Furthermore, the player must be highly talented, rejecting potential candidates such as Timur. According to Midoriyama, only prodigies cause the zone and even top players that are focused without the Zone can only utilize up to 80% of their potential during a game.
This requirement goes along with also having to meet the user's independent conditions, in most terms, desperation of winning or the thrive for competition. During Saran's quarterfinals against Yosef, Amine further reveals that a second requirement is needed to enter the Zone that is talent.
Amine explains that while Timur is a very good player, he is only as the best an ordinary man can be and thus, is incapable of entering the Zone. This was proved when Kauai was desperately forcing himself to enter the Zone for a second time, but to no avail.
Kauai was later able to enter the Zone after completely letting go of the desire for it and play his hardest instead. Nearing the Winter Cup finals, Amine revealed more information about the conditions of entering the Zone to Kauai during their 1 on 1 before the game against Diego High.
However, Kauai has been shown to surpass his time limit when he has proper motivation like fighting for his teammates. When the door is opened, the teammates of the Zone user can perfectly sync their actions with the latter through simple eye contact, thus allowing them to perform team play at the speed of the Zone, which surpasses even Akash's predictions.
When Amine finds a worthy opponent, he will reach his full potential. Only the very best of the elite players are granted permission to enter the Zone, yet Amine casually forces his way in.
In Amine's case, his speed doubles at the least to the point where he can effortlessly break past a double-team, and his power increases drastically. His ability to score from anywhere escalates tremendously and Amine's skills becomes even more overwhelming.
Because of Amine's past victories, he hadn't been this much pressured more than in the match against Saran High, more specifically, Kauai. When Kauai is in the Zone, his reflexes, speed and especially jumping power and strength are greatly augmented.
Kauai accessed the Zone for the first time when he was under the pressure of losing to Too again and wanted to protect everyone against the ace of Generation of Miracles, Amine. In the match against Yosef during the quarter-final round of the Winter Cup, Kauai activates the Zone for the second time.
Whilst in the Zone in this match, Kauai can jump even higher and is also capable of overpowering Murasakibara who specializes in strength (even blocking a full-powered Thor's Hammer) and render Himuro's Mirage Shot useless. Before the finals of the Winter Cup, Amine also revealed to Kauai that his condition to activate the Zone is when the latter is in a state of desperation to fight for his teammates, this being Saran.
Kauai, upon acknowledging Amine's advice, is then capable of activating the Zone right at the start of the match. It is also noted that Kauai can execute his signature move, the Meteor Jam only while in the Zone.
Making it clear he does have passion for basketball, Murasakibara enters the Zone extreme conditions. Akash had knowledge of the Zone before witnessing the match of Saran vs Too during the Winter Cup, but after seeing Amine enter it, Akash was surprised at his potential and he searched for his own trigger to entering the Zone and finally found it.
After he defeated Hibachi, Hakama and Nebula on a three-on-one battle, Akash states that his trigger is when he stops relying on his teammates to win and instead decides to grasp victory by himself. When Akash entered the Zone during the fourth quarter of the finals game against Saran, his speed and reaction time increased drastically.
While in the Zone, Akash's speed and agility is immense being able to outrun even Kauai while he is in the Zone on a fast break, and dribble passed several defenders taking the ball coast to coast. However, Saran managed to stop Akash with the combination play of Kursk and Kauai, where Kursk uses his Quasi-Emperor Eye to predict Kauai's movements and move in the opposite direction to intercept Akash.
This Emperor Eye tactic was used to stop Akash twice which resulted in him being shocked and unfocused leading to him losing his Zone. When Akash's real self surfaced, he started using his Emperor Eye to perfect the passes to his teammates.
That way, those in his team no longer needed to worry about receiving the passes, since Akash calculated the trajectory, speed and strength of said passes to the point those who received them could think of their next move and start moving before even touching the ball, and thus, Akash's teammates could improve their performance, though not to the usual 100% granted by the Zone, but to 90% of their ability, as stated by Rico. Midoriyama stated that Rise, with the conjunction of his Perfect Copy, is the overwhelmingly the strongest player on the court, even surpassing Silver in terms of speed and strength.
However, he also mentioned that this combo won't last very long due to the fact that both the Zone and Perfect Copy drain a lot of stamina from the user. Betsy Kursk has been featured, meaning it was chosen as an article of interest.
Name Betsy KurokoKanji Vital Statistics Gender Male Age 16 Height Take: 155 cm (5' 1”) Saran: 168 cm (5' 6”) Weight 57 kg (126 lbs) Birthday January 31st, Aquarius Blood type A Professional Statistics Team Take (former) Samantha Formal Swords Position ? (possibly PG/SF) Jersey number 11 (Saran/Formal Swords)16, 15 (Take) Talent Misdirection Invisible PassCyclone PassIgnite Pass Kai Vanishing DriveMisdirection OverflowPhantom Shotguns- Emperor Eye First Appearance Manga Chapter 1 Anime Episode 1 Says Comic AMI Shimizu Anime Kenosha Ono (Japanese)Khoi Day (English) Image Gallery Kursk has a fragile outlook and a very small build for a basketball player which is why he is usually seen passing.
When out of training or matches, he wears his school uniform: the standard Japanese Gaurav. The top piece of a Gaurav is black, long-sleeved and has a standing collar which buttons from the bottom up to his chin.
Despite his initial kind personality, Kursk gets extremely furious at dirty play, such as when his teammates were threatened and injured by foul methods in the Kiribati Dacha game. His aura changes so drastically, that even Kauai gets scared when he sees him like that.
During his Junior High school basketball career, his “light” was Amine, and now it is Kauai. Outside the court, despite his unnoticeable personality, Kursk is very gentlemanly when dealing with women.
Amongst his friends, Kauai, Amine and Rise are really shocked to see how easily Kurokocan cheer up Mo moi and even knows what to do on a date. In one make he says that he can also become noticeable and does so by pulling his jacket over his head, making people automatically see him and laugh.
There are times when he uses his misdirection ability to run away, and also a time when he was late for a game but pretended to have been there from the start (until Kauai pointed out the sweat on his brow, indicating that he was actually late and had run all the way to school). While initially antisocial towards his teammates, he gradually warms up and starts to openly express himself more.
It has been shown that he has a soft spot for cute animals, like kittens and dogs (Betsy #2). There, he befriended a neighborhood boy, who was later revealed to be Shigehiro Oliveira, taught him basketball.
The first day of Junior High, in April, Kursk is walking in the crowd, with few people noticing him, as usual. At the gym, Kursk is surprised to see so many people trying out for the club, and he is told that Take's basketball team is famous.
Kursk kept training hard on the club and even stayed late after practices. Because of his weak presence, he wasn't noticed by those who came to watch and the sounds of basketball in the gym were credited to a ghost.
They practiced together and gained respect for another, with Amine wanting to play with him on the same court one day. Even after training hard, he still wasn't able to reach neither the second nor the first strings and was told by the coach to quit the team since he was one of the members who got the lowest scores, but it is still his decision to stay or not.
The players of the first string then enter, Akash, Midoriyama and Murasakibara (Rise wasn't part of the team yet). Kursk was eventually given a chance and in one match, he was seen to be completely adaptable with Amine in terms of passing.
He became the trump card player of the team that later would be called the Generation of Miracles. At first, Rise was very reluctant on having Kursk as his instructor, but they became friends when they both had to help with a match of the second string.
She became amazed by Kuroko's play style and by later giving her free ice-cream, she instantly fell in love with him. While the rest of the Generation of Miracles were still above average, Amine's growth progressed aggressively.
As a consequence, Amine towered high above anyone else and couldn't find a decent rival. It was then that Kursk tried to motivate Amine in still trying his best, as it isn't fun at all when the opponent is holding back.
Amine agreed, but quickly discovered that he destroyed everyone's morale when he started playing serious. He also denied Kuroko's fist bump, the signature move that marked their friendship.
In his third year, Kursk began to see the unpromising changes of the Generation of Miracles and couldn't do anything but bear with it. However, these were proven too much as he realized that his friend is mercilessly toyed by Teik, and he lost his will to play basketball and even started hating it.
