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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 most people never even notice he's around. Though he's pretty much the same on the basketball court, that's where this unobtrusiveness gives him an unexpected edge: one that lets him execute awesome moves without his opponents noticing! Once dubbed "The Phantom Sixth Man" of a legendary middle school team known as the Generation of Miracles, Kuroko enters Seirin High School, a brand new private school with a nascent basketball club, with only one goal in mind: to defeat the members of his old team and prove that "Kuroko's Way" is superior to the Generation of Miracles'.


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Associated Names
쿠로코의 농구
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

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.2 by Viz 5 months ago
v.1 c.1 by Viz 5 months ago
c.275 (end) by Akashi Scans over 3 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
30 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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 (974 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.05 / 10.0
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February 12th 2018, 8:41am PST



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Viz (10 Omnibus Volumes - Ongoing)

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Awesome but also unrealistic   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by sakirol
July 26th, 2013, 10:43pm
Kuroko reminds me of Prince of Tennis a lot. Like it's been mentioned before, the basketball is crazy unrealistic. It's perfect for people like me who read sports manga for the thrill of the competition and don't mind the details of the sport as much, but it is pretty far-fetched.

After reading through to the current chapters, I think the strongest and most enjoyable part of this manga is how the backstories of unique characters are linked up to each match. I find the characters here more memorable and each match more emotional in kuroko than in some other sports manga which makes up the best reading experience. Enjoy the humor, emotion, and character development in this manga. It makes it worth the ridiculous basketball moves.

... Last updated on July 26th, 2013, 10:45pm
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Perfect for non-basketball hardcores addicts   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by evinrud3005
July 15th, 2013, 2:36pm
Well. I am not a sport freak, so when I started this, I was not sure where it would go. But the more I read, the more it got me interested.
It is quite similar to Tennis no Oujisama, in the fact that it is not "real sport". The shoot they have are all unreal, even if they are all explained so you think that in theory it hangs together. So it's a no go for the people who wants the real sport. But for me, this is a plus, because I don't get bored reading it!
This manga is full of good feelings: sportsmanship, friendship, humor, and character growth. It even has an inkling of romance, but so diluted that it doesn't disturb the real purpose of this manga: be the best basketball team.
So, a good read. I specially loved the re-take at the end of every chapters... Shame that it seems the author dropped it. I hope it will come back!

... Last updated on July 15th, 2013, 2:41pm
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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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Where is Kuroko?   
Rating: N/A
by Stubborn_kid
March 16th, 2013, 12:46am
Ok, so this manga is "a bit" unrealistic but thanks to its humour and the unique main character I still find it very enjoyable. I'm not a sport manga fan so it's easier for me to ignore those unrealistic plots. The only and also most obnoxious problem to me is: Where is Kuroko?!!

Don't tell me about his special "lack of presence" ability. Despite how much special his ablity can be he still IS the MAIN character and that mean what I want to focus the most on this manga is KUROKO not just a bunch of "miracle" giant guys or the stale team-work idea. You could find those miracle giant characters or the "power of teamwork/mental strength'' thing in any other sport manga but what make Kuroro no basket fresh and unique IS Kuroko and this manga can NOT make use of it properly!

I want to see more of Kuroko. I want to watch him closely and observe his improving progress. What can he became. How far can he get. How great can he achieve. etc. I want him to be more IMPORTANT! His influence towards the others is NOT enough as a role of a main character. The more I like Kuroko, the more I get sick of this manga.

Hope to see sth new in the next chapters.
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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.
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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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