It wasn't very popular at first, since the young people regarded the comic "Slamdunk" as the best basketball manga and they thought no more was needed.
However, after the protagonist Kuroko developed the secret weapons such as "The Vanishing Drive" and "The Phantom Shoot," it became more and more popular for children who had been indifferent about basketball before.
The animation, which was produced by Production I.G, started not only in Japan but also in Taiwan and Korea in April this year.
Now, "Kuroko's Basketball," is the most popular manga and animation in Japan.
This is the first opening theme.
A secret weapon or trump card is indispensable in popular sports drama for children in Japan.
In 1966, the baseball manga, "The Star of the Giants" was released from the comic magazine "Weekly Shonen Magazine."
The protagonist, Hyuma Hoshi, was the pitcher of the Tokyo Giants, developed the secret weapon, "The Vanishing Pitch," and made the biggest contribution to the team winning the league title.
It was made into an animated series and became the most celerated series among the children in 1968.
In 1981, the manga "Captain Tsubasa," known as "Flash Kicker" in English-speaking countries, was released from the comic magazine, "Weekly Shonen Jump."
The animation that started in 1983 and became the most popular soccer manga and animation in the world.
Captain Tsubasa and his fellows also developed the weapons, "The Drive Shoot," "The Drive Over Head," "The Twin Drive Shoot," etc.
This is the opening theme in 1983.
Boys and girls are attracted by the secret weapon at first, and grew to love the sport because of it.
Sports manga and animation have given them the dreams to become the best in the world.
Some children have grown to be the players who are active internationally.
A boy who watched "The Star of the Giants" with passion became the head coach, Tatsunori Hara, of the national baseball team.
They won the World Baseball Classic championship in 2009.
The women's baseball national team, "Madonna Japan," also won the third consecutive IBAF Women's World Cup on August 19.
Active female soccer players as well as male players watched "Captain Tsubasa" when they were children.
The women's national soccer team won the FIFA Women's World Cup last year.
They also obtained the silver medal in the London Olympics, although the men's squad finished fourth.
The Japanese girls who watch "Kuroko's Basketball" may grow to win the gold medal of the Olympics someday.
However, is it possible that the men's squad will defeat the USA dream team?
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The manga series "Kuroko's Basketball," which was written by Tadatoshi Fujimaki, started on the comic magazine "Weekly Shonen Jump" in 2009. It wasn't very popular at first, since the young people regarded the comic "Slamdunk" as the best basketball manga and they thought no more was needed. H