Review: Dr. Coto’s Clinic (Live Drama)

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…Originally aired in 2003 and 2006 (two seasons), Dr. Coto’s Clinic is based on the manga Dr. Koto (the letter change is due to the dialect used). It’s the story of Dr. Kensuke Coto, who comes to the remote Shikinajima Island from Tokyo to start over as a doctor. The islanders are distrustful of the new doctor at first but over the course of the first season they come to accept him as a part of their community. Dr. Coto is invaluable to the island because he is able to perform operations in the island’s clinic. His first operation actually took place on a fishing boat where he performed an emergency operation.

Dr. Coto’s clinic is a heartwarming series and came about at a time when in developed nations, patients were viewed as little more than statistics and casework As Dr, Coto learns during the course of the first season, patients are more than their medical conditions. They’re people with their own lives and people who care about them.

Dr. Coto’s mysterious past comes the light at the end of the first season. It’s revealed Dr. Coto–real name Dr. Goto–allowed a high school student to die due to medical negligence. He prioritized another patient and the high school student died as a result. The patient’s brother, who is a journalist tracked him down and exposed his past to the islanders.

The islanders’ trust in him is shattered when Dr. Coto is suddenly put into a similar situation and must prioritize two critical patients: The journalist and a child., who are both injured in a landslide. Even though both patients are saved, the child’s father is outraged Dr. Coto prioritized the journalist’s life over his son’s. In the end, Dr. Coto manages restore the broken trust between himself and the islanders.

 

Dr. Coto meets a variety of interesting people whole on the island:

  • Ayaka Hoshino: The Clinic’s Nurse and daughter of the island official who brings Dr. Coto to the island.
  • Wada: A town hall employee who helps out at the clinic.
  • Takehiro Nara: The son of a local fisherman and the first patient Dr. Coto saves. Dr. Coto performed an emergency operation to treat his appendicitis on his father’s fishing boat. Takehiro and Dr. Coto become good friends and he decides to become a doctor when he grows up at the end of the season.
  • Takehara Nara: Takehiro’s father. He became distrustful of doctors after his wife died because of a negligent doctor. After Dr. Coto saves his son’s life, he opens up to him bit by bit and learns to trust doctors again.
  • Mariko: Owner of the restaurant Mara’s Cafe. It’s revealed mid-season she has a son around Takehiro’s age.
  • Shige: The president of the fishing co-op. He’s a bit of a gossip and his a short fuse.

 

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The second season takes place three years later in 2006. The focus is a bit more on some of the other islanders. Specifically Ayako and her parents, Takehiro, Takehara and newcomer Mina. Two years earlier, Ayaka’s mother suffered a stroke. Ayaka decides to study physical therapy in Tokyo so she can better help her mother with her recovery. Ayaka’s mother suffers from paralysis in her right arm, partial paralysis in her right leg and slurred speech due to the stroke. Her father, who’d gotten drunk the day of his wife’s stroke blamed himself for being too drunk to rush her to the clinic and quit drinking.

The season begins just as her replacement, a nurse named Mina arrives on the island. Ayaka is revealed to have breast cancer shortly before she leaves for Tokyo. At the same time, Takehara and Takihiro have both moved to mainland Japan. Takehiro is furthering his education at a private school while his father sold his boat and took work in construction to cover his son’s tuition. An accident on the job puts Takehara in debt and he ends up moving back to the island.

Mina moves to Shikinajima islands for reasons similar to Dr. Coto’s. Her inexperience puts her at odds with the more experienced Ayaka and at first, the islanders are wary of her. After helping a young new family overcome their issues, the rest of the islands accept her as one of their own. Everything Dr. Coto believes as a doctor are challenged on two separate occaisions. The first is when he treats a young mother whose baby he helped deliver three years earlier. The young mother has stomach cancer and he gives her months to live. After undergoing treatment, she makes an miraculous and full recovery.

