「すごいもん見れるわよ」 (Sugoi Mon Mireru wayo)
“You’ll See Something Amazing”

100% of his shots go in? Sign that kid up!

OK, full Shounen Jump goggles are definitely on with Kuroko no Basuke. The Generation of Miracles is aptly named if one of their members never misses a shot – and the laws of shounen being what they are, he’s likely to be only the 4th-best player of the bunch. Even in the highly fanciful world of SJ sports, that’s pretty heady stuff. With his rain-conjuring moonballs and good-luck teddy bears, Midorima-kun is one of the more agreeably weird characters in the cast.

First, of course, there’s the matter of Otou-san and his teammates at Shinkyo – who I didn’t think much of, frankly, until I saw what Seirin did to their next three opponents. Otou-san turned out to be a pretty easy mark in the end, since Kagami is apparently incapable of fatigue – as the game wore on he kept jumping higher and higher, while Otou-san was the Dad who fell to Earth. I guess the cape in the ED last week was just for show, and Dad’s feet were made of clay in the end. But they only lost by 12, and that with Kuroko on the bench for much of the second half.

The next three rounds progressed pretty quickly, and I confess I was quite surprised to see Seirin destroying their opponents so handily – all the while preserving Kuroko and in some cases not playing him at all. If I’m allowed to nit-pick, I don’t think the anime did an especially good job (I don’t know how it was in the manga) of showing us the abilities of the second-years apart from Hyuuga, because I don’t think we’d seen anything from those guys to think they could destroy opponents who’d already won tournament games by the margins we saw here. Kagami is obviously a stud, but why is Seirin suddenly so dominant that they can blow out quality opponents with Kuroko never leaving the bench?

Speaking of Kuroko, one area I hope the series goes to is his development as a player. We’ve already seen his ghost—like ability and passing sense, and the impact it has on games. What I’d like to see is some focus on Kuroko’s mental abilities – his knowledge of the game – as well as his struggles. Why is fitness level such that he needs so much rest? Will he ever actually make a shot (he’s the anti-Midorima, I guess)? His talent for the game is a little too much mysticism and not enough reality to be really interesting at the moment. As to the guy himself, we continue to get little glimpses into his head – I love seeing him “angry” at his old teammates, and “fired-up” at the prospect of playing strong opponents. I wouldn’t say these are cracks in his façade, exactly – more like a peek between the blinds covering a window.

The shape of things to come is pretty clear, with the “Three Kings” – the dominant schools that rule Tokyo high-school hoops – providing the obstacle Seirin must overcome to be a serious basketball school. Shinsenkan (King of the West), Seihou (King of the North – don’t tell Robb Stark) and Shuutoku (King of the East) have ruled Tokyo unchallenged for ten years – and it’s Shuutoku that enters the spotlight first, as that’s Midorima’s team (since there’s no mention, I assume there are no GoM players at the other two) and a potential finals opponent. Seihou waits in the semis but the rules dictate that’s a game Seirin should win, because Shuutoku is the boogeyman of this arc – and Midorima the heavy. Given the fact that the semis and finals are (oddly) scheduled on the same day and Kuroko’s conditioning, I expect high drama with an exhausting struggle against Seihou, leaving Kuroko exhausted for the finals.

 

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24 Comments

  1. I don’t think they really need to prolong the preliminaries, after all there’s no special player from those schools so prolonging them just make the show boring!

    As for the senpai abilities, I think it will be shown to us soon especially knowing that they will be playing 2 of the Kings of Tokyo in a day in order to be the winner of their block they need to overcome these teams.

    Overall it was a decent episode! :))

    mainavidesu
  2. I think the anime wouldn’t be able to cover the problem why Kuroko cannot shoot and what can he do aside from passing and shooting since it’s about chapters 80 and up.

    For those who are curious why Seirin managed to be in the top 4 in Tokyo when they only have Hyuuga as their shooter click the spoiler at your own expense.

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    Also, let’s take note that Seirin lost with a very big margin to the 3 kings.

    MindZkr
      1. I find it hard to believe Kagami’s sole talent is jumping. I haven’t read the manga so this is my personal speculation, but it’s probably an ability to constantly match and overcome his opponents. Sorta like Kise, except rather than copying he overcomes it through hard work ‘n talent.

        Asdf
      2. What I mean is that his ridiculous jumping ability is his foremost ability aside from his strength. Or let’s just say his base ability.

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        MindZkr
  3. Even now I still think this tournament setup is unfair and stupid. 2 matches in a day and only 3 hours difference between them. I can accept 2 matches in two days but this is pushing it. Havent seen a basketball tournament setup like this.
    Makes for good drama I guess.
    One thing that’s stil great in this show is the soundtrack.
    And they have some big names in the cast even for the fodder players. I definitely heard Shimono Hiro twice in this episode.
    Now lets see who’s the best Ono in the three(Kensho, Daisuke, Yuuki)
    And with two strong teams as opponents there will be a chance for the other Seirin members to shine so yeah.

    1. Aside from a few practice sessions and some minor flashbacks, there’s none. But based from those scenes and as said by Kurokocchi, they do not play as a team.

      MindZkr
      1. Well, there is the light novel. Is the light novel considered cannon? Ok, for those of you who wants to read about their middle school life, read it. It’s pretty funny too.

        Wow, I’ve been all around this article (this is not my favorite series this season, it’s SnA… it’s just that… ) so I better with this comment

        MindZkr
  4. I felt as if they went to quick… (Well, I understand why. Cutting the unimportant matches.)
    But, when Kuroko was eager to play… I was like, “Bahh~ you!” <3

    In other news, the character CDs for Kuroko, Kagami, and Kise are out!

    rochichan
  5. If you are worried about them not showing how powerful their Second Years are….. Well, You will see it soon. Like Really Soon.

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    For all of you who wonder how they got into the Top 4,
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    Saangi

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