Kiminobu Kogure
Gender Male Male
Birthday July 12
Height 178 cm (5'10")
Weight 62 kg (136 lbs)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown
Professional Status
Occupation Basketball player
Team Shohoku
Year 3rd year
Position Guard/Forward
Jersey Number #5
Personal Status
First Appearance
Japanese Voice Hideyuki Tanaka
English Voice Christopher Ralph
Ed Belo (TV-5 Dub)
Francis Ibanez (GMA Dub)
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Kiminobu Kogure (木暮 公延 Kogure Kiminobu) is Shohoku's vice-captain and a good friend to Akagi since Middle School. He and Akagi are the only two players who have been on the team for all three years - Mitsui left during their first year, while other players quit the team because they found Akagi's training regimen to be too strenuous.



Along with Miyagi and Ayako, he always tries to bring out the best of Hanamichi's talent. He is gentle, empathic, and always friendly, and is almost never seen without his glasses on (this is why Sakuragi calls him "Megane-kun" which loosely translates as "glasses-wearing guy"). However, when needed, he shows notable willpower and brutal honesty, such as when he barely flinched after being slapped twice and cruelly insulted by the embittered Mitsui during the gym fight.



Despite spending a lot of time on the bench, Kogure brings experience and considerable firepower to the team when he's on the court. He is the player most likely to be subbed in to replace one of the starters. A pretty good shooter and tactician; he hit a crucial three-pointer against Ryonan.

Kogure can be seen as the sixth man of Shohoku


Takenori Akagi

Akagi is Kogure's best friend since middle school. Kogure always supported his dream of the national championship, even when the others quitted because they found playing basketball with them is pointless.

Hisashi Mitsui

Mitsui used to be a close friend to Kogure during their 1sy year of high school, until Mitsui received a knee injury that forced him to quit basketball for some time. After Mitsui returned with the intention of destroying the basketball team, Kogure reveals to everyone Mitsui's past. Kogure offered him to play with them, before being knocked down by Mitsui. However with Anzai's call, Mitsui was able to redeem himself, wanting to play basketball. Their relationship returned to its former shape since Mitsui's return.

Hanamichi Sakuragi

Kogure seems to have an amical relationship with Sakuragi. He usually praises Sakuragi for his achievements, and Sakuragi seems to be always grateful for his help. When Sakuragi was training with Akagi to score under the basket for the incoming match against Ryonan, Kogure offered to help them since that match would be probably the last. After Shohoku qualfies for the inter high thanks to Sakuragi's last dunk.,Sakuragi told Kogure to postpone his retirement thanks to him being genius. Kogure in tears, touched with his resolve and how he was thoughtful of him, simply told him not to make him cry, since he is a troublemaker.


-To Hisashi Mitsui: "Grow up... Mitsui."

-To Hanamichi Sakuragi:" Don't make me cry. You troublemaker."


  • In the original English Dub of the anime, He with Mitsui and the other basketball players are called their surnames instead of their given names.
  • He was the recipient of Sakuragi's passes when the latter's intentions contradicted Coach Taoka's predictions. The first was during the practice match against Ryonan. It is simply because the latter just don't want to pass the ball to Rukawa. The second was during the real match against with Ryonan. This time, Sakuragi trusted Kogure who was open for a 3-pointer which he made, because Rukawa and Akagi were tightly surrounded. The 3-pointer gave Shohoku enough momentum to hold on to their lead and eventually, win the game.
  • In the Filipino Dub, Sakuragi calls him, "Labo".