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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 4 months ago
v.1 c.1 by Viz 4 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 (971 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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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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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 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 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 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's got a 10 in my book smile

... Last updated on June 19th, 2012, 11:15pm
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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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