As Kuroko and his classmates become second years and summer is ending, popular American street ball team "Jabberwock" comes to Japan. However, in what's supposed to be a friendly game, they crush the Japanese team with their overwhelming strength and mock Japanese basketball. Angered by their attitude, Riko's father Kagetora gathers Kuroko, Kagami, and the "Generation of Miracles" and challenges Jabberwock to a rematch! For one time only, the ultimate dream team "VORPAL SWORDS" is formed!!
When it comes to basketball anime, there was a series which reigned supreme for more than a decade and that series was Takehiko Inoue's Slam Dunk. After its immense success several anime tried to follow in its footsteps but none came even close to Slam Dunk's popularity. Until Kuroko No Basuke that is, which didn't focus on basketball realistically, instead it was more something along the lines of 'basketball with superpowers'. First things first: if you liked the Kuroko No Basuke anime, you'll like Last Game as well, since it is simply put 'more of the same'. This time the Generation of Miracles, plus Kuroko and Kagami, play on a team together and face an American street-ball team, that is of course super-strong. Some other characters, like the Seirin team, are also present, but in the end they don't get much attention and have hardly any impact on the plot. Most of the movie focuses on the match where everyone more or less gets his moment, or to be more accurate his power-up, until the spotlight shifts to the next character. It's not like some of these scenes aren't epic (I especially liked Akashi's) but it still feels like they had a list with the characters' names that they were completing one after another. Ironically the only who hardly gets any attention is Kuroko; he's completely overshadowed (get it?) by the others and is just kinda there even though he is the main character. As far as the enemy team goes they are mostly mean for the sake of being mean. You know almost nothing about them and it stays that way till the end. Now, as mentioned Kuroko no Basuke was never about realism, but some of the stunts they pulled in last game just were so over-the-top and ridiculous it made me laugh. Some may enjoy this more than I do, but it reached a level of silliness here that is just too much for me. Aside from that, I didn't really understand why the movie changed the location of the match to a stadium instead of the street-ball court of the manga, it seemed pretty unnecessary. The biggest highlight of the movie is probably the animation; it's great as expected from Production I.G., so even if the plot falls a little short, the visuals make up for it to a certain point. All in all, if you liked the series you'll also like the movie, since it is not all that different. My personal expectations for it were higher, but it was still fine the way it turned out.
Before I start expressing my feelings , I recommend you this anime movies list : http://animeinf.com/post/2017-Anime-Movies-Recommendations/1 So here we are again with another Kuroko no Basket adaption. Anyone coming from the previous instalments will know just how good this show is. However, I heard a lot of criticism with it not being "Street Basketball" like the manga. Let me be straight here. I don't think it had that much of an effect on my enjoyment. They stuck to the manga material pretty well and only changed up a few things (Not being played outside being the main).That being said I'm completely cool with this. I feel like it connects to the previous seasons a lot better. Needless to say, the unrealistic shots became so much more unrealistic. Not that it's a bad thing. In fact, it makes it so much more enjoyable by making it much harder to anticipate the moves they are going to perform. Starting off with the entertainment value. Kuroko no Basket: Last Game brings back all the classic moves we have seen in previous seasons, slam dunks, phantom shots the whole shebang. Except that's not all. Last Game takes it a step further by evolving our much-beloved characters right before our eyes. Furthermore, it gives us the much-anticipated team up. Bringing all the Generation of Miracles back together for one final game. I mean what more could we want? Ah, that's right them actually working together instead of a solo victory. Let me tell you. The satisfaction and joy you feel when all these characters work together again are beyond words. I found myself with a grin on my face the whole movie. Anyone who has watched the previous seasons will probably get a similar reaction. Not to mention the amazing Engrish that is spoken in the anime. It really adds a sense of humour to it and keeps things interesting. So overall, I would give the entertainment value a 10/10.Moving onto the story. It brings us back just after the Winter Games have finished. When the Generation of Miracles come across a new threat that doesn't just threaten them but the hole of Japanese basketball. Finally, our ultimate dream team has been formed to "mop the floor" with these newly found opponents. Like the previous seasons, the story follows Kuroko showing us more and more his way of playing basketball. Now with Kuroko, Kagami and the Generation of Miracles ready to fight. How can you expect them to lose? That's the kicker. These newly found opponents are beyond strong. Not only being the age of 18 they are on the same level as some NBA players. Forcing our much-beloved team to evolve even further. Throwing in some tear-jerking scenes as well as the great happiness you get from watching the story unfold. Overall, I would say the story was really well put together and follows the manga and previous seasons really well. However, some things just didn't sit comfortably with me and found it a bit dull at times. So because of this, I'm rating 8/10 for the story.Let me be frank. The art was phenomenal. Especially the amount of detail that went into things like Kuroko's Ignite Pass. Not to mention when they enter the zone. The art style is very fluid so you can really see just how much the players are moving around in the match. However, I didn't like how much the art style changed the characters looks. Specifically the Generation of Miracles. You can really tell the difference. Although it makes up for this with the amazing amount of detail that went into the environment around the characters. Commonly what you would expect from a movie's budget. Overall I would rate the art a 9/10 simply because of the issues with the characters otherwise I wouldn't hesitate to bump it up to a 10. As for the sound. This was probably one of the only things I was disappointed about. It really lowers down the quality in my opinion. There are a few good scenes where it sounds really good. However, for the most part, I felt the music was a bit dull and was just typical background music. Nothing that gets you really hyped. The exceptions being things like Akashi's theme. Sadly this lowered the quality of the film for me. I felt there were better soundtracks in the previous seasons. All of the other sound effects were amazing like the ball bouncing etc. So because of this, I'm going to give it an 8/10.Moving onto the characters. it's just what you would expect after watching the previous seasons. Now that they all realise what it means to play for a team. Instead of themselves it really adds new aspects to the characters that weren't really touched upon in the previous seasons. It also does a good job of bringing back old and familiar characters while still making room to introduce some amazing new ones. We begin to see sides of these characters that we haven't seen before or at least not much of. Leading to some excellent character development. That you probably won't expect after 3 long seasons. It really begins to show just how much they all enjoy basketball and just how fun the sport really is. So because of this, I'm giving the character development a 10/10. In short, Kuroko no Basket: Last Game is an entertaining anime to watch and most watch for any Kuroko no Basket fan. Keeping your thrilled throughout the movie. Don't forget to watch till after the credits as there is an extra scene. If you made it this far reading my review.. thanks for reading. Feel free to add me if you want to comment on my review or discuss anything.
Okay yes the art was a little different but I still loved it. I was on the edge of my seat cheering for vorpal swords. I was so excited after finding this! I finished the series and was looking around, then bam this awesome movie showed up. No joke though, I literally cried at the end. It was so emotional for me AGHH😭😭. After the long hours of binge watching, I got attached to this anime lol and the ending just killed my heart. Still one of the best movies for me though