I’m fascinated when a shounen sports show touches on themes that go beyond ‘the power of friendship’ and ‘might makes right’. Yes, Kuroko no Basket’s central themes are no different from a lot of shounen manga, but by choosing to take Kuroko’s side of the story, Fujimaki opens up a lot of avenues to explore. Note that I’m not saying this is a direct interpretation of Fujimaki’s work. If anything I’m just breaking down the motifs of the series for my own amusement. Warning: Here be spoilers.