Twin Star Exorcists ends with Episode #50

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…Can’t help but wonder if it’s more than a coincidence TSE and Naruto Shippuden had their respective finales a week apart on Crunchyroll. That said, I’m sure I’m reading a bit too much into the subject. LOL.

I’m fairly certain this Anime will get an official English Dub. It’s already mega popular in the U.S. thanks to Crunchyroll. I started watching TSE last Fall purely by accident and knew it was something special. Watching how the lead protagonists developed and matured was pretty cool. Even though the series is done, there is plenty of material available to make a spinoff series or something.

Most of the cast was quite memorable. The only two I absolutely hated overall were Kinako and Yuto because of how 1-dimensional and shellow they both felt for separare reasons. Kinako’s Benio complex aside, he was clearly meant to be the comic relief but Rokuro can hold that role down just fine on his own. Yuto’s Rokuro complex aside, he got virtually no development. At least Kinako got a proper backstory. With Yuto, it’s revealed he was never supposed to exist in the first place and has no reason to exist. In fact, his existence was a mistake and shouldn’t have happened while his twin sister Benio was fated.

The show is so-named because Rokuro and Benio, who are the most powerful Exorcist couple alive were destined to give birth to the most powerful Exorcist ever. Having saved the world and befriended some Kegare and Basara by the end of the series, rules are meant to be broken. The irony of course being Rokuro and Benio fall in love for real in the end. Having saved the world themselves, their original “purpose” is no longer necessary and the worldwide threat of Magano has been neutralized. Even so, their kids will be insanely strong. Comes with Rukuro technically being a Kegare and Benio having the most dense spiritual power.

TSE is the first Anime series to have over 26 episodes in several years now. If you watch, you can take it slow. Overall I give the series an 8/10.

 

 

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Anime Boston 2017 Day 1 Done: So much Anime!

…I’ve been home for about an hour now and man am I exhausted. LOL. I got to the Hynes around 11AM but decided to eat at a nearby restaurant before going inside. I went in the Boylston St. entrance just as the Dealer’s Room opened.

I walked out with the following Anime on DVD and Blu Ray:

  • Fruits Basket
  • Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
  • Cowboy Beebop
  • GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka
  • Angelic Layer
  • Michiko and Hatchin (Blu-Ray)
  • Attack on Titan Junion High*

* Got it on Sunday of the Convention

 

…It is the most Anime I have ever bought in one day physical or digital. I got a deal on all of them too. Oh and yes, I’ve seen all of them before either via Netflix (Fruits Basket and Angelic Layer), Toonami/Adult Swim (Michiko and Hatchin,  Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit and Cowboy Beebop) or Crunchyroll (GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka). Speaking of, I also bought the Boruto movie digital via iTunes and no, I haven’t seen it before.

Oh, speaking of Boruto: Congoers can buy the first Volume of the Manga in the Dealer’s Room. What makes it a big deal: It doesn’t hit store shelves until May. I asked a friend of mine working one of the booths selling Manga and he told me the dealers apparently received advance shipments of Boruto were given permission to sell them at conventions ahead of the official release. I also bought Volumes 18 through 20 of Attack of Titan and the first four volumes of One Punch Man. I plan to buy the other 6 available volumes on Sunday when they will be discounted further than they currently are at my go-to vendor. Other than that and maybe getting a few more volumes of Persona 3 and Persona 4, I doubt I’ll start any new Manga series this weekend (LOL!).

One other thing before I forget: I got Attack on Titan and Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm for the PS4 yesterday. When I finish the main story of each game, I will post my review of them on this blog since they’re based on Anime.

 

 

Naruto Shippuden (FINALLY!) comes to an end with Episode #500; Boruto Anime to Premeire April 5

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10 years after Naruto Shippuden premeired, the final Episode aired on March 23, 2017. It is now truly the end of an era. Combined with the first Naruto Anime series, the franchise spanned nearly 650 episodes combined. A smash hit on both sides of the Pacific, Naruto burst onto the scene back in 2003 first in Japan and then came to the U.S. in 2004. With the stable of memorable characters, it goes without saying Naruto/Naruto Shippuden has more than earned its spot on the Top 10 List of Greatest Anime Of All Time.

