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Not just a basketball story

It's not just a question of putting the ball in the basket, running and gunning, dribbling, rebounding... it's also a story of teamwork, shared experience, victories and defeats experienced together. The group and its cohesion are what the sports manga "Kuroko's Basket" highlights, with characters who are unusual to say the least, with striking looks and rich and varied sensibilities. If you're not already familiar with this work by Tadatoshi Fujimaki, we'll send you straight to the basketball court...

A real success

Kuroko's Basket has no fewer than 30 volumes published between 2008 and 2014, and has been adapted into an animated TV series comprising 25 episodes and three seasons, as well as three animated films that serve as summaries of the entire series. This manga, created, drawn and written by mangaka Tadatoshi Fujimaki, quickly won fans over, thanks to its aesthetic, its well-crafted characters and the power of its soundtrack. In 2014, 27 million copies of the series were sold! A real success? That's an understatement!

The synopsis

Kuroko, a former key player in the Miracle Generation, a legendary team of prodigious basketball players from the manga (all schoolboys), joins Seirin with his new ally, Kagami. This burgeoning team will progress through each match and season, demonstrating that basketball is more than just a game; it's a synergy where passion and sharing converge towards victory. During the Winter Cup, Kuroko will meet up with former team-mates such as Aomine, Kise, Midorima and Akashi on the court, not only to challenge them, but also to remind them of the true pleasure of basketball.

Each episode and volume of this manga is designed with dynamic images; the precise drawing highlights the technical nature of the sport, while the beauty of the game is magnified by refined, colourful graphics. The training sessions and team strategies are also a highlight of this series, capturing the very essence of this exciting sport.

The characters we love so much

What sets them apart? Eccentric haircuts, surprising colours but not only that... Endearing personalities, realistic sensibilities, moods and outbursts. From the rigid nerd to the mischievous bear, not forgetting the mixed-race nonchalance, there's plenty to identify them with, and no one is immune. We're talking about :

  • Tetsuya Kuroko: rather reserved, almost insignificant, Kuroko is called "the ghost player" by the Miracle Generation... But put him on a basketball court and you'll discover a different side to him. The contrast is stark, between the boy who would blend into the background and the one who becomes an incomparable force in the game. It's a weapon that you don't see coming, capable of intercepting and passing bullets that you didn't even know were coming.
  • Taiga Kagami: isn't it said that opposites attract? Taiga Kagami is an imposing player! His build, his muscles, his charisma... you can't miss him! With Kuroko, they form an explosive duo, complementing each other to perfection. His ferocity, combined with the talents of an entire team, makes their hope of competing with the GM a real possibility.
  • Ryota Kise: he's THE playboy of the group, a model in his spare time and a former GM player. Women are fans of his and he knows it! And while his good looks leave no one indifferent, the same goes for his legendary friendliness and good humour. From episode to episode, he makes his mark on the field, even becoming a formidable adversary. And with good reason: he's capable of imitating all the other players' techniques in a single glance.

The place of basketball in Japan

The manga is based on a national basketball tournament held between high school teams from all over Japan: the Winter Cup. As you may have guessed, this tournament is held in Tokyo in winter and brings together the best teams in the country. Throughout seasons 2 and 3 of the anime, we follow the adventures of the Seirin team as it takes its first steps in the Winter Cup. Willingness and surpassing oneself are on the agenda if they are to shine against some fearsomely well-trained teams! And, to come back to the importance of basketball in Japan, you should know that it is particularly popular with secondary school pupils, who play it in gym class (hence the plot of the Manga). Unlike baseball, the sport doesn't really attract much media attention (although it did get a real buzz with the Slam Dunk manga). While some will argue that the rather low level of Japanese players is due to their physique, others will point to the story of Rui Hachimura, a Japanese player who is now part of the world scene with his selection by the Washington Wizards, an NBA team. He is the embodiment of a promising future in this sport.

With thrilling matches, grandiose victories, increasingly eccentric characters and touching friendships, you'll never run out of steam in Kuroko's Basket, or even lose the rhythm! And to keep the game going once you've closed the tome or turned off the TV, our geek shop has put together a whole range of merchandise featuring your favourite players.