“Kuroko’s Basketball” by Tadatoshi Fujimaki
#Manga Kuroko’s Basketball, originally named Kuroko no basuke, is one of the most popular sports mangas in Japan. Long among the TOP 10 of Japanese sales exhibited in the top Oricon, a top named after the Japanese company Oricon providing sales statistics from the entertainment industry including manga sales. Kuroko’s Basketball found the right recipe that convinced readers.
We find our hero, Kuroko, a player of appearance without talent for basketball, he is neither tall, nor fast, nor enduring, nor skillful. A relatively classic introduction, we present a hero who seems very weak and, finally, turns out to be extremely good. Yes, but here’s the trick that made part of his success is the fact that Kuroko is a very strong player but he can’t do anything alone! And this is a very interesting concept developed by Tadatoshi Fujimaki, which has made it possible to highlight several main characters, rather than have one or two very strong players and plots around. We manage to get attached to many characters and even prefer some antagonists! We don’t say any more, we let you discover for yourself!
The author is a fan of Takehiko Inoue’s Slam Dunk and you can feel many influences. It adopts a very refined, smooth style with an aesthetic of the characters worked to the fine line. All the essence of the drawing is found in the movements of the characters, from the most extravagant to the simplest basketball movements, with glances, a visual communication between the protagonists for a fluid, harmonious and attractive rendering.
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Tadatoshi Fujimaki is best known for having created this 30-volume work published starting in 2009 in the Weekly Shōnen Jump. He continued to surf on the popularity of his work by publishing a spin-off, Kuroko’s Basket – Extra game in two volumes. This is the continuation of the original series where the best players in the Japanese league gather in the same team to face an American team that is giving them a hard time. The adventures of our blue-haired hero do not stop there because a second spin-off has also been created, Kuroko’s Basket Replace PLUS, a manga adaptation of the light novel, Kuroko no Basuke Replace by Hirabayashi Sawako, written by Tadatoshi Fujimaki but this time designed by Ichiro Takahashi, one of his assistants on the original series. The series is still in the process of being published, the 10th volume having been released on June 26, 2019 by Kazé, the French publisher of the 3 series.
When we talk about manga, we necessarily come to talk about animes!
But what is the anime series Kuroko’s Basketball worth?
In the same way as the manga, and perhaps even more so, the work stands out for its high visual quality, the fast dribbling scenes are breathtaking! We’ll talk about it again when you watch the Kagami vs. Aomine duel! If manga is certainly one of the best sports manga of recent years, anime is perhaps the best sports anime ever made technically and visually. Speed, fluidity, aesthetics, dubbing, soundtrack, everything is there. An animation that convinced the SVOD giant Netflix since the 3 seasons are available on the platform and I strongly recommend them as a complement to the original work to get your own idea.
By Matthieu Morisset
Kuroko’s Basketball by Tadatoshi Fujimaki
30 volumes (from 12 years old)
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