I Really Enjoyed Watching Basketball Anime

Basketball is the focus of these anime. Training and competing in tournaments or championships are common themes in sports titles, as well as team spirit, or being an underdog who goes against the odds to succeed. We all love sports basketball anime is one of the biggest sports in the world, but it isn’t as well known in Asia as other sports; however, since these anime in this list are popular, many kids and teens have started watching and playing basketball.

What is anime or animation?

Animation involves manipulating figures so that they appear as moving images. Traditional animation uses hand-drawn or painted images on transparent celluloid sheets to be photographed and exhibited on film. The majority of animations today are created using computer-generated imagery (CGI). The most detailed computer animation is 3-dimensional, while 2D computer animation (which resembles traditional animation) is often used due to stylistic considerations, low bandwidth, or faster real-time rendering. Two- and three-dimensional objects such as paper cutouts, puppets, or clay figures can also be animated using the stop motion technique.

Anime on TV

Since television sets became common in most developed countries in the 1950s, animation has become incredibly popular on television. Cartoons were primarily aimed at children, and were aired during convenient timeslots, and especially US youth spent many hours watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. As a result, classic cartoons found a new life on the small screen, and by the end of the 1950s, the production of new animated cartoons began shifting from theatrical releases to TV series. Among the many hits produced by Hanna-Barbera were The Flintstones (1960–1966) (the first prime-time animated series), Scobey-Doo (since 1969) and the Belgian co-production The Smurfs (1981–1989). American television programming constraints and a demand for huge quantities led to cheaper and quicker animation methods, as well as formulaic scripts. There was a decline in quality until mid-1980s and early 1990s with hit series like The Simpsons (since 1989) as part of a “renaissance” of American animation.

Animation or Anime techniques

Animation traditional: For most animated films of the 20th century, traditional animation (also called cell animation or hand-drawn animation) was used. Traditional animated films are comprised of photographs of drawings, first drawn on paper. The drawings differ slightly from each other to create the illusion of movement. Animation is produced by tracing or photocopying the animators’ drawings onto transparent acetate sheets called cells and filling them in with paint in assigned colors or tones on the opposite side. One-by-one, the finished character cells are photographed on motion picture film by a rostrum camera against a painted background

Full: An animation film that relies on detailed drawings and plausible movement, with smooth animation, is considered full animation. Animation films can be made in a variety of styles, from more ‘realistic’ animations like those produced by Walt Disney (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King) to more ‘cartoonish’ animations like those from Warner Bros. Disney animated features are examples of full animation, as are non-Disney works, including The Secret of NIMH (US, 1982), The Iron Giant (US, 1999), and Nocturnal (Spain, 2007). With fully animated films, animation takes place at 24 frames per second, with animation occurring on twos and ones, meaning the drawings can be held for up to two frames out of 24.

A look at anime basketball’s factors

How to serialize a basketball manga in Jump

What is so amazing about Kuroko’s Basketball? To explain this, I first need to tell you about an important chapter of Weekly Shonen Jump’s history. Weekly Shonen Jump is a manga magazine which has one of the largest circulations in Japan. Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Naruto are all manga which were first serialized in Jump. Many Jump manga are also very popular overseas. One of the most famous Jump manga series which caused a sensation during the 1990s was Slam Dunk. We can definitely say that this extremely popular basketball manga was the reason for the basketball boom that occurred in Japan. Before then, the most popular sport in Japan was baseball. Soccer was the second most popular. Basketball was a minor sport in the country. Thanks to Slam Dunk, basketball became popular, and it now even has a Japanese professional league. During the mid-90s, Jump sold over 6.5 million copies (an unbelievable number) and it is said that the three manga which played an enormous role in gaining the magazine’s popularity were: Dragon Ball, YuYu Hawkish, and Slam Dunk.

Poor drawing was the first reason for its unpopularity

Basketball anime did not begin as a popular manga due to its poor art. The author himself, Tadatoshi Fujimaki, makes fun of this in a self-deprecating way. Hoop Men, a basketball manga that included romantic comedy aspects, also appeared in Jump at the same time. The popularity of Hoop Men was expected to be greater than Basketball anime because of its high-quality illustrations. In spite of this, Kuroko’s Basketball gained popularity because of its entertaining storyline and the quality of the illustrations also improved rapidly. Hoop Men was serialized for a short period of time before it ended.

A Study of Character Relationships

There is a charm to this manga in the fact that each character, including Kuroko himself, has their own basketball trick. By incorporating unbelievable tricks and techniques, many sports manga that become huge hits on Jump capture the hearts of the readers. Unrealistic is fine if it is entertaining, and Prince of Tennis is a great example of that. A similar phenomenon took place with basketball anime.