Kuroko's Basketball

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Kuroko's Basketball
Kuroko no Basuke Cover.jpg
Cover of the first volume
(Kuroko no Basuke)
Genre Sports (basketball), comedy-drama
Written by Tadatoshi Fujimaki
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run December 2008September 1, 2014
Volumes 30 (List of volumes)
Light novel
Written by Sawako Hirabayashi
Illustrated by Tadatoshi Fujimaki
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Original run March 4, 2011May 2, 2014
Volumes 5 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Kuroko's Basketball
Directed by Shunsuke Tada
Written by Noburo Takagi
Music by Ryosuke Nakanishi
Alpha Eastman
Studio Production I.G
Network MBS, Tokyo MX, BS11, Animax
Original run April 7, 2012September 22, 2012
Episodes 50 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Kuroko's Basketball 2
Directed by Shunsuke Tada
Written by Noboru Takagi
Music by Yoshihiro Ike
Studio Production I.G
Network MBS, Tokyo MX, BS11, Animax
Original run October 5, 2013March 29, 2014
Episodes 25 (List of episodes)
Kuroko's Basketball: EXTRA GAME
Written by Tadatoshi Fujimaki
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Jump Next!
Original run December 29, 2014 – ongoing
Anime television series
Kuroko's Basketball 3
Studio Production I.G
Network MBS, Tokyo MX, BS11
Original run January 10, 2015scheduled
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Kuroko's Basketball, known in Japan as Kuroko no Basuke (黒子のバスケ?), is a Japanese sports manga series written and illustrated by Tadatoshi Fujimaki. The rendering The Basketball Which Kuroko Plays also appears in the artwork of the Japanese version. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since December 2008; the individual chapters are being published in tankōbon volumes by Shueisha, with the first released on April 3, 2009, and the 30th and final volume released on December 4, 2014.[1] The series concluded it's run on September 1, 2014.[2] A sequel manga titled Kuroko's Basketball: EXTRA GAME will begin serialization in Jump Next! on December 29, 2014.[3][4]

Kuroko's Basketball tells the story of a high school basketball team trying to make it to the national tournament. The manga has been adapted into two anime series by Production I.G which aired between 2012 and 2014. A third season will be released January 2015.[5]


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 the US, aim to bring Seirin to the top of Japan and begin taking on Kuroko's former teammates one by one.



Written and illustrated by Tadatoshi Fujimaki, Kuroko's Basketball has been serialized in the manga anthology Weekly Shōnen Jump since December, 2008. The chapters have been published into tankōbon volumes by Shueisha since April 3, 2009.[6] As of December 5, 2014, 30 tankōbon volumes have been released.[7][8] The manga ended on September 1, 2014 in Weekly Shonen Jump's 40th issue. In December 2014 a sequel will appear in Jump Next.


The anime adaptation based on the Kuroko's Basketball manga chapters is produced by Production I.G.[9] 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 second season premiered on October 6, 2013[10][11] and ended on March 29, 2014, also with 25 episodes. According to the Shounen Jump news, the third season's first episode will be released on January 10, 2015.[5]

Light novels[edit]

Five series of light novels have been written by Sawako Hirabayashi called Kuroko's Basketball: Replace and illustrated by Fujimaki.[12] Each light novel focuses on the members of the Generation of Miracles. The first light novel Replace was released on March 4, 2011.[13]

Audio CDs[edit]

The music for the Kuroko's Basketball anime series were directed by four different composers. Ryosuke Nakanishi, R・O・N, and Alpha Eastman[fn 1] were in charge of the first season[14] while Yoshihiro Ike was in charge of the second season.[15]

Video games[edit]

Two video games based on Kuroko's Basketball have been released. The first game Kuroko's Basketball: Kiseki no Game (黒子のバスケ キセキの試合 Kuroko no Basuke Kiseki no Gāmu?, Kuroko's Basketball: Miracle Game) was released on August 9, 2012 for PlayStation Portable.[16] A second game Kuroko's Basketball: Shōri e no Kiseki (黒子のバスケ -勝利へのキセキ-?, Kuroko's Basketball: The Path to Victory) was released on February 20, 2014 for the Nintendo 3DS.[17] Shōri e no Kiseki sold 45,681 copies in its first four days on sale.[18] Kuroko also appears as a support character in the Jump crossover fighting game J-Stars Victory Vs.


