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Harlem Beat  
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From Tokyopop:
Some athletes dream of the bling-bling, others dream of the women. But real hoop dreams reflect the desire to be the best. The dream of being able to take the rock, drive the lane, and take it to the hole. That's Nate Torres, branded as the team benchwarmer, just trying to get that shot at high school fame and glory. When he blows his chance to try and make his high school team, he takes his dream to the only place he has left ... the streets.
Away from the spotlight and glory of organized basketball, Nate Torres discovers himself on a back alley half-court.


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Associated Names
Bóng rổ đường phố
Basketball Dream

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Status in Country of Origin
29 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (62 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.96 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 23rd 2015, 11:15pm PST



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TokyoPop (18 Volumes - Defunct)

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Year Pos #5622 increased(+1117)

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good times   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by fictionalscience
October 26th, 2008, 4:18am
I grew up reading this manga (translated into Indonesian ^^). The plot isn't just about basketball, it also included the main characters' personal lives, which sometimes get pretty dark since it involved some gangster violence. But the comedic reliefs are great, especially with the gullible main character. I just wished the version licensed in English didn't edit their names none
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Underated Basketball Manga   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by rayculz
October 21st, 2010, 2:30am
Yeah, until now I dunno how awesome of this stuff never been scanlated. This is the top of my favorite sport manga especially basketball manga. And makes Nishiyama Yuriko is one of my favorite mangaka.

I'm very glad this manga release in Indonesia.

ps. I've playing the game based on this manga, released by Konami for Playstation.

... Last updated on October 21st, 2010, 2:36am
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It's been a while but still....   
Rating: N/A
by BLame8008
March 26th, 2009, 3:41am
Ah man, it's been a long time since I picked up this manga... but I agree, this one is totally underrated. That's kinda sad, since it's such a good basketball manga.

The main character has always been the loser but finally, in basketball he finds himself shining. It has all the repetitive "shining" moments for the underdog hero but it's also just great. It goes from inter-school basketball games to street basketball. Very cool and worth the read.
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The good ol' time...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by p3pelepe
July 16th, 2011, 9:13am
It's really great manga, I remember I laughed so hard every time I read this series. Well, it has tear jerking moments too. I think it has good balance of sport time and personal life of the players. The character development is great, even minor characters have their moments. Nishiyama-sensei really did great job here.
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Not only Regular Basketball   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by topboy
June 7th, 2009, 12:18pm
Many Basketball manga focus only on normal basketball but this manga have focus on 2 types of basketball game 1.normal basketball 2.street basketball (or 3-on-3) (see : )
And as fictionalscience state, this manga not only focus on basketball, i think 60% of story is about basketball game/training 40% is about characters (main or not) lives.

Spoiler (highlight to view)
The sadest thing in this manga is why,why and why his team (Jonun) always eliminated in all tournament,never make it to final.
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Rating: N/A
by samuwella
April 16th, 2013, 11:22pm
is Harlem Beat or Rebound ever going to be translated into english? i absolutely love these series, but can only find them in Japanese...what's going on? don't want to have to buy all the books just because i don't want to take up space.
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An enjoyable read   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by tacit
August 1st, 2011, 1:57pm
Harlem Beat is so likable. It's lighthearted, fun, and not all about basketball. This manga is dialogue-heavy (lots of character interaction and development of relationships) but the banter between characters is so awesome, I love it anyway.
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scanlations pls !   
Rating: N/A
by EminaLoli
January 10th, 2015, 7:49am
Isn't there anyone going to pick this one up? I've survived till now, but i can't really enjoy the work that much cause i only know bits of japanese writing. I think my admiration for this one would skyrocket if i can only savour their lines :'( . SO PLEASE, ANYONE !? :'(
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Windora
March 14th, 2009, 9:09am
This comic totally, totally rocks. I don't know why this comic isn't very popular in US, but in Indonesia it's totally popular. Sawamura is just effin hot. Seriously, this is an awesome comic. Both boys and girls can read this. This book isn't 100% basketball, lots of the plot contains the character's feelings, and this book really really rocks. That's all i gotta say.
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