Mar 30, 2014

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Kuroko no Basuke 2 episode 25

No Space Brothers this week? Fine. I could seriously use a break from that one. I might as well do my Kuroko no Basuke post right away. I’m guessing that the third season will arrive sometime next year at the earliest.

[HorribleSubs] Kuroko's Basketball 2 - 50 [720p].mkv_snapshot_15.02_[2014.03.29_23.31.34]This was the last episode. Still, I have decided to keep this post short and simple. Not much that I want to add because I’ve pretty much said all that I wanted to say during the past few posts. How many viewers out there were actually surprised when that annoying child, Atsushi, entered his very own zone? I doubt anyone was.

In the end it was a very, very predictable ending where Taiga pulled his team ahead and Kuroko stopped his old friend Atsushi as he was about to defeat Seirin by scoring a few more points. Seirin wins and will advance to the next match. They are going all the way to the finals where they will play against Seijuro and probably lose. That’s pretty much how I see things.

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Mar 24, 2014

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Kuroko no Basuke 2 episode 24

Another week has gone by and still no news about the third season of Kuroko no Basuke. It’s obvious to anyone that there’s going to be a third season, otherwise the animation just wouldn’t make sense, but for things to be this quiet is rather troubling…

[HorribleSubs] Kuroko's Basketball 2 - 49 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.08_[2014.03.23_22.43.19]One more episode remains if I’m not mistaken. This episode was primarily a small source of information about certain characters and their flaws. Of course, I knew that Taiga would enter “the zone” and that it was going to be one of those episodes that revolved primarily around that supernatural state where one’s physical limitations are no longer an issue. A state that allows characters like Taiga to move unlike any other ‘normal’ human character. Not really surprising, it’s something that I could see coming before this match even began. I’m sure everyone made that assumption before it actually happened.

[HorribleSubs] Kuroko's Basketball 2 - 49 [720p].mkv_snapshot_18.10_[2014.03.23_22.43.57]It’s quite a mystery how that team managed to come this far. Their two star players both have quite a few issues that need to be addressed. Atsushi is an annoying child that gets aggressive and selfish as soon as things don’t go his way. Tatsuya, too, is just another child that can’t get over his jealousy and refuses to accept that Taiga, his good old friend, is better than him.

Was I amused? Not at all. It’s been a disappointing few episodes to be very honest. The only improvement, although very minor, is that Kuroko finally started shooting. That’s seriously the one good thing that came from all of this. All that’s left is to beat Atsushi and his team in order to beat Ryouta and his team (again) during their next match.

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Mar 17, 2014

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Kuroko no Basuke 2 episode 23

I got quite annoyed when watching this episode. I thought that I was the only one, but when I started browsing the internet randomly I read a lot of posts by other annoyed anime fans that saw this episode. Always nice to know that I’m not the only insane one.

[HorribleSubs] Kuroko's Basketball 2 - 48 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.48_[2014.03.16_23.24.04]The one that truly annoyed me was Atsushi. He decided to stop with his defensive playing style in order to go on the offense. That in itself is quite alright, especially if your defensive strategy no longer seems to work. But don’t go b*tching about every single thing. That guy, after realizing that he, too, has weaknesses, turned into a dreadful little boy and started threatening his opponents. He completely change from a calm player into a frustrated idiot that couldn’t handle the fact that his opponents were catching up to him. Do not be surprised when you see that guy cry as soon as Seirin beats him and his annoying team.

[HorribleSubs] Kuroko's Basketball 2 - 48 [720p].mkv_snapshot_20.54_[2014.03.16_23.24.25]A lot of rumours have been going around. It’s more than obvious that the second season is going to after this match against Teikou is over and done with. It’s highly doubtful that we can expect the third season, which is undoubtedly already green-lit internally, this year. My guess is that the third season is going to air somewhere around the first quarter of 2015.

What do I expect from the remaining episodes? Nothing. There are two or three episodes left and I’m pretty sure that the match is going to use up at least another two episodes. Atsushi just turned up the heat, Kuroko is utilizing his new-found ability to shoot, Taiga hasn’t used his “in the zone” crap or his new move and the final few moments of the match have finally begun. The end is in sight, people.

