English: Slam Dunk
Synonyms: Slam Dunk: 10 Days After
Published: Sep 18, 1990 to Jun 4, 1996
Authors: Inoue, Takehiko (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Score: 8.941 (scored by 10083 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.
Popular Tagsbasketball comedy shounen sports
Feb 5, 2009
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 are not shown in the anime series which is why it is crucial for you to read this manga. The interhigh games are a blast!
Takehiko Inoue certainly knew how to end the series with a bang! The last game is so good, every character is at their best and certainly no other title can rile up the readers emotions like this, it really feels like your watching the NBA finals.
The artwork is simply great even though there are a lot of better looking manga out there, the decade old graphics still manages to go toe to toe with other more recent titles out there.
The characters of this title are by far the most fully developed in any title out in the market and I'm not just talking about the main characters, I'm also talking about the supporting cast even those belonging to rival teams. The character development is so good that it is difficult to choose one character as a favorite. Each character has a well told background even those who appear in just a few chapters have a very detailed and well executed background story. You'll probably remember the names of not only the Shohoku players but also the names of their rivals, most notably "Sendoh".
Overall Slam Dunk is one of the best Manga ever made and I'm sure that once you read it, you will agree with me. I guarantee that you won't be able to resist finishing the manga in a few days if not a few hours because it is that damn good. If you think the anime was great, try reading the manga and I'm sure you'll feel that the anime series could have been better, the interhigh games are one hell of a joyride!
Sep 11, 2008
Basis: Slam Dunk is a manga about the great sport of basketball. It is filled with comedy, fast paced action, and even teaches you basketball history to an extent if you're unknowing to the given material. As old as the manga is, it is still incredible.
Plot: The story follows a new high school delinquent (previously a junior high breed), Sakuragi Hanamichi. As Sakuragi is much taller (Around 6'2" ~ 6'3") then the average Japanese male, he sticks out easily and his red hair doesn't help that at all. He is being constantly denied a girlfriend wherever he goes until he meets Haruko Akagi (Will she be his girlfriend?). Haruko notices his height and asks if he plays basketball in a cheerful manner. As Sakuragi agrees and attempts to impress her with a dunk, everything falls into place. The story's school rivalries and drama were all there, I even found myself cheering on the team I wanted to win at one point. It's good but it's, overall, the same thing rewashed with a different team.
Visual: This is where the manga shines. The cover art of each volume tend to be drawn in a realistic fashion and amazing detailed it is fantastic. Even the pages, for their time, are amazingly well penned. If you've read Inoue Takehiko's other popular manga, Vagabond, you can see the resemblance in some characters; particularly Musashi and Sakuragi. The basketball poses are top notch, from form to release. It's easy to tell that these fictional players are extremely talented. It may seem meh to some people, but you have to consider when this was drawn and written. I have no bad things to say about this category really.
Cast: The characters are another standpoint in this series; perhaps even better. Sakuragi has the one comedic personality mixed along with his seriousness. Each member of the basketball team of Shohoku (The school Sakuragi goes to) brings something to the table. Rukawa, the arrogant silent bishounen chicks drool over, Akagi (It's Haruko's older brother) the tall (6'6") team captain who leads his pack to victory, and many more as they are introduced. Rival teams also have aces up their sleeves that add to the cast. Again, they are all unique and likable to some extent. My personal favorite outside the Shohoku roster would probably Sendoh Akira. Sendoh is somewhat of a genius at the sport, and is also quite tall himself (6'3"). His personality is that of "I want a challenge, but let's have fun." I've even considered buying a jersey of his! (Of course, along with Sakuragi's.) The cast is great, can't go wrong.
Enjoyment: Obviously I enjoyed this a lot (I personally gave it a 10 overall), and I'm sure you would get at least some excitement out of the read as well. The victories and losses give you a satisfying feeling no doubt. It may be hard to get used to the height of the characters (Japanese over 6 feet, one even nearing 7!) or the sport of basketball (maybe you might ponder why the court is shaped differently) entirely. This may not be for everyone though; but even then I still recommend it to the curious.
