging by other comments, the ambiguous and rushed end that noone quite understands). I definitely recommend the first arc, though, if other readers are like me, they might discontinue at that point. It has good art, a cliched but inspirational story and a fairly good cast. It also sticks to a fairly realistic approach- no comic special techniques or overly melodramatic/aggressive styles, so it is a fun read.
Weak plot. Weak characters. Good art.
The games were cool and such....
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Well, i just think that the ending meant that it doesn't really matter if they won, if they are together enjoying moments. I Didn't liked it. The whole stuff were about beating fujiwara, and we don't even know if they did it or not.
not so bad
this manga is pretty cool..i laughed so much when ogata kept being misunderstood as a pervert..i kinda think they lost in the end but i say they won so the ending wouldn't be so bitter and i laughed at some of the notes of the editor from SCX-Scans....u are funny
EDIT: ok...this is funny....i just started reading Kuroko no Basuke(Basket) and there is a team that uses old martial arts...the Nanba-run...on ch.20
... Last updated on December 7th, 2009, 6:21am
Standard shounen with a few bright moments.
It's all pretty clichéd. But I like shounen-sports, so it's cool. It had a few moments that bumped the rating up a notch or two, though. Be aware that the ending is abrupt, so if you can't stomach that...
Enjoyable Read. ♥♥~
i actually enjoyed this series. the art was nice, and the story was killer. [sorta]
though you feel like you skipped a bunch of chapters at the end, it was still very enjoyable.(:
it would have been an automatic thumbs up if it didnt rush. but all in all it was one of the good shounens. (:
&&the details in the games are amazing. makes you want to play basketball yourself. ♥♥~
was enjoying this...
even though was predicting this to happen, i was still enjoying this manga. the end was jus too quick and didnt reach wat i was hoping to see for whole manga.. when they say martial art basketball remind me of the move kung fu basketball. dont really care if theres a sequel or not, if there is ill read if not whocares..
I hope theres a sequel
The ending was soooooo freaking abrupt, there has to be a sequel because there were too many things that were left midway, like them winning the finals in the championships, etc etc
Had potential, but fizzled at the end.
After I read the last chapter, I had to go back and see if I'd skipped over a bunch of chapters (I hadn't): the ending was so abrupt and left so much up in the air that I felt like I'd missed half a dozen chapters somewhere.
Late in the series, the mangaka adds two new characters and gets so wrapped up in their story that the rest of the story just gets pushed into the background for the rest of the series. The final chapter didn't feel like a real ending, but more like an omake chapter tacked on to fill out the last volume.
To me, this series needs five or ten more chapters to finish up the story properly; as it is right now, I wouldn't see much point to a sequel.