Ranked #76

Slam Dunk

Alternative Titles

English: Slam Dunk
Japanese: スラムダンク


Type: TV
Episodes: 101
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 16, 1993 to Mar 23, 1996
Premiered: Fall 1993
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: TV Asahi, Animax
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.561 (scored by 33,597 users)
Ranked: #762
Popularity: #697
Members: 64,497
Favorites: 2,239
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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)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Sakuragi, Hanamichi
Sakuragi, Hanamichi
Kusao, Takeshi
Kusao, Takeshi
Rukawa, Kaede
Rukawa, Kaede
Midorikawa, Hikaru
Midorikawa, Hikaru
Mitsui, Hisashi
Mitsui, Hisashi
Okiayu, Ryotaro
Okiayu, Ryotaro
Miyagi, Ryota
Miyagi, Ryota
Shioya, Yoku
Shioya, Yoku


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

More episodes Episodes(0/101)

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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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Dec 15, 2007
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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Apr 5, 2015
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.

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 7, 2013
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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Mar 19, 2008
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 read more
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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  read more 
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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!
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