The second is during the finale. Dr. Coto travels to Tokyo to personally operate on Ayaka.He meets the doctor who’d been taking care of her and is reminded of a certain area doctors she could be wary of. Dr. Narami has reservations about Dr. Coto’s emotional commitment to treating Ayaka because of their bond. Dr. Narami had been in the same position himself several years earlier with a family member. It’s an unwritten rule that doctors not operate on loved ones because of the emotional attachment. It’s believed this attachment will add an extra level of stress and effect their ability to objectively operate on the patient. Dr. Coto developed a close bond not just with Ayaka but everyone in the island.

Japanese Filming Locations of dramas and movies.

I did some research and it turns out Dr. Coto’s Clinic was filmed on Yonaguni Island, which is the westernmost island in Japan and is a part of the Okinawa Prefecture. It’s actually next to Taiwan. It is the furthest island from the mainland Japanese Islands and apparently takes almost two full days to reach from Tokyo by plane and boat.

The Clinic was built for the tv series. It is a popular tourist destination for fans of the Medical Drama. It is also being preserved by the people of the island in case it’s needed for a third season (!). It’s now been 10 years since the second season was filmed on location. Yonaguni Island is easily recognizable to it’s fictional counterpart but is bigger from what I’m seeing on Google Earth. Based on the pictures I’ve seen so far, it was definitely shot on this island.

Overall, I give Dr. Coto’s Clinic a 10/10.

Like most of the other Live Programming I’ve seen on Crunchyroll, the acting is top notch. The beautiful locations where the series was filmed was just icing on the cake. Having loved the series, I have to give props to the people of Yonaguni Island keeping the possability of a third season alive. You can’t help but appreciate the dedication.

It’s been 12 years since the series was first filmed. You can be sure it brought in much-needed money from the film crew during both seasons.  Given the island’s distance from Tokyo, the availability of the original cast and travel logistics, I’d expect a year and a half of planning before they started shooting a Season 3.

 

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Some of Anime’s most notable Dads

…Mind you, I only included Anime Dads from Anime I have seen myself. So, if there is a particular Dad you don’t see on this list, this is the largest reason why. I wanted to keep this list small so I settled on 8 Dads and in no particular order. There are also some spoilers for all of the Anime featured so fair warning there.

Ok, here we go:

Minato Namikaze

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If you don’t know who he is, you either hate the Naruto series or never saw/read the Anime/Manga. Minato Nanikaze is Naruto’s father and the 4th Hokage the Hidden Leaf Village. He was referred to during Naruto’s adventures as a kid up until his actual introduction during a later point in the series (both Manga and Anime) as “simply” his title, The 4th Hokage and this was intentionally done for plot reasons. Weather it was to keep fans (and Naruto) from figuring out the 4th Hokage was Naruto’s father or out of respect for the 4th’s sacrifice we may never really know.

Anyway, much of Minato’s backstory is revealed by Kushina when she speaks to Naruto. Without going into too much detail, he was a highly skilled ninja even at a very young age. Known as The Yellow Flash, Minato’s speed and agility were unrivaled and feared by his foes. Hiruzen Sarutobi (the 3rd Hokage) was his predecessor and also his successor as Hokage after he died. Later in life, he led The Legendary Sannin: Tsunade (5th Hokage), Jiraiya and Orochimaru (though Hiruzen, who led the team far longer is considered the true squad captain). He also led the team that consisted of Kakashi Hatake (6th Hokage), Rin and Obito Uchiha.

Most famously, Minato died the night his son Naruto was born. He used the Death Reaper Seal Jutsu to take half of Kurama’s chakra with him to the afterlife, putting the other half in Naruto. Due to Naruto’s bloodline through his mother, we know he survived the ritual that turned him into a Jinchuruki despite being a baby at the time. Minato was raised from the dead along with the first three Hokage by Orochimaru to lend a hand in the 4th Great Ninja War. This allowed him to see for himself what became of two of his former students, who were now trying to kill each other. He was also able to see his son Naruto had grown into a great ninja in his own way.

 

Son Goku

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…Given his exploits during Dragonball, Dragonball Z, Dragonball Super and Dragonball GT, it’s easy to forget Goku is the father of two sons, the oldest of which is a father himself. You probably know everything there is to know about Goku so I’ll leave it at that. Goku is probably the most well known Anime Dad on this list if I had to guess.

