Get ready for more heart-pumping basketball action! The Interhigh Championship is finally over. Now it’s time for Seirin to train even harder for the Winter Cup! Find out more in this 2nd part of my Kuroko no Basuke series review.
“Even if we lose by 100 points, there’s a chance a meteor will strike the other team’s bench at the last second.”
Kuroko no Basuke Season 2 is the continuation of the first season in the franchise. Similarly, this season also has a total of 25 episodes branching off the end of the first one. Furthermore, Production I.G. is still in charge of the animation.
Today’s defeat prepares for tomorrow’s victory! In spite of their loss in the Interhigh Championship, the team is more than ready to take on greater heights. Old friends show up yet again in Kuroko and Kagami’s lives. While the team progresses, the giants of high school basketball pose a threat to their attempts at winning. Not only do these foes stand in their way to victory, but they also trained hard for the Winter Cup. With the Uncrowned Kings now in the picture, what will be the fate of Seirin High’s basketball career?
Eny’s Thoughts on Kuroko no Basuke Season 2
Following the events of the first season, Seirin High is no longer the underdog of the show. The team trained to the best of their ability to make up for their Interhigh defeat. Now, they’re stronger than ever and ready to take on new challenges! If you found the first one enjoyable, then I guarantee this will bring you a whole new level of entertainment. What are we waiting for? Let’s discuss!
Starting off with a minor timeskip, Kuroko no Basuke Season 2 directly cuts to the chase with the Winter Cup. There are new challenges and obstacles to Seirin High like never before. With Yosen, Shutoku, and Touou threatening to beat them down, the team is all the more eager to overcome their limits.
There are major developments to the characters compared to the first season. For instance, there’s Kuroko’s dilemma in finding the balance between playing as a team and aiming for absolute victory. What’s more, the Uncrowned Kings are also revealed, providing even more challenges for the team to face. Packed with more intense basketball matches, Kuroko no Basuke Season 2 does not fail to disappoint as a sports anime.
As in the previous season, Production I.G. did a great job with the animation. As a matter of fact, the art style only seemed to become more refined and detailed. Although the slightly exaggerated effects when the players enter the Zone still remains, this season’s art style is worthy of admiration.
Notably, there are also slight improvements on the show’s original soundtracks. The tracks that play throughout the matches fit in quite well with the intense actions and transitions. As always, GRANRODEO dominated the opening themes for the first and second half with The Other Self and Hengen Jizai no Magical Star. The songs WALK by OLDCODEX and FANTASTIC TUNE by Kensho Ono were also catchy ending themes for Kuroko no Basuke Season 2.
As for the cast, the characters stick to their mix of comedy and seriousness. The antics of the players and their impressive plays on court never fail to hype up the fans of the series. Moreover, with the Miracles as Kagami and Kuroko’s main goal, their determination to beat these godly contenders is really commendable.
On the whole, Kuroko no Basuke Season 2 is a well-executed sequel to the first series. The 2nd season stays true to the manga’s hype. Also, the ample character development of Kagami an Kuroko further strengthen the solidarity between the pair. Each basketball match may last 3-4 episodes long, but they are all worth it to watch. Though, there are also times when the winners for a particular match are glaringly obvious. Apart from that, this season deserved all the excitement from the viewers when it started airing. I assure you that this season will not fail to satisfy your fill of basketball anime!
Below is a short trailer for season 2!