Manga Review: Kuroko’s Basketball Vol 3 & 4 by Tadatoshi Fujimaki @shonenjump

May Contain Spoilers

Gah! I am such a sucker for these sports manga series! Basketball is one of my least favorite sports, and still I was turning away at the pages like they were on fire. Kuroko’s Basketball is like ninja basketball; players have basketball super powers that allow them to dominate the court, and when several of these gifted athletes come together, watch out!

Seirin has advanced in the Inter-High qualifiers.  Their opponent, Seiho, smashed the  Seirin freshmen last year, so they have a grudge they’ve been keeping. Seiho, a powerhouse, also has Midorima, one of the Miracle Generation, on the team. Takao is no slouch, either. The Seiho player immediately shuts down Kuroko, and things seem hopeless for Seirin.

Ahhhh these long drawn out games make me sweaty just reading about them. Seirin is already worn out after beating Hakuryo, and now they have to go up against Seiho! Since the Seiho players barely broke a sweat in their first blowout game of the day, they are as fresh as daisies. Kuroko and company – not so much. To make things worse, Midorima can shoot from anywhere on the court, and he always sinks a basket. Ugh!

This was a fun match up! Takao has the vision of a hawk, and he can see the entire court at all times, rendering Kuroko’s ninja invisibility skillz useless. Midorima, convinced by his horoscope that he will be victorious, starts showing off his incredible ability to score from way, way back on the court. He scoffs at players who only score two points at a time. If you can’t put three points on the board, what is the bother?? He is also a selfish spotlight hog, and I am thinking that will result in his ultimate downfall.

Kagami steps up, literally, and shows that his skills are nowhere near peaking. He, like my favorite volleyball hero, scoffs at gravity, and is soon defying it with jumps that would make a leapfrog proud. But will it be enough to beat Seiho? I don’t know yet, because this, like all fun manga, ends on an epic cliffhanger.

Grade: 4 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

Seirin High’s greatest basketball blessing was the one no one literally saw coming…the invisible Kuroko!
When incoming first-year student Taiga Kagami joins the Seirin High basketball team, he meets Tetsuya Kuroko, a mysterious boy who’s plain beyond words. But Kagami’s in for the shock of his life when he learns that the practically invisible Kuroko was once a member of “the Miracle Generation”—the undefeated, legendary team—and he wants Kagami’s help taking down each of his old teammates!
Seirin High is smashing its way through the Inter-High qualifiers. But before they make it to the finals league, they’ll have to win twice in one day! First up is the North King, Seiho High, followed by the East King, Shutoku High, whose feature player is Midorima of the Miracle Generation! Can Kuroko and friends take down two kings in one day?!