Just like in any other basketball anime, we ask ourselves, “Will this be as good as Slam Dunk?”Well, I don’t think it will be, but let’s give this a shot. Basically we’re got a new basketball club in a certain high school that managed to do well in their first year of joining tournaments. But since it’s a new club, they need members so they’re recruiting from the incoming freshmen. In comes the big red haired pictured above. He’s a freshman, and he’s brooding with raw athletic talent. So he’s like the rookie to look out for in this team. But wait, there’s more. There’s also this Kuroko Tetsuya guy who is a member of the very famous middle school team which was named the Generation of Miracles. And he even claims to be a regular player of that team. But he has almost no presence that he’s someone you will probably either forget or not notice at all. But is he strong? Well, he plays some one-on-one with Kagami Taiga, the red-haired dude, which shows that Kuroko has awful skills and almost no physical talent. But the next day, the new players of the club get to play a game against the 2nd years. At first, thanks to Kagami, the freshmen manage to take the lead. But the sophomores adjust their game and soon pile takes the lead back and establishes a good lead themselves. While the freshmen begin to unravel, Kuroko finally shows what exactly is the deal with him. He asks the players to just pass him the ball, and they do, and suddenly magic happens. Here’s the things. He’s awful at everything else, but is epic at passing the ball. He does a lot of touch passes to exact person in scoring position each time they have the ball, and so they end up winning the game. He misses a wide open fast break layup though. And that’s Kuroko’s basketball. He likens himself to a shadow, in that he’ll never be a star player, but is exactly meant to be the foil teammate to a star player. And so the unlikely pact is formed that Kagami will aim to be the best player in Japan, and Kuroko will aim to make Kagami the best player in Japan. The idea is rather ridiculous. The game of basketball pretty much requires all-around skills. At least you can’t suck so bad in other areas. A one-skill-pony like Kuroko is not likely to succeed in the real world of basketball. If he was a good dribbler that could work, but it was noted that he was awful as well. I wonder how far they can take this concept. That’s probably the thing that intrigues me the most.
Points to Note: Really, it doesn’t feel like real basketball.
Subs I Watched: HorribleSubs
Watch Next Episode: Dunno.