 

Akio Furukawa

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In terms of the most versatile, Akio’s in a class of his own. Akio is the father of Nagisa Furukawa, who is the lead female protagonist of the Anime series as well as the canon After Story. During Nagisa’s high school days, he becomes a father figure for Tomoya, the Anime’s and Visual Novel’s lead male protagonist and a pillar of support for Tomoya and Nagisa’s friends. In After Story, he teaches Tomoya what it means to be a man and later, what it means to be a father. He mainly plays the comic relief in the high school arc but has some more serious moments in the After Story arc.

In the Visual Novel, Akio has his own arc in After Story. In Akio’s Arc, he ends ups getting caught up in a hostage situation. He convinces the suspect to let all of the hostages on the bus go and stays with the suspect until the authorities step in. Nagisa is frightened at the idea of losing her father, who suffered serious injuries during the incident. At the same time, she’s proud of him because that’s just the kind of guy he is. I think Akio’s best moments were his man to man talks with Tomoya. Tomoya was at a point in his life where he lacked direction and a positive father figure in his life when the first met each other. Even without knowing about Tomoya’s relationship with his father, Akio knew just what he needed and gave it to him.

When Nagisa was pregnant with Ushio, Akio was there advise to advise Tomoya on the low points to come. Of course, none of them were prepared for what actually happened on the day Ushio was born. Even so, Akio didn’t walk away during the five years that followed. Not despite the tragedy his family was hit with. When Ushio got sick, he turned to Tomoya and asked him “Who’s the father this time?” In this way, he was letting Tomoya know it was time for him to step up big time as a man and as a father. Without trying too hard, Akio does a masterful job as both a father and mentor.

…Of course, Akio only has one child and that’s Nagisa. Even so, it would be more than accurate to say he became a father figure for Tomoya and later Ushio.

 

Chief Kurama (Elfen Lied)

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He is the Anime Dad with perhaps the most tragic story on this list. Kurama found himself in a lose-lose situation the moment he decided to work for a certain top-secret organization. The company specializes in researching, capturing and killing the predominantly female Dioclonius, humanoid mutants with horns and special powers that threaten to replace mankind as the dominant species.

In his early years with the company, Kurama ruthlessly hunted down the Diclonius all over Japan. At the time, the researchers still did not know how the Dioclonius reproduced. He got a breakthtough after he and a colleague encountered one trying to escape. Sometime later, his colleague’s wife gave birth to a girl with horns. That was when Kurama began to figure it out. Knowing he would be hated, he volunteered to euthanize all newborns born with horns.

Well, you know what they say about irony: A short time later, Kurama’s wife Hiromi gave birth by emergency C-Section to a girl. Kurama was horrified when he saw the newborn’s horns. Despite the situation…despite their struggles with having a child…despite his wife nearly dying on the operating table…he knew some sacrifices were unavoidable. Horrified, his wife’s surgical wound reopened from stress. As she lay dying from massive hemmorhaging, she made him promise to save their daughter’s life no matter what. And so he did.

Fate can be so cruel.

Kurama’s daughter Mariko would become one of the most powerful Diclonius alive, proving to be a match for even Lucy. While Nana has longer vectors, Mariko has the most of any Diclonius. While Mariko was locked away, Kurama became a surrogate father to Nana, another Diclonius being confined. Unlike others of her kind, Nana is a kind girl and is submissive to humans, always looking for affection. She viewed Chied Kurama as her father, calling him “Papa”.

After attempts to recapture or kill Lucy failed, the company decides to release Mariko. By this point, Nana escaped with the help of Kurama and the Chief himself is missing. Despite being wheelchair bound from her years in solitary confinement, Mariko is very dangerous. As a safety measure, the company secretly put a bomb in her body to keep her on a short leash. Mariko easily dispatches Nana but the preteen ends up getting the last laugh in the end: Nana has the ability to temporarily disable another Diclonius’s vectors with her own.