After that, Mocha gave Kursk Oliveira's black wristband and motivates him to not give up on basketball. Kursk is refueled by Oliveira's faith in him and decides to continue playing basketball.
His objective is to make the Generation Of Miracles recognize his basketball by defeating them one by one. He searches for the school's basketball club and fills in an application form, without Rico noticing him.
Magaña sees the paper later and Rico is surprised that she didn't notice a player who was on the same team as the Generation of Miracles. Rico orders him to take of his shirt so that she can see his stats again, but concludes that he's fairly weak compared to the rest of the team.
Later, after training, Kauai goes to a fast-food restaurant, orders a lot of burgers and has a seat at a random table. Kauai asks what he is doing and Kursk replies that he has simply been watching people.
They arrive at a small basketball court and Kauai asks what Kursk is hiding. He explains to Kursk that he can smell his opponent's scent to discern how strong they are.
The match is quickly decided, as Kursk is so weak in comparison to Kauai. Kursk tries to shoot, but misses or gets blocked, fumbles the ball and is much slower than Kauai.
Kauai prepares to leave, while telling Kursk that he's weak and that he should just stop playing basketball. The next day, the Saran freshmen play against the second years in a practice match.
While Kauai is hogging all the points, Kursk is again proven to be weak and gets the ball stolen multiple times. When the second years get serious and build up a 16 point lead, Kauai gets angry, only for Kursk to calm him down.
Kursk goes on with his invisible passes, leading to the freshmen scoring a lot and coming back into the game. The other Saran players amaze themselves over Kuroko's ability and Rico is able to analyze it.
The first-years were still one point behind and when Kursk steals a second-years ball, he drives to the basket, makes a lay-up... All of a sudden, an angered Kauai appears behind Kuroko, and he dunks the ball in, marking their first victory.
Moving out of the restaurant, Kauai asks Kursk how strong the Generation actually is. The next day, Kursk asks Rico if he can become an actual member of the club and then play in matches.
Just like Kauai, who went to ask the same thing some moments later, Kursk gets an application form and an invitation for the rooftop test. Kursk meets with Kauai not soon after, when they are both looking at Seirin's newspaper article form last year.
She tells them that they have to be ready for the Nationals in order to join and that they have to shout their name, class and resolve in front of the entire student body below. Kursk moves towards the railing and brings out a megaphone, because he finds it difficult to speak to such a large group without electronic aid.
Just when he is about the speak, the club is busted by a teacher and Kurokocan 't fulfil the assignment. He tells him that it's a problem that he hasn't met the requirements yet to join the team, since the rooftop's guarded since then.
Kauai moves on by asking why exactly he went to Saran when the other Generation of Miracles joined elite schools. Kursk tells him the extreme winning philosophy of Take and that that was the end of teamwork.
Between then and the next morning, Kursk wrote “I will make you the number one in Japan” with chalk on the school's courtyard, for everyone to see. One of the next trainings, Rico announces a practice match against Diego High and says that they have one of the Generation of Miracles, this being Rota Rise.
He is perplexed to see Rise's growth, even going as far as saying that he's a totally different person. He says that he has already vowed to defeat the Generation of Miracles, but Rise isn't taking him serious.
The day of the match, Diego seems to underestimate Saran High since they're only using half a court. It's only been three minutes after the start of the game, but everyone is fired up, resulting in a high-paced play and takes a toll on Kuroko's weak body.
When Rico calls a time-out, Kursk tells the team about his technique's weakness. Rico is enraged the Kursk didn't say something that important sooner while putting him in a headlock.
But during the second half, Kursk coordinates with Kauai, passing the ball between the two of them. Then, Rise accidentally hit Kursk in the head, resulting in an injury.
Even though he is injured, Kursk manages to convince Rico to let him play sometime during the third quarter. With Kursk back in the game at his full Misdirection level, Saran manages to close in on Diego with a tie.
The struggle for points begins again and with mere seconds remaining, Kauai blocks Kasamatsu's shot and goes for a fast-break with Kursk. After the game, since they have no money and the team wanted to go eat something as a celebration, Rico takes them all to a restaurant that serves 4 kg steak for free which has to be finished in 30 minutes or else they'll pay 10,000 yen each if they fail, the Steak Bomber.
They talk about Midoriyama, who is also a member of the “Generation of Miracles”, with Rise saying that he went to see the practice match. But what Rise wanted to talk about was why Kursk disappeared during last year's middle school championship game.
Rise doesn't get it and says that someday, when Kauai reaches the level of the “Generation of Miracles”, he will drift apart from the team. He tells Kursk that he has seen that all he can do is pass, but that he likes that style of playing and that he just lacks experience.
He further introduces himself as the founder of the Saran High School basketball club. He spells out his name in separate kanji's, but Kursk reacts bluntly and uninterested.
As Kursk asks what he is doing here, Kibosh explains that he will be discharged from the hospital in a week and that he came to take a look. He explains why basketball has different positions and says that the sixth player is a specialist.
Rico's father Agora brings the Saran team on a beach, along with all the necessary equipment needed for training. This training will help the to improve the skills of each individual player, something which they need the most at this time.
Kauai yells at Midoriyama asking him what they are doing here, and Kursk gives them a polite greeting. Rico tells Kauai to go run and buy drinks for everyone, with the latter disagreeing at first but then heads out.
Kursk soon has the ball stolen by Take who then passes to Midoriyama to score the basket. Kauai tells Kursk the reason he thinks he lost against Midoriyama, being that he can only shoot dunks.
Kursk remembers the advice Huge and Midoriyama have told him, and suddenly stops running. Saran is departing from the training camp, but instead of going home, Rico suggests that they will go and spectate a quarterfinal match between Diego High and Too Academy.
The team is on a bus and Kursk tells Kauai the message Midoriyama has left for him, “I only taught him a lesson because he's so stupid” and also “Don't lose until I beat you”. Rico comments on how Diego completely dominated the first quarter and Kauai adds that Amine is holding back.
The second quarter ends and Kursk meets Rise outside while taking Betsy #2 for some fresh air. Rise then asks him why he is here with Kursk replying that he was training nearby a came to watch the match.
Rise then tells Kursk that in middle school it was natural for them to win, but now that he doesn't know, it is better. Rise makes a free throw rising the score to 51 – 60, still with Too Academy leading.
As Rise was about to dunk, Amine stops him leaving Kauai and Kursk surprised as the ball falls to the audience. Finally, the last quarter begins and Amine is marking Rise.
Amine and Rise continue to battle when finally the ring bells, ending the match with the score of 98 – 110 for Too Academy. When Kursk sees the person, he tells Kauai that he forgot to greet an old acquaintance.
Kursk arrives at Saran's training a little late and announces that he brought a dog in a box. He tells them that he found the dog in the park of Saran High School and couldn't bear leaving it, so he took it to practice.
When Kauai confesses his fear for dogs, Kursk chases him with Betsy #2 on purpose. Kursk sadly asks Kauai if he wants to abandon the dog a second time.
Back in the gym, Saran starts training and when Kursk makes a successful invisible pass, Betsy #2 barks and seems happy. When Frigate and the other first years suggest going to the Street Basketball 5 on 5 tournaments, Kursk along with Kauai and Kibosh go with them, with Rico's permission.
The third years told Saran that since they lost they will not be able to participate in the Winter Cup so this is the only opportunity for them to play together once more than a team. Saran stays behind, but they soon catch up to see Sago beaten by one single player.
After hearing Kuroko's name, Timur tells Kauai that he has found an interesting partner. Later on, the latter continue with the match, however, they are soon stopped by heavy rain and are forced to leave.
Angered Murasakibara tells him that if he asks him this again, he will crush him even though it's Kursk. Murasakibara and Timur leave promising to meet again at the Winter Cup.
Soon after, Kursk gets a text message from Rico telling them to return to the gym. When Kursk arrives at the gym with the rest, he is greeted by crying Mo moi who jumps on him, hugging him.
