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Kuroko’s Basketball Episode #04 Anime Review

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The game reaches towards heartbreak as it nears the final moments after an intense struggle.

What They Say:
The only way to stop Kise is to challenge him with a style he can’t copy, Kurokos! The new offensive from Seirin is closing the point gap, until an injury might derail Serin’s chance at victory.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As the friendly competitive match has moved along, we’ve seen some good moves from both sides as those related from the General of Miracles start to get their game on, especially when Kise is put in to really put a crimp in Seirin’s plans, but there are other things afoot as well. We saw the Seirin folks get winded very early on, which isn’t too much of a surprise since it’s mostly a new team not used to work together, but there are some good pushes made against the competition. What becomes interesting is that as it went along and it became obvious what the problems were, we had the kind of out loud push from Kagami to use Kuroko to his advantage in order to win. The two have an unusual relationship as expected, but they’re not making it clear they’ll use each other to achieve what they want, which is victory.

The match between the two sides is pretty intense and there’s a whole heck of a lot of fun in watching the strategy shine through after the first quarter now that Seirin has a better feel for things. A lot of the advantage is in having both Kuroko and Kagami, but they’re operating in different ways which throws off the opposing team. For Kuroko, it’s changing things up when they can since the other team can figure out what it is he does rather easily once they focus on him more. But with the way he moves and the strategy put in place, there’s a chance to utilize him longer and better along the way. At least until he takes a serious whack to the head and pretty much passes out for the remainder of the game.

The change-up because of this at first is priceless as the Captain, Hyuga, just gets all into Kagmai over his attitude now that the Captain has to stand in and do more. The way he deals with Kagami is just a heck of a lot of fun but he’s able to back it up as well by being his senior and having skill. While the show has focused a lot on the two new freshmen players, this match lets us get a better look at the established team that has been there since the school started, something that has definitely been missing in the show so far. Watching as this plays on and the game changes with the people involved is very intense and the show doesn’t hold back in making it feel that way. The rivalries that are there are intense and seeing it all laid bare is great as it’s just a taste of what’s to come in a real game.

In Summary:
This series is doing things right by spending plenty of time on the game itself while also making the characters personalities and abilities clear. There’s some hints at the outside world, but the focus here is on the game itself and the way they’ll go the distance for it. While it’s focused heavily on Kagmai and Kuroko as to be expected in the first few episodes, we’re finally getting a look at more of the team and that’s only to the shows advantage. It is a team sport after all so getting to know the captain here better is a big plus. But it also knows that there are rivalries that have to be given time and what we see between Kise, Kagami and Kuroko is spot on. The show, like other sports shows, can be a bit of a struggle on a week to week basis, but this is a series that should flow very well when watched in marathon form.

Grade: B

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70″ LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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