The Kuroko no Basuke manga has sold nine million units in Japan as of September 2012.[19] Individual volumes frequently appeared on the lists of best-selling manga in Japan,[20][21] and many editions have been in the 2012 Top-Selling Manga.[22][23][24] DVD sales of the series have also been featured in the Japanese anime DVD ranking various times.[25][26][27] Kuroko's Basketball was the third highest selling manga series of 2013, with 8,761,081 copies sold in a year.[28] As of 2013 the manga has sold over 23 million manga copies.[29]


After the anime began airing in 2012, the series became popular with dōjinshi circles, particularly for yaoi dōjinshi, though there is no yaoi in the series itself. Several events at which doujinshi of the series were to be sold, as well as several other locations linked to the series and the author Tadatoshi Fujimaki, including a television station airing the anime, a convenience store chain selling items of the series, and Fujimaki's alma mater Sophia University, received threatening letters containing a powder or liquid substance. It is still unknown if it is one individual behind all the threatening letters, nor is the reason for the threats known.[30][31] Multiple doujinshi events, including Comiket, banned content related to the series, barring creators from selling Kuroko no Basuke-themed doujinshi at their events.[32] The suspect, who was later revealed to be a 36-year old man named Hirofumi Watanabe, was eventually caught and was arrested on December 15, 2013.[33] Due to the loss of Kuroko's Basketball doujinshi because of the threats, there will be a special event that will specifically focus on doujinshi related to the series affectionately named Kuroket, organized by the Comic Market Preparatory Committee, to be held during the Comiket Special 6 - Otaku Summit 2015 on March 29, 2015.[34]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Eastman was credited from episodes 21-25.


  1. ^ 黒子のバスケ30 [Kuroko no Basket 30] (in Japanese). Shueisha. 
  2. ^ "Kuroko's Basketball Manga to End". Anime News Network. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kuroko's Basketball to Launch Sequel Manga in December". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ ""Kuroko's Basketball: EXTRA GAME" Manga Previewed". Crunchyroll. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Kuroko's Basketball Anime Gets 3rd Season". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ 黒子のバスケ/1 [Kuroko's Basketball/1] (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ 黒子のバスケ/25 [Kuroko's Basketball/25] (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ 黒子のバスケ/26 [Kuroko's Basketball/26] (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Kuroko's Basketball Manga Gets TV Anime Produced by I.G". Anime News Network. 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  10. ^ ""Kuroko's Basketball" Anime Return Dated". Crunchyroll. 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  11. ^ "2nd Kuroko's Basketball Season Slated for October 5". Anime News Network. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "黒子のバスケ –ReplaceⅤ- ふぞろいのエースたち" [Kuroko's Basketball -Replace 5- The Uneven Aces] (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  13. ^ "黒子のバスケ -Replace-" [Kuroko's Basketball -Replace-] (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Kuroko's Basketball Staff" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 7 January 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Kuroko's Basketball Staff" (in Japanese). Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  16. ^ 黒子のバスケ キセキの試合 [Kuroko's Basketball Kiseki no Game] (in Japanese). Amazon. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Kuroko's Basketball 3DS Game's 3rd Promo Streamed". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  18. ^ Handrahan, Matthew (27 February 2014). "Knack beats Yakuza to Japanese number one". GamesIndustry.biz. Gamer Network. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  19. ^ 人気漫画「黒子のバスケ」作者脅迫 2ちゃんねるに犯行を示唆する書き込み (in Japanese). MSN. November 2, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, February 4-10". Anime News Network. February 13, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, September 3-9". Anime News Network. September 12, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2012 (First Half)". Anime News Network. June 1, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  23. ^ "10 Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2012". Anime News Network. December 2, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  24. ^ "50 Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Volume: 2012". Anime News Network. December 2, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, October 29-November 4". Anime News Network. November 7, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, November 19-25". Anime News Network. November 27, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, October 22-28". Anime News Network. October 31, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2013". Anime News Network. 2013-12-01. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  29. ^ 「黒子のバスケ」「暗殺教室」が初版100万部突破! ジャンプ史上初の同時達成 (in Japanese). Yahoo!. 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  30. ^ "20+ Kuroko's Basketball-Linked Locations Receive Threats - News". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  31. ^ "Japan's Manga-Hating Domestic Terrorist is Still at Large". Kotaku.com. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  32. ^ "Comiket Loses 10 Million+ Yen Over Kuroko's Basketball Threats - News". Anime News Network. 2012-12-24. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  33. ^ "Suspect Arrested in Kuroko's Basketball Poison Threat Case". Anime News Network. 2013-12-15. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  34. ^ "Kuroko's Basketball Doujinshi Event "Kuroket" to be Held By Comic Market". AnimeAnime.Jp. 2014-05-05. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 

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