OP: 「Punky Funky Love」 by GRANRODEO
「全力でやってるだけなんで」 (Zenryoku de Yatterdu Dakenande)
“I’m Just Going At Full Strength”
After a length hiatus (unless you’re like me and marathoned the past two seasons within a few weeks), Kuroko no Basuke makes it triumphant return. Picking up exactly where the last episode of season two left us, this week’s episode was more of recap than anything else.
Under the guise of being interviewed for a popular basketball magazine, the story decided to jump straight into recapping everything that’s happened since the start of the Winter Cup. From the preliminaries where Seiren barley managed to tie with Shutoku to Kuroko managing to block the insanely tall Murasakibara, it was a pretty nostalgic trip down memory lane. That and I’m sure everyone who hasn’t been marathoning the show appreciated the refresher.
Back when I was writing the preview for this show for our Winter Preview, I remember reading in various places that there was going to be a mystery seventh man appearing this season. While it was alluded to that this person would have some kind of connection to the Generation of Miracles, I never expected the guy to be such a complete and total douchebag. He may say that he’s playing to just kill time or to take back what’s his, but I’m honestly having a hard time seeing the silver lining for a guy who chokes girls. That said, I’m sure that somewhere down the line he’ll show his true colors like everyone who’s been defeated before him.
Looking Forward and General Impressions
As someone who wouldn’t call himself a fan of sports anime but will watch the crap out of them because they’re so enjoyable, I’m happy to see that we’re getting a third season of this show. After two seasons of watching our two-year old team go against some of the heaviest hitters in the league without seeing the fruits of their labor, a third season to continue the story just makes sense. Sure I could do without all the silly names for the techniques that players keep revealing but you take what you can get right? And if anything, what’s really cool for this season’s opener is it seems Seiren won’t be the spotlight of the first “arc” — something I think is a nice change to help longtime viewers focus on something than the “team that could”. So yeah, overall a pretty good start to a long running series!
P.S. Sorry for the late post guys! I was at #ala2015 this past weekend and haven’t had much time/internet to do things. I have an introduction post for The Rolling Girls that’ll roll out tomorrow as well. Catch you later!
ED: 「Glitter Days」 by Fo’xTails