Ranked #11

Slam Dunk (Manga)

Slam Dunk

Alternative Titles

English: Slam Dunk
Japanese: SLAM DUNK


Type: Manga
Volumes: 31
Chapters: 276
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 18, 1990 to Jun 4, 1996
Authors: Inoue, Takehiko (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)


Score: 8.961 (scored by 14041 users)
Ranked: #112
Popularity: #118
Members: 24,277
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Hanamichi Sakuragi is a delinquent who has never had any luck with girls. However, when he meets Haruko Akagi, he is sure that she's the one for him. Haruko is a big basketball fan and notices his potential as a basketball player (due to his immense height). Hoping to win her heart, Hanamichi earnestly tries out for the basketball team. Does this complete newbie have what it takes to even join the team?

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Slam Dunk was awarded the 40th Shogakukan Manga Award for best shounen manga in 1994. In a 2006 poll for the 10th Japan Media Arts Festival, the series was voted by Japanese fans as the #1 manga series of all time.

With over 120 million copies sold as of 2012, it is one of the most successful manga series to date. Its wide success led to a large increase in the popularity of basketball in Japanese youth. In 2010, Takehiko Inoue received special commendations from the Japan Basketball Association for popularizing basketball in Japan.

The series was published in English by Gutsoon! Entertainment under the Raijin Comics Imprint for five volumes from July 2, 2003 to May 5, 2004. After Gutsoon's shutdown, publishing rights to Slam Dunk were purchased by VIZ Media who then republished the series under the Shonen Jump imprint from September 2, 2008 to December 3, 2013.

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Feb 5, 2009
Slam Dunk is probably the best manga ever published and the anime version is one of the best I have ever seen. Even though the series has ended more than a decade ago, many people wiill wholeheartedly agree that this franchise has stood the test of time.

The story is simple but the execution is incredible, each chapter is filled with humor, action, drama, comedy and a whole lot more. The anime series was good and worthy of being considered a landmark anime, but if you have yet to see the anime then you don't know what you're missing. However there are things that read more
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Oct 5, 2014
Before I start, I must point something out. If you're expecting something like Kuroko no Basket with Zone, 100% accuracy shooting, perfect copy and other supernatural powers, stop reading right now, because it has none of that. Also, SD focuses more on the whole team, rather than just 2 characters (Kuroko and Kagami). Now, onto the recommendation.
The story follows Sakuragi Hanamichi, a delinquent who is in love with a girl named Haruko and wants to impress her in some way, so he decides to join the basketball club. That was his initial reason for joining, but he gradually develops a love for the sport and read more
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Feb 4, 2015
Slam Dunk is the most popular and iconic basketball manga around, thanks to a dynamite main character and Takehiko Inoue's clear passion for the sport.

Hanamichi Sakuragi, a red-headed delinquent and complete basketball neophyte, is the heart and soul of Slam Dunk. He's great at various things (beating up other delinquents, being tall, and being rejected by girls are chiefs among them), and while playing basketball is clearly not one of them, don't tell him that; in fact, Sakuragi's brand of unreasonable confidence and swaggery is a breath of fresh air in a genre usually populated by bland genius or meek underdogs as main protagonists. read more
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Mar 27, 2015
If you're a regular basketball watcher, or a solid fan of the sport, then Slam Dunk is a must watch for you. This piece of work is skillfully written by the famous author Inoue Takehiko, also known for his other works such as REAL and Vagabond. Slam Dunk also had outstanding sales in Japan and a successful adaptation series (along with four movies) which were sold worldwide, thus inspiring young people to practise basketball passionately.

As said above, Slam Dunk is for those who are into basketball. Inoue Takehiko himself has been a basketball player in his high school days, and he is an active NBA read more
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both are sportsmanga, very funny and the characters are just too creepy 
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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. 
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Same type of sports. Basketball!!! 
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Both protagonists are a complete beginner in the sport. Sakuragi in Basketball and Hinata in Volleyball. They start out as a laughing stock and a complete failure. But they both possess a special talent that make them shine and leave the crowd in disbelief and total awe. High Kyuu has the traits necessary to become a masterpiece much like Slam Dunk. If you loved Slam Dunk, you'll surely enjoy High Kyuu! 
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Hanamichi and Harumichi are almost the same guy, they have the same personality and respond in similar ways, even though Crows is a fighting manga and Slam Dunk a sports manga.

Both mangas are awesome and from the same year 
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