Figure Friday: Tetsuya Kuroko

Tetsuya Kuroko (黒子 テツヤ, Kuroko Tetsuya) is the main protagonist of the manga and anime Kuroko no Basuke (“Kuroko’s Basket”, or in the unnecessarily complicated official translation: “The Basketball which Kuroko plays”.)


“Kuroko is actually quite feminine compared to most boys and has a very small build for a basketball player. He has light blue hair that he styles to his left. His eyes are blue, and he has a blank gaze. His skin is fairly pale. He wears the white, black and red Seirin jersey with the number 11. He also sometimes wears black sweatbands. His basketball shoes are white with a blue streak.” (source)


“Kuroko has a deadpan and straight forward personality. He is very hard working and always tries to satisfy the needs of the team above his own. He is quite gloomy and unnoticeable. He has also displayed much respect towards fellow passionate basketball player and thinks that while senpais have pride, kōhais have respect.”


“Kuroko has metaphorically referred to himself as a ‘shadow’. With this he means that he is playing for someone else, and that he becomes stronger when the ‘light’ is stronger. With the ‘light’, he means the player he supports during a basketball game.”

I watched Kuroko no Basuke some year ago and enjoyed it. The series is extremely popular in Japan, Kuroko is on the cover of 2 of my 6 Shounen Jump (I buy one for each Japan trip).

I also bought a capsule with Kuroko on my latest trip.

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