Vorpal Swords against the Jabberwock

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By 2018-02-04

By Ranmini Gunasekara
Ceylon Today Features

Probably one of the most beloved sports anime of all time, Kuroko's Basketball has always been about friendship, team spirit and reconciling old school rivalries. With the latest installment of this series; an adaptation of Kuroko no Basket: Extra Game, the manga, the Generation of Miracles and the Phantom 6th player band together to defend Japan against a fierce American Streetball team.

Directed by Shunsuke Tada and Produced by Production I.G. Kuroko no Basket: Last Game stars the voice talents of Kenshō Ono as Kuroko, Yūki Ono as Kagami, Ryōhei Kimura as Kise, Daisuke Ono as Midorima, Kenichi Suzumura as Murasakibara, Hiroshi Kamiya as Akashi. Joining anew to the seiyu's are Hikaru Midorikawa as Nash Gold Jr and Tetsu Inada as Jason Silver.
From the first series onwards, other than in a few flash backs, the Generation of Miracles have always been frenemies in opposing teams. However, Last Game is the long awaited fan girl dream come true, to see all of the Miracles and Kagami together!
The story starts off right after the Winter Cup finale, with the new threat of an international street basketball team called the Jabberwock. In the previous seasons, the Generation of Miracles have always been the players with the upper hand with pure natural talent. However, Last Game takes a surprising turn as this time the opposing team proves to be more than a match for them.

To save Japan's face from an embarrassing defeat, the ultimate dream team 'Vorpal Swords', is formed with the use of Kuroko, Kagami and the Generation of Miracles. Aside from its obvious Alice in Wonderland reference, the Jabberwock team's strength is vastly superior and almost on par with NBA players, and just like in the previous seasons it's up to Kuroko to lead the way to victory with his unique basketball style.

Although it has a basic plot, the movie still stays interesting by bringing back awesome moves like Kuroko's phantom shot and Midorima's insane three pointers, from the previous seasons.

Although the Jabberwock team's characters couldn't be more racist and hostile even if they tried, there was definite character development for the GoM and Kagami. Whilst Emperor Akashi makes another appearance, along with some tear-inducing scenes of the Seirin senpai's, Kagami and Kuroko face difficult choices to make ahead. Overall, the story is well put together and stays true to the manga.

The animation takes on a lighter colour palette than its former seasons, with the character design looking much sleeker along with subtle changes to their appearance.

For instance, Murasakibara's hair is longer, whilst Midorima sports a side part. Moreover, Production I.G's (creators of Shingeki no Kyojin), fantastic visuals certainly don't disappoint in Last Game; Kise's 'Perfect Copy' has never looked more perfect.
Last Game is also has a stellar soundtrack, with a traditional blend of electric and metal bringing pure energy to every scene. The insert song by Grandrodeo and Kensho Ono are perfectly in sync with the teams' actions. Kenshi Ono's "Against The Wind" might even be one of the best insert songs in the series so far.

For all Kurobasu fans, this movie is a must watch since this is the first time you will see all of the Generation of Miracles play together. For the non-Kurobasu fans, since this is the final movie of the series, watching the previous seasons is recommended. Sadly, this might also be the final game for all our insanely overpowered basketball players.

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