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Mar 10, 2014

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Kuroko no Basuke 2 episode 22

Okay, there are three or four episodes of Kuroko no Basuke left. It’ll be two or three weeks before we hear that there’s going to be a third season (they usually save that sort of news right before a season ends). Let’s just try to enjoy the rest of the season, shall we?

[HorribleSubs] Kuroko's Basketball 2 - 47 [720p].mkv_snapshot_10.14_[2014.03.09_23.21.49]They are not making it hard right now. The supernatural element seems to have died down (probably until Taiga gets into “the zone” or shows us the new move that Alex taught him. It’s all about who’s faster, stronger, height, width, jumping power and one’s ability to look ahead. It’s finally back to decent basketball and things have actually become quite pleasant since Kuroko was benched. Everything is logical again and everything is enjoyable again. I just hope it stays that way now that Atsushi joins the offense. Things usually tend to get a little supernatural when one of the members of the Generation of Miracles is involved.

[HorribleSubs] Kuroko's Basketball 2 - 47 [720p].mkv_snapshot_18.23_[2014.03.09_23.22.06]I thought it was quite interesting how Seirin managed to squirm their way through Teikou’s iron wall in order to score and score. It got to the point where the difference in points was laughable. They thought that it was best to make us of that brief moment when Atsushi jumps in the air to pass to someone else so that he may shoot and score. Quite the interesting play.

My expectations? They are obvious. Seirin will win. Yes, Atsushi will raise hell and Tatsuya will not make it any easier with his annoying faints. Still, Seirin will prevail. It’s too soon for them to lose. The story wouldn’t make sense if they did. Kuroko will come back with his new form, Taiga will enter his “zone” and show us that new move and the rest of the team will suddenly gain a morale boost. It’s the usual…

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Mar 3, 2014

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Kuroko no Basuke 2 episode 21

And so five episodes remain. I’m guessing that it’s going to take at least three to four more episodes before this particular match is over and we all know that Seirin is going to continue their winning spree. It’s just a matter of time and patience right now.

[HorribleSubs] Kuroko's Basketball 2 - 46 [720p].mkv_snapshot_09.56_[2014.03.02_23.20.20]The question is as follows: how do you defeat a team that’s known for their defensive line? A team that’s known for winning games without giving up a single point. A team whose players are so tall, so terrifyingly broad, that it actually makes you want to turn around and walk the other way. That’s just a team in general, but now you add Atsushi, a member of the Generation of Miracles, to the mixture and you mix it with a hint of Tatsuya, a guy that’s close to being like a member of the Generation of Miracles… How do you defeat a team like that? The world impossible suddenly comes to mind.

[HorribleSubs] Kuroko's Basketball 2 - 46 [720p].mkv_snapshot_16.04_[2014.03.02_23.20.30]Simple answer to that question: supernatural skills. Kuroko has his vanishing drive, his overflow, and his super passes and now even his palm-punch shoot or whatever the hell it’s called. Combine that with Taiga’s “in the zone” ability and you got yourself a nice supernatural mixture. Not to mention the move that Taiga hasn’t even used yet.

Yes. Yes I’m making fun of Kuroko no Basuke. It’s rated somewhere around eight and a half and a nine averagely. Is that fair? Maybe for the first season, but this season is just a little disappointing if you ask me. I feel that the supernatural element has completely taken over. Enjoying Kuroko no Basuke has become just a little bit harder.

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Feb 24, 2014

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Kuroko no Basuke 2 episode 20

It’s becoming clearer with every passing episode that there’s going to be a third season of Kuroko no Basuke. This episode basically just confirmed that. There’s no way that they’re going to end all of this within just six episodes.

[HorribleSubs] Kuroko's Basketball 2 - 45 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.44_[2014.02.23_22.59.33]I’ll get straight to the point: Seirin played against those two school and barely managed to squeeze out two victories without the help of their star players, Kuroko and Taiga. I was happy that they didn’t focus too much on those matches and that it was over before any of that supernatural crap had a chance to kick in. It was simple and funny, that’s all there was to it. That one scene where Riko slapped all the players in order to keep them focussed on the match (not sure how that even works) was one to remember. Do not be surprised if you start seeing wallpapers all over the place of Kuroko’s face with a slap mark on it.