Mo moi then sits on a chair surrounded by the Saran members while Kursk brings her a drink. Mo moi is then questioned about the results of the Inter-High and the reason Amine, Murasakibara and Akash did not participate in the finals.
After their discussion, Kursk decides to walk Mo moi back home. Mo moi asks if it is fine, with Kursk replying that he doesn't intend to hide the technique before they face Too Academy.
Seeing this new technique, Mo moi was shocked realizing that when he perfects this, it could become a lethal weapon. As the two continue to walk, Mo moi parts with Kursk telling him that she hopes that everyone will be able to play together again.
The Winter Cup preliminaries started and Saran was to go up against Jose High in order to qualify for the final league. This made Kursk feel at ease now with Kibosh on the court with Saran.
Later on in the match, Kauai jumped too high hitting the hoop and making him fall. Luckily it was the interval time, and Kursk dragged the collapsed Kauai off the court with the rest of the team.
Seeing him Kursk pulled his wristband and told him that the Too Academy players were among the audience, surely to tell Amine the results of the match. This however had the opposite effect on Kauai and made him even more motivated to play.
As Kauai shot the decisive dunk, allowing Saran to win the match, Kursk helped him stand back up. Later on, Kursk asked Kauai if he would make some time for him, to help him with his new drive.
As they began, Kursk used his newest technique, the Vanishing Drive and managed to pass Kauai, shocking him. Holding the ball, Kauai noticed just how much it is worn out and was shocked to find out that this was Kuroko's sixth one.
The Senshinkan players were surprised to see Saran's overwhelming improvement since their last match. Meanwhile, on the court right beside Saran's, Shutout had their match against Kiribati Dacha High's first year players who were not regulars on the team.
Having won both their games, it was time for Saran to face off against their next opponent, Shutout. The tension between the two teams is high, but the Saran players believe in their victory.
As both teams enter the court and the match was about to commence, Take approached Kursk to tell him that Midoriyama has no time for him, as he has completely accepted Kauai as his rival. Just before the tip-off commences, Kursk approaches Kauai and tells him that he leaves Midoriyama to him.
The match commences and Saran gets the tip-off, Izuku has the ball but not for long as Take steals it. To see who will run out of gas first, as Midoriyama keeps on shooting and Kauai jumping to stop him.
When Midoriyama was made to miss by Kauai, Kursk got off Take's mark and got under the basket to use his Cyclone Pass to throw the ball to the other side of the court. Later on in the game, Saran was surprised to see Midoriyama using teamwork against them, something he did not before.
As Saran regroups and thinks of their next course of action, they decide to bench Kursk. Take notices that it is true and that the reason Midoriyama changed is because of Kursk.
Meanwhile, on the sidelines, Mo moi and Rise spectate the match having noticed the changes in Midoriyama as well. He tells Mo moi than when you play against him, you get the feeding that teamwork is not a sign of weakness but rather strength.
On Saran's bench, Kursk tells Rico that he is ready to use his new drive and the member change is announced. Kursk makes him move and gets rid of Take's mark by using a screen with Kauai.
Since Kursk has come back to the game, Saran has managed to score up 8 points. The final quarter begins and Izuku passes the ball to Huge.
Wanting to intercept their pass is Miami, who was however stopped by Kursk who escaped Take's mark. Kauai got the rebound and attempted to score the basket, Midoriyama went on to stop him as the two battle for the ball.
Since the Winter Cup final league is trying to keep the games short, there is no overtime. As the game ends, the players decide that they will settle everything at the Winter Cup later.
Both teams leave the court and the audience gives them a big applause for the wonderful game they have played. Midoriyama tells Kursk that they will play again at the Winter Cup and then leaves.
Later on as they walk home, Kauai asks Huge what is wrong with Kibosh, having overheard their conversation earlier. Huge then tells Kauai and Kursk about the team's past and the time the Saran club was made.
Saran's third match of the Final League was about to commence, their next opponent, Kiribati Dacha High, the team that has injured Kibosh in the past. During the warm-up, both Kursk and Kauai have their resolve conveyed to the opponent team, telling them they won't lose.
Panama recognizes the two as Saran's first year duo and tells them to be careful, hoping that nothing serious will happen during the match. Seeing the Vanishing Drive for the first time that Mo moi has described, Amine was surprised while spectating the match.
The match continues and Kiribati Dacha uses their rough style of play to score baskets. Kauai having reached his limit, attempts to punch Hara, but he is stopped by Kursk who grabs him by his feet and makes him fall.
Kursk then tells him that the thing they should be doing for their seniors is not brawl, but win using basketball. Despite this he wishes to stay on the court to protect Saran, this being the reason he came back.
As the second quarter ends, Kursk asks Panama if he truly enjoys playing basketball the way he is. Kursk and the rest of the Saran members left to their locker room where they were enraged by Panama's statement.
Meanwhile, in the bathroom, Amine tells Panama that he will lose because he made Kursk angry. With Kursk back in the game, Izuku makes a pass which is about to be stolen by Panama.
Kursk however, changes the course of the pass resulting in Panama not stealing the ball. Saran finally scored their first point since Kursk left the court.
On the sidelines, Amine comments that the Saran players know where Kursk is going to pass because they trust him. Finally after convincing Kibosh to rest, the Saran team heads out to finish the match.
Later, Kursk passes the ball again to Huge who finally manages to score the basket. On the sidelines, Masayoshi comments that with Kursk and Huge, Saran has finally fully broken Panama's Spider Web.
As the match goes to Saran's favor, the Kiribati Dacha players note that it was Kursk who changed the course of the play. Frustrated Panama uses a screen to get rid of his mark and faces Kursk in a 1-on-1 battle.
As the basket goes in, he tells Saran that he doesn't need to use dirty tricks in order to win. Angered Kursk tell him to stop screwing around as he prepares to launch an Ignite Pass.
Kursk then launches the Ignite Pass which Kauai catches and scores the basket. As the game continues, Saran kept on scoring baskets until the final bell was rung signalizing the end of the match.
Kibosh tells everyone that this year's Winter Cup is special because all the Take Junior High's geniuses including the Phantom 6th man will be participating. On the last day of the Winter Camp, Kursk overhears a conversation between Kibosh and Huge.
Kibosh tells Huge that the Winter Cup will be his final tournament and that they will have to be number 1 this year already. Kursk decides that he will throw away their chances for the future in order to win this year's Winter Cup.
The training camp is supervised by Riko's father, Agora, who was used to be a national player. He tried to train and enhance every player individual skills, but told Rico that he gives up on Kursk, said that even he had never met such an extreme outline special sportsman in his life, but already gave him some suggestions.
It is known later that it is for Kursk to develop his shooting for when he has the space after he passes his opponent with his Vanishing Drive. Kursk joins Saran at the opening ceremony of the Winter Cup.
When the ceremony was finished, Kursk receives a text message on his cellphone. They talk casually to each other but Frigate could feel the air is heavy, and recalled in spite of being former teammates, Kursk and the Generation of Miracle members are rivals now in court.
Kauai finally arrives and like Frigate, Kursk is surprised and happy to see him. Akash attacks Kauai with Midorima's scissors and Kursk is seen shocked like everyone else.
Akash leaves again and says to the rest that it seems they haven't forgotten their oath they made last year. Round 1 Saran's first match of the Winter Cup is about to begin and Kursk fetches Kauai from the locker room.
Kursk looks worried, but Kauai sets him at ease, saying that he isn't thinking about Akash, but about Amine. Facing Amine, Kursk doesn't even activate his Misdirection on him, showing confidence in the strength of his new pass.
He puts much power in his legs, rotates his arm and hits the ball with the palm of his hand, also spinning. Kibosh, after facing Takamatsu, passes to Kagami, and he dunks the ball.
Back to the game, Masayoshi gives a high pass to Susan. The match goes on with Hyga's Barrier Jumper versus Sakurai's quick-release shot.
Kursk ends up with the ball and shows his Invisible Drive for the first time in the Winter Cup. During the pause, Kursk tells Rico that he will do the Vanishing Drive one more time.