Overall: An excellent read. No need to summarize, read it.
12/10 (Biased, that's right. Sue me. It's a joke people.) read more
Sep 16, 2014
Does this quote describes what this manga is about? Probably not, but I felt that it would be cool writing it before I start review. This is already 24 years old, it started back in 1990 and was publishing to 1996 (six years)
Back then, basketball wasn't that popular in Japan, very few really talked about it, but mangaka Takehiko Inoue liked basketball, and even though he was told by his editor that basketball is almost a taboo in Japan, he decided to write manga about it, mostly because of his love for the same sport. Takehiko Inoue understands what sport is about, he understands the value of friends and basketball, and he puts that in this amazing art work
Hanamichi Sakuragi is teenager that just started high school, and he doesn't have any luck with girls. He was rejected 50 times in middle school, and his friends always make fun of him because of that, telling him that he is "breaking records" . He stumbles upon a beautiful girl named Haruko Akagi that asked him if he does like basketball - because he was tall, standing 6''2' . He immediately says yes, altough he doesn't know anything about it, and there is the the so called "plot" . The guy picks up basket to get attention from the girl she likes, and that's the simple story, but simple can sometimes turn out to be best.
Many sport, shonen manga tend to have great characters, the case is same with SD. Maybe the best thing about this work are characters. They are vivid, have their own personalities and you can relate to many of them. It's not just that they are vivid, but after reading few chapters you imagine them as real persons, like they truly exist, they're alive and are making a story by themselves. They are filled with joy and freshness, comedic touch and great sense of humour. For example, Sakuragi, the main character is stating himself as a "genius" all the time, he believes to be the best even though he is (at the begininng) the worst in Shohoku basketball team. That personality of his is what makes this manga so funny and enjoyable, with that attitude he sometimes get in trouble with captain of the team, Akagi Takenori ( brother of Haruko). Because of his dark skin and extremely tall height, Sakuragi calls Akagi "Gorilla" or "Gori" , and that sometimes pisses of Akagi, but to readers, in many situations, that is hillarious. Akagi is the captain, best man on the team, leader and he appreciates dedicated person and likes cleanliness, everything that Sakuragi in the beginning isn't. Haruko, crush of Sakuragi on the other hand, likes someone else - Rukawa Kaede. first year student like Sakuargi, talented basketball player who is often silent and favorited by all the girls. And that makes both of them rivals - Sakuragi doesn't like Rukawa because he sees him as an obstacle to Haruko's heart. When Sakuragi makes a mistake in a game, Rukawa always comments on him with his favourite word "Moron" comically, which pisses of Sakuragi even more. The chemistry between those two is always funny and interesting to read, with Gorilla Akagi and two other players, Ryota Miyagi and Mitsui Hisashi, the team Shohoku is full of troublemakers, laughter, and great potential to win the National Championship - which is Akagi's dream, and the center of the story. The greatness of the main character Sakuragi is not just his humour and attitude, but in development he experiences through the story. It is how he becomes more mature-like person, a realy sportsman and basketball player. From short tempered and arrogant self calling genius, which started basket just to get attention from the girl he likes, he begins to realise the importance of practicing, and starts appreciating other people, their hardwork and of course, basketball. That doesn't happen at just one moment in manga, but through the whole story.
There are many other basketball schools, like Ryonan and Kainan, and they also have their stars (some of them are Akira Sendoh, Uozumi Jun, Shinichi Maki), with explained background stories and great personallities.
I have to mention one of my favourite characters from Slam Dunk - Mito Yohei, one of Sakuragi's best friends from school. He isn't the main character, he doesn't appears to often, but whenever he said something, I liked him more. He is usually silent and cool, but when it comes to making fun of Sakuragi's bad luck with girls, he acts like a kid, he is a good fighter, and understands Sakuragi the best. He is also very happy because of his friend, finding and focusing on something he likes(basketball).
