When it comes to being a basketball anime, I think it’s difficult not to compare Kuroko no Basuke with Slam Dunk!. After much thought, I realize I like Kuroko no Basuke pretty much for the reasons I dislike Slam Dunk!
Why I like Kuroko no Basuke is similar to why I like sports anime, except this post is very much tailored to this specific anime.
Thrilling Game Plays
From the first match against Kise in Kagami and Kuroko’s first practice game until the finals of Winter Cup against Akashi, any matches involving Team Seirin are thrilling to watch. Kai from Deluscar has an interesting piece that details what a match would normally be.
The number of episodes for each game is just enough and not long winded. They don’t bore. If I have any complaints, it would be that some of the matches are too short for my taste. Most of these matches doesn’t involve Seirin though.
I find it interesting to watch how Kuroko does he passing and how Kagami seems very excited in each of the games. Besides that, I also find it fascinating how Kiyoshi sought to protect his beloved team members or how Hyuga leads and brings together everyone in Seirin. They may not be the stars like previous duo, they played crucial roles in bringing home each of their wins.
As much as I’d like to say the collaboration between Kuroko and Kagami highlights most of the matches, it’s the super abilities that each of Generation of Miracles have that makes it even more thrilling. My personal favorite is Aomine’s ability. I’m on the fence about super abilities but that what makes the series so cool to watch. I don’t watch professional basketball games so I don’t know if anyone like Aomine really exists in the world. But if it does, that’s one hell of cool guy, playing formless basketball. Although, I’m pretty sure there’s no such thing is Emperor Eye. Am I right, basketball fans?
Save for destructible characters like Haizaki and Team Kirisaki Daīchi High, pretty much all of the casts are likeable even though they can be annoying when they’re playing a match. There’s a saying that no athletes love to lose so I’m guessing it’s the drive to win that turns them into monsters temporarily while on a match. Besides, those super unlikeable characters I mentioned earlier didn’t even last more than a match.
Selfishness versus team play. Which do I like to watch more? I think this has an easy answer. What made Slam Dunk sucks is because of how selfish Hanamichi is. Sure, sometimes Kagami come off as arrogant, but in the end, he chose to play with his team. He chose to win with the help of his team mates. And thanks to that, Team Seirin remains the team Kuroko admired from afar when he was still with Teiko.
Speaking of team spirit though, Team Seirin definitely is the team that show the most teamwork and trust amongst players. After all, the show does revolve around it. However, it’s nice to see that throughout the three seasons, each team that the Generation of Miracles played for now gradually displays more such spirit as a result of change of play in the geniuses themselves.
In the end, I think what makes Kuroko no Basuke even more special is that there’s also an ending that loads of fans are happy to see.