During the final battle, Kurama arrives to see Lucy and Nana fighting Mariko. Hearing Nana call him “Papa” sets Mariko off, being his actual daughter and all. Kurama steps in and carries Mariko away, apologizing for abandoning her. He tells Nana to live a good life before leaving with Mariko. The two reach a bridge a short distance away just as the timer for the bomb in Mariko expires.

 

Van Hohenheim (Manga Version)

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Easily one of the three most recognizable Anime Dads on this list including Goku and Minato. Van Hohenheim was probably the oldest living human in Amestris thanks to being turned into a living Philosopher’s Stone. Hohenheim’s earliest memories begin during what would be the final years of the Xerxes Empire. As a slave, some of Hohenheim’s blood was used to create the first Homunculus: The Dwarf in the Flask and the being who would later be known as “Father”.

It was that Homunculus who gave him the name Van Hohenheim. The two became friends. Hohenheim learned how to read and write from the Homunculus, eventually earning his freedom and becoming an alchemist himself. The aging Emperor Xerxes, who feared dying of old age created the Homunculus to help him find a way to live forever. Having no interest in helping the emperor, the Homunculus decides to play along anway. It isn’t until the Transmutation during an eclipse begins Hohenheim realizes things are not going as intended.

The next day, everyone in Xerxes is dead. All of their lives had been sacrificed in the Alchemy experiment. The Dwarf–now in a body identical to Hohenheim’s–explains the people of Xerxes were sacrificed to give both of them bodies that would never die. The two part ways: The Dwarf journeys to Amestris and uses the prepwork he used in Xerxes there but on a much  larger scale. Hohenheim wanders around before eventually arriving in Risembol where he meets Pinako Rockbell and his wife, Trisha Elric.

A few years after Ed and Al are born, Hohenheim suddenly disappears without a word to anyone. Several years later and after hearing about Ed and Al attempting human transmutation, Hoheheim returns to Risembol where he runs into Ed. Havimg learned what The Dwarf is planning, he has returned to Amestris to stop him. During his absence from his family, he traveled across the couuntry to put his plan in motion.

After meeting Mei Ling, Scar and several others Hohenheim has a better understanding of not only how corrupt Amestris’ leadership is but how intricate the enemy’s plot really was. Hohenheim is surprised by how trusting Al is of him despite the circumstances but is also relieved that he still has a family after all these years.

When Hohenheim confronts the Dwarf under Central City, he reveals his spoke to the souls of the Xerxes citizens used to turn him into a living Philosophere’s Stone–nearly half a million people–and it’s later revealed this was part of his plan to foil the Dwarf’s plot. Thanks to the efforts of Scar’s Brother, Hohenheim has a better understanding of the giant trnasmutation circle The Hommunculus were secretly building under the country. The plan involved sacrificing the lives of everyone in the country.

While he was traveling around Amestris, Hohenheim used some of the souls in his body to create a Reverse Transmutation Circle, allowing him to not only negate the nationwide transmutation circle after it was activated but save the lives of all the people of Amestris. This weakened the Dwarf enough for Ed to later defeat him in single combat. Having burned up his Philosopher’s Stone during the final battle, Hohenheim reports their victory at Trisha’s grave. Pinako arrives a short time later to find Van Hohenheim dead of old age with a smile on his face.

 

Inutaisho

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While not mentioned by name during the Anime series, Inutaisho is the father of Inuyasha and Sesshomaru. Known as The Great Dog Demon of the West, Inutaisho was very powerful and commanded alot of respect. He also wielded both Tetsusaiga (Inuyasha’s sword) and Tenseiga (Sesshmaru’s Sword) as well as a third sword called Sounga. The timeline on this is unclear but shortly before Inuyasha was born, Inutaisho told Miyoga and Totosai his firstborn son would inherit Tenseiga and his secondborn would inherit Tetsusaiga. The third sword, deemed far too dnagerous was to be sealed away forever.

About 75 years before the start of the series, Inutaisho met Inuyasha’a mother Izayoi and she became pregnant with Inuyasha. This put him at odds with Sesshomaru, his firstborn son who was a full-blooded demon. Inutaisho battled with Ryukotsei. Unable to finish it off, he sealed the demon using one of his fangs after being seriously wounded. On his way back to Izayoi, he meets with Sesshomaru and asks his son if there is anyone that matters to him.

