Drama. When we don’t have it in our real lives, we go searching for it in anime, movies, and other media.
Welcome to Theatric Thursdays! Every Thursday, we will “try” (I can’t guarantee promises) to post about the most dramatic anime shows out there. By “dramatic,” I mean anime that makes us cry out of sadness or joy, lash out in anger, or even inspire us. For this segment, I will introduce an inspiring sports anime, Kuroko’s Basketball (黒子のバスケ).
Kuroko’s Basketball is a sports manga series written and illustrated by Tadatoshi Fujimaki. The anime consists of three seasons, which the latest one is currently airing (and just about to end). The story follows a high school basketball player, Tetsuya Kuroko. He used to be the sixth man for the “Generation of Miracles” team in junior high. The “Generation of Miracles” is a group of five talented basketball players, but they let their arrogance and ego get the better of them, which resulted in their disbandment. Each “Generation of Miracles” player went to a separate high school and joined their school’s associated basketball team. Kuroko joins Seirin High School’s basketball team, and hopes to prove to his former teammates that his type of basketball, “team play” is the best basketball strategy.
So how is Kuroko’s Basketball a dramatic anime? Well, it is a sports anime, and every sport has a winner and a loser. Seirin High School has a good basketball team, but you could consider them the underdogs in comparison to the other top schools that each have a former player from the “Generation of Miracles” team. Even when they face an impossible opponent, the members of Seirin High’s basketball team never give up. They continue to fight and find the will to win games. Furthermore, every basketball game on this anime is a nail biter. Each game always has lead changes, so there is no definite winner until the end of the fourth quarter.
Kuroko’s Basketball is a story about underdogs, who are trying to win in the Winter Cup tournament and become the best basketball team in all of Japan.
If you are interested in watching Kuroko’s Basketball, it is airing on Crunchyroll.
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