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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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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
... Last updated on April 10th, 2010, 3:47pm
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 :)
Blast from the Past!
Oh man i am writing this review 10 years after i first read it, so my memory might be a bit scewed but i had to do it better late than Never!
The MC at first might appear to be Annoying and a bit Cute Cocky but believe me the Charm wears ON pretty quick...around 30 chapters in i already fell in love with him ...his quirkiness and the comedic situation that he himself forces into is GOLD!
Side characters are also well developed and they have their own reasons and Background that gets revealed as the series progresses. This is the BEST chemistry i have seen for a Sports manga...
One of the most standout arcs is towards the final and that is what pretty much defines this manga for me...i won't spoil the final match details but lets just say that it is the most Intense and exhilarating thing you will ever read ! Guaranteed !!!
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 entirety—within 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)
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.