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Winning isn't everything in the game of basketball, but who wants to come in second? It takes dedication and discipline to be the best, and the Shohoku High hoops team wants to be just that. They have one last year to make their captain's dream of reaching the finals come true--will they do it? Takehiko Inoue's legendary beloved basketball manga is finally here and the tale of a lifetime is in your hands.
Hanamichi Sakuragi's got no game with girls—none at all! It doesn't help that he's known for throwing down at a moment's notice and always coming out on top. A hopeless bruiser, he's been rejected by 50 girls in a row! All that changes when he meets the girl of his dreams, Haruko, and she's actually not afraid of him! When she introduces him to the game of basketball, his life is changed forever...
Notes: - Includes a oneshot called 10 Days After.
- In 1995 Slam Dunk received the 40th Shogakukan Manga Award for shounen.
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Well i watched the anime and manga, and at the end of both i got a little upset , because there still things not ended yet, like what is gonna be sakuragi future as player, he was improving so well , i think a sequel should be made, cause it is a great manga but the ending is not that proper, i like the new manga that the autor made , but still would be nice Slam Dunk having a sequel.
Simply the best
I do not normally like sports manga. But Slam Dunk is simply incredible. The characters are likeable, and the games are exciting and easy to understand (this coming from someone who'd rather watch paint dry on a wall than watch a basketball match, real or fictional). It took a while to get used to the art style (I don't read older manga very often) but if the art is clear enough to communicate the complex actions involved in a basketball match, I think it must be good. Some people complain about the ending, but I'd rather have the manga end early at a time where the creator feels is appropriate than have it drag on and turn into a mess like Bleach and most other long series.
Fantastic in every way.
Art is top notch. Characters that are believable, likeable and can understand and get behind. Very funny. Good character-driven story. Tense and exciting confrontations in the basketball court. Perhaps I'm a tad let down by the ending, but not that much. If you like sports manga, funny manga or simply manga in general - read this. Inoue Takehiko is one of the best current mangakas.
For me this is simply why I read manga and what makes them so much better than american or any other comics . This is the 'Friends' version of manga haven't met one guy who has not loved it . Like all fans I hope for the day when Inoue san picks up the story again .
... Last updated on April 25th, 2012, 7:43pm
One of the Best Manga Ever
Slam Dunk is the best sports manga ever. There will never be another sports manga like this. If you are a manga reader this is a must read manga because it is a classic. For anyone that doesn't know, this manga help mainstream basketball in Japan.
Okay so when you start the manga, the story may be slow at first because hanamichi(main character) has to learn the basics, but he gets a lot better. The manga gives you so many emotions including sadness(you know what I'm talking about if you read the manga or when you do), joy, and happiness. Most mangas today that are long gradually starts getting boring and you want to skim them like Detective Conan, Naruto, Hajime no Ippo, etc... but this manga makes you want more.
Another amazing thing is the drama. During this one game in the manga, it was AMAZING literally. It gave me chills and my heart started beating faster; i couldn't keep still. If a manga does that to you than the manga is something. The game you want to know is in the spoiler box if you want to really know.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The Sannoh vs Shohoku match was simply amazing. During that game, it literal gave me chills and excitement to see what was going to happen after each chapter.
Overall I gave this manga a REAL 9.5/10 because of the ending. The author could have extended the manga but he didn't and I said REAL rating because I always see many people overrating mangas with 9s and 10s when they are not. Btw there are many people that aren't into basketball but still like this manga so give it a try if your not a sports person.
... Last updated on November 11th, 2011, 10:34pm
A Sport Classic
This is a must read for all fans of sport related mangas.
At times the plot was purely comical and at others it was heartrending, but by the end of the novel everything fell into place and I was completely satisfied. The combination of comedy with a truly inspirational story left a great impression.
I watched the anime as a kid, and now reading it was epic, even though the last match lasted 3 volumes (or more?) It was amazing! I cried ;___; It was so short!! It should be at least 10 vols longer!
Just Epic, one of the best mangas I've ever read.
... Last updated on May 12th, 2011, 4:36pm
EPIC Manga!!(The king of all when I look from every angle)
This manga is just superb!! It's so humorous and later it became so exciting as the story keeps on going further!! The character development especially of the protagonist is brilliant! To be frank, I don't have any word to praise this manga!! I don't like basketball much but this manga made me take interest in so much that I secretly even wished to take part in a basketball competition!! You know, such manga can even change your life!!