While Naruto introduced the main and support characters and most of the recurring characters, Shippuden provided the backstory and the history of the Naruto Universe. The first part of the series opened with Naruto returning after training with Jiraiya for 3 years. He reunites with Sakura, who are joined by the socially awkward Sai. Former Anbu Yamato is appointed temporary leader of the reformed Team 7, which renewed its goal of finding the missing Sasuke Uchiha. The missing former member of Team 7 joined forces with Orochimaru to gain the power he would need to slay the man responsible for wiping out his clan: His brother Itachi, who had since joined the Akatsuki. The Akatsuki is a shadowy organization made up of powerful rogue ninja. Their goal is the capture all of the tailed beasts for a much larger and more sinister purpose.

Shippuden reveals the previously unknown story of Naruto’s origins and Kakashi’s past: Naruto’s father is actually the 4th Hokage, Minato Namikaze (which you should know if you read my blog post featuring him). Naruto’s mother Kushina Uzumaki comes from a clan that specializes in sealing and restraining chakra. She was chosen to be the Jinchuruki of Kurama, the Nine-Taled beast before Naruto. On the night Naruto was born, a mysterious man attacked the village. His goal: Release Kurama and unleash his power on the village, which he does for a time. With Kushina severely weakened from giving birth and having Kurama ripped out of her, Minato is left with no choice but to make their newborn son Naruto the next Jinchuruki. He seals half of Kurama’s power in Naruto and takes the other half with him to the grave.

The man responsible is later revealed to be Obito Uchiha, a former member of Minato’s first squad and one of Kakashi’s teammates. In a cruel twist of fate, Obito in revealed to have been manipulated to bringing Madara Uchiha back to life. That ended up being necessary along with assembling The Tailed Beasts to summon the world-ending Ten-Tailed Beast, which Madara summoned once before. This was all part of a much larger plan to bring back Kaguya, the Mother of Chakra who had been sealed away many eras ago. In the end, only Naruto and Sasuke’s combined powers are able to not only withstand her God-like power but ultimately reseal her and this time forever. With the world safe, Sasuke challenges Naruto to one final duel to decide who is the greatest and most powerful Shinobi in the world.

While it would be fair to say the series truly ended with Naruto and Sasuke’s final duel, the episodes that followed both provided closure for several memorable characters and ended with the wedding of Naruto and Hinata. Sasuke left the village to atone for his past crimes and manages to solve an intricate mystery involving exploding zombies. Shikamaru, on the other hand breaks up a town of cultists looking to end the peace the world is now enjoying. The last 7 episodes, which clearly take place after the events of The Last: Naruto The Movie focus on the village’s wedding plans for Naruto and Hinata.

…All this said, those waiting for the Dub will probably not see it until 2019 or 2020. It will take some time to say the least.

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The finale ended with confirmation Naruto’s son Boruto is getting his own Anime series. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations will premeire on Crunchyroll on April 5.

There are serious questions regarding Naruto’s status that may force a retcon of the storyline. This is a massive spoiler for those who don’t know but at some point in Boruto, Naruto is killed. Then it’s revealed Naruto isn’t really dead. Or something? Like I said, Naruto’s actual status in terms of Boruto is unknown since the Manga is apparently being rewritten to make things more clear. According to several insiders, the orignally planned death of Naruto is being retconned entirely because of the confusion around it. As for why I’m being vague, I haven’t read the Boruto Manga myself.

Not yet, anyway. I just wanted to finish watching Naruto Shippuden first. Now that I have, I’ll get started reading some Boruto on my iPad ^_^

Before I forget: Boruto and Sarada (Sasuke and Sakura’s daughter) are both playable characters in Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (PC, PS4 and Xbox One).

Review: GATE: And So, the Defense Force Fought (Anime Version)

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Worlds collide in the Anime adaptation of GATE: And So, The Defense Force Fought (GATE for short). Originally a Manga, Gate was made into an anime last year. The series’ second season wrapped up earlier this year on Crunchyroll. Yours truly binge-watched all of both seasons in about a week’s time. After watching the first episode, I knew I wanted to see the rest of the series. Fortunately for me, it wasn’t a 13-episode series like so many other Anime on Crunchyroll with the potential to be a longer series. From what I’ve heard from others, a Season 3 may be in the works (!).

