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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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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.
all time classic fav
I just luv this manga!! i've read it like more than ten times already and I'm still getting excited over the awesomeness of the main characters plays, sure he is cocky, but his cockiness is truly hilarious!! however, it can't be argued that the guy is somewhat a genius!! and in the end.. you just can't end up hating the guy..
I also like the realism of this manga and how Inoue potrays basketball (it's completely different from my expectations and now I became more open minded about basketball).. I won't spoil it anymore.. but for people out there who haven't read it, read it!! if not, you're missing a lot!! even though you dunno basketball you can still enjoy this manga.. and who knows you might end up liking and playing basketball.. I know a couple of my friends did just that cus of Slam Dunk
... Last updated on July 16th, 2007, 11:14pm
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
what can i say?!
Mmmm wayywayy better than the anime.. a must read to guys learning to play bball.. *thumbs up* i liked the ending.. i wish he should have made more.. like a part 2 or something hahaha ------------------------------
Artwork : 8.5 Characters: 10 Story:10
... Last updated on December 28th, 2006, 4:40am
Just finished reading, i was truly thrilled by this manga. And moved... Althought i don't like basketball, it doesn't matter with this manga. The spirits of the characters made me love this manga, and appreciate the context (bball)
It's also very funny! That Hanamichi is a real funny baldy haha :) This work is better than Vagabond, because you feel the mangaka really likes basketball :)
The Empyt Feeling left
At first I didn't think i was going to be interested in a manga like Slam Dunk but then i read the manga and i fell in love with the characters, the art, the story, the games...everything. But, once i finished i felt empty on the inside besides the anime & movies ( which i finished shortly after ) don't satisfy. i felt as though the manga's ending was like a cliffhanger and there's suppose to be more but there isn't and that makes me sad because i want to read more.
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
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
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)
Ok, so it's been...what, 7 years since I read it. Yet I still remember it as the best sports manga I've read (granted, I haven't read a whole lot) as well as one of the most hilarious manga I've ever read. I remember trying to watch Dear Boys soon after reading this and I just couldn't, it was just so shit by comparison. Great amount of drama, hot-bloodedness, comedy, sports and I love that ending. Really, really hope those talks of a sequel after the mangaka is done with Real are true.