So NESCRE is hopping onto the bandwagon by selling Kuroko no Basuke perfume. The descriptions of the perfume are as follows:
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.
Fresh orange scent along with a sweet smell of tropical fruits and sunshine.
A soft and pleasing fragrance.
A sweet with a solid but light floral scent.
A fragrance like the sparkling and shining drops of sweat from the blond.
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.
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.