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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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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
Realistic, informative, hilarious, and INTENSE!
I put off reading this manga for a long time because the cover art looks sweaty and unattractive (it's actually not so). Now that I've read the whole thing, I just want to read more!
This manga is fun, with a strange main character that might anger readers or cause 2nd-hand embarrassment at times. There are many jokes, puns, and slapstick humor weaved evenly throughout every chapter without disrupting the flow of the manga. I actually wanted to cry at many points.
Long story short, I unexpectedly came to love this manga. Slam Dunk is the BEST of the basketball genre--better than Kuroko no Basket and etc in many aspects. Anyways, kudos to the author! Because of Slam Dunk, I became interested in other basketball manga ( and basketball in general ) as well!
... Last updated on July 24th, 2014, 1:15am
Brings back memories..
This is probably the best basketball anime/manga that will ever come out, even though ending was not the best, it written with a lot of realism. I recommend watching anime and reading this as anime has extras scenes and movies that cover some more depth of some of the characters, especially about Sakuragi. You can tell the mangaka really understood the game, all the rules and styles and incorporate it into this. You don't see basketball animes/mangas with fouls incorporated anymore. As I was reading on, I couldn't stop myself from cheering Sakuragi, just hoping he would do something crazy every episode or chapter. The stunts pulled in there kept me laughing and never once did I think this was boring.
Watched this in Cantonese when I was in Elementary school and now re-watching and reading the manga to finally find out about the nationals. One of the best sports anime/manga ever! There is no need for special moves or crazy abilities to make this good, just hard work and will power to never give up.
... Last updated on August 16th, 2012, 7:12pm
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.