I knew this had to be a great volume because, well, all volumes of Kuroko’s Basketball are great but in this particular case you can judge a book by its cover. And a stern Aomine standing there all ominous is the sign of an awesome volume of manga.
This volume opens with one of my favorite scenes ever–the hot spring scene! Woo! Not only do I love the antics in the hot spring, the meeting and interaction between Kuroko, Aomine, and Kagami at the vending machine always makes me smile.
It’s training time and Kagami is off to secret training back in the states via Murican Airlines. O.o Then, after that famous, scissor-excessive meeting with the Generation of Miracles, it’s time for Seirin to face those black-jerseyed badasses of To-oh! If you can’t tell already, this is probably my favorite game in all of Kuroko’s Basketball. So although I admit to loving every volume of Kuroko’s, this volume kept me smiling and my heart racing (just a little) the entire time.
And I have to admit, I just love the stupid after-chapter bloopers. They’re brilliant.
I am thankful with each volume that “Kuroko’s Basketball” finally got English publication. My love of the series probably borders on obsession. But, uh, moving on to volume 6 specifically…
This 2-in-1 covers the backstory of my beloved Kiyoshi and his beloved Hyuga. I mean, uh, the backstory of how Kiyoshi pestered Hyuga to start the basketball club when they were first years. We also find out exactly how Kiyoshi hurt his knee and how serious of an injury it is…just in time to play the team that caused it all the year before! The plot thickens!
While the Kirisaki game is almost uncomfortable for me to watch (read?), I always tear up a little at Kiyoshi’s speech about protecting his team. And then I tear up again when the team promises to protect him. And I could re-read the Kiyoshi/Hyuga first year flashback a million times.
So obviously, I loved this particular volume of “Kuroko’s Basketball” (even though I love all volumes of “Kuroko’s Basketball”).
Samurai Flamenco Episode 16: I loooove this show! I laughed out loud at the reconciliation of MMM and then minutes later almost teared up at the final scene. I’ve come to expect surprises in every episode now–can this keep up?
Hamatora Episode 5: Still enjoying this show. Is it just me or did the massage therapist guy remind anyone else of Kondo from Gintama? This episode was totally ridiculous and fun…and then ends with some super serious shit!
Log Horizon Episode 19: This show makes me want to wear glasses again…though I doubt it looks as cool when I push up my glasses and I don’t think mine ever do that wicked glow. Glasses jokes aside, this episode was super-serious and action packed. And -spoiler alert- we find out the truth about Rudy… (though didn’t we all already figure this out?)
Kuroko’s Basketball Episode 43: As this show is one of my favorites, I try to save it for last but didn’t have the willpower today. OMG Kuroko’s Basketball!!! Yes, I cried at the end (just like last week). I can’t get enough of this show. We finally conclude the Seirin vs Touou game in this episode and it was wonderful and exhausting and reminded me of how much I used to love watching (real-life) basketball…only I somewhat sadly realized I now much prefer watching animated basketball. It is just so. good.
Nagi no Asukara Episode 18: Going from the high-energy awesomeness of Kuroko’s Basketball to the watery angsty melodrama of Nagi no Asukara… Everything seemed a bit sloooowww as the kids meandered around Shioshishio, but Uroko-sama always piques my interest. I think I could watch a whole series just about him. This episode was a little boring but, of course, enough happened in the last few minutes to keep me waiting for the next episode.
Silver Spoon Episode 5: Why is Komaba so cute?! Okay, maybe that has nothing to do with this episode. Yes, I laughed out loud at the paint job on the sled-that was truly great. Watching this, I thought, “This is season-appropriate…this particular episode has a bit more romance to it so it feels like a Valentine’s Episode.” But then we got an ending that made me go, “WTF, Silver Spoon? Seriously?” So yeah, enjoy your wait for episode 6!
Witch Craft Works Episode 5: Was a bit wary after Episode 4 but Episode 5 picked up the pace and the humor once again and now I’m back to really enjoying this show. Takamiya-kun’s mother is hilarious.
World Conquest Zvezda Plot Episode 5: This show is funnier than it should be. Tentacle monsters make me nervous but I really enjoy this show in spite of myself.