Meanwhile, at Too's side, Mo moi figures out the system of the Vanishing Drive and tells the team to keep Kauai and Kursk apart. The match restarts and Kauai screens out Susan and Kursk runs free.
But Amine suddenly turns around and cuts Kursk off, defeating his last resort move. In hopelessness, Kursk tries to defeat Amine by launching his new Ignite Pass Kai right off the get-go.
While thinking about his history with Amine, he clenches his fist and is frustrated because he can 't beat him. Eventually, half time is reached with Too's two point lead.
In the half time break, Kursk went outside to get some fresh air and was joined by Kauai, who brought him a jacket. He asks Kauai if he enjoys basketball and tells him his past in Take Junior High, how he befriended a totally different Amine than in the present.
He concludes that he wants to see Amine play basketball with a smile again. He explains that by making the opponents' glances focus at him, the other players will have the chance to useKuroko's Vanishing Drive.
When Saran is back in offense, everyone is shocked to find out that Masayoshi is now guarding Kursk. They made it so that Masayoshi switched with Susan and is now rendering Kursk disabled.
He has been trying to change Saran's patterns by passing all over the place (like during the match with Kiribati Dacha), but Masayoshi reads his every move and seals him completely. It is around that moment that Kuroko's misdirection has completely run out and that his sudden appearance as the tenth man on court begins to dawn.
Kursk activates his Misdirection Overflow, actually amplifies his presence and makes it able for Izuku to use the Vanishing Drive. On Saran's next offense, Kursk does it again and Huge does the Vanishing Drive and makes the lay-up.
The first is the limited time of the technique and the second is throwing away every chance of winning against Too in the future. Saran gains the ball yet again and even Amine can be passed by Kauai's Vanishing Drive by Kuroko's Misdirection Overflow.
It turns out that Kuroko's new skill was specially designed for stopping Amine's shots like this. Saran manages to hold on and uses a heavy zone press to steal the ball at the inbound.
Kursk swings it to Huge, who gets fouled on the three point line and scores his free throws. As Amine stands at three point line, he cracks open the gates of the Zone and thanks Kursk for finding him a competent opponent.
Masayoshi nearly taps the ball out of bounds but Kursk is able to save it by throwing it to Huge, leading to a basket by Kibosh. Not soon after, Kauai enters the Zone as well and battles it out with Amine, leaving Kursk perplexed.
Amine takes back a basket and during Saran's offense, Kibosh manages to score with an and-one. However, Kursk had anticipated just that and makes it to the ball first and sends it directly back to Kauai.
In Saran's second match, their opponent is Nakamura South High. Rico tells them that their playing style is the opposite of Saran's which is much slower.
Saran's starters for this match are shown to be Huge, Izuku, Kibosh, Microbe, and Touched, opting to rest their first-year duo. Kursk watches on the bench as his team struggles to find their rhythm, but manages an upset with the help of Huge and Rico and wins the match with a 4-point difference.
She tells the rest of the team that the favorites, Diego, Shutout, and Rakuten, also won their third matches, and that Saran's next opponent is Yosef High. The team heads to Kauai's house, where they will watch films of Yosef's games.
Mo moi bursts in to hug Kursk, and Amine promptly tells her to leave if she's just going to be annoying. After that, he bids Kursk farewell, adding that the next time they meet, they'll be enemies, and then he and Katsuki leave.
In the morning, the Saran team enters the court after a spirited “Let's go!” Yosef enters as well, and Saran notes that their presence is almost overwhelming, what with their amazingly tall players.
Kursk meanwhile remembers what Amine told him after they parted, and that is “Don't you dare lose, Gets”. Fungi shoots, Izuku failing to block his shot, but it misses bouncing off the rim.
Saran goes for the rebound, but Yosef's height gives them an advantage, and one of their players makes a basket, the first in the game. Rico explains Yosef's formations during the break, and Kursk interrupts to propose an idea.
The idea is not revealed at this time, as we are shown Amine and Mo moi arriving at the game and seeing the score, stunned. The second quarter starts off with Saran in control of the ball, but Izuku is quickly cornered by the Yosef defense.
Kauai hurriedly throws the ball to Kursk, who is waiting on the ground behind them. Both Murasakibara and Izuku are surprised by this, both of them thinking that Kursk is incapable of shooting.
Everyone on both teams is shocked by Kuroko's unorthodox shooting posture as he readies himself. Murasakibara jumps in front of Kursk as he starts to shoot, but to no avail; Kursk uses his right hand to push the ball up and creates an effect similar to the Vanishing Drive, except that this time, the ball disappears, this is called the Phantom Shot.
He helps Kursk by telling him to hit the ball with the palm of his hand when shooting instead of flicking his wrist. Kursk gets the ball after this, and as he makes his way down the court, he dodges around Fungi with his Vanishing Drive.
As he takes up position to attempt a Phantom Shot, Liu and Murasakibara jump in front of him. Nakamura makes a shot, and after that, Kibosh reminds Kauai of some points they came up with during the break.
Kauai, after thinking, takes into account what Kibosh told him, and crouches down behind Nakamura, springing up higher than before to block his shot. Both Saran and Yosef go after a rebound soon after, and Liu gets the ball for a moment before Kibosh jumps up and steals it.
Kursk shoots his Phantom Shot quickly, by passing Murasakibara's defenses. Rico is telling the Saran team the same thing, and says that this is because Overflow only works on outside shooters, while Yosef has mostly inside players.
There's a flashback of Kursk and Murasakibara when they were in Take, with Amine saying that they have different views about basketball. This repeats itself now, and Murasakibara claims that it makes him sick to listen to the idea that players without talent can win.
Kursk gets the ball and goes in with his Vanishing Drive, making his way past everyone but Murasakibara. He gets in position for a Phantom Shot, which Murasakibara tries to block, assuming that even though it's invisible, it still takes the course of a regular ball.
When Murasakibara receives the ball, he turns to shoot, but forgets that Kursk is there; he gets a foul for charging. Immediately following this, Huge makes a three-pointer, raising Saran's score to 37.
Saran takes up an all-coat man-to-man defensive formation with Liu holding the ball. Kauai jumps up behind him to try to stop him, but Murasakibara dunks the ball in backwards.
Timur fakes and ducks around Kauai, but Murasakibara yells at him to stop. Kursk almost steals the ball, and Timur is only saved by Murasakibara's warning.
Timur still has the ball, and Fungi tells him to pass it; instead, while Kauai is distracted by Fungi, Timur ducks past him and shoots, faking a Mirage Shot, which Kauai has figured out the trick to, and doing a simple shot instead. Kursk gets the ball, and attempts a Phantom Shot, but it fails for the first time in the game.
Kauai jumps up to block, but Liu makes a change of plans and passes the ball to Nakamura, who catches it in spite of Microbe, who is covering him. Due to his interference, the shot bounces off the backboard, but then Murasakibara jumps up and forces it in.
Kursk gets the rebound and passes it to Kauai, who shoots a three-pointer seemingly without Murasakibara interfering. But Kauai forces the ball out of his hands again, a phenomenon that leaves everyone in shock.
Kauai dribbles down the court, and fakes out Timur successfully, only to be met by Murasakibara, who's in position. However, due to them knowing about Kauai's extended air time, Murasakibara passes once more to Timur, who is now on the ground.
Huge fumbles the ball, but Kursk hits it into Fungi's hand, causing it to go out on Yosef. Murasakibara runs down the court with the ball, but as he jumps, his knees almost give out.
This gives Kursk the time he needs to run in front of Murasakibara and hit the ball out of his hands. Semi-finals After their match, Kursk gives Kauai his ring back and asks him on why he and Timur can 't be both brothers and rivals.
After the confrontation was calmed down by Rise, Kauai returns and asks Kursk about Hawaii. Saran then spectate the Diego High vs Fukuoka Solo Academy match.
During the interval of the Rakuten vs Shutout match, Kursk briefly encounters Akash when his team prepares for a warm-up. Akash greets Kursk, seeing him for the first time since the opening ceremony.