I have read more than 20 manga long manga(of course I have read more but they are not 'long ones'! Everyone has its own feature and different plot, but when I compare 'SLAM DUNK' to any other other manga, then inspite of based on a different storyline I'll declare 'SLAM DUNK' best of all!! This manga has so much to say!! I cried and got sentimental on various places while reading it and even laughed out as hard as I can on some other hilarious places! The action is so thrilling that you will feel absorbed into the story!!
This manga has all what one desires! If you really are someone who likes quality manga, then it's impossible for you to not to read it!! Even if you don't like long manga, then too you can try this one as an exception for sure! I promise you that you will never feel like not going any further, instead you will desire to read more and more!! I don't want to criticize anyone here, but those who gave or will give this manga a rating less than 9 don't know this for sure that what is a 'good and quality' manga! They are not true lovers of manga, I can guarantee this!! Even if everyone's view point is different, there is no way that anyone who truly understands manga can ever give 'Slam Dunk' a rating of less than 9...!! (And in my view there is no way you can give it a rating of less than 9.5)
At last, I'll say it's a "masterpiece" and a work of genius!! It's a perfect mixture of "humor," "action," "emotion," "sports."
People do "thumbs-up" for the things they really like but I'm doing "body-up" for 'Slam Dunk.'
My most favorite sports team whether you ask about real one or about virtual one, I'll shout only one name "SHOHOKU HIGH........!!" It's my favorite team not only in this world but in this entire universe! Because no other team, no matter whatever the sport is can have such genius, unique, talented and hard-working players.......!! It's an amazingggggg........ team!!!!!
I'm a die hard fan of this manga and everyone should think about it the way I think!! I really....... want it's sequel but it's not in my or in any other's hand because it only depends on manga-ka whether he wants to continue or not! Ah.......! I really wanted a happy ending with Shohoko High winning the National Championship!! And that's why I really wanted a sequel! A sequel in which the former captain of Shohoku High will come and see his team winning the Championship in front of his eyes!! Ah............! It would be so much wonderful to see it................!!
I don't think that even 10 out of 10 is sufficient, if it was for me I'll give it 100 out of 10 but I'm helpless because there's no more option!!
" THE EPIC MANGA EVER DRAWN AND AN EPIC STORY-LINE!! "
"SLAAAAAAAM DUNKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK !!"
... Last updated on August 14th, 2010, 12:16pm
The only bad thing about this manga...
...is that every other series read afterward pales in comparison. I'm ruined. I don't even like sports, but I'm scrounging for anything else than can give me the same feeling this manga did - and failing miserably. It engaged me on a level that no series ever has.
Even if you are not a Shonen or Basketball fan, read this manga.
... Last updated on June 10th, 2010, 12:43am
i made an account on this website, jus to give this comment, deserving of a great manga like this. so this is my 1st post, btw this is also the first time im giving a manga 10 out of 10.
Everything about this was jus incredible; it was one smooth hilarious touching ride, one after the other. it starts off alittle slow, but PLEASE I BEG YOU, for you yourself too, to persevere even if the first few chapters are not to your taste.
Art: each character looks unique; can recognize each of them quickly(unlike some mangas where characters jus get a hair-style change and they call it another character -_-|| ). gets better and better; quite realistic drawings compared with other mangas. the people look pretty real, and the guys look damn cool when they're supposed to be. the girls are pretty cute too.
Story - Read to find out; don't wana give spoilers. Nothing feels extra in this; everything fits together. Be prepared to laugh lots and feel inspired with the characters' perseverance.
Character: if someone asks me whose my favorite character, i find it hard pressed to name one. Their interactions are funny to see, and even the loss of a single character in the Shohoku team will surely be sorely missed. The whole Shohoku team combined is my favorite character.
I know a manga is epic great when: 1). after 31 (!!!) volumes, i still want MORE. as in, ALOT MORE. and im someone impatient who can't even finish an entire korean drama without skipping or something. 2). as a sports manga, it makes you want to play the sport after reading it. 3). the manga has fans like me bothering to do something like this and writing such a long review. and from the other comments, i can see im not the only fan to do this. 4). able to make its fans buy the entire collection(special collectors' edition) and read it several times over; years after it has been finished and completed. 5). if im not wrong, online petitions on asking Takehiko Inoue to make another sequel is still around.
...........i can go on and on, but im in abit of a rush now unfortunately.
Please, go read the first 10 volumes at least when you have some time on your hands.