Ah hell, this show is amusing enough (even in its own badness) to keep me tuning in for now. Will I finally watch a sports anime from start to finish?!
• The ratio of good basketball to bad basketball in any given episode is probably so small that it’s practically negligible. Still, I can’t help but appreciate the corniness from time to time (this is why I like to watch Japanese live dramas, where the bad acting magnifies everything a hundredfold). For instance, when the characters stand up in front of everybody and make some heartfelt speech about their steely determination, I roll my eyes… but in a good way! Anyway, the coach drags the first years onto the roof. If they truly want to join the team, they must make a promise to the rest of the student body. And if they fail to meet that promise, they’ll have to confess to the girl they love. I thought the first years come up with some amusing stuff to say.
• I don’t think any of the characters are annoying yet. That’s pretty uncommon, I think.
• I feel like the anime’s already run out jokes. If you thought Kuroko’s bizarre lack of presence was funny last week, it will apparently be funny forever. Watch as Kuroko’s friends freak the hell out every single time Kuroko’s onscreen:
And again (the screen cap below is from same scene as the screen cap above, so yes, Kuroko’s Basketball sees no shame in reusing the same joke within seconds of its previous iteration):
Stop. You guys are killing me. No, really, stop.
• A member from the Generation of Miracles (on the other hand, this will never stop sounding lame) shows up to a team practice just to recruit Kuroko. Naturally, Taiga challenges him only to get his ass served on a silver platter. The heroes in sports anime always have to be underdogs. That’s just a rule of law. After all, underdogs always win championships. Y’know, like the Yankees, the Lakers, the Steelers, the Yomiuri Giants… hm.
• Anyway, each member of the Generation of Miracles is apparently stronger than the last. I don’t really know how this works, but I guess anime’s gotta anime. Taiga wants to challenge them all, of course. And it totally has to be one-by-one. Apparently, none of the five awesome players ever felt like teaming up with each other despite playing a team game. Even though, we’ve been told, that they’re each totally obsessed with winning. Makes sense.
Since the anime is so obviously derivative at this point, I would just love it if Kuroko’s Basketball was willing to poke fun at itself. For example, let’s have an opponent who can change forms in the middle of a basketball game. Also make it so that there’s only twenty seconds left in the game. Oh yeah, this part will have to last five episodes. And finally, the good guys have to win the game or Namek will explode.
• I love how they make a big deal out of Ryota’s ability to replicate Taiga’s dunk off of a simple spin move. If the guys in the Generation of Miracles are that awesome at basketball, does anyone really think that this is the first time Ryota’s ever seen a spin move? But since this is anime, we obviously have to treat basketball like it’s Dragon Ball Z: “Sugoi~, he can copy any move!!! Watch out,
• Oh God, the animation. Why did their torsos suddenly widen? What’s with their arms? In 2009, Production I.G. was responsible for something as technically impressive as Eden of the East. You may not have enjoyed the characters or the anime’s plot, but you couldn’t deny that the anime was competently animated. Nearly three years later, the same studio is churning out this and Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan, both of which are full of lazy, unsightly animation. What happened?