Welcome to Day 4 of the KnB Challenge!
Okay, let’s be real here. There’s a total of FOUR women that have roles in Kuroko no Basket and honestly none of them have many faults. Surprised? Instead of me tearing down any of these girls, let’s talk about them in a positive light! I know, it seems hypocritical considering I trashed Makoto Hanamiya yesterday, but, there really is no bad female in this show. Although many of these ladies are minor characters, they have really strong roles, and it’s actually another aspect as to why I love this show! So let’s break it down!
I just featured her a few days ago and also featured her in WCW, so I won’t iterate too much other than the fact she’s a highschool girl coaching a boys basketball team. Do the boys ever question it? Some did with their first impressions, but her knowledge and training skills allow all of that stuff fade to the background. Other teams may doubt her and make comments, but at the end of the day, she coached a national winning team as a high school student.
She’s been with the Generation of Miracles since Day 1 as their manager, and she’s Aomine’s BFF from childhood and also reluctantly Aomine’s keeper. She may look like a flirty airhead due to her bubbly personality and pink hair, but she’s far from it. She only takes interest in Kuroko (she claims to be his girlfriend) but that’s besides the point. Momoi is also the team manager for Too Highschool, and she takes basketball rather seriously. She has great analytic skills as she can read plays fairly easily and finds most players to be predictable, which is another facet as to why she adores Kuroko, he’s the only one she can’t get a read on.
Alex is a minor character found in Season 2, and she plays a critical role for BOTH Taiga Kagami and Tatsuya Himuro. Alex is the duo’s mentor from their childhood day’s when they lived in Los Angeles. She took them under her wing after the two boys approached her asking her to teach them. She is also portrayed as a retired WNBA player. That’s pretty major in my book. She may be flirty like Momoi, and play more to the fanservice side of your shounen genre, but what I really like about Alex’s character is that the two boys approached her and acknowledged her as someone with skill, and they didn’t judge her on her gender.
Now, Masako is rarely seen but she carries a very strong presence. She’s the only adult female coach in the series, coaching Yosen High and appears in Season 2. It is said that Masako is a successful youth coach, and made it onto Japan’s National Female Team which is why the Men from the other high school teams recognize and acknowledge who she is. What sticks out to me the most about Masako is her design aesthetic. She wears her hair long and black paired with a black pantsuit. Not sure what it is, but it just screams levels of sophistication to me.
Anyways, that’s why its hard to find any fault in the women on this show. They were given strong roles in an overwhelmingly male dominated show and sport! They could’ve easily gone with more fanservice routes with the females, granted Alex and Momoi partly serve those purposes, they’re “achievements” can’t be overlooked just because of their looks.
Which of these four lovely ladies stand out the most to you? Does any particular one resonate with you more strongly than the others? They’re all so strong in their own right it really does become difficult to have to pick just one favorite. Let me know what you guys think in the comments below! See you tomorrow!
4 thoughts on “[KnB Challenge] Day 4 | Least Favorite Female Character”
I agree that all these female characters had a strong role and were able to contribute into the show in their respective ways. However, I personally didn’t like Alex, the reason? Unnecessary fanservice. While her role is crucial in the series, I would have loved it if they cut down on the totally not required underwear shots a bit more and also if she didn’t goof off in serious moments.
But if I ignore that fact, I don’t think even she is worthy of getting any less attention.
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I totally agree with you. They didn’t have to be over the top of Alex, but it also makes me wonder; OF the girls they chose to make fanservicey it was the Blonde Busty American. Also on that note and as a tangent, have you seen KnB last game? It really makes me wonder about the portrayals of Americans in this show. for alex she’s crazy talented but she’s also crazy ditzy and leans a bit to the slutty side as she’s always undressed and has a tendency to kiss people so openly on the lips and Nash and the rest of team jabberwock are, for lack of a better word, complete assholes. Americans are not depicted to well in this series to say the least. I kno it’s just an anime but I couldn’t help but be floored. I seriously wonder if this is what we look like to the rest of the world-and that’s sad.
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Well I haven’t seen the last game yet, but I could totally imagine Alex to be portrayed like that in that series. I don’t know if it’s about how Americans behave or stuff like that, but I guess the Japanese are always at ready to subtly show Americans as Explicitly personified.
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