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Kuroko no Basuke  
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Description
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
影子篮球员
影子籃球員
นายจืดพลิกสังเวียนบาส [Thai]
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
The Basketball which Kuroko Plays

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Latest Release(s)
c.275 (end) by Akashi Scans (112d ago)
c.274 by Akashi Scans (121d ago)
c.273 by Akashi Scans (136d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
30 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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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8 topics, 19 posts
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Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (826 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.15 / 10.0
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December 10th 2014, 9:56pm PST

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Year
2008

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Weekly Pos #450 increased(+164)
Monthly Pos #694 increased(+27)
3 Month Pos #672 decreased(-469)
6 Month Pos #172 decreased(-86)

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On 668 wish lists
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Take it for what it is "GREAT ENTERTAINMENT"   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mangalover209
June 19th, 2012, 10:58pm
I wasn't a fan at first, matter of fact I kinda hated the idea behind it but then the anime started, I was bored so I figured I'd just check it out...so right now and just like that, it got to the point where I couldn't wait for more episodes, so in just a really short time I went and read the whole thing and catch up with the guys who are scanlating it (btw thanks imangascans).

This show reminds me a lot of Eyeshield21 and Prince of Tennis and both were 2 series that I was really fond of and really enjoyed for what they were "ENTERTAINMENT" and this series did not fell short either...it is good entertainment, it's interesting, it's funny, it's not too over the top, the characters are all likeable, the art is not that great (the art in the anime on the other hand is awesome) but it doesn't bother me much, it is kinda cliche in the sense where each time, they have to play another team with a player who stands out a lot more and has some crazy ability that they will have to deal with and then in the end, they'll win by a close call...but what the heck, that has always been the formula and it has work so far so leave it be, nothing wrong with that...

With that said, I've read some comments about the author supposedly "dumbing down basketball" or that the author has only being talking about characters and not the actual game or the love of the game...seriously people, It's a manga and I believe that everything that the author has done with it so far has made it really interesting and a lot more enjoyable to read. Also keep in mind the title of the manga is THE BASKETBALL WHICH KUROKO PLAYS. If I were a smartass and a know-it-all, I'd say that title is saying that this manga is talking about a certain "character" and how that "character" is playing "basketball" and explain what kind of "basketball" it is. In Kuroko's case, it involves a player who stays in the shadows of others allowing everybody else to shine but himself all the while making sure that they stay and play as a team and not just having each and every one of them going after their own fame like the generation of miracle did. Obviously there is more to it but that's basically the gist of it...in any case, since I'm not a smartass nor am i a know-it-all, I'll just let anybody and everybody come up with their own analysis and explanation of the title...Plus reading a sport manga that just talks about the "sport in itself" with nothing else is kinda boring to me. I play basketball and watch it all the time on tv, if I'm gonna read a manga about it (or any other kind of sport manga for that matter), it better has some fantasy or some supernatural but cool stuff going on in there to keep me watching, if not, I'll just go back and hit the court or sit on my couch and watch a damn game. So, if it is real basketball that you are looking for then go watch the nba or something, cause you ain't gonna find it here!!!

Overall really good show...it's got a 10 in my book smile

... Last updated on June 19th, 2012, 11:15pm
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Forgettable   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by blackmokona
June 19th, 2012, 12:34am
The idea of the Generation of Miracle and Kuroko's playing style is great. Beyond that there is slick artwork and occasionally enjoyable character interaction.

But the bulk of the series is on the games, which are set up very simplistically. Characters go through the motions of introducing an opponent who has certain qualities and proceed to overcome that, so the series doesn't quite manage tension. It also doesn't do what sports manga should, which is involving readers in the love for the sport, like what Hikaru no Go did for Go, and what Eyeshield21 did for American football.

Not kidding ourselves here, Kuroko is actually popular because of the distinctly yaoi-flavored dynamic, but it's not fine for the story to be about characters instead of basketball, because in many ways basketball should define them.
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Pretty cool   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Lucky-chan
May 25th, 2012, 7:49pm
I have a weird habit of reading a manga after looking at some awesome fan arts of it regardless of its popularity. I just happened to come across this one and started reading it even though I'm not particularly fond of sports. I love the characters. They are uplifting and full of spirit. They never give up even after they horribly lost a match. It makes me feel like I could do anything, though it's short-lived. And I like the characters' personalities too. I learned a lot about basketball from reading this manga. The positions, the moves, and strategies.
The only thing I dislike is that it focuses solely on the basketball life of the players. They hardly show anything from their personal lives. The matches are great to watch, but it felt somewhat repetitive.