Suddenly sensing Izayoi is in danger, he transforms into his dog form and rushes to the castle where she’s staying. He arrives to find the castle burning and Izayoi dead inside but uses Tenseiga to bring her back, the newborn Inuyasha in her arms. He sacrifices himself to help her and their newborn son escape. During the events of the third movie Swords of an Honorable Ruler, his sons learn about the Demon Sword Sounga and end up working together to destroy it.

Inutaisho’s inheritence for his sons put them at odds with each other. Sesshomaru viewed Tenseiga as inferior to Tetsusaiga, which had been given to his half-demon brother Inuyasha. Losing his left arm to Tetsusaiga didn’t help much. Near the end of the series, it’s revealed Tetsusaiga and Tenseiga were originally one sword. Tetusaiga has the power to transform as it gains new power. Inutaisho had Totosai split off Tenseiga, which contained the Meido Zangetsuha technique. It turns out this was deliberately done so that one day, Tetsusaiga would re-acquire the Meido Zangetsuha once Sesshomaru mastered it.

Fortunately, Inutaisho wasn’t THAT cruel of a father to Sesshomaru. Once Sesshomaru overcame his attachment to his inheritence and Tetsusaiga, his left arm grew back and with it, a new sword: Bakusaiga. With Bakuseiga and Tenseiga, Sesshomaru could now slay any kind of enemy. Inuyasha surpassed his father in power when he slew Ryukotsei. Sesshomaru did the same once he unlocked Tenseiga’s true potential.

 

Isshin Kurosaki

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Isshin is Ichigo Kurosaki’s father and a former Soul Reaper. At some point in the past, he mat his wife Masaki and had a family. It’s not known if he ever told her he was once a Soul Reaper. He certainly never told his children–Ichigo, Karin and Yuzu–of his past as a Soul Reaper. Of course, fate is a funny thing and Ichigo would eventually find out his Soul Reaper powers weren’t entirely from Rukia.

After he started a family, Isshin opened a clinic out of his home and became a doctor. He’s a doting father–often to a fault–and is very protective of his twin daughters. His comedic personality is llkely a cover to keep his family and other Soul Reapers in the dark about his past. He has taken on the role of Soul Reaper once again a number of times, mostly to help Ichigo. He’s like a completely different person as a Soul Reaper.

 

Shiro Fujimoto (Blue Exorcist)

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Shiro was the most powerful Exorcist that ever lived, a Paladin.

Fate’s a funny thing, however. Shiro questioned everything he ever knew about being an Exorcist for the first time when he met Yuri Egin, an Exorcist who willingly became pregnant by Satan. What if it were possible for Humans and Demons to coexist? Shiro decides to put that theory to the test when Yuri dies shortly after giving birth to Rin and Yukio Okumora. Shiro adopts them and raises them as his own sons, keeping his position as a Paladin a secret from them.

At the same time, he kept their true heritage a secret and as a result, Rin and Yukio’s actual birthday is unknown. As it turns out, they were born on the day known as The Blue Night. On that day, many powerful and high-ranking exorcists were killed trying to exorcise Satan from Yuri. They ultimately succeeded but the order was nearly wiped out. In the years since then, Satan sought to find out what became of Yuri and the children she gave birth to.

He would find out after briefly possessing Shiro he’d been raising them himself over the years. Rin, who is present while Shiro is possessed is shocked to learn who his real father is. To keep Rin from being dragged into the portal to Gehanna Satan creates, Shiro regains control of his body long enough to kill himself, prevent Rin from being drawn into the portal. It’s not until after Shiro’s death that Rin and Yukio learn just how well known the man who raised them really was.

 

…And that’ll be it for now I guess.

I meant to have this ready for Father’s Day but got busy with other things and then forgot about it. I did the last 5 entries today, actually. I only wanted to use one person per Anime for those wondering why I didn’t include Vegeta or Son Gohan from Dragonball Z. I also wanted to use characters from Anime most folks are likely to at least be familiar with. I have similar themed posts planned. I’m looking to do siblings next in fact ^_^

 

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Review: One-Punch Man Season 1

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Like Attack on Titan, it’s one of those Anime that is at least known by name ALONE. Originally a web comic, One Punch Man was such a smash hit with fans overnight it was made into an anime. Shortly after the first season began airing on Toonami over the summer, it was announced there WILL be a Season 2!

