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Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk

Alternative Titles

English: Slam Dunk
Japanese: スラムダンク

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 101
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 16, 1993 to Mar 23, 1996
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.551 (scored by 27080 users)
Ranked: #852
Popularity: #676
Members: 50,770
Favorites: 1,730
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

Popular Tags

basketball comedy shounen sports

Synopsis

Hanamichi 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.

(Source: Funimation)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Slam Dunk
Side story: Slam Dunk Movie 1, Slam Dunk Movie 2, Slam Dunk Movie 3, Slam Dunk Movie 4

Characters & Voice Actors

Akagi, Takenori
Akagi, Takenori
Main
Yanada, Kiyoyuki
Japanese
Yanada, Kiyoyuki
Moneta, Claudio
Italian
Moneta, Claudio
...
Mitsui, Hisashi
Mitsui, Hisashi
Main
Okiayu, Ryotaro
Japanese
Okiayu, Ryotaro
Pizzuto, Michael
English
Pizzuto, Michael
...
Miyagi, Ryota
Miyagi, Ryota
Main
Shioya, Yoku
Japanese
Shioya, Yoku
Bridges, Dave
English
Bridges, Dave
...
Rukawa, Kaede
Rukawa, Kaede
Main
Midorikawa, Hikaru
Japanese
Midorikawa, Hikaru
De palma, Ivo
Italian
De palma, Ivo
...

Staff

Takenouchi, Kazuhisa
Episode Director, Storyboard
Shimizu, Junji
Storyboard
Sakai, Izumi
Theme Song Performance
Nishizawa, Nobutaka
Assistant Director, Chief Animation Director



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Apr 5, 2015
poorqs
Slam Dunk is considered a pioneer of sports anime. All from its witty jokes to its inspiring speeches, it’s a masterpiece from the 90s. It teaches many valuable morals of life such as establishing strong bonds with each other, and to never give up. It’s an anime that’s been a part of my childhood, and I knew from its first episode that it would be hilarious.

[Story]
The plot was centered on our self-centered protagonist Sakuragi Hanamichi, a 189cm tall, 16 year old, delinquent who hates basketball. And in order to impress a girl, he attempts to play the sport, fails miserably at it, and even read more
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Dec 15, 2007
ChrisVarick
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 read more
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Dec 7, 2013
ParaParaJMo
This anime has almost everything. Action, comedy, tragedy, romantic tensions, manly moments, etc. The cast is pretty huge and when possible, each character or group gets their chance to shine. A great percentage of the characters each contribute something to the advancement of the story and/or get their moment in the sun so. It doesn’t have to be Sakuragi, or the rest of the Shohoku team. Even Sakuragi’s gang gets their chance to do something every now and then.

But what really touches me about this story is how strong the relationships develop. Especially the loyalty of Sakuragi’s gang and how far they go in read more
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Feb 4, 2009
_killua_
Slam dunk is, in my opinion, the best anime i've seen.

Story
The story is a typical anime sports plot, a central character (hanamichi) who starts hating basketball but due to his love interest get's into the school's team and starst loving it. The difference from other anime is that it gives you a better point of view in what respects effort will make you the best. In most anime the central character makes a great effort and ends up being the greatest player in the world in no time, instead slam dunk shows you that you are not the only one practising, everyone else does so read more
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Recommendations

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 sports anime. Both male leads are self professing 'genius' at the sports, and have about the same character. The leads' group of friends even seem similar!
both animes are from the 90's hence they have the same art style. both main characters are delinquents trying to change to be good. they are very funny and memorable characters and will make you come back for more.
Both animes are related to basketball.
They are both series about Basketball. Buzzer Beater is a bit more on the scifi end, both are series that will be enjoyed by basketball / sports anime fans.
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 ! :)

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 82-101)

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