|Kuroko no Basuke|
Cover of the first volume
|Genre||Sports (basketball) , Comedy-drama|
|Written by||Tadatoshi Fujimaki|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Original run||December 2008 – ongoing|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Shunsuke Tada|
|Written by||Noburo Takagi|
|Music by||Masafumi Mima|
|Network||Mainichi Broadcasting System, Animax, Tokyo MX|
|Original run||April 7, 2012 – September 22, 2012|
Kuroko's Basketball, known as Kuroko no Basuke (黒子のバスケ?, officially translated as The Basketball which Kuroko Plays) in Japan, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tadatoshi Fujimaki. It began serialization in Weekly Shōnen Jump in December 2008. Kuroko no Basuke tells the story of a high school basketball team trying to make it to the national tournament. An anime adaptation by Production I.G began airing on April 7, 2012, and it ceased airing on September 22, 2012.
The basketball team of Teikō Middle School rose to distinction by demolishing all competition. The regulars of the team became known as the "Generation of Miracles". After graduating from middle school, these five stars went to different high schools with top basketball teams. However, a fact few know is that there was another player in the "Generation of Miracles": a phantom sixth man. This mysterious player is now a freshman at Seirin High, a new school with a powerful, if little-known, team. Now, Kuroko Tetsuya, the sixth member of the "Generation of Miracles", and Kagami Taiga, a naturally talented player who spent most of middle school in America, are aiming to bring Seirin to the top of Japan, taking on Kuroko's old teammates one by one.
Kuroko no Basuke is written and illustrated by Tadatoshi Fujimaki, and it has been serialized in the manga anthology Weekly Shōnen Jump starting December, 2008. The chapters have been published into tankōbon volumes by Shueisha with the first being released on April 3, 2009. As of February 4, 2013, 21 tankōbon volumes have been released.
The anime adaptation based on the Kuroko no Basuke manga chapters is produced by Production I.G. The series premiered on April 7, 2012 and ended on September 22, 2012. On April 5, 2012, Crunchyroll announced that they would simulcast the anime as part of their spring lineup of anime titles. As of September 22, 2012, the anime ended with a total of 25 episodes. The series has been renewed for a second season in 2013, and is set to air in October.
The Kuroko no Basuke manga has sold nine million units in Japan as of September 2012. Individual volumes frequently appeared on the lists of best-selling manga in Japan, and many editions have been in the 2012 Top-Selling Manga. DVD sales of the series have also been featured in the Japanese anime DVD ranking various times.
After the anime began airing in 2012, the series became popular with dōjinshi circles, particularly for yaoi dōjinshi. Several events at which doujinshi of the series were to be sold, as well as several other locations linked to the series, including a television station airing the anime, received threatening letters containing a powder or liquid substance. Multiple doujinshi events, including Comiket, banned content related to the series, barring creators from selling Kuroko no Basuke-themed doujinshi at their events.
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- 20+ Kuroko's Basketball-Linked Locations Receive Threats
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