Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 16, 1993 to Mar 23, 1996
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.521 (scored by 15336 users)
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basketball comedy shounen sports
SynopsisHanamichi Sakuragi, an entering Shohoku high school freshman holds a record for being rejected by 50 girls during middle school. His nearly 2 meters height and bright red hair causes most students to write him off as a delinquent.
One day, a girl named Haruko Akagi approaches Hanamichi without any fear. When she asks Hanamichi: "do you like basketball?" Hanamichi falls head over heels for the girl of his dreams. Without missing a beat, Hanamichi tells her he loves basketball, and the two head to the gymnasium where Hanamichi learns about the slam dunk. He also learns of Rukawa, one of the country’s top basketball prospects, also a freshman at Shohoku.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Slam Dunk
Side story: Slam Dunk Movie 1, Slam Dunk Movie 2, Slam Dunk Movie 3, Slam Dunk Movie 4
Characters & Voice Actors
You know that feeling when you don't really want to watch something but when you start doing it, amazingly, you have lots of fun? Well I do because that is what Slam Dunk is doing to me. It is about this basketball team in Shohoku highschool and its main character, Sakuragi, who tries to complete himself as a basketball player and gain the love of a girl, named Haruko. Sounds cheesy but, believe me, it is nothing you have experienced before.
Now, from the first few episodes, you can obviously see that this anime, which received huge acclaim at its time, has a clear goal to spread the popularity of basketball in a country where basketball was almost non existent. For true fans of this game, who are hoping to see some great moves in this series, a disappointment awaits. The problem is that Japanese studio emphasized areas of basketball which aren't necessarily the most important and beautiful. For those true fans, it would be like watching a "learn-how-to-read" video when you're 20 years old. From this side, the anime looks really outdated.
However, what amazed me the most, was that the jokes were not outdated at all. If you don't like the basketball scenes, watch it as a comedy and, trust me, you won't be disappointed. Through time, you get used to the characters and even start enjoy their stories. We've all movies about American high school teams who MADE it. This was something new for me and I did not give up on it. Love, basketball, friendship, competition and lots of laughs - this is what you can expect (and should receive) from Slam Dunk.
I can say this easily: there will be basketball fans who will hate Slam Dunk and there will be non-basketball fans who will love this anime. Just give it a try and if you'll have fun a few times - it was already worth it. read more
Slam Dunk is one of those classics of sports anime. You always hear about it and wonder if it actually is the best thing since sliced bread. Well, it isn't. But it is funny and entertaining and worthwhile if you have the patience for it.
Imagine GTO in high school and determined to learn how to play basketball to get closer to the girl he has a crush on -- tah-dah, Slam Dunk! The story has the expected sort of "learn a skill, show a skill" repetitive story line common to a lot of sports and shounen animes, but it's punched up by a little delinquency, a little reformation, and a tiny bit of one-sided romance. The one real downside to the story is the occasional trips into a DBZ/Naruto-esque timefreeze: sometimes one basketball game takes, like, 3 episodes and you wonder how it's possible that only 2 minutes anime-time have gone by in the last 20 real-time. ;)
The art is a little rough sometimes, kind of typical for the time period. There's a lot of panning across stills and repetitive looks at the same image. It can be a little annoying, but I kept on reminding myself when it was made (1993-1996!) and I got over it. The one thing that I noticed the most was probably the fact that the key on their court looks different from a real key in a NBA or Olympic court, but I decided to stop thinking about it a few episodes in.
The character of the main character is what makes the whole thing entertaining, I think. He is brash, tactless, rough and stupid -- and, for some odd reason, really funny. Even when he gets on my nerves, he does something random and ridiculous and retarded, and it just ends up cracking me up. He's always calling himself a genius (when he doesn't know how to do anything) and laughing in this obnoxious, cocky manner and making awful mistakes, but he's somehow loveable anyway and you end up rooting for him because he's just that charismatic. The thing that's really nice about him is just how flawed he is... he's got natural athleticism, but he's far from being a natural on the basketball court and he's loyal, strong, and dedicated, but he's also impatient and hot-tempered and loud. And he's really nicely backed up by a team of interesting, diverse guys who each (eventually) get their time in the limelight and each have their own personal struggles to overcome while striving to work together as a team.
