I mean, what is happening to me? The peak of my animuness was in 2005 or so, before Monster ruined me for all other series and then Band of Brothers stole me away *wistfully reaches out for fandoms abandoned*. Somehow recently I've been trying to reclaim what used to make me happy, and anime was one of those things. Even when I didn't have the money to pour thousands of dollars into the hobby (wow I remember that), it just made me really happy.
Turns out that Sportsball Anime and Manga are pretty much my heroin.
I started to see a lot of talk about "Kuroko no Basket" on my Tumblr dash when I began to follow several Prince of Tennis fans recently. I resisted for a long time. I really did, I swear I did! I was too busy crying about Sanada and Yukimura and endlessly analyzing the dialogue in the OVAS nbd.
Then one day I was like "fine. FINE. How many episodes are there? Oh, there are only 25 episodes. Well, maybe I can do this."
I did it, I went in.
And oh MY GOD GAY SPORTSBALL ANIME, what are you doing to me? So here, you're going to hear about it too because it's glorious. Not in a Prince of Tennis way. Prince of Tennis is like the really ugly kitten in the litter that you love just because he's so adorably awkward and everyone else hates him. No, if that kitten is Prince of Tennis then Kuroko no Basket is the most beautiful cat, prancing around and telling you he's hungry all the time and guess what? You're feeding him, because you are powerless against that kitten's charm.
What the Hell is this series called? Kuroko no Basuke, which literally translates to "The Basketball Which Kuroko Plays" (that is actually, in English, all over the title screens of the show. It's sort of embarrassing, but I mean, it's what it says on the tin). ALSO KNOWN AS: Kuroko no Basuke, Kurobas, Kurobasu, Rainbow Basketball (>__>)
What is this about? Is it about guys running around with a basketball and flinging sweat that somehow turns into bishounen sparkles? Ye- NO. NO NOT ENTIRELY. The show is about the titular Kuroko Tetsuya, who joins the Seirin High School Baskbetball Club (IT'S SET IN HIGH SCHOOL, so it's not quite as creepy and weird as Prince of Tennis). Turns out that Kuroko was the phantom sixth man of the legendary Teiko Middle School Basketball Team known as the Generation of Miracles (aka Sekai no Sedai, or Skittles. I'm not lying, fandom likes to call them the Skittles and I think that's ADORABLE).
Only you wouldn't know it, because he sort of sucks. He has no presence, people forget he's there, he has no sense of humor and he can't shoot, run, or dribble. BUT WAIT. Turns out that the eponymous "Kuroko no Basuke" is his style of misdirection and passing, which enables the power forward to fucking dominate, and the team to basically shit all over everyone else. Kuroko chooses American-taught transplant and fellow first year Kagami Taiga to be his new partner, much to Kagami's initial chagrin. All Kagami wants to do is stomp the Generation of Miracles, because that's what Kagami does. He stomps bitches.
And that's where the
( Do not underestimate it when I say this show is just shipping its own characters all over the place for your convenience )