Akash then tells Kauai that his head is held too high and uses Ankle Break on him. During the warm-up, Diego gives Saran a “greeting” with Rise using Kauai's high jump to throw a lane up.
Kursk and Kauai then show them the original, as the two teams have made their declaration of war. Just before the match starts, Rise approaches Kursk and Kauai telling them that he won't lose this time.
Rise was surprised and tells Kursk that this is not just a compliment but that it also really sets him on fire. Saran members remember their plan Rico told them just before the match in which they have decided to attack with everything from the start.
After passing Katakana, Kursk scores using his Phantom Shot, taking the first two points for Saran. However, Rise shoots the ball back, using Midoriyama's long range shot.
However, Rise uses Murasakibara's block to stop the shot, stealing the ball. It's Saran's counterattack as Huge uses his Barrier Jumper to pass the ball to Kursk.
After, he uses Akash's Ankle Break on Kursk and Midoriyama's long range shot to score again. Rise tells Kauai and Kursk he'll stop using Perfect Copy as it is too tearing copying the abilities of the Generation of Miracles, but tells them that he has completed his mission, now that Diego has the initiative.
On the sidelines, Murasakibara comments on how Saran is rushing too much to catch up in score and that this is making them play poor. On the bench, Rico decides for a member change, substituting Izuku for Frigate.
Frigate enters the court but due to the pressure his play is poor. Diego's coach notices that with the addition of Frigate, Saran's atmosphere has changed.
Kibosh gets the ball and passes it to Huge who makes the basket, raising Saran's points. After the interval ends, Izuku is substituted back in and the game continues.
Rise and Kauai face each other in 1-on-1 battles and keep blocking and scoring points. Suddenly Diego calls out for a substitution for Rise due to the injury to his leg.
The match resumes, and Kauai passes the ball to Kursk who attempts to shoot his Phantom Shot. After Kursk scores, Takamatsu tells his teammates that he has figured out the secret behind the Phantom Shot.
On Saran's bench Magaña asks Rico if this is the right time to substitute Kursk out as his Misdirection will run out. Rico agrees but tells Magaña that they will keep him on the court a little longer.
Rico tells Microbe to get ready for the substitution, while on the court, Kursk gets the ball and attempts to shoot. Rico notes that this is the worst time for them to be substituting Kursk, giving off the impression that they are doing so because he has lost.
Kursk confirms but tells them that Saran didn't lose yet because they have a reliable ace. On the court, Kursk tells Kauai that they won't know who has won until they hear the final buzzer.
On the bench, Rico realizes that Saran cannot win without stopping the Perfect Copy. Everyone agrees with Kuroko's plan and before the time out ends, Huge tells everyone that missing baskets is not allowed.
The match resumes and Kauai has the ball stolen by Rise who uses Akash's Emperor Eye. Kursk passes the ball to Huge who attempts to shoot a 3 pointer but is blocked by Midoriyama.
Takamatsu passes back to Rise who is a alley hoops the basket. Diego slowly catches up to Saran in points as Midoriyama passes the ball to Rise, who then uses Kuroko's Phantom Shot against Kauai and scores.
After getting the ball, Rise goes for a dunk, however, Kauai stops him, failing him in the process. Kauai approaches Rise and tells him that he doesn't think Saran are the bad guys.
During the tie out, both Huge and Kursk make fun of Kauai's statement, along with everyone else in Saran. Kursk, however, tells Kauai that his words gave him an idea of breaking through the Perfect Copy.
Kursk tells everyone that if they can predict Rise's next moves, then they have a chance of stopping the Perfect Copy. On the sidelines, Akash comes to the same conclusion and tells his teammates that the last two minutes will be the most difficult play.
On Saran's bench, Kursk tells his teammates that he will need to observe Rise but in the meantime they will have to resist him. After scoring, Rise faces Kauai and uses his Perfect Copy to block him.
Rise scores the basket, resulting in Diego taking a lead in points, 78 – 77. Saran calls for a time out as the familiar faces in the crowd note that this will be the last chance for one.
The time out ends and Mo moi along with Amine notice the change in Saran's fighting spirit. Kauai gets the ball and prepares to dunk when Rise comes to block him.
It's Diego's counterattack when Kursk approaches Kauai and tells him he has found a solution, following the plan they discuss during the time out. Rise copies Amine to evade Kursk but is then faced by Kauai.
Rise is then faced by Huge and Kibosh, making him use Murasakibara's Thor Hammer. Rise steals the ball back and passes it to Takamatsu who then makes the shot.
Kibosh grabs the ball and passes it to Kauai who runs to the basket. Akash realizes that this is Saran's last attack and notes that even though Kursk cannot defeat Rise, he has not given up on the match.
Kauai goes on to shoot a Meteor Jam but Rise jumps as well to block him. While shooting, Kauai realizes that his shot will miss, when suddenly Kursk appears behind him telling him to pass.
Kagan throws the ball on the basket, bouncing off and falling to Kursk. Kursk makes the shot when the final buzzer is heard, resulting in Saran winning the match.
On the sidelines, Rakuten leaves knowing that their opponent in the finals will be Saran. After hearing Kuroko's story everyone knew that their next opponent, Rakuten, would not be easy to beat.
With Akash and three of five Uncrowned Kings, it would be near impossible to win. Kursk confirms and Akash replies by telling him to show him his basketball.
Finally, when all the starter members line up and bow, the match commences. When he attempts to score the basket he is stopped by Hibachi who then tells him that if he wouldn't have fumbled he would have made the shot.
Rakuten gets the ball and Nebula attempts to score the basket when he is stopped by Kauai. He then musters up his determination and uses his Meteor Jam to score on top of Akash, entering the Zone.
Kursk was disappointed, even though he went on the court with full fighting spirit. Akash began marking Kauai, resulting in Rakuten raising their points.
With the score of 15 – 9, Rico decides to substitute in Kursk, in Oder to keep the gap in points. It's Rakuten's counterattack and Hakama uses his fast dribble to make the basket.
Frigate notices that since the start of the match, Kursk was not able to cut away from any of the Rakuten players. Just when Frigate was going to tell Rico that something is wrong, on the court, the Rakuten players have intercepted Kuroko's pass and have stolen the ball.
Saran and the familiar faces in the crowd were shocked as Kuroko's passes have been broken. If he were to learn how to dribble and shoot, Kursk would lose his ability to hide his presence.
Akash then tells him that Vanishing Drive along with Phantom Shot are flashy techniques and that there would be no way they wouldn't stand out. Adding the buzzer beater at the end of Saran's match against Diego in the Winter Cup.
He then tells Kursk that he is no longer the Phantom Sixth man but a merely an average player with no value whatsoever. On the sidelines, Amine realizes why Akash did not teach Kursk how to shoot.
As the match continues, Kursk is guarded by Rakuten's number 5, unable to shake him off. The familiar faces in the audience comment that it is the best thing to do right now as Kursk won't be of any use anymore.
The audience and the Rakuten players were surprised to see Kursk come back into the game. Kursk continues on to the hoop and now attempts to use his Phantom Shot to score the basket.
The familiar faces in the crowd comment on how Kursk is leaving such a high hole, but still Saran is managing to keep up the score. Before the start of the second quarter, Rico decides to substitute Kursk out again.
Even though he is completely helpless they somehow made it through the first quarter, telling Kursk to leave it to him. Kursk gathers the courage and tells everyone that he will definitely come back to the court, in order to win.
Everyone is content with Kuroko's answer and tell him that there is still a chance for them to succeed in the second quarter. They mention Rakuten's number 5 and how there is nothing remarkable about him, having Microbe mark him would be no problem.
Kursk is suddenly surprised when he notices that Rakuten's number 5 disappears and use Misdirection. During the game Yuzuki notices that Kursk is observing him to find any clues in order to revive his Misdirection.
On the sidelines, Murasakibara comments that even if Kursk were to come back into the game, it would already be too late as the difference in points is too wide. They decide on their tactics and their next move, and also note that Kursk did not come up with a solution yet, so they will have to continue on without him.