Have you ever wondered what would happen if say, The Roman Empire’s Military fought the United States’ Military? PFFT! Of course not! The praetorians would get wiped out before they could get a good look at our infantry! Obviously, the Roman Empire would have no chance against 21st-century warfare. They’d be so laughably outclassed in EVERY way you couldn’t call it a “battle”, let alone a “war”. That’s just main plot of Gate in a nutshell. Yet it surprisingly works.

In the year 20XX (clearly present-day), a Gate connecting to another world suddenly opens in Ginza in Tokyo, Japan. A medieval army with knights, monsters and wyverns emerges from the gate and starts killing people. The JSDF (Japanese Special Defense Force) mobilizes and repels the mysterious invaders. In a bid to learn about the enemy force that emerged from the Gate, the Japanese Government sends the JSDF through the gate to the world of Falmart, which is prettymuch a Fantasy version of the 7th century–with Magic, Monsters, Dragons, Elves and so on–and thr home of the Empire, the enemy army that invaded Japan.

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The JSDF establishes a base at Alnus Hill where the Gate appeared on Falmart. The Empire sends its armies to Alnus Hill but as you can probably guess, they’re wiped out before they can even reach the JSDF’s defenses. LOL. Much of the story focuses on Second Lieutenant Youji Itami, who happened to be present during the attack on Ginza. Put in Charge of Recon Team 3, Itami’s Unit ventures deep into enemy territory with a 3-car convoy. He meets the Mage Lelei, the Demigo Rory and the Forest Elf Tuka on his travels and even encounters a Fire Dragon, which his unit describes as “A Flying Tank”.

Itami is forced to fight the Fire Dragon head-on in the second season to help Tuka accept the death of her father, who died protecting her when the Fire Dragon attacked their village. In the first season, a mutual interest brings the JSDF and the Empire’s Princess Pina Co Lada (pun clearly intended, LOL!) to the town of Italica. The two armies put their differences aside to defend the town from an army of bandit soldiers. The JSDF sends air support that easily lays waste to the bandit army.

After bearing witness to the overwhelming power of 21st century warfare up close and later visiting Japan, Pina realizes the futility in fighting the JSDF and works with the Imperial Senate to seek peace with Japan. The Emperor reluctantly agrees to allow peace talks with Japan but then things get complicated when the crown prince, Zorzal seizes control of the Empire and consolidates power. The JSDF is pulled into the power struggle when the pro-peace faction turns to them for help.

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The second season ends with the JSDF successsfully pulling off a daring rescue mission to save Pina from Zorzal along with the Emperor, who’d been poisoned. The Emperor then names Pina his successor and Empress. The first order of business: Taking care of Zorzal and uniting the Empire, which shouldn’t be too hard with the JSDF on her side!

It goes without saying the JSDF could have easily wiped out the Empire from the beginning but our view of politics and the 7th century’s view of politics are different. Sure, the JSDF understand their point of view and way of life but there was more to be gained by not repeating certain mistakes from human history (aka just wiping out the Empire, which they could’ve done a few times over without trying.

Plus. the concept in and of itself is pretty facinating. The idea has been done before but not to this extent. I feel like GATE is more groundbreaking than most even realize yet. It is for that reason I give GATE: And So, the Defense Force Fought a 10/10. There are certainly more than enough lose ends to warrant a Season 3 of the Anime. The Civil War’s the big one. In addition to that there’s also the unfinished business with Roroy’s sister. There’s also more of Falmart we’ve yet to even see.

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…Like I did with Attack on Titan, I plan to read the Manga where the Anime left off. If you wanna watch the Anime, it’s on Crunchyroll.

I also plan to write some Fan Fiction based on it. That goes without saying ^_^

Shortly after I posted this, I stumbled upon some websites that were talking about the political subtext and the overt pro-JSDF propaganda embedded in this series. In short, GATE is a controversal Anime in Japan and by extension (South) Korea. I’ll speak more to this and a few other Anime controversial in Japan in a separate post.

 

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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.

 

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.

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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!