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

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Latest Release(s)
c.197-198 by Viz 12 months ago
c.195-196 by Viz 12 months ago
c.193-194 by Viz 12 months 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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Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (993 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.05 / 10.0
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Last Updated
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Year
2008

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (15 Omnibus volumes - Complete)

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Fun Read  
by aimichan
March 27th, 2018, 5:23pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
If you're looking for a realistic sport's manga, this isn't it. I'm sure you have your preferred one out there. Go back and read that. If you're looking for a fun sports manga, this can be it (think Prince of Tennis, without the useless girls). ^^ The characters are varied with their own backstory and motivation, and they all have their own "super powers" and it's fun to see them battle it out. The characters influence each other and develop further than their original base, and as a bonus, tons of guys! The girls in the manga are not annoying, and they also have their own personality and importance. Low-key romance, not very important or significant to the story.

It's a manga, meaning fiction. It doesn't have to be 'realistic', especially because if I wanted realistic, I'd go and watch the sports channel. What I'm looking for is a sports manga (aka fiction), meaning, I'm looking for weird abilities and traits, and looking into the relationships between the players and the new friendships/rivalries they make. So, I definitely liked reading this. If you're looking for something similar, you might too!
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Unbearable if you have even a basic understanding of basketball  
by udders
April 16th, 2017, 10:50am
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
As a manga, Kuroko no Basuke is not terrible. It has decent artwork and interesting characters. There aren't any pacing issues, which have long plagued the sports manga genre.

As a basketball manga, however, this series is absolute dogshit. The author's amateurish, child-like understanding of the sport is as nauseating as it is unbelievable, considering that he spent 6 years of his life writing about the damn subject.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Even the most casual of sports fans will know who Michael Jordan is. The author STARTS this manga off with 5 characters, all high school freshmen (15 years old), who are undisputedly better than Michael Jordan in his prime. When one of the most important aspects of a sports manga is growth and development, one has to wonder where the author will go from that point. Does he go to a "Buzzer Beater" route, where the characters play against the best competition that the universe can offer in an Intergalactic Basketball League? He might as well have, considering that his characters would (or should, in a moderately realistic world) obliterate any competition that Earth has to offer. What struggles could they possibly face?

But nooooooo. Instead, Fujimaki decides to base his manga around bullshit pseudoscience. Like the "zone," for example. Instead of treating "the zone" like a physiological phenomenon (as most rational, self-respecting adults would), the author transforms it into a stupid, super-saiyan-like "power up" that the characters have to actively train for.

Every player above 180 cm (~ 6 feet) in the manga can dunk like it's nobody's business. Even in the NBA, this is not true. So, Japanese high schools have better athletes than the best basketball league in the world......... cool.

Every face-off against the Generation of Miracles (or teams on their level) develops into a battle of "Who can make the opponent's FG% drop from 100% to 90%?" Those 10 misses per game make a huge difference because these god-like assholes will never miss a single shot unless somebody physically alters the trajectory of the ball.
Because really, who MISSES shots in basketball? Pfft.. as if that ever happens.


Here's an analogy: If this were a boxing manga, it would be like watching Dragonball Z characters duke it out in an insignificant, high school boxing league. "Yea I'm prolly strong enough to blow up entire planets. But this boxing tournament tho... this is what's actually important in life."

At some point you will find yourself unable to continue reading this manga, simply due to sheer absurdity of it.




Unless you know absolutely nothing about basketball (and sports/athleticism in general). In that case, you will probably have a blast and think this review is stupid.
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All flash and no substance.  
by Jooles
December 1st, 2015, 7:26am
Rating: N/A
I enjoyed the first twenty chapters or so. After reading another 30 (?) I can say for certain that it'd be a waste reading more.

Every character is cool and special-abilitied and I guess it's supposed to give you a sense of "omgomg, so cool" but if everyone's cool, then no one is, because that makes everyone in fact normal. It just gets obnoxious REALLY fast - it's like watching whiggers try and "be down" with their rolemodels.
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Oh my gosh  
by kiriee
November 19th, 2015, 8:54am
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
This is the quote from the character "Posture has nothing to do with shots, as long its in its fine" yup sure enough you got strange posture all over, I know a lot of sport manga can be ridiculous but it usually still in acceptable realm this manga doesn't even care about any of that, just make everything ridiculous so it is cool and exciting.

Sure it was cool and exciting but it can be really funny, sometimes I just lol-ing so hard because how idiot it can be. I guess it was a good manga, they start ridiculous and end ridiculous so it was acceptable.

I think the most bad one is that the author can't draw women, most of the time they look like a man, the only thing make them look like a women is their boob, which the manager doesn't have, hence sometimes look like a man....
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for some of us  
by lilsmally
August 16th, 2015, 7:08pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
for some of us who do not like sports but enjoy both sport anime and manga i really enjoyed it.It doesn't matter about the zone and what not if it's real or fake , this is a manga and it's job is to get it's readers interest and for me yes there are mangas based on sports with straight by the book ways of making a character stronger but it may just be me but sometimes that alone is not enough to entertain everyone's mind. Something different is need to change the ordinary to the extraordinary.
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Went silly  
by nail80
September 20th, 2014, 11:35pm
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
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  
by shi666san
July 28th, 2014, 1:40am
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
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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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Nice and Refreshing, but lately a bit corny/over the top.  
by moonmystery
July 24th, 2014, 1:31am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
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 unrealistic....so 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.
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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  
by JHax9999
July 21st, 2014, 8:40pm
Rating: N/A
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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Amazing  
by Mochi__x
April 10th, 2014, 11:44am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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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