One-Punch Man speaks for itself. You have to see it (or read the webcomic) to get it. In short, Saitama (aka One Punch Man) is so strong, he can end a fight with one punch. He’s a Mary Sue in short but that’s what makes him such a badass. He facerolls powerful mutants and aliens other heroes struggle against.

Those of you on social media have likely seen fan matchups pitting him against Superman, Goku and other characters. The fact of the matter is Saitama is Saitama. It’s that simple.

The cool thing I like about One-Punch Man is his design. Saitama has made being bald cool ^_^

For now, I’m giving the anime an 8/10. I believe you can watch the first season in Crunchyroll. The webcomic is even easier to find online. I get the second season is being figured out but I’d like to see the supporting cast get a bit more development–there are signs the Hero Association might split with the way the first season ended. Would be interesting to see the inevitable war between heroes =O

Two last things before I forget:

 

…You’re welcome ^_^

 

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Review: Kuroko’s Basketball

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I decided to watch this anime after I saw this AMV at Anime Boston 2016:

Prety awesome, right?

If you like basketball–playing or watching–you will LOVE this anime. Despite how it looks, actual basketball physics are used.

Kuroko’s Basketball, or The Basketball Which Kuroko Plays (aka Kuroko no Basket) is the story of the love of the game of basketball first and former team mates now rivals second. Let’s go over the seven main characters:

 

  • Tetsuya Kuroko (Sixth Man): One of the two lead protagonists. Kuroko was the Phantom Sixth Man on Teiko Middo School’s Basketball team, which  dominated the competition all 3 years. Kuroko specializes in Misdirection, which utilizes his lack of presence in general. Because of this, he is virtually invisible on the court to the opposing team and sometimes his own team mates. When he meets Kagami, he offers to be the Shadow to Kagami’s Light. During the course of the series, Kuroko develops several new skills including the Vanishing Drive, Disappearing Shot and Misdirection Overflow. Kuroko’s experience with his now former team mates is tested as like him, The Generation of Miracles has become stronger since they were all on the same team.
  • Taiga Kagami (Power Forward): The other lead protagonist and Kuroko’s team mate on the Seirin High Basketball Team. A basketball prodigy himself who learned to play basketball in America, Kuroko senses his potential to rival the power of his former team mates when they first meet. During Seirin High’s second game against Aomine, Kagami enters The Zone (more on this in a bit), giving him the power he needs to lead the team to victory. During the championship game against Akashi, Kagami enters the True Zone (more on this in a bit) due to the bond between him and his teammates, allowing him to complete the team’s comback and win.
  • Ryota Kise (Small Forward): One of the Generation of Miracles. Kise has the ability to copy any technique after seeing it once. He perfects this ability sometime after his new team Kaijo loses their practice game with Seirin to the point he is able to perfectly copy his former team mates!
  • Shintaro Midorima(Shooting Guard): One of the Generation of Miracles. A touch superstitious, Midorima has the ability to make a shot from literally anywhere beyond the 3-point line on the court by arching the angle of his shot with 100% accuracy. I can actually do this myself so this is certainly possible to do.  Kagami and Akashi are the only two players who have demonstrated the ability to block his shots.
  • Daiki Aomine(Power Forward): One of the Generation of Miracles. During his time with Teiko, Aomine dominated the court to the point his opponents lost their will to play against him. His agility on both ends of the court and streetball style of play made it impossible for anyone to keep up with him. By the time he reached high school, Aomine was convinced no one could beat him. Then he met Kagami. During the course of their battles on the court, the other members of the Generation of Miracles realized Kagami had reached their level by his own means. Aomine later teaches Kuroko to shoot ahead of his game against Murasakibara.
  • Atsuhi Murasakibara (Center): One of the Generation of Miracles. Despite his general disinterest in basketball, Murasakibara has a natural talent for the game. Known for his defensive prowess in the paint, Murasakibara can cover the inside with a single bound and has even led Yosen to several shutout games. Along with the rest of Yosen’s frontcourt, the team excels at defense. Entering the Zone against Seirin proved to not be enough to claim victory.
  • Seijuro Akashi (Point Guard): The captain of the Generation of Miracles. Akashi actually has a split personality and that made him dangerous and unpredictable in both middle school and high school as well as both on and off the court. Akashi’s Emperor Eye allows him to predict not only what his opponents will do but his team mates as well. He uses this ability with high-speed dribbling to easily break past defenders on offense and stop the offense in their tracks on defense. Akashi is virtually unstoppable when he enters the Zone in the Championshop game, isolating his team mates. This proves to be his downfall as it paves the way for Kagami to enter the True Zone and give him a taste of what defeat feels like for the very first time in his life.

