Ro-Kyu-Bu! Let’s Play Some Basketball!

Ro-Kyu-Bu! or Fast Break! is an anime that I recently watched on a whim. And I have to say that, as a lover of sports anime, this show was very good. I would say the only problem is that I felt rather sleazy while I was watching it. THERES A GOOD REASON FOR THAT!

Ok lets jump right into the summary. Ro-Kyu-Bu! is a story about Hasegawa Subaru, a high school student who has a great passion for basketball. Unfortunately for Subaru, his high school basketball team has been suspended because the team captain was lusting after the school president’s daughter, an elementary school student (Wait…huh? I know lolz). This has caused Subaru to practically swear off basketball, then along comes his aunt (though you wouldn’t tell by looking at her, she looks like a middle schooler) with a request: Would Subaru like to coach the club she supervises at the elementary school she teaches at? The Girl’s Mini-Basketball club. Well at first Subaru is un-willing but with a little persuasion, also known as blackmail, she mangaes to get him to agree. Btw is any of the irony getting through to you guys? Club suspended for lolicon. Teaching elementary schoolers basketball. I laughed so hard at this xD. Oh and to make things even worse, this is what Subaru is greeted with as soon as he walks in:

Thats all I’m gunna say for now though, you have to watch the show to figure out how Subaru deals with these girls and the various problems they must face together. Ah, I will point out that this show has a fair amount of fan service and is filled with loli images 😮 hence why I felt so sleazy while watching it. But don’t let that distract you from the fact that there is a legitimate story to this show!

Onward to the serious review:

Ro-Kyu-Bu! is a typical sport’s anime in the fact that the team is in trouble of disbanding and needs to win a game in order to remain in existence. However, the uniqueness of the fact that it is elementary schoolers and the interactions between each of the girls and Subaru makes for an interesting and worthwhile story. This show does a great job of throwing obstacles in front of each character in the show and then following them as they work, with their friends as support, on overcoming those obstacles.

Now, I’m a huge fan of sport’s animes so I was pretty much sold on this show from the beginning because it was a fairly unique basketball show. However, I would reccommend this show to others who may not be as obsessed with sports anime like me. That is because of how the characters are done. Each of the girls in the show is unique in her own special way: Minato Tomoka is great at basketball but because of her past wants to change and doesn’t want to lose her new special place, her sanctuary with her new friends in the club. Misawa Maho, who seems very similar in personality and appearance to another rich ojou-sama *cough* Nagi *cough*, is always trying to seduce Subaru with various tricks, her actions provide a valuable comedy element to the group. Nagatsuka Saki is a very cool and calm character and the jabs she makes at Maho’s expense are one of the more humorous parts, in addition, she provides a very necessary grounding for Maho with sound advice and intelligent solutions to their problems. Hakamada Hinata is a very airy person who just kinda seems to go along with whatever she finds fun, she is always the first to follow along with Maho’s outrageous plans and suggestions but deep down she cares about her friends a lot and wants nothing more then to do her best for them and to win, together. And finally, Kashii Airi is an exceptionally tall elementary schooler. However, she has a complex about her height and is scared of anything that points out how tall she is. Even though basketball is a tall person’s game Airi consantly struggles against her own hatred of her height and the fact that she knows that she needs to do her best, for her friends, in order to win.

Each of those girls is lovable in their own rights and their various interactions as a group as they face a must-win game against the Boy’s Basketball team, each of the team member’s various problems (such as Airi’s inability to swim), and other hardships is truely a joy to watch. I loved watching them grow as they faced down each barrier that was thrown up in front of them and I’m sure you would too!


Story: 7
Characters: 8
Art: 8
Sound: 7
Enjoyment: 8
Overall: 7.5

“You have no effect on me because you’re flat chested!”


~ by isolatedanimecombatants on November 11, 2011.

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