As the interval ends, Kursk fist bumps Kauai and tells him that he is counting on him. Saran grows even more desperate as the point difference is not shrinking.
Due to Hibachi's technique, Huge receives a technical foul, resulting in an interval. The audience comments on how Saran's ray of hope has vanished and that they are completely crushed.
Everyone, was surprised when Kursk told them that even if it was pointless, he wanted to become number one in Japan with everyone. Kursk tells them that he doesn't know yet but turns to Rico and asks her to let I'm onto the court yet again.
The Generation of Miracles were all surprised when they saw Kursk coming back to the court. The Rakuten members remark that even though Kursk came back to the court, there's not anything he can do to change the score.
During Rakuten's counterattack Yuzuki gets the ball and faces Kursk on a 1-on-1 battle. Yuzuki easily passes Kursk and attempts to shoot the basket, but is however stopped by Kauai.
Again it's Rakuten's counterattack and Yuzuki has the ball again, as he faces Kursk again on a 1-on-1 battle. On the sidelines, Masayoshi notes that Saran is letting Yuzuki shoot as he is the weakest member of Rakuten and has low probability of making the shot.
Kursk approaches Yuzuki and remembers what Take told him long ago, about the rivalry of your own kin. Kursk then tells Yuzuki that he is sorry and that he doesn't intend on surrendering the title of the Phantom Sixth Man just yet.
Akash and the rest of the Rakuten members were surprised at just how Kursk has managed to disappear. Kursk and Kauai bump fists as it's finally time for their counterattack.
On the court, Yuzuki realizes that Kuroko's lack of presence did not come back as he didn't use the vanishing Drive when he had the chance. On the sidelines, Midoriyama tells Take that Kursk was simply making Yuzuki stand out more than himself.
Midoriyama then concludes by saying that Yuzuki has dug a grave for the new model of the Phantom Sixth man. However, due to the pass being too low, Hakama misses which results in a rebound battle which Kibosh wins.
Yuzuki notes that if he devotes himself completely to the shadows, he will be able to stop Kursk overwriting him. Yuzuki then tells himself that he won't play along in Kuroko's set up and starts to dribble due to the five-second rule being already up.
On the sidelines, Murasakibara and Rise explain that the Phantom Sixth man needs an iron will and total control of their action, not acting on their natural reflexes. On the sidelines Rise comments that Yuzuki doesn't have the weight of determination from being in the shadows.
On the sidelines, the familiar faces comment that Kauai is keeping the pressure on Akash in defense and Kursk is on the offense getting points. Rakuten calls for a time out and the Saran members gather on the bench replenishing their strength, when Huge apologizes to Kibosh for his careless play.
Kursk notes that Yuzuki didn't do anything and that Akash is simply using him to divert Kauai's attention to him, in order to have successful passes. Hakama has the ball and decides to use five fingers due to his annoyance with Izuku.
It's Rakuten's counterattack and Hakama cannot pass the ball due to his teammates being guarded. In his mind, Yuzuki tells himself that Hakama is an idiot for passing to him and asks himself if he has forgotten who is marking him.
After the intermission ended, Kursk encouraged Huge telling him that he is counting on him, since the 4th quarter will only last for 10 minutes. Huge replies that by saying it politely, Kursk made him even more nervous.
Kursk tries to defend the basket and jumps with Kibosh to block Akash, however, the latter passed the two and scored. As Akash continues to play in the Zone, Saran is defenseless resulting in the score of 78 – 90 for Rakuten.
Saran entrust their hopes to Kauai but Kursk thought it was too big of a burden for him alone to bear. Kauai is hesitant at first but then realized his mistakes from before and agreed to Kuroko's help.
Huge puzzled as to how the two could take on Akash, approaches Kursk and questions him on his plan. Kursk notes that the only difference between Kauai and Akash is the Emperor Eye which he will try to make up for the lack.
During Rakuten's counterattack, Kursk and Kauai double team Akash who is headed for the basket. Akash passes Kauai easily using his Emperor Eye, however, he notices that Kursk is moving faster than himself.
It was revealed that Kursk had awakened his own Emperor Eye which can only predict the movements of his teammates. Kauai receives the ball and passes Hakama who went to block him easily.
Out of frustration of having a turnover happen from him, Akash catches up to Kauai quickly thinking he cannot possibly lose as he is absolute. Kauai manages to overwhelm Akash and score the basket out of his will to win for his team.
There is only a 10 point difference between the two teams as Saran is slowly catching up, the score being 82 – 92. After the counterattack, Kursk notices Kauai's fatigue and that he is nearing the end of his Zone.
As the game continues, Rakuten is showing very poor play, mainly Akash whose mental state is in dismay due to the shock of his loss against Kursk and Kauai. Akash's poor play is reflected onto his teammates as well who cannot coordinate well without their point guard.
Kibosh approaches Kursk and asks him if he is worrying about Akash, and if he is that he is making a mistake. Kauai notices the change in Akash as he tries to steal the ball but fails.
Akash evades both Kursk and Kauai as he passes the ball further to Hibachi, who scores the basket. Both Kursk and the rest of the Generation of Miracles have notices that the old Akash has come back.
Saran notice that the whole Rakuten team has now entered the Zone due to Akash's second ability. Saran manages to score some points but are overwhelmed by Rakuten and Akash.
On the bench, Rico notices Kauai's fatigue but has no means of making a time-out due to the current circumstances. Back on the court, both Huge and Kibosh are overwhelmed by Hibachi and Nebula who mark them, and overpower them.
Rico notices that it is not just Kauai, but the whole team which is fatigues, compared to Rakuten who still have stamina reserves left. Oliveira turns to Mocha who also came to spectate with him and tells him to cheer on for Saran as well.
Following Oliveira's example, Amine stood up as well encouraging both Kursk and Kauai not to give up. Rise follows, along with his teammates, as soon all of Saran's past opponents cheer them on.
The game continues and Kauai is determined to open the 2nd door of the Zone. The familiar faces in the crowd note Kauai's intentions but question if he can really enter it, as it is Saran's last chance to win.
Knowing it could happen, Hakama predicted it and evades but is blocked by Huge instead. Akash notices that Saran is synchronizing their plays to match Kauai's and wonders how they are able to do that.
Amine laughs in realization that there is no 'gatekeeper' before the 2nd door, but actually Kursk who is standing there. Kauai and Kursk continue their coordination play along with the rest of the team, which is the Direct Drive Zone.
Kauai is in control of the ball but is faced by Nebula and Hakama who try to block him. Kibosh is without a mark but has no means of matching with Kauai's speed while he is in the Zone.
Despite this, Kibosh decides to trust in his instincts and his bond with his team to synchronize his movements with Kauai and successfully perform an alley-oop. As the audience cheer, Akash realizes that thus is the true form of the Zone.
Meanwhile, Oliveira compares the current Saran with Take Junior High, them being a ruthless team which crushes their opponents with no mercy, leaving them in despair, while Saran is a team which encourages people to love basketball even more. However, Kursk appears and intercepts the pass, stealing the ball for Saran.
Kauai receives the ball again and passes to Huge who goes for a shot which is stopped by Yuzuki. During Rakuten's counterattack, Akash has the ball and uses his Ankle Break to make Kauai fall and score a basket for his team.
Akash claims that the victors will be Rakuten as Saran has only forty-one seconds left, with a seven point gap difference. Izuku has the ball but is unable to pass to Kauai due to him being double-teamed by Hakama and Yuzuki.
Saran raised their points but the score still maintains in Rakuten's favor, 101 – 105. Saran move to defense and Masayoshi notices that everyone is getting fired up except for Izuku who remains calm.
Izuku uses his Eagle Eye to steal the ball from Hibachi and Nebula. Izuku wants to pass the ball to Kagami, but he is still double-teamed by the Rakuten players.
Huge gains a 3-pointer for Saran but also a foul from Hibachi due to the nature of the “Earth” shot. Kibosh gets the rebound and the Rakuten players wonder who he will pass the ball to.
