After being excluded from Jump Festa 2012 (official event) and Winter Comic Market 2012 (unofficial event) due to the yet ongoing threat case, Kuroko's Basketball finally surfaced again on the consumer market with the release of manga vol. 21. To promote its release, giant posters of the popular series are decorating the walls of train stations including JR Ikebukuro Station and Metro Shinjuku Station.
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You can register for the giveaway of original T-shirts designed by Fujimaki sensei with the purchase of the comic as well. The shirt will be given to 965 fans. The number 965 came from the main character's last name Ku(9)-Ro(6)-Ko(5). The deadline to register for the campaign is set for March 4th, Japan Time, details are in the comic.
Animate Akihabara stacked vol. 21 high in a cork screw tower on the day of the comic's release.
Kuroko's Basketball experienced lots of ups and downs last year, but the faithful fans stuck with the series all through the rough ride. With the announcement of the anime's second season, hopefully 2013 will be an easier and even more successful year for Kuroko No Basuke and Fujimaki-sensei.