Yep, starting this manga, prepare for many great, inspirational characters and a lot of laughter, heartwarming moments and great way to get more fond of basketball, or any sport.
I don't want to talk much about art, it fits sport manga, good character design, Inoue knows how to express character's feelings through their facial expressions, from panel to panel, they can be drawn pretty funny, like caricatures (when the scene is comic), and they can be drawn pretty serious (when panel is serious). Inoue knows how to tell story with drawings, and none panel doesn't feel unnecessary or out of the place, he is a genius when it comes to telling a story with only pictures - no text.
Ultimate sport manga, the best in its own genre, and even further. It has everything in it, from comedy to sadness, from love story to inspiring sport story, everthing stored in one work.
If you haven't read the manga, the rest of the review will be something like a spoiler and my personal disliking , so if you don't want some minor spoilers, stop reading
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Okay so, the way that manga came to a close. Not the ending, but the way it came to an end. Was it rushed? The last game was perfect - it had everything, but I wanted manga to go on. Inoue introduced many characters for national championship tournament, and were they all used to max potential? No. I can't remember the name but the tall guy with an older serious guy, they were watching game between Shohoku and Sannoh and left saying that Sannoh is winning. Hiroshi Morishige, the arrogant genius who was seen playing by Sakuragi? Maybe after match with Sannoh I wanted to see more of Sendoh apperiance, Sakuragi's bothering past (the thing with his father which he wanted to forget), Kainan match, and than maybe more of Sakuragi's gang, Aota judo guy. There was a big thing for national championship, many characters introduced, and it felt like few of them were forgoten.
That's why I'm giving it a 9, I still sometimes when I'm bored start thinking about Shohoku team, and what they did after.
Feb 28, 2012
Like every other mangas, every character has their own backstory in which it reveals the motivations for them to play basketball, but the real appeal of the story is the development, mainly the matches, in which Takehiko Inoue releases all of his artistic skills showed in very fast paced and exciting scenes that make you inxious to know if the ball entered the net or if the pass was sucessful or not.
Artistically talking, Inoue puts an almost realistic scenario with very detailed backgrounds and characters, along with some ocassional doodles mainly starring Hanamichi in over-laughable situations that gives the comedy factor to the manga, a perfect combination.
I personally LOVED Slam Dunk for many reasons, one of them being that I really enjoy playing basketball and this manga takes the most exciting aspects of the sport along with the story and make it fully enjoyable. Also i doubt someone can find it boring in any way, there is always something that makes you keep reading it. This is in lot of ways one of the best mangas i've ever read (maybe the best) and i recommend it to ANYONE. read more
May 6, 2010
Art: each character looks unique, can recognize each of them quickly (unlike some mangas where characters jus get a hair-style change and they call it another character). Gets better and better, quite realistic drawings compared with other mangas. The people look pretty real and the guys look damn cool when they're supposed to be. The girls are pretty cute too.
Story: Read to find out, don't wana give spoilers. Nothing feels extra in this, everything fits together. Be prepared to laugh lots and feel inspired with the characters' perseverance.
Character: If someone asks me whose my favorite character, I find it hard pressed to name one. Their interactions are funny to see and even the loss of a single character in the Shohoku team will surely be sorely missed. The whole Shohoku team combined is my favorite character. read more
Mar 25, 2009
Dec 8, 2008
holy crap..! when im reading this i was so excited and i even got chills!!! Its one of the longest series ive read so far (POT 379 these two were my all time favourite sports manga/anime), & honestly, it never bored me... they were totally awesome and theres a part that i almost cried!!! (what?) no, what i mean is i cried from laughing b'cuz of Sakuragi stupidness & cute boastfullness..LoLz.. this is the best ever.. I mean this is my best anime/manga & my favorite.. I REALLY REALLY REALLY LOVE THIS.. from the story line,characters, oh everything.. though Im not a basketball fan but through this Ive learned more about basketball.. the line art was awesome & the story were so cool.. oh man, Sakuragi is so funny & hilarious all the time & certainly hes my favorite character in this anime/manga i mean of all the characters.. hes my number 1..!! he really makes me laugh...I really love this.. Yeah.. SLAMDUNK IS GREAT.. it REALLY ROCKS.. m/ m/ m/.. Sakuragi is absolutely a tensai.. but an idiot tensai...Lolz.. still he's the best..hahaha.. ill give this one a 10/10 its all becuz I LOVE SAKURAGI that much. read more
Dec 28, 2012
Unlike some manga which the main character always win the fight, or manage to gain some realistically impossible secret moves (read: kuroko no basket), or even a super jutsu that is applicable to every situation (read: naruto & bleach), this develops the character real. They face ups & downs. They need to train to get better.
