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Real

Real

Alternative Titles

English: Real
Japanese: リアル

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 8.731 (scored by 3398 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet published' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #432
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #377
Members: 12,308
Favorites: 607
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Synopsis

Tomomi Nomiya, former captain of his high school's basketball team turned delinquent, decides to drop out of school after he is crushed by the guilt of ruining a young girl's life in a traffic accident. As he dedicates his free time to helping her, he stumbles upon Kiyoharu Togawa, a former sprinter who has lost the use of his right leg and now plays wheelchair basketball as an alternate outlet.

After challenging Kiyoharu to a one-on-one game, Tomomi is completely defeated. Inspired by this encounter, he realizes that he can't let his love for basketball die so easily and decides that he will do what he can to help others while striving to become a professional player. Meanwhile, Hisanobu Takahashi, Tomomi's replacement as the high school's team captain, gets into an accident and finds himself permanently paralyzed below the waist. Real tells the touching tale of these three young men as they struggle to overcome their disabilities and inner conflicts in order to achieve their dreams while igniting a passion that will bring them together.

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Background

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.

Characters

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

More reviewsReviews

Beatnik
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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Zerathus
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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5camp
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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ghiblix2
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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