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「これでも必死だよ」 (Koredemo Hisshidayo)
“In My Own Way, I’m Desperate”

If you ever thought that the game of basketball was boring, this week’s episode dumped a ton of basketball and basketball talk on us.

Seirin’s Fighting Spirit

Even after last week’s amazing morale comeback, things just weren’t lining up in Seirin’s favor. The momentum of the game just wouldn’t move toward Seirin and if anything it felt like Rakuzan was slowly starting to steal some of it back. That is, they were almost starting to steal some of it back until Seirin started to put some backbone into their plays. With the sidelines cheering their hearts out and everyone on the court doing their best supporting one another, we were graced with some fantastic teamwork and awesome plays.

The Smarts of The Team

Not getting much attention since the reveal of his awesome Eagle Spear move, it’s always nice to see Izuki back in action. Usually playing the silent fifth man in most games, I’ll gladly take any opportunity to hear some of his bad jokes any day. And as surprising as it was to finally see someone actually laugh at one of his bad puns, it was even more surprising watching him setup the perfect back-to-back points to help Seirin catch up to Rakuzan’s ridiculous lead.

Senpai Is More Than A Title

Rarely getting any court time except when there’s a dire situation, it was also a nice change of pace to see Koga out and about. And while he may be the least experienced out of the group, his ability to hone his senses and react accordingly was really cool to see. Typically known as the jack of all trades with a so-so rate of scoring a shot from anywhere on the court, how can you not be happy knowing that there’s something more behind the face that’s always smiling?

But in typical Kuroko no Basuke fashion, it never forgets to remind us that there are some things that hard work and effort can’t overcome and a gigantic difference in skill is unfortunately one of them. Luckily though, everyone on Seirin’s been studying since they’ve been able to take every single scrap of data and turn it into a tangible result.

Looking Forward

Someone in the comments pointed out how things aren’t going to get any easier — but man never did I think it’d be this draining trying to keep up with everything. That said, it looks like my heart will be able to rest a little easier knowing our reliable captain is back on the court. Hopefully he’ll be able to return all the fouls back to Mibuchi and then some!



May 31, 2015 at 1:42 am
  • May 31, 2015 at 2:12 amKuroko hype \o/ captain

    “The wild? But level wise… it’s about that far off.” “Pretty tiny!”
    LOL! I’m not surprised no one is taking Koganei seriously.

    You don’t want to mess with an angry Mibuchi.

    • May 31, 2015 at 7:32 amvidal

      I was so touched by Koganei’s speech until he ended the sentence with “…and stuff”

    • May 31, 2015 at 7:49 ampotatogurl

      Yes! Koganei! It’s your time to shine! Go cat face!

  • May 31, 2015 at 2:12 amL002

  • May 31, 2015 at 2:29 amWarriorsHeart


    Which part is funier: the pun or people’s reaction to it?


    Izuki, you were cool. And I agree that you were smarter and that makes a lot of difference. This week’s chapter really made the lesser characters shine. Very nice.

  • May 31, 2015 at 3:41 amSilke

    Kagami – Tiger
    Aomine – Panther
    Kotaro – Jaguar
    Koganei – Cat

    The animal metaphors were hilarious but accurate. Koganei does not have an intimidating bone in his body.

    I hope Hyuuga will be back next episode. The team needs him!

    • May 31, 2015 at 3:52 amReece

      Is that where Kagami’s name is from? Taiga as in Tiger?

    • May 31, 2015 at 4:10 amBrian

      What animal is for Kuroko then?

      • May 31, 2015 at 5:32 amReece

        Probably something related to his misdirection or invisibility. Like a chameleon.

    • May 31, 2015 at 6:21 pmrandom viewer

      Kotaro –> Cheetah because he’s fast I think in reference. (And it’s obvious with the spots).

    • June 1, 2015 at 7:07 pmYuri

      Can Hyuga even play at max with those 4 fouls.

  • May 31, 2015 at 5:35 amemd23

    I missed the episode it actually happened, so I never got to ask, but how do manga reaers feel about the fact the anime cut Hyuuga’s homophobic rant against Reo when they had their showdown?

    I suppose it was a smart decision on their part since the rant didn’t gover well and Hyuuga dropped 12 places in the popularity polls after he said it, but I’m not a fan of erasing character flaws, because it WAS treated as a flaw since Izuki called him out on it.

    • May 31, 2015 at 5:55 amWarriorsHeart

      It might have been censored by the anime, but I thought those remarks were quite mild and well within the limits of the manga/anime medium compared to Akashi’s “I’ll kill everyone, even my own parents”. I personally don’t think it’s strange for a high school student to be homophobic though, even some adults aren’t open minded about such topics.

      • May 31, 2015 at 6:28 amchibi-killua

        That’s interesting. First time I’m hearing of it. I agree that high schoolers are immature but I don’t think a lot of viewers would see it that way or will be as understanding. The studio was probably considering that.

    • May 31, 2015 at 6:34 amingrid

      Is this from the last episode? What chapter of the manga was this? I’d like to read it.

      • May 31, 2015 at 7:51 amWarriorsHeart

        I think the references are in chapters 241 and 242. I have read different scanlations for each chapter so the translations might be different. Again, I wouldn’t take Hyuuga’s comments too personally.

      • May 31, 2015 at 7:59 amingrid

        Oh I don’t really care that he said that. I’m just curious really.

        And thanks for the answer.

      • May 31, 2015 at 9:30 amWarriorsHeart

        You’re welcome. I’m not surprised when emd23 brought this up, because when I read forums about KnB manga some readers really took offense.

    • May 31, 2015 at 12:19 pmTakaii

      If I’m not mistaken, it occurred two episodes ago(?)

      IIRC, It was a short remark where Hyuuga gets called Junpei-chan~ and is caught a bit off guard. I don’t think he responded with any type of rant.

      I haven’t read the manga though, but I can see Hyuuga getting thrown a bit off balance against Reo.

      • May 31, 2015 at 12:43 pmWarriorsHeart

        The references would have been in episode 19, but I think the scenes were omitted like many other scenes from the manga, maybe due to censorship or just time restraints. Show Spoiler ▼

        I think a lot of people would find Reo a bit different.

      • May 31, 2015 at 3:33 pmemd23

        Well basically what happens is that

        Show Spoiler ▼

        Hyuuga’s a super traditional guy, so it’s no surprise, but boy did the fans not appreciate it lol

  • May 31, 2015 at 7:59 pmAomine the Ace

    Mibuchi never played against Aomine yet he still includes him in the examples lol. So far Kagami’s zone can’t defeat Akashi and Seirin still needs a better plan to catch up to Rakuzan.