Now that's what I call story!
Sep 30, 2013
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The story starts off with... surprisingly little to do with basketball. Basketball is there, but the focus is more on delinquent kinda things. Sakuragi's group of friends add some humour, you can easily relate to the characters, and easily get into the story.
After that, we get some heated basketball games where the players are filled with insane amounts of passion. The games themselves aren't really that interesting, I think, besides Sakuragi's antics and great plays. There's just something hilarious and satisfying about Sakuragi doing good at the game, as well as when he unwittingly breaks the rules. The final match is really thrilling and well done. It's just a bit of a shame the manga ends the way it does. It feels so... incomplete.
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The art is simply outstanding. The basketball players are sometimes drawn with longer limbs to exaggerate their height, but, other than that, the art is quite realistic. The hair is also quite nicely detailed, but half of the characters kinda have 80s hair.
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Eh... there isn't really that much character development or anything. Everyone's kinda just a one man show striving to be the best. Sakuragi is the only character you really get to see grow, which makes him the most interesting. Sakuragi's best friend, Yohei, is also a surprisingly interesting character. He's not just some punk, he's the definition of a true friend. I really respect his character.
One character that really disappoints me is Haruko. She started out having a very important role in the story, teaching Sakuragi the basics of basketball and helping him improve. She cheers for him and comforts him as a friend, but only has Rukawa in her heart, just like the dozens of other shallow girls. It's fine for comedy at first, but I think her feelings should've changed after a while. It's not that "the hero has to get the girl" everytime, but it just felt like what naturally should've happened with the bond they built and care they showed for each other.
Haruko was just pretty pointless to include for most of the story, really. She was usually just shouting stuff like "Defense! Defense!" and "Go Shohoku!" from the sidelines. Her character looked cute, I can see why you'd want to include her in a shounen manga for that reason, but that shouldn't be the sole reason. So what if she cheers for the team and cries often? It doesn't build her character nor add anything to the story.
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Overall, this was kinda addictive. The ending was a let down and the basketball games are mostly only moderately entertaining for a person who isn't into sports. It's good, but not as satisfying as it could've been.
Nov 14, 2013
Of course, this story is about a man name Sakuragi Hanamichi who is a delinquent and plays basketball all because of one girl. She, obviously likes his supposedly rival. As the story goes on, his love for basketball grows more and more. Turning his attention more than just a game to get Haruko to like him. The story seems like it's been done before right? This was one of the earliest basketball mangas so I can't say it's cliche, but this manga has charm to it. Though it contains aspect of expected scenes, little scenes and parts to it make it up.
Art: 9/10 .
So, the art for this manga is good. I love how when they get serious, the art gets real nice. It shows lot of the emotions being carry out by the players. Also, especially to the chibi drawings. It really brings out the comedy effect when it needs to show that.
I love Sakuragi's character growth in here. From being a childish newbie player to a more refined player who appreciates and enjoy basketball. How his character is from scratch to someone important or find some kind of value in life. I just love this kind of growth in characters. But also, tensai sakuragi's funny comments and his personality. The characters in here really stand out and has realistic feeling to them.
As much as I like this manga, some parts were quite long. But then each time something amazing happens, it never fails to. It really keeps you going and next thing, you're done with the manga. XD
Overall, 9/10. No need to say more, what's been said above told it all. read more