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We finally get back into the swing of some normal games in the latest episode of Kuroko no Basket.

The private exchanges between Hyuuga and Riko are always great.  Personally, I’m hoping (against hope) that he’ll eventually tell her he’s got a crush on her, since it’s so obvious.  The scenes with just the two of them really help cement how the rest of the team generally feels about things, though, which is really nice.

I really like the fact that Kuroko no Basket doesn’t just focus on the Generation of Miracles.  It’s important that they point out that other players who aren’t prodigies are talented, as well.  Kiyoshi, for instance, is a great example of this.  In the previous season, Seirin High was already a lot stronger than anyone gave them credit for.  But with Kiyoshi’s return after his knee injury, they’re an even stronger and more balanced team.

“The Iron Heart,” Kiyoshi Teppei has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?  And really seeing him in action for once is pretty great in this episode.  It’ll definitely be interesting to see what Seirin will be like against the Generation of Miracles teams this season, and not just because Kiyoshi adds an interesting layer to their offensive side.  Kagami’s improved jumping ability and work with his left hand will definitely play a huge role, as will Kuroko’s focus on his drive and, presumably, on shooting as well.

The bit with the Generation of Miracles “sensing” that another prodigy was entering their midst is an interesting touch.  Hopefully this realization will give some of them (Aomine and Murasakibara mostly) a reason to care a bit more about basketball.  If nothing else, this officially puts Kagami at the same level as the Generation of Miracles.  With this revelation, I’m eager to see how Seirin will fare now against the Generation of Miracles.

Kuroko no Basket Episode 29 Preview

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