OP2: 「ZERO」 by 小野賢章 CV: 黒子 (Ono Kensho CV: Kuroko)
「青い空の日」 (Aoi Sora no Hi)
“A Day with Light Blue Skies”
With the Kaijo arc finally out of the way, the story is taking a step back and finally giving us a good look into Kuroko’s past which goes hand-in-hand with the Generation of Miracles.
Long Over Due
Seeing how the show’s name is Kuroko no Basuke or the Basketball which Kuroko plays, it makes sense that we’d eventually get to see the back story for the titular character, right? While it would have made sense to give us some explanation maybe a season or two ago, I won’t argue that there’s something really fun about watching a younger Kuroko. And by really fun, I mean the shock of watching him nearly get crushed by the overwhelming pressure of Teiko’s basketball team. From his inability to stand out in any category and constantly dropping in internal team rankings, that overwhelming feeling of despair really caught me off guard.
Which in the long run makes sense since I doubt someone actively develop a skill set like Kuroko’s without some sort of adversity staring them right in the face. And even though we know just how far and effective Kuroko’s misdrection has become, what stood out wasn’t how he developed the skill but the reason why he even pursued it — Akashi. Something about how Akashi was able to see Kuroko’s latent abilities and enabled him to improve himself by giving him a glimpse of what to do was downright scary.
Flipping onto the lighter side of things, I was really happy that we got to see just how close Kuroko and Aomine. It’s been clear as day that the two had something special between them but seeing Aomine grow from a simple practice buddy into a true friend just felt good.
Without the pressure of needing to win a game, the story’s hit a really interesting spot. While it is technically a flashback, the fact that we’ve never treaded here before and the story’s willingness to finally tell us everything means we’re in for one hell of a ride. Even though we all know what will eventually happen as the Generation of Miracles begin to completely destroy their opponents, I can’t wait to see all the things that lead up to that point.
Catch you next week! Also, if you didn’t catch the singer for the new opening, it’s Kuroko’s voice actor — and boy does his voice sound good!
ED2: 「アンビバレンス」 (Anbibarensu) by SCREEN mode