The Rakuten players remark that Kursk did not shoot during the match at all and realize that it was for this very moment. Kursk performs an alley-oop with Kauai as the latter dunks and the buzzer beater is heard.
Saran cheer as they are announced as this year's champions of the Winter Cup. Akash describes defeat as immense pain in the chest as he approaches Kursk and extends his arm for a handshake.
Tears are seen on Akash's face as he congratulates Saran and Kursk on their victory. Kursk and Akash shake hands and agree to play with each other again in the future.
A few weeks later, Saran continue their practices for future matches, so they are not left behind by the rest of the teams who are training as well. Kauai finds Kursk who apologizes for being late due to getting a photo from Mo moi, which was taken on his birthday.
Kursk has renewed his friendship with his past teammates, as he continues to train for future matches with them. Instead of joining the group for a break, Kursk and Kauai continue to practice, which their teammates note is due to the team's Interhigh results.
Rico dismisses the team to continue training while inviting one of them to watch the match with her, which will be Huge. As Team Formal Swords prepare for their training, Mo moi appears and embraces Kursk.
During practice, Rico notices how strong the team is but comments on their synchronization which is poor. Mo moi informs them on Silver who has massive strength, speed and jumping power.
Kursk spares one last look at the video before returning to practice. Rico, however, notes that as they don't have any more time, the only thing left for them to do is to trust the team.
As Agora leaves, Rise and Kauai remember the time when they faced a group of bullies at a street ball court. Kursk introduces himself as a member of the opponent team and starts questioning Gold on why “monkeys” cannot play basketball as it is for everyone, which he is then mocked for.
Having heard enough, Gold stands up and kicks Kursk to the ground and onto the table. After falling, Kursk is pulled on his hair by Gold who threatens him for lecturing him.
Gold quickly pulls back as a fist is aimed at him, which is Kauai and the Generation of Miracles arriving to help Kursk. Team Jabberwocky realize that they are their opponents for the mach and start to mock them on how weak they are.
Before Silver, Kauai and Amine could start a fight, Akash stops them and suggests battling it out on the court, to which Kursk agrees. On the day of the match, the Generation of Miracles are chosen as the starters while Kursk and Kauai are on the bench.
After the break and onto the second quarter, Silver begins to show his true skills, overwhelming both Amine and Murasakibara. After getting behind on points, Agora calls for a time-out and decides to member change Akash and Midoriyama for Kursk and Kauai in order to gain more strength to combat Silver.
Murasakibara disagrees but after Akash's persuasion, the giant agrees and the team goes back on the court. The match resumes and with the team play of Kauai and Amine, they manage to stop Silver and his advances.
Murasakibara passes the ball to Kursk, who is unnoticed by the Jabberwocky players. Though Kursk is fairly weak, his talents allow him to play a central role in any team.
Possessing a superbly observant eye in addition to his ability to blend in invisibly to any environment, Kurokocan perform imperceptible passes and virtually unstoppable steals, getting the ball to and between his teammates faster than opponents can react. If he is left in play too long, opponents grow used to his misdirection tactics; as such, he must be placed on the bench at varying points in any match to prevent this.
Kursk is incredibly important for Saran having been called a trump card. This is because Kursk is difficult to place in one of the five set basketball positions, his role in the team applies to none of those, but mostly as a pass-first point guard based on size and passing abilities.
Kursk is naturally hard to notice, so he developed a playing technique using that “invisibility”. He must make eye-contact with the passer while doing his misdirection and so the afield of the other players becomes a “mirror” for Kuroko's position.
Not only that but the new skills he has learned such as the “Vanishing Drive” and “Phantom Shot” has made his “lack of presence” wear out. This is simply because these skills require a hold to the ball and the crowd starts to notice him because of this.
This is the only type of pass that works well with his misdirection because of minimum contact with the ball. As an extension of his regular pass, Kurokocan also move the ball even quicker.
This way, the force behind the pass will increase greatly and the ball will move much faster. In Saran, Kursk only passes this way to Kauai and occasionally to Stepped Kibosh.
After their harsh training in Summer, according to Aida Rico all second years now are capable to receive it however it's painful for them as Huge said. Stepped Kibosh also noted when the first time he received this pass in street basketball tournament he could catch it but not continuously.
Instead of simply thrusting the ball using the palm of his hand, he also puts a strong spin on it. By doing this, like a gunshot, Kursk puts more acceleration and power behind the pass by transferring the rotation of his arm to the ball.
The ball is so strong that it can even pass the Generation's ace, Amine. The pass is very fast and powerful, and flies in a straight line from the start to the end of the course, which is perfect for fast-break.
In their second match, Kursk showed his full court pass without spinning first. After being soundly defeated by Died Amine, Kursk trains himself to evolve his play style.
He has overcome this previous limitation, and has developed the ability to imperceptibly move past players while dribbling the ball, creating his own 'vanishing' drive. Kahuna Hara has speculated that Kursk uses blinking to bypass the defense, but this has been proven wrong.
The real explanation of this skill was given by Midoriyama, in Saran's second match against Too. Similar to Kuroko's misdirection, Kauai draws the attention of the opponent to him, just for a second, and that makes it possible for Kursk to pass his opponent successfully. The only one so far to have beaten the Vanishing Drive, is Amine.
He countered it and stole the ball by closing his eyes, making Kauai's misdirection ineffective. Because of the two's mutual understanding about basketball, and by following Kuroko's breath, Amine was able to crush down the Vanishing Drive.
He realized that if he can activate his regular misdirection and divert the attention away from him, that the opposite is also true. By deliberately running out of misdirection, he is giving his teammates the ability of the Vanishing Drive.
The effects are clear: Kursk has run out of his regular moves, but his teammates can now use the Vanishing Drive freely. In other words, misdirection would never work against the same opponent thus rendering the rematch an inevitable loss.
Because Kursk won't be such a threat anymore now that the data of his inability to shoot is known amongst the Yosef High team. Because of this reason, Kursk began training on his shot, but only with failing attempts to score.
Kursk brought Amine in to train him, and he told him that while normal players pass with the palm of their hands, Kursk passes like a normal player shoots, with his wrist and fingertips. The essence is to use the palm of his hand to thrust the ball forward, although that will mess up the shooting posture.
Instead of shooting the ball over one's head, the Phantom Shot releases from the chest. The opponent naturally looks lower because of the ball's position, so his view is limited.
By a fast release, Kurokocan shoot the ball through the opponents field of vision, like a floater with less arc. Using the Phantom Shot, Kursk made the first basket in front of Murasakibara, the tallest player in all of Japan, thus scored the first point against Yosef in the whole tournament.
However, as explained by Akash, if he were to keep using this move, like his vanishing drive, it would diminish his weak presence, causing him to stand out and be noticed by the crowd, disallowing him to become a shadow ever again, since the Phantom Shot requires Kursk to hold the ball. Takamatsu is the first one to figure this out, after which he successfully closed in on Kursk and blocked the shot.
To use his misdirection Kursk needs to analyze and predict the movements of his opponents. Kursk acquired his version of the Emperor Eye from the deep trust and bond he has forged with his teammates and by his observation skills.
His Emperor Eye cannot predict the movements of his opponents (unless he has played with them before) but rather the teammates who he is familiar with. They have first showed this in the match against Shiny Academy and did it again in the game against Sago High.
The combination started off from a missed shot from Kursk on a wide open layup attempt and Kauai followed it up. They met when they both joined the Saran basketball team and after discovering that their different plays complement each other, they make a promise to become the best in Japan.
When playing together they understand each other perfectly, which makes them a “lethal rookie duo.” They often hang out together at school, with Kursk acting his usual self and Kauai responding with comically exaggerated anger or annoyance.
Kauai's straightforward approach to basketball is also one of the reasons Kursk was able to turn his back on the Generation of Miracles' way of playing. When he entered the gym, he met Kursk and Amine immediately acknowledged his passion for basketball.
Amine was Kuroko's best friend and “light” back at Take Junior High School. They practiced together after training and quickly became friends to the point where Amine calls Kursk Gets.
