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Third ‘Kuroko’s Basketball’ Anime Season Gets First Visual

While we glimpsed it in the magazine spread last week that announced that there would be a third season of Kuroko’s Basketball, the official site has updated with a clean version of it that lets our two lead characters stand together in action poses without any of the extraneous stuff, which you can see below. Though no formal date has been set nor a season, it’s expected that we’ll see the show likely land in the spring 2015 season and potentially run another twenty-five episodes as the first two seasons did. READ MORE...

Third ‘Kuroko’s Basketball’ Anime Season Announced

With two twenty-five episodes seasons behind it and plenty of manga to still work with, it’s no surprise that Kuroko’s Basketball has gotten a third season approved. The announcement comes in the latest issue of Weekly Shonen Jump that the third season has gotten the nod for the adaptation of Tadatoshi Fujimaki’s manga. The property has had to deal with a lot of issues with threats in the last few years, which seem like they’re finally taken care of with an arrest, so it’s hopeful that a third season and the various fan events will be free of similar troubles. READ MORE...

Kuroko’s Basketball Episode #50 Anime Review (Season Finale)

With the flow of the game having changed a bit in the last couple of episodes and the intensity up several notches as Seirin has pushed back, Murasakibara has basically taken the route of just not caring anymore. Or, more simply, with the way he’s gotten pushed around so hard, he just doesn’t enjoy what’s going on and is asking to be subbed out because he hates to lose and doesn’t want to be a part of it. But there’s enough interesting push back among some of those on his team, especially since they all envy him on some level with his skill and ability, that they basically shake him out of it. Murasakibara hasn’t exactly been a character you can like much from the start and this just cements it more that he’s a poor sportsman when you get down to it. READ MORE...

Kuroko’s Basketball Episode #49 Anime Review

With the boys having done a lot to try and reclaim their position and having made a strong run at it, it’s been fun seeing how a lot of the Yosen players are getting a lot more intense about it. Not that they weren’t treating it like a real game before, but you’ve got them having to really step up and face an opponent that is surprising them in so many ways, especially since they figured that Seirin was likely broken psychologically after the early thrashing that they got. But now we’re getting to the point where even Murasakibara is coming across with a kind of intensity that feels like it rarely emanates from him, making him all the more impressive but leaving you waiting for him to slip up in some way because of it. READ MORE...

Kuroko’s Basketball Episode #48 Anime Review

The ups and downs of the match between Seirin and Yosen is certainly interesting and fun to watch, but I have to admit that after the lengthy battle with Touou, the match here feels like it’s a bit weaker overall since time is progressing faster. It’s not that it’s not intense, but something about it just feels kind of superficial in a way. Part of that comes from having so little down time overall between matches and glossing over the one inbetween here while also painting Yosen as some super-team with the way they shutout their opponents. We’ve had some decent character bits to be sure with but there’s also a kind of surreal nature to this when it comes to the character of Murasakibara with his seemingly impossible height and physique. READ MORE...

Kuroko’s Basketball Episode #47 Anime Review

While the game against Yosen has had its ups and downs already in terms of skill and power, the piece that has the most potential interest that can really humanize it is the matchup between Kagami and Tatsuya. While Kagami had big moments in the previous big game with Aomine, a lot of that was still focused on Kuroko and the whole Generation of Miracles aspect. Kagami thrust himself into it and had a beef with Aomine, but with Tatsuya it’s all about something far more personal and meaningful for both of them, especially since Tatsuya isn’t as aloof as Aomine s when it comes to dealing with others until things get real. READ MORE...

Kuroko’s Basketball Episode #46 Anime Review

Bringing the next round of the Winter Cup into play quickly was expected and getting a team like Yosen was pretty much in the cards. While Touou was a significant challenge across the board, a lot of its focus was with Aomine and getting him to realize there’s more to the game than what he had been doing with it for so long. His awakening was important in a lot of ways as was seeing the Seirin kids really come into their own as a full fledged team rather than a couple of stars carrying the whole thing. Yosen is a different kettle of fish as they have similarly strong players to Yosen, but there’s also some personal connections and just a different skill set being used here. Such is the case early on here where the defense is so strong whereas Touou preferred offense that it’s making it hard for Seirin to really make a push down the court, upping the potential of a shutout, which would be brutal. READ MORE...

Kuroko’s Basketball Episode #45 Anime Review

Kuroko’s Basketball took that rare down episode last week where it was more about hanging around and doing little character bits. The big introduction was in bringing Alex Garcia into it where we now have met Kagami’s American master that taught him the game in a huge way. That she’s a stacked blonde wearing glasses is pretty much not what anyone was expecting, but it made for some great English moments and really changed the way a lot of the characters view Kagami. The dynamic of the group hanging out at his place was a lot of fun in general, but everything always leads back to the court. That’s the driving force of this series, which is why I do tend to really enjoy these one-off episodes we get here and there since it illuminates the guys just a bit more without overly dedicating too much fluff time to it. READ MORE...

Kuroko’s Basketball Episode #44 Anime Review

With their victory behind them, it’s no surprise that the Seirin boys are plainly exhausted. Seriously exhausted. The strain they put themselves through as they pushed the envelope was significant and it showed during the game. So seeing the exhaustion here, where some fell asleep in the locker room no less, makes a lot of sense. But catching those quiet moments has cost them an easy way to get home for the day, which means they have to figure something out. The amusing part is that Kagami mentions that he lives nearby, which will allow a rare look into the personal lives of at least one of the boys. So much of the show has been pure basketball with a touch of school tossed in that seeing anything else just feels weirdly out of place. READ MORE...

Kuroko’s Basketball Episode #43 Anime Review

As the minutes tick on, the intensity of the game gets to be pretty overpowering to watch with the way events are playing out. This is all the more so when you watch what’s going on between Kagami and Aomine as the two are just difficult to watch because of the back and forth of it and the way they keep pushing each other in significant ways. While Kagami is so focused on not losing, Aomine is just finding that rare thrill in playing against someone that he doesn’t often get. That doesn’t have Aomine treating Kagami as lower than him or anything but it’s giving him the kind of intensity he needs to really feel a thrill playing the game, something that has definitely not been apparent. He may enjoy toying with particular players, but there’s been a love lost with the game because few players truly challenge him. And that bites back at Kagami since he just wants to make his mark and it’s becoming personal with Aomine. READ MORE...