…Yes, the Generation of Miracles were monsters.
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Their skills are easily NBA level. Of course, they do have a glaring weakness: Their bodies can’t handle the strain of their near-superhuman abilities for too long. This is made apparent with Kise, Kagami and Kiyoshi (a Seirin player who missed almost a year due to a knee injury suffered during a game). Even so, their abilities can definitely be done for real. Like I said earlier, I can make shots from anywhere on the court (Midorima). I can also predict my opponent’s movements and react accordingly. Fakes don’t work on me (Akashi).

It’s hard to look at the Generation of Miracles and not compare them to NBA Players. Let’s get that out the way now (These are my picks):

  • Kuroko: Rajon Rondo when he was a Celtic. Easily. Rondo was a playmaker for his team mates during his time in Boston. That made it hard to guard him because you never knew what he was going to do.
  • Kagami: Kevin Durant and Dwayne Wade. He has the drive of Durant amd the experience to D-Wade to just know how to react in any given situation. Not yet Lebron James-level but he’s getting there.
  • Kise: DeMar DeRozan or Derrick Rose. He’s got DeRozan’s stamina but his health issues ala Rose. Same leg, actually (LOL). With a bit more time, he’ll reach Durant-level.
  • Midorima: Steph Curry obviously. Dude takes the shot and then walks away because he knows it’s going in. Larry Bird-level swag (“Which of you guys is gonna be second?”) and Ray Allen-level drive (All-time NBA leader in 3-Pointers Attempted and Made).
  • Aomine: If Michael Jordan and LeBron James had a baby, you’d get Aomine. Now that he knows how to enter the True Zone, he’s gonna be unstoppable. Despite his personally, Aomine’s basketball IQ is off the charts (LBJ) and no one can guard him (MJ). He does impossible like no one’s business.
  • Murasakibara: Shaq. ‘Nuff said.
  • Akashi: Isaiah Thomas. Both of them. Both the Pistons Hall of Famer and the Celtics All Star of the same name. Put ’em together and you get Akashi despite his split personality.

I’ll now back up a bit and explain The Zone, which is a term that originated in basketball during the early 90s (and is now used in other sports). Getting in the Zone means your mental and physical states are beyond their normal limitations, allowing you to perform far beyond what you’re able to do normally. Willpower is a trigger as is Focus, which Kagami demonstrates by entering the Zone at will. You also have to love the game as a precondition though in the case of Murasakibara, wanting to win can be a substitute for that.

Even when you are immersed in the Zone, there is a level beyond it. Those who are in the Zone are aware of it but few are able to open that door. I have been at that point a few times. Even though you’re already on top of your game, you know you can go further. You don’t know how you know but you just KNOW. Unlike the Zone, I do think going beyond it is different for everyone. I also think as was demonstrated by Kagami and Kuroko, you can’t do it alone. When you and your team are in sync because of the bond between you, that’s when amazing truly happens.

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For those who wanna watch Kuroko’s Basketball, it’s on Crunchyroll. I give it a 10/10 obviously so go watch it! I’m hopeful it may get dubbed by Funimation at some point.

Before I forget: I have a 3-month sub with Crunchyroll. I have alot of Anime to catch up on (YAY!) so…yeah. More reviews will come!