[HorribleSubs] Kuroko's Basketball 2 - 45 [720p].mkv_snapshot_17.56_[2014.02.23_23.00.45]Anyway, Atsushi’s team defeated their two opponents as well (without losing a single point I might add). No surprise there. It’s all quite predictable. There was simply no way that Seirin or Yousen would lose before they fought one another, especially since they made such a big deal about Taiga’s old friend being on that team and all.

Tatsuya, Taiga’s aforementioned friend, truly is a sad case. He doesn’t want Alex to treat him like a little kid and starts making a fuss over nothing. I honestly don’t care anymore. Break out all the supernatural moves you got, Seirin. Just defeat that little sh*t and his annoying, stuck-up team, although we all know that’s going to happen anyway.

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Feb 17, 2014

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Kuroko no Basuke 2 episode 19

Oh yeah, there’s definitely going to be a third season. Will I write about that one as well? Doubtful. It all depends on how this one will end. I’m just happy that things are settling down on the supernatural. I’m finally starting to understand people’s frustration towards the author.

[HorribleSubs] Kuroko's Basketball 2 - 44 [720p].mkv_snapshot_09.30_[2014.02.16_23.02.21]The match is over and Seirin has one. Big surprise, huh? Well, you know what usually happens after a big match. They takes things slow and boost up the comedy to an all-time high. You already know it’s about to get really weird when Riko-chan offers to cook. People were dropping like flies after Riko managed to pour in so many supplements that everyone ended up fainting.

This all led to a very amusing discovery; Taiga’s infamous master is none other than Alex, a busty blonde from abroad that seems to think that clothing is optional. Her arrival really spices things up and allows for a few good episodes. I certainly wouldn’t mind to get to know that particular character a bit better. She seems very interesting.

[HorribleSubs] Kuroko's Basketball 2 - 44 [720p].mkv_snapshot_17.40_[2014.02.16_23.02.41]I’ll say it so there’s no misunderstanding: I love Alex. She’s great from what I’ve seen so far. She’s very carefree, has an eye for talent and she kissed Riko-chan like there was no tomorrow. That scene alone was more than enough for me to say that this episode was one of the best ones of the season. Kuroko no Basuke could really use more stuff like that.

Anyway, I’m also happy about one other thing. I’m happy by how Kuroko is progressing right now. No more supernatural skills on ridiculous abilities. He’s finally learning how to shoot. I’m not sure that the same thing can be said for Taiga, but I’m happy that Kuroko is slowly starting to look “normal”. Truly an episode to remember!

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Feb 11, 2014

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Kuroko no Basuke 2 episode 18

It’s finally over. I must admit that these last few episodes have really ruined Kuroko no Basuke for me. These sudden “power” boosts and new skills that suddenly all the characters knew about really ruined an otherwise great story. I honestly don’t care if there’s going to be a third season or not.

[HorribleSubs] Kuroko's Basketball 2 - 43 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.17_[2014.02.10_23.19.58]I had to watch an episode where two characters were able to use their skills to their fullest by temporarily removing the human body’s restrictions. This mode, this “in the zone” crap, why? The story has been so tense and filled with action, so why resort to supernatural nonsense where characters are suddenly capable of functioning at 100% for a limited time, which basically means that those characters temporarily became superhuman. That is not something that I would like to have seen in a story about a handful of basketball prodigies. This was quite the disappointing turn of events if you ask me.

[HorribleSubs] Kuroko's Basketball 2 - 43 [720p].mkv_snapshot_15.39_[2014.02.10_23.20.24]During this match against Daiki’s team alone I’ve counted twelve inaccuracies. Those ridiculous moves, the way all the characters knew about those (secret) moves and, of course, many inaccuracies in the story itself. I actually made a fist when they started talking about their match going into overtime if Seirin managed to tie the score. I did not want to see more of that match to be honest.

Frankly, I have no idea how this season is going to end. The possibility of a third season is definitely there and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s already been green-lit. I just want to see the match where Seirin plays against the school of Kuroko’s former captain, although that would probably just result in another match where characters display one supernatural skill after the other.

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