Kuroko no Basuke Perfume

Because your anime characters’ sweat smells like citrus fruits.

Source here.

So NESCRE is hopping onto the bandwagon by selling Kuroko no Basuke perfume. The descriptions of the perfume are as follows:

“『ラインナップ』

Ver. KUROKO

フレッシュグリーンなマンゴーのトップノートから、
ロータスフラワーの軽やかさをもったラストノートへ続きます。
環境に溶け込んで見えないながらも、
いつの間にか感覚に染みついて離れられない様な不思議な香りです。
お届け日:2013年2月下旬発送予定
 

Ver. KAGAMI

フレッシュなオレンジのトップノートから、
日差しを浴びたトロピカルフルーツの様な甘さをもったラストノートへ続きます。
うっかりしあわない柔軟剤を使ってしまった男の様な微笑ましい香りです。

お届け日:2013年2月下旬発送予定

Ver. KISE

フレッシュグリーンなトップノートから、
淡いフローラルながらもしっかりとした甘さを残したラストノートへ続きます。
金髪から散って輝く汗の様にきらめきのある香りです。
お届け日:2013年3月下旬発送予定

Ver. MIDORIMA

ミントとキウイフルーツのクールなトップノートから、百合の華やかな香りが立ち昇る、
コートの端から弧を描く3ポイントシュートの美しさに通ずる美学を持った香りです。
お届け日:2013年3月下旬発送予定

Ver. AOMINE

ユズ、ミント、アクアノートのアコードが、
誰も到達できない深海の様な底知れぬ深さを感じさせる男の香りです。
お届け日:2013年3月下旬発送予定

KUROKO VER. 

A fresh scent of green mango with a touch of faint lotus.
It may not blend in very well with your surroundings, but it is a strange but sweet scent that you will remember. 

KAGAMI VER.
Fresh orange scent along with a sweet smell of tropical fruits and sunshine.
A soft and pleasing fragrance.

KISE VER.
A sweet with a solid but light floral scent.
A fragrance like the sparkling and shining drops of sweat from the blond.

MIDORIMA VER.
A minty scent with a hint of kiwi and lily.
A fragrance that leads to a beautiful 3-point-shot from the edge of the court forming a perfect arc.

AOMINE VER.
A strong and refreshing citric scent mixed with hints of mint an cool aquatic breeze.
A very deep and manly fragrance.”

They are all on sale from February 2013 onwards. I’m a little dubious about this whole thing (though I think the concept is rather fun if I don’t have to pay exorbitant prices for it.) Effectively it’s just scented water with the faces of your favourite anime characters plastered over the glass bottle. Kuroko, Kagami do not smell like that (hell they don’t even exist) but rather, they are imprinted impressions of what a Japanese perfume professional presume that these imaginary characters essence would be within a perfume fragrance. To put it bluntly; NESCRE is manipulating the fanbase or taking opportunity of the insane popularity that KnB is enjoying and hence, is trying to market a couple of industrially produced scented liquids as a fantasy of what each character would smell like. Hence if one buys this perfume because one thinks that it emulates Kuroko’s scent, one is already  buying into this media fantasy that is pre-determined and milked by mega corporations. I’m not entirely against it; anything that makes money for JUMP in the name of KnB is good news because it increases the possibility of a second season. (Yes I’m pragmatic like that. >.<) Personally, I’m more interested in buying doujinshis because they perpetuate the storyline even if it’s not official or drama CDs and specials because it directly supports the animators and anime company rather than a huge profit going to some retail company that’s merely jumping on the bandwagon in the name of profits.

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8 thoughts on “Kuroko no Basuke Perfume

  1. Aren’t doujinshi usually produced by independent fans? The doujinshi artists dont pay for the copyright stuff, not to my knowledge, and the animation company doesn’t endorse or profit from those – unless official anthologies are produced i.e. official in the sense that they’ve been licensed by the company (e.g. See the Code Geass “Knight” and “queen” complilations.)
    Not sure how big a slice of the pie they get when they endorse comic conventions either – im guessing probably not a lot though. I think drama CDs are a much more direct way to support the animation company, although of course, I’m sure they keep tabs on the popularity of doujinshi somehow and are aware of how well those sit with the fans too.

    • Yeah they are. I mean I’ll support doujinshi because its a continuation of plot and ill buy drama CDs because it supports the animation companies.

  2. I…want…that very deep and manly fragrance. *,,*
    but for that money..I better simply buy some KnB manga volumes and smell them instead 😛

  3. ..Wouldn’t it be nice for Riko, if the guys used some splashes of the fragrances before the game (or at least, after second quarter)?. *^__^……. except Kuroko in his shadow-function.. -wouldn’t be good, if his opponents smelled him coming… but – *LOL.. I just couldn’t help but imagine what the other teams might think when Seirin’s players enter the court, surrounded by whiffs of lily and cirtus and green mango (with a touch of faint lotus) XDD

    (I’m sorry, but I really have to go buy fresh fruits if I read the fragrance descriptions one more time!!) X’3 *getshungry*

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