Oh, something random I thought of was that the "Zone" thing from the Winter Cup between Seirin and Touou was too hilarious. It just reminded me of Black Rock Shooter, with flame/lightning on the eyes.

Overall, I don't regret reading this manga. The plot, art, and characters are great. I would recommend it to newcomers of shounen manga and sports-loving fans.

... Last updated on August 9th, 2012, 10:27pm
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Extraordinary Basketball manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Elleinoire
April 11th, 2012, 4:27am
So, here's my review :

-Story 9/10
Really love it !! It looks like it has its own world. First, before i read it, i think it would be like Slam Dunk, but it's really different, the people have their own abilities ( something like Inazuma Eleven but without fires and bang!! ), it's somewhat make the manga interesting.

Well, it's manga guys ... don't compare it too hard on reality Basketball .. i think it's not a disgrace for Basketball ..

Characters 9/10

This's what makes it so interesting .. The characters have their own personalities and abilities, very recommended for ones who like extraordinarity in manga ..

Art 7/10

Not so grand ( One Piece is grand XD ) .. but it's understandable ..
but, The Anime's art is so gooooddd ..

So that's my review .. No offense guys ..
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Disgrace to basketball   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by xGunner1
April 10th, 2012, 4:07pm
Coming from a long time fan of the game of basketball I found this manga to be absolutely atrocious. The "lack of presence" in this particular case for the main character made no sense and how it was beneficial in basketball was explained poorly. Even more so was when the main character lacks talent everywhere else besides passing was just appalling. For the mangaka to even pass off this idea for the main character and to implement this into basketball was executed badly. Not only that, the mangaka just dumbs down the sport immensely, and I find his ideas of basketball play to be terrible and barebones whenever a match happens. Read Slam Dunk instead if you want a enjoyable basketball manga that at least has some basketball IQ in it
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premise is interesting, execution not so much.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by 1love
December 11th, 2011, 1:13am
This manga's biggest selling point is Kuroko. The idea of having a physically weak character be the star of a basketball manga is quite attractive, as is his ability to disappear from view and do potentially interesting things. It's a concept that I haven't really seen sports manga use (unless you count One Outs, but that one focuses on actual mind games/calculations and is really on a whole different level), and in that, it succeeds.

But once the novelty of this idea wears off, the manga loses its charm. It fails in kind of the same way that Prince of Tennis kind of failed - the tension just isn't there. Slam Dunk was amazing because the drama and the character/team growth that results from that drama was handled very well - the readers care enough to want to root for the team and the characters that they're reading about, and they'll keep reading it to see them win. Kuroko just doesn't have that - after a certain point, it simply becomes a routine: team has match with strong opponent, team gathers up power to catch up, strong opponent powers up, team gets into trouble, team powers up, strong opponent powers up even more, team shows off teamwork powers, team wins. There's nothing here that would make the reader actually care about the team other than the initial "I want to see where Kuroko goes" sentiment. In fact, most people would have trouble even remembering all of the main team members' names, not to mention all the rival teams that come up during the course of this manga.

To be honest, this is a bit disappointing for me - I expected more because the premise interested me. But to date (144 chapters at this time of writing), it's been pretty average shounen sports; it's not bad per se, but it's not amazing either, and it probably never will be.
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Interesting.....   
Rating: N/A
by HanaTenshiHimeko
August 29th, 2011, 5:53am
Interesting idea, I like it. I like the whole idea of Kuroko just being the passer.

Storyline is great, but I kinda predicted at one point what was going to happen, but hey *shrugs* it's your typical shounen sport moment.

Anyway, characters are great, although I kinda got overwhelm by so many character by the 2nd volume. I would had preferred that we had more time with the team characters just so we can actually REMEMBER them. I actually had to reread twice from the beginning to realize, "Hey, you did appeared at the first volume."

Looks like Kuroko is gonna evolve, but I'm not gonna review much until I get much deeper into the manga.
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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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I enjoy kuroko   
Rating: N/A
by Lelouch22
July 22nd, 2011, 1:47am
Every fucking one has the same face, but that's okay. Art may improve with time. It's above average sports shounen(Can't compare with eyeshield, slum dunk, giant killing, major, hikaru no go, most of adachi works...). For me the big problem ,a lot of the genre gets, is:you only need one guy to play. IT'S A FUCKING TEAM SPORT, no matter how much a guy are good. It's boring seeing one-to-one duels, they are on par with Captain tsuboring soccer duels...
For a coach who wants to be awesome, she don't do much. Everything is good, but not awesome. Except for the jokes, that man knows how to do funny post-chapter jokes.

... Last updated on July 22nd, 2011, 1:48am
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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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