Manga Review: Kuroko’s Basketball Omnibus V 6 by Tadatoshi Fujimaki @shonenjump


May Contain Spoilers

Ugh, I started reading these out of order again. I caught my mistake when I was about 25% of the way through Vol 7, wondering what the heck the guys were doing at a hot spring. Anyway, this was a terrific volume. We get insights on how the team was formed, Kiyoshi’s injury, and a dramatic basketball game against a dirty playing team with a psycho captain. This is my favorite volume of the series so far, and I think the story just keeps getting better and better. Read more

Manga Review: Kuroko’s Basketball Omnibus 5 V 9 & 10 by Tadatoshi Fujimaki @shonenjump


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After the Seiren players watch a nail-biter between To-oh and Kaijo during the Inter-High quarterfinals, we get back to delving into what makes the Seiren players tick. Kuroko finds an abandoned dog in the park, and promptly adopts him. While the rest of the team is overcome with puppy love, Kagami demands that he take it back. Who knew big, bad Kagami is afraid of fluffy little dogs?

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Review: Virgin Territory by Lia Riley


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I picked this up because I enjoyed Head Coach, and I have a weakness for sports stories. I was interested in finding out what made volatile Patch tick, and what the deal was with his bar brawl. While he seemed like an out of control freight train in the previous book, his reasons for his short temper were presented so well that I felt a pang of empathy for him.

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Manga Review: Kuroko’s Basketball Omnibus V 4 by Tadatoshi Fujimaki @shonenjump

May Contain Spoilers

The more I read this series, the more I enjoy it (especially when I read them in order!) I accidently read Vol 5 before Vol 4, so needless to say I felt a little lost in Vol 5, kept wondering who this Teppei guy was,  and I couldn’t figure out why. A quick check at Goodreads and low and behold, I skipped a volume. I immediately hopped over to Amazon and purchased the missing volume, instead of requesting it (again) and waiting the week for it to be transferred between libraries (and a special shout out to the Romulus Public Library for having such a great catalog of graphic novels and fulfilling hold requests so quickly!).

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Manga Review: Haikyu!! V 21 by Haruichi Furudate @shonenjump

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Oh-ho-ho! The fifth and final set of the Miyagi Prefecture qualifier round finals is still blazing to a close. Karasuno and Shiratorizawa both refuse to yield, and the grueling play is starting to take a toll. With Tsukishima injured and off the court, things are looking grim for our intrepid heroes. Will exhaustion get the best of them?

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Review & Excerpt: Shot on Gold by Jaci Burton @Berkleyromance


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This is the first Play-by-Play novel that I’ve picked up, and I was interested in it because of the backdrop of the international games. Even I knew that the Winter Olympics were looming when I started reading this, and even though I haven’t watched much of the Games since I was in high school, I still remember with fondness sitting in the family room and cheering on the home team with the family (how we all saw the action on that little screen, I’ll never fully comprehend). Two of my favorite events are represented here – hockey and figure skating. What could go wrong?

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Manga Review: Haikyu!! V 20 by Haruichi Furudate @shonenjump


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Yeow! This is another volume that is all volleyball, all the time! After a nail-biter of a 4th set, the Miyagi Prefecture qualifier round finals advance to a fifth and final set. Tsukishima is hurt from deflecting missiles hurled at him from Shiratorizawa, and is taken to the infirmary. Kageyama is exhausted from unrelenting play. With Sugawara subbing as the setter, there’s a new dynamic to the team. Can they use it to their advantage and pull out a surprise victory?

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Manga Review: Kuroko’s Basketball Vol 5 & 6 by Tadatoshi Fujimaki @shonenjump

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After the dramatic end to the game against Shutoku, the Seirin basketball team has set their aim sky high. Kagami played so hard he hurt himself, and resting up is a foreign concept to him, despite direct orders from Riko. And with proficiency tests looming, Riko worries that even tutoring Kagami 24/7 won’t help him pass. His grades are terrible, and if he fails, he’ll have to attend extra Saturday lessons, so he’ll miss the Finals League. Ugh!

The whole chapter on the proficiency tests felt like a flashback to Haikyu!! The stars of both manga are idiots when it comes to their schoolwork. Kagami’s test scores barely add up to double-digits, so there is cause for concern that he’ll be unable to play in the Finals League. While the chapter felt like a rehash of something I’ve read before, the conclusion was pretty funny.

After passing the tests, it’s back to basketball. Kagami has been banned from the gym to rest up, but being Kagami, he does not heed this good advice. Instead, he decides to shoot a few hoops at the park, where he meets his rival, Daiki Aomine. This guy makes the previous Miracle Generation guys look like rank beginners. Aomine is big and blunt and arrogant, and Kagami really shouldn’t have played one-on-one with him in the park. Receiving a huge blow to his ego, Kagami wonders how he could be so badly overpowered, and why it makes him feel so unsettled.

Aomine’s playing style is to use brute force to wring any bit of hope from his opponents. As a superpower, I guess that is pretty impressive. He has the speed and the skill to tromp over pretty much everyone, and he’s such a high scorer, and dominates the games so much that he doesn’t take practice, or getting to games on time, very seriously. I can hardly wait for this guy to get taken down a peg or ten because he is such a major jerk.

Seirin faces major adversity, and Toho High makes the game against Shutoku seem like a cakewalk in comparison. There’s lots of great action scenes, and the coaches for both teams go head to head and pull out all the stops. And just when all hope is lost, we learn – there’s a missing player for Seirin! Not sure where he’s been, but I am sure that he will shake up the current dynamic of the team and cause some drama. Yay!

Grade: 4.00 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! Aiming for the finals league, Seirin has challenged Shutoku and their ace, Midorima. The team’s fired up thanks to Kagami, but is there any guarantee that fire won’t be quickly extinguished by the sharp-shooting Midorima?! Meanwhile, a friend from Kuroko’s middle school suddenly shows up before the team and shocks everyone by revealing some insight into Kuroko’s mysterious past!