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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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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!
An all time classic!
I created an account just so I can give a review on this masterpiece. It's an understatement to just say that slam dunk is the pinnacle of the sports genre, it's a classic and ranks right at the top even when compared to other genre.
Amazing art, amazing character development, amazing humour and story-telling at its best. The most magical thing about slam dunk is that you will come to love every single character, even from the rival schools. My favorite character in the entire series does even come from the main team.
Even after 14 years when I first read the series, my love for this series remains strong and I still take the books out to re-read once in a while. The ending was epic in it's own right. As much as I prayed and pestered inoue to make a sequel, I knew the ending couldn't have been more perfect. Inoue sensei knows it too, that there is no way he can make a sequel without risking slam dunk's legacy. The only wish I have is to at least finish the anime version right to the last chapter, damnit!
Truly an all time classic! The fact that it's the best ever selling manga per volume in Japan speaks volumes!
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.
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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
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
A story that you'll never forget
at first it was just a typical story but certain twist on it made it extraordinary. i already read the manga a couple of times for the story brought me into that reality as if im sakuragi kun... it just so sad that the ending was sakuragi being on a rehabilation for his injury...Only hope the author might consider to create a sequel to this manga that we love most. The inspiration that this manga brought into my life that made me see that through strong determination, hardwork and perseverance anything is possible...
Mr. Takehiko Inoue kindly do a sequel on slam dunk for many of the fans been patiently waiting for it...its like a dream come true to all of us fans...please kindly extend the story for it uplifts my spirit as well as others. i know for sure that it will be another big hit... hope you can do us a favor thanks