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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 girlsŚnone 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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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
Phenomenal manga. I am reading this for the 3rd time and I still cannot get sick of it. The character development, the plot, the games; I can't express in words how good this manga is.
This was one of the original series that got me into manga/anime back when the first few episodes of the anime version came out, and I have to say it still holds the spot as one of the best sports/comedy mangas even now. Sure the ending is a bit unexpected but it does leave a bittersweet taste and leaves things to be looked forward to.
this is the best manga ever.i have read it for so many times and i have watched the anime for the endless time? dun miss this good read. it is worth it!
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
It really is. Its not the first manga to get a 10 from me but Slam Dunk really is the best manga I've read. Its just really fun and that is something I feel stories seem to lose as the go on longer. Also the most important in my view: long manga always seem to stagger at some point before becoming good again but Slam Dunk never had this problem. It was ALWAYS good ALL THE TIME throughout its run. And that is something that I can't say for even the very best manga out there. Its fun. Its hilarious. Its emotional. Its THE BEST.
I'm a bit biased since I'm a basketball fanatic. But, this is a manga with great plot and character development that anyone can enjoy. My only gripe is that mangaka portrays Japanese people as being ridiculously tall, with crazy hops, and doing insane basketball moves. But then again, I can't really blame him for promoting his own people, and it would be pretty boring if it was ultra realistic. It is a true epitome of sports manga.
... Last updated on December 24th, 2008, 11:02pm
Unbelievable... so brilliant...
First I was really sceptical about this manga, and the first volume wasn't that great. But it became better and better and after finishing it I can say this is the best sports manga out there. I can´t find words to describe how great it is, it's simply an amazing piece of art. It would've been great if there had been another 30 volumes.I don`t rate very much with a ten but this one is better than that, ah I love it. If you like sports manga you will love this one but if you like basketball you will worship it.
... Last updated on June 14th, 2007, 7:45am
There is a reason why Slam Dunk is so beloved to many younger generations in the Philippines: Sakuragi Hanamichi is a relatable, imperfect protagonist with big dreams for an underdog. I will try my best to be as objective as I can in this review, as I am forever a fan of Slam Dunk and its imperfections in all its entiretyŚwithin the anime and the manga.
The main characters develop emotionally, mentally, and physically, while their individual backgrounds have been fleshed out and incorporated into their hunger for victory. Their emotions are very well portrayed through the sense that I felt their willpower and their effort that endured through numerous trainings and setbacks. I must commend the author for being able to craft such abstract emotions and allowing the readers to feel the growth of the Shohoku team. The interactions within the Shohoku team is reminiscent of real interactions between close friends. Teasing, jokes, and light-hearted insults are frequently exchanged between teammates and enforce the feeling of close friendships and brotherhood. Comical scenes are usually perpetrated through Sakuragi, whose foolishness and straightforward mindset are often the brunt of jokes.
The art is, of course, fairly dated and does take time getting used to in the beginning. I will admit it took me awhile when confronted with Sakuragi's own preposterous hairstyle. The same is said when introduced to Sakuragi for the first time; he acts mindless and I was a bit frustrated with his personality, but after pulling through the road bumps his personality becomes more tolerable, I promise.
I also admit at times, this manga can become bland in terms of plot. There is not much to say about basketball except training, competing, eating, and sleeping. But I was swept up in the emotions of the characters that everything was exciting, particularly fights and basketball matches.
Sakuragi Hanamichi is undoubtedly the underdog and it was entertaining to watch his growth as a character and a basketball player. Shohoku's journey as a team also brought aspirations and changes in myself: never give up and always try your best. Readers also have the opportunity to learn more about basketball as Sakuragi learns the basics, and it was extremely helpful in the sense that I could watch an NBA match on TV and understand what is happening. The ending, however, is not as neatly wrapped up as I would have liked it to be, but I suppose I can live with it. I regard this as a classic for the very reason that it portrays emotions and characters so vividly that it transcends the two-dimensional world. This manga may not be perfect, but it was certainly worth reading and watching. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - art | ★★★☆☆ (3.75, to be exact) characters | ★★★★★ plot | ★★★★☆
... Last updated on March 25th, 2015, 3:41am
Slam dunk is definitely not my type of story. It was on my wish list and I just picked it up randomly probably because of its incredible art, and maaaaan I was amazed. It turned from a manga i chose to pass time to a manga i would find time to read.
Even though most of the story focused on them during their games but thats what makes slam dunk exciting! I still think it would be even better if we were more involved in the characters personal life. for example if we took the story lead sakuragi, we dont really know much about his life outside of the school and games.
finally, I expected more from the ending but I'm not complaining about it, it was kinda.. Nice. All in all I loved this manga and really enjoyed it, big recommendation here! (9/10)