Ranked #37

Real (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: Real
Japanese: リアル


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: 1999 to ?
Authors: Inoue, Takehiko (Story & Art)
Serialization: Young Jump


Score: 8.741 (scored by 2940 users)
Ranked: #372
Popularity: #421
Members: 9,994
Favorites: 510
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Nomiya Tomomi is a high school drop-out who wants to devote his life to helping Natsumi, a girl he sentenced to a life of immobility after a tragic bike ride he invited her on. He tries to change his life around, from a trouble-making delinquent into a reliable man. The problem is, both Natsumi and her sister don't seem to care at all for Nomiya, rightfully blaming him for the accident. Plus, the only notable talent Nomiya posseses is the talent for basketball. Everything changes for him when he meets up with Togawa Kiyoharu, a wheelchair basketball player.

(Source: ANN)


Real won an Excellence Prize for manga at the 5th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2001.

The series has been published in English by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint since July 15, 2008.


Nomiya, Tomomi
Nomiya, Tomomi
Togawa, Kiyoharu
Togawa, Kiyoharu
Takahashi, Hisanobu
Takahashi, Hisanobu
Yamashita, Natsumi
Yamashita, Natsumi
Mitsuru, Nagano
Mitsuru, Nagano
Hitoshi, Yamauchi
Hitoshi, Yamauchi
Tora, Katsuta
Tora, Katsuta

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Nov 27, 2008
A manga revolving around wheelchair basketball. This is another representation of the manga form's greatest asset: variety. There are manga out there about any subject, topic or issue. There is a manga out there for everyone. Real is for everyone. Everyone with matured tastes anyway. It needs to be made clear that this manga is heavy on characterisation and not on battle royales involving hoops.

Takehiko Inoue's Real is his most mature and accomplished work. You won’t find constant court action here with secret techniques powering up people. This is a tale about three young men, the issue read more
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Mar 19, 2015
What can be said about REAL, that hasn't been said yet?

It is masterfully written manga by Takehiko Inoue revolving around overcoming what life throws at you. Three main characters are trying to live their lifes and find their path.

You relate to them, because atleast once in your life you had similar thoughts. As manga progresses you progress with it. You want to join them in their fights with obstacles. You want to go out and start playing basketball. You want to start studying and live your life at the fullest possible way. You are inspired not by their victories, but by their transformation. read more
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May 18, 2013
Takehiko Inoue made his name in the 90′s with Slam Dunk, the hugely popular basketball manga. After that he was sponsored by ESPN to do another basketball manga, Buzzer Beater, but that one didn’t go down as well. So the next year he decided to switch genres and starting drawing Vagabond, the samurai epic. But I guess after a few years of him waking up surrounded by pages of samurai doing slam dunks, he realised the basketball was in him and he needed to go back to that genre before he exploded. Sitting in front of his editor and faced with pitching his new sports read more
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Jan 25, 2009
What this manga revolves around can simply be described in two words, wheelchair basketball -- but that surely does it as much justice as calling nights dark.

If you've seen the movie Murderball, then this series is a essentially and almost entirely just the manga format of what that documentary has to offer in terms of issues relating to people of the disability -- but from a Japanese perspective of course. As a side note, if you haven't seen Murderball then get off your ass and do so!

Takehiko's brilliance can be seen immediately in his art. It is his own and it is unquestionably excellent and read more
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Manga: Slam Dunk
Great mangas of Takehiko Inoue. Both are about basketball, with a familiar mood. Slam Dunk have more comedy and REAL have more drama. Both are awesome. If you don't like basketball or do not enjoy sports manga, read Slam Dunk first. I'm sure you'll love it and you'll want to play basketball. 
reportRecommended by taterhead
Manga: Kokou no Hito
Both depict how social misfits (The Climber - an introvert who distances himself from others due to his own personality and unfortunate past; REAL - people who need to rediscover their place in society due to their disability) who find solace in the passion of sports, to escape from the crushing loneliness as a result of their respective circumstances. They both showcase incredible depth in storytelling and breathtaking artwork. The Climber and REAL are mature, soul-searching dramas that are certain to grip the reader in more ways than one. 
reportRecommended by Hattori_Hanzo
Manga: Berserk
How is this similar to Real? A better question is how it ISN'T similar to Real. This is Berserk we are talking about. First of all they are both manga. Boom thats half it out of the way right there. Second of all they are both kind of mature. in berserk people get mutilated all the time, real stars those cripples. this is the story evolution. 
reportRecommended by Po_and_Dong
Manga: Uchuu Kyoudai
Real and Uchuu Kyoudai are very similar is the regard that they're both about people trying following their dreams. If you've read either one then you're probably familiar with a feeling of satisfactory motivation you get that often leaves a stupid grin on your face when the characters do something clever or accomplish what they set about to do. Neither are shy about throwing emotional moments at your either and both are just absolutely inspiring and powerful. If you've read and enjoyed Real or Uchuu Kyoudai and have not read the other then I highly recommend you do so. It'll quench that thirst for 'more'  read more 
reportRecommended by Yoges
Manga: Rikudou
A uncommonly grueling told story from both manga's in pertaining to the main characters life. Both male leads go through a number of grave cause and effect conditions that's brought about from their own actions putting them in dreadful, isolated situations. The two male protagonists find a ray of light in the form of sports which helps them put their past aside.  
reportRecommended by Mastodynia
Manga: Perfect World
Perfect World is very much like Real but a josei version of Real, if that makes sense. The story is from the point of view of a young woman in love with a guy who is in a wheelchair. The main male leads both are disabled and play wheelchair basketball and both manga have a lot of reality about living with disabilities and the mental emotional part of it as well. Perfect World has less of a sports influence and more romance than Real but I think readers of one would enjoy the other. They are  read more 
reportRecommended by inzaratha

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