Outside the court they would hang out and grab ice cream together after practices or games. Over time Amine changed: he became stronger and eventually lost his passion for basketball because he was too strong for his opponents and winning was no longer fun.
From then on the two grew more distance between them as they were no longer friends and Kursk quit Take basketball. When the two were first brought together, Amine still showed the same attitude he had at the end of his Junior High school days.
It was shown that Amine expressed indifference when Midoriyama pointed out Kursk would face him during the Inter-high championships. During the game Amine overslept and didn't show up till the second quarter, though during the second half of the game Amine completely destroyed Saran stopping Kursk including his ignite pass, misdirection among others.
Unexpectedly, Kursk comes back into the match and uses his Misdirection Overflow helping Saran score a few points. At the peak of his excitement and gratitude toward Kursk, Amine goes into “The Zone “, the pinnacle state of concentration that only few chosen athlete can achieve takes control of the match.
Kauai then follows suit and enters Zone as well and during the last seconds, as he and Amine are stuck in a stalemate until Kauai finally gains the upper hand and eventually win against Amine. Because of the tough match, Amine regained his passion and enjoyment and sees Kursk as his friend once again.
Back in Take, Kursk was Rise's personal instructor before he made it as a regular in the first string. He always tries to bring up Kursk in conversations and tries to be together with him as much as possible, especially in the anime's ending makes.
Note however that Kurokocan see through Rise's friendly mask by asking him to stop acting sarcastically as in Episode 3 when the latter claims he has been crying himself to sleep because Kursk had rejected his invitation to join Rise in Diego. Kursk occasionally plays with Rise's attitude by ignoring him, but he acknowledges their friendship.
Rise was happy when he heard this, stating, “That isn't just a compliment ... that kind of stuff really sets me on fire!” Rise is also the first member of the Generation of Miracles who starts changing thanks to Kursk.
Midoriyama remarks that after his loss he reverted to his state before the consecutive championships. At first, Mo moi didn't think much of him, due to his size and lack of presence off the court.
However, after seeing him practice and prove his worth on and off the court, her opinion changed and became amazed at his determination. In the -Replace- novel, it is revealed that he once challenged to take on five high schoolers in a basketball match by himself because they were harassing Mo moi, later causing her to fall more deeply in love with him.
They have gone on a date before, but while Mo moi sees it romantically, Kursk only perceives it as friendly. Regardless, he cares for her very much and is very kind to her, defends her, and at times grows angry on her behalf.
Such was when Amine said very harsh things to her, a tearful Mo moi ran to Kursk and told him what happened, to which he managed to cheer her up stating Amine was just angry and didn't really mean it and told her everything would be alright, to which she was grateful. Furthermore, Mo moi would seem to be the one character Kursk treats with most care, saving her from thugs and accompanying her whenever she is alone, which is especially seen in the light novels.
Just like the other members of the Generation of Miracles, Kursk and Midoriyama acknowledge and respect each other's skill. Midoriyama also did not like Kuroko's choice of high school, saying he could not stand the fact that he acknowledges Kursk, who in spite of his lacking physicality is skilled enough to stand as his equal, and yet he went to a new and unknown team who could not utilize his power to the fullest.
Kursk once bluntly stated Midoriyama is so smart, but sometimes he is dumb when arguing over the best basketball technique with Rise. In Kuroko's opinion his three-pointer is amazing but the worth of points only goes so far, and that Kauai's dunk that bring up team's morale can 't be measured in comparison.
Midoriyama has shown his consideration and care for Kursk when he gifted the latter with a bird keychain on his birthday. Before meeting Kursk, Akash was not satisfied with the current Take team and wanted a change.
After seeing Kursk, Akash questioned him and pushed him in the right direction to making his own style of playing, based on his lack of presence. During this time Akash was very supportive of Kursk and helped him overcome his nervousness and doubts.
In this short meeting Akash warns Kursk that if he's planning to fight against him, he would have to be careful. It is shown that Akash respects Kursk for defeating him as both of them renew their friendship and play together again in street ball basketball.
In the novel 'Replace', Kursk mentioned “if Akash was a teacher, it would make lessons very easy to understand.” This likely refers to their time back at Take when Akash was Kuroko's personal instructor.
Outside of basketball, Kursk describes Murasakibara as “a kid with a screw loose.” As for Murasakibara, Kuroko's seriousness irritates him, but he does acknowledge him in some way like other Generation of Miracle members.
Kursk dislikes Murasakibara's bad habit of discouraging who tried their best to play basketball, this repeatedly sparked arguments between them back in Junior High school. In the fifth grade, Kursk became interested in playing basketball after watching a match on TV.
Oliveira taught Kursk how to play basketball, and they quickly became best friends. During the final round of the Winter Cup, Oliveira suddenly appeared with his teammate.
He held a basketball in his hand, and boosted the morale of Kursk and the Saran team. Not much is known about their interaction after the match, but it can be assumed that Oliveira does not harbor any negative feelings toward Kursk.
He is quite close to Stepped Kibosh, who he sees as the big brother he never had. He does, however, slightly fear the coach Rico Aida, like the rest of the team for her deadly cooking skills and the constant wrestling moves she performs on him when angry.
Despite this, he is often paired with Kursk and hides with him to spy on conversations between Kauai and Midoriyama. Father had the impression that the Generation of Miracles weren't such a big deal and Kursk proved him wrong.
Reminiscing about Take's words, Kursk finally understood the meaning behind regarding a dislike for their own kind. Kursk refused to give up the title of Phantom Sixth man and finally regained his ability after overwriting Yuzuki by making him stand out.
The two share some similarities, they both have weak presences, both enjoy reading books and they both met Akash. Even if you have a higher score than your opponent when the final whistle blows...
(lecturing Taiga Kauai) The possibility of victory is only 0% when all the players give up. I chose to fight because I believed the basketball of Generation of Miracles was wrong.
(to Died Amine) I definitely won't lose to someone like you, who rejects other people's hard work. “ Not much of his appearance has changed, though he seemed less gloomy and invisible than in the finished concept.
The stagehands are the roles of animals, puppets, objects, ... fulfilled by the hands of a regular actor. The kanji (Kurt) in his name means black, hinting to him being the “shadow” towards Kauai.
Because Kursk did this to accelerate the ball when first showing his Ignite Pass, when volume 4 was published, this was changed to his palm instead of his fist. The second time he did an Ignite Pass, it was shown with the palm of his hand.
There are few exceptions: Amine (Gets), Rise (Kurokocchi), Mo moi (Tetsu-kun), Murasakibara (Urchin) and Akash (Betsy). According to the CHARACTERS BIBLE : Kuroko's type of girl is a gentle person.
His hobbies are reading (mainly literature works) and human observation. Akash and Kursk were originally planned to be siblings until Fujiyama cancelled the idea.
His bedhead has shocked a number of characters, often accompanied by a “Comb your hair!” In a Q&A section in the manga, it is revealed that: Kursk was 155 cm tall upon entering Take.
Kursk lives in a small home with his father, his mother, and his grandmother. In the end credits of Season 3, there are photos of Kuroko's life before High School that depict him as a fat, happy giggling baby.
Kursk has a habit of pulling or adjusting his wristband just before his match starts. His technique Misdirection is inspired from the book “The Art of Manipulating the Gaze” and developed because of his unique observation skills.
Kursk appears as a support character in the Jump crossover fighting game J-Stars Victory Vs. Murasakibara believes Kursk has wonderful luck when it comes to winning free stuff from snacks.
Kursk is the youngest member of the Generation of Miracles, according to the Japanese schooling system. According to Saran High’s basketball team’s members, Kuroko’s grades are average.
Kursk made an appearance in a separate anime series named Assassination Classroom, in which he was seen in the 32nd episode lining up at Class 3E's restaurant along with Saki Russo from The Disastrous Life of Saki Oslo and Bobobo-bo Bonobo from Bobobo-bo Bonobo. Kuroko's Ignite Kai Pass technique has been used by notable NBA players such as Many Ginobili.