Kuroko’s Basketball celebrates 10th Anniversary with music video featuring new anime footage directed by Shunsuke Tada

Kuroko's Basketball key visual, featuring the Generation of Miracles, and Kuroko and Kagami.
Kuroko’s Basketball key visual, featuring the Generation of Miracles, and Kuroko and Kagami. Pic credit: Production I.G

On October 28, 2022, the staff for the anime adaptation of Tadatoshi Fujimaki’s Kuroko’s Basketball (Kuroko no Basuke) sports manga released a music video featuring new anime footage in celebration of the franchise’s 10th Anniversary.

You can watch the music video on Kuroko’s Basketball’s official YouTube website here:

Kuroko’s Basketball music video celebrating 10th Anniversary.

The music video features the 10th Anniversary song “Zero Step”. The 10th Anniversary project is currently underway so expect new updates soon. This music video is considered to be the “short version”, so the hype is real for the full version.

The video was produced by Production I.G. and storyboarded by director Shunsuke Tada. Kuroko’s Basketball fans will find the video, which features the boys in the Seirin basketball club as well as shots of the boys from the Generation of Miracles to be nostalgic and entertaining.

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What is the plot of Kuroko’s Basketball?

For three years, Teikou Middle School dominated the national basketball scene with its legendary lineup of the Generation of Miracles, but what most people didn’t realize was a “Phantom Sixth Man” lurking in the shadows supporting the five prodigies. This Phantom Sixth Man helped the team earn their revered status.

The members of the Generation of Miracles grew jaded towards the sport they loved due to their monstrous growth and they decided to go their separate ways in high school. The story begins when the Seiren High School basketball team is recruiting new members and decides to add Taiga Kagami and Testuya Kuroko – two freshmen who could not have more different abilities.

Kagami just got back from America where he picked up some tricks in basketball that he’s eager to show off. On the other hand, Kuroko lacks presence and doesn’t appear to have much athletic talent. However, it’s later revealed Kuroko is none other than the Phantom Sixth Man that was a part of the infamous Generation of Miracles.

Kuroko is determined to prove to the Seiren team that he is strong in his own way. Kagami notices Kuroko’s conviction and decides to team up with Kuroko. Kuroko promises to support Kagami’s “light” as his “shadow”, and they become a near unbeatable duo. The Seiren team decides to conquer the upcoming Interhigh championship, but the re-emergence of Kuroko’s former teammates complicates things.

Where can I read the manga or watch the anime?

From December 8, 2008 to September 1, 2014, written and illustrated by Tadatoshi Fujimaki, Kuroko’s Basketball was serialized in the manga anthology Weekly Shounen Jump. The manga’s 275 chapters were collected into 30 tankoubon volumes by Shueisha.

On November 9, 2015, a crossover chapter with Kawada’s Hinomaru Sumo with a script written by Ichirou Takahashi was published in the Weekly Shounen Jump. Kawada worked at Fujimaki’s assistant on Kuroko’s Basketball.

On December 29, 2014, Fujimaki began a sequel titled Kuroko’s Basketball: Extra Game in Jump Next!, and the sequel ended in March 2016. The manga’s English version had been licensed by Viz Media for release in North America and they began releasing the series in 2-in-1 editions in 2016.

On April 7, 2012, a 25-episode anime adaptation produced by Production I.G. premiered in Japan and ended on September 22, 2012. On April 5, 2012 Crunchyroll announced they would simulcast the series.

On October 6, 2013, a 25-episode second season premiered and ended on March 29, 2014. On June 20, 2014, the DVD and Blu-ray version of the 2nd season was released along with a special episode, which adapts Chapter 124 of the manga. A bonus CD with an audio drama starring Satsuki Momoi was also included.

On January 10, 2015, a 25-episode third season premiered and ended on June 30, 2015. In 2016, three compilation films that adapted the anime series’ Winter Cup Arc opened in theaters in Japan.

On March 18, 2017, the film Kuroko’s Basketball The Movie: Last Game opened in theaters in Japan and adapted the Kuroko’s Basketball: Extra Game manga.

On January 15, 2021, the English dubbed version of Kuroko’s Basketball premiered on Netflix. All three seasons and the film Kuroko’s Basketball The Movie: Last Game are currently available on Crunchyroll.

Are you looking forward to the full music video celebrating Kuroko’s Basketball’s 10th Anniversary? Who else misses the handsome Kise and the rugged Kagami? Let us know in the comment section below!

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