Official Kuroko no Basket material suggests that Tadatoshi Fujimaki (the mangaka) is good friends with Yoshihiro Togashi. I have yet to see Togashi’s influence on him, but if there’s anything they have in common, it’s their ability to create charismatic characters.
Aomine and Kuroro are direct opposites, while Aomine represents this incomprehensible, chaotic energy– Kuroro is the quintessential enigmatic leader. Their presence in their respective shows are always welcomed. We’re usually conditioned to root for the good guys, sometimes a well written villain can change that and that’s exactly what these two characters (and the whole Genei Ryodan) are capable of.
As Shinmaru puts it, nothing momentous happened in this week’s HxH and it was mostly spent on introducing characters and build up but there’s no denying that just having these characters talk and be oozing with cool is enough to get you hyped up. I think good villains are supposed to be like that. Although to be honest, I don’t view the Genei Ryodan as traditional ‘villains’, even though if this were a conventional series that title would be plastered all over their heads.
To put it simply: HOLY SHIT! THESE GUYS ARE FUCKING AWESOME.
P.S: I’m tempted to call Aomine overpowered, but so far he hasn’t shown and bullshit abilities like Kise’s copying or Midorima’s I CAN SHOOT FROM ANYWHERE IN ZA COURT. Even Kuroko’s invisibility sounds more like bullshit than just say, ‘a really, really strong basketball player’. Here’s to hoping he doesn’t because he’s already too powerful as it is.