By Scott Larsen 5 months ago
New season means new anime, and what better way to fill your time slot than with some good old-fashioned lightning-enhanced basketball? Complete with adorable mascot dog of course. Kuroko’s Basketball is back with its second season, and I’ll be recapping the new journey. That means plenty of fun overstating the obvious, poking at possible misinterpretations, and generally lots of bouncing ball jokes. Sorry, but it has to happen with a basketball show. Let’s get right to it with episode 1!
We start off with a fun little recap about what the series as a whole is about. In Japan’s high-school basketball league there are various talented players, but only five of them deserve the title of 'miraculous’. Well, make that six, as we wouldn’t want to leave out Kuroko, our mysterious 6th member of the 'Generation of Miracles’. After splitting up their middle-school team, each of the six super-talents joined a different high-school, and are now facing off in the upcoming Winter tournament. While they might have lost in the summer tournament (and how), Kuroko’s team, Seirin, is the dark horse of the future competition. At least according to this random press member who is scouting out the competition or something, but he look trustworthy. Somewhat. Though that creeper-stache does raise some doubts.
After a pretty new opening clip, we’re back to Seirin’s team, and it looks like Taiga (Kuroko’s Red-haired friend) is still up to his usual antics. The game of today is called how to eat with chopsticks, and Taiga can’t seem to remember how. That or he has tourettes, in which case Seirin seriously has some problems ahead. But no, he’s just practicing using his left hand instead of his right, and the cute and furry No. 2 is happy for Taiga’s inability. Aww, he’s like an adorable demon that hides in Kuroko’s bag until suddenly snapping outwards and eating lose broccoli. Which is good, because otherwise that would be plain animal abuse putting a dog in a small bag. Anyways, Kuroko’s fellow 1st-years are getting pretty pissed at never being able to play in any real games, and so ask if they can compete in a local street competition. After a bit of convincing the team’s female coach consents and things get on their way.
The next day or somewhat, Taiga, Kuroko, and the teams’ previously injured captain show up to play a good game of B-ball. Turns out one of the 1st years got 'sick’, so the team captain came to fill in. When the group reaches the tourney location, they unexpectedly run into their rival school Seiho, who if you remember Seirin had defeated last season. The two teams are on good terms though, and all ten of them sit together for a nice lunch. Because eating right before strenuous exercise is always advisable. After a bit of trash talk and explaining how Seiho was knocked out of the Winter tournament because they hadn’t done well enough in the summer, the tournament gets started. Seiho’s match is first.
After a touching promise by the two teams to see each other at the tourney final, Seiho unceremoniously lost their first match. And that’s why they are all secondary unimportant characters. Taiga recognizes one player on the other team though, one black-haired kid who’s hair makes so he can only see half the world. Maybe the other eye has a geass in it? And here comes the flashback… Back in America, Taiga and the new guy, Himuro Tatsuya, had met as children. Himuro actually got Taiga into basketball, and the two had a nice totally not homosexual bonding experience which involved buying each other rings. The two had a great friendship until they grew up and realized that competition was dangerous, and so fought, likely for an unstated girl and/or guy. Taiga went easy of Tatsuya, Tatsuya punched Taiga, and challenged him to a final game. If Tastuya won, he would stop being Taiga’s 'brother’! Oh the childhood friendship drama!!! Fortunately Taiga then ran to Japan, and that’s where the story ended.
Of course, this small tourney is the perfect opportunity to settle the score though. Basketball grudges never dwindle after-all. Taiga hesitates for a moment, but Kuroko has No. 2 doggy-punch the big guy, and brings him back to his senses. The battle is on, and so long as both teams meet in the finals, the match will really be climactic! Oh look, while a quick cut to the rest of the Seiren team talking about how beasty the other 'Generation of Miracles’, Seiren and their opponent did just that! Just as the tip-off occurs, a candy bar gently lands on top of the high-flying ball. Stopping the game, a purple-haired giant casually walks up and greets the group as a late member on the opposing team. It’s Murasakibara, another member of the 'Generation of Miracles’. And heck, he could pass as an Attack on Titan crossover any day.
That’s week 1, and while not much actual b-ball was played, the setup wasn’t too unbearable. So long as the next episode is actually the promised match and not some filler crap, this is a pretty good start. It will be interesting to see how the crap Kuroko will outmaneuver his giant opponent, but I really hope it’s not the typical bigger means slower stereotype. That would be lame. Maybe our purple-haired newcomer will bite his finger and get bigger or something instead…
Scott is a writer, blogger, Ani.me contributor, and general advocate for the goodness of humankind. When not writing he can be found hugging furry animals, playing classical and anime music on his baby-grand piano, and treating generally everything like books on his Blog.
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