Overall, I enjoyed watching Slam Dunk -- despite the really slow pacing of some of the actual games. It's funny in that rough, delinquent way that will be familiar to people who've seen Hajime no Ippo and Great Teacher Onizuka. If you're an American basketball-purist, you might have some issues with the show, but if you're just looking for a fun, classic shounen about some rough-and-tumble guys... you've found what you're looking for. read more
You'll notice in an eye beat that both series are very similar:
- both are sports genre, specificately both are about basketball
- both have great artstyle
- both show a quite unique developing of the characters
- both KnB and SD have awesome characters with special abilities and strong personalities
- both also have funny comical scenes alternated sometimes to the normal pace of the story
- they both have great musics and osts
..etc. I could actually continue but truth is that there are way too many things to list..
Slam Dunk is a sure "must watch" between the classics sports anime, while Kuroko no Basket has a very original and interesting plot who makes it definitely another "must watch" between the new sports anime.
Give them a try, you'll get a taste of a very catching pace which you won't regret!
If you liked one of them, you'll most likely love the other too!! ♥
Both of the anime are sports anime, which is basketball. Besides that both of the shows have the same genre and types, comedy, school, shounen and sports which is the spotlight why I made this recommendation. Both of these anime have a good characters, good story plot and interesting/worth watching. However, the only difference is that Kuroko no Basuke was a "little" impossible if you based it in some reality basketball plays while Slam Dunk can be. Both of the series should be watch if you really like a sports/comedy/shounen/school anime. Since both of this anime is worth watching and you'll not regret about those.
Both deal with basketball and have some comedy.
Both deal with Basket ball, with a likable protagonist who is both fantastic, but terrible at the sport at the same time. Many similarities can be drawn between characters, making then very well in sync
They are similar with characters
Both series deal with Basketball
They are both Sport anime's about Basketball
Similar Characters in both shows
Dashes of comedy
Each have a similar feel when you watch it although Kuroko no Basket has updated animation.
Both of the series were sports genre. Both series/anime shows a lesson about friendship and teamwork, yet they're also the same with other genre, like school and comedy.
Kuroko no Basket and Slam dunk, I also define them as a good anime since the story's very great, if you really like an anime sports, and yet the illustration of every character is good. Both of the shows are very unique and has a lesson if you watch it.
However Slam Dunk's more realistic than Kuroko no Basket.
-Both the anime are about Basketball
-Both mainly centered around 2 players
-Both extremly motivating As soon as i watched slam dunk and kuroko no basket I instantly felt like picking up my basketball and shooting hoops
-Both anime are about trying to win the championship
Probably the best 2 sport animes ever!
Well you probably wondering how come this two anime's are similar ?
The answer is quite simple, in both the main characters are new in the field of the sport they "playing", and were they are trying to become one of the best!
Also a lot of delinquents action so the figthing is mutual in both anime's :)
And must not forget the comedy that is present, it's probably better than in some animes that are focused on only that ! :)
Both are sports anime classics.
they both start from zero and learn technic`s and fight their way to top,,,they both funny with original staff,,,the both of them is one of best anime history :D
these 2 anime are alike in ... comedy and funny main characters , but when they are serious they mean business . IPPO & Sakuragi both (decent people...almost - have really huge strength - with girls they're weak :) ....... these 2 anime , u could say the best 2 SPORT ANIME ... Great fights - comedy - action - and manly action .
Both of animes talk about sports(Hajime = boxing, slam dunk = basketball) and has a main character that joins their respective sports and evolve during the animation.
Opening Theme#1: "Kimi ga Suki da to Sakebitai" by BAAD (eps 1-61)
#2: "Zettai ni Daremo" by ZYYG (eps 62-101)
Ending Theme#1: "Anata Dake Mitsumete'ru (あなただけ見つめてる)" by Ooguro Maki (eps 1-24)
#2: "Sekai ga Owaru Made Wa (世界が終るまでは...)" by WANDS (eps 25-49)
#3: "Kirameku Toki ni Torawarete (煌めく瞬間に捕らわれて)" by Manish (eps 50-81)
#4: "My Friend (マイフレンド)" by Zard (eps 81-101)
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