Akane Tachibana is a freshman high school student who, despite his talent for basketball, decides to abandon sports clubs due to the pressure put on him by them. Once he arrives at Kouzu High, however, he meets the only other basketball player who has ever caught his eye on the courts and decides to join the team. The first match of the season is an exhibition game against the league's strongest team, Hyamazaki—the team that Hiiragi's father coaches and in which his older brother plays for. Hiiragi ends up playing in the second half of the game, and they seem to not be working well together on the court, losing the game, until unintentionally one of the senior players on the team challenges them to beat him. They join forces, inspiring the team to victory. Thus starts the story of a group of teenagers working to reach the top, fighting tooth and nail the entire way.
This manga begin well, but it explodes with the last numbers! In the story, the basket isn't the predominant part, but in the last numbers this sport become very important. The last part touch me, it's very power.
Besides the basket, in the story we can see the life of characters. They have difficulty, and they seach to exceed these. The story has very comic scenes.
The characters are great! Each one is very characterized.
Akane Tachibana, the main character, it's incredible. It's over the top, but it's also very human(especially in the last numbers).
The design is fantastic! Hiroyuki Asada is a great artist. The
line is soft and delicate.
In conclusion, this is a great manga. I reccomend you all, especially If you like sport and comedy.
It's a bit hard to write a review for something you didn't complete reading, but if the last two volumes will change my point, I'll delete and rewrite this review.
Nothing really special or different form other inside the genre, but still...
A bit slow in the beginning, it picks up the pace, and drags you along. At soe point I couldn't take my eyes off the monitor and was really disappointed that the translation isn't complete. It's quite well written and logical, doesn't get tangled up and doesn't bore you. You can see the characters development, especially in the relationship between two main heroes,
at first fragile and easily broken, getting stronger with time.
It proceeds with care and even with some things left unsaid it's not that hard to comprehend.
I liked it very much, with well drawn background and characters. But I think it depends on ones taste...
I have to admit, I fell in love with both male leads, and it's really hard to decide who is more interesting -> Akane, theoretically one easily expressing himself and straightforward, but a hard to deal with personality, not one to admit defeat and a person who doesn't like asking for advice, or Hiiragi, a closed inside himself loner with amazing pride, stubborn and striving to give his best.
They turn each other on, easily argue, but are the ones to understand each other best. Although from time to time they make mistakes, and it gets messy...
The backup set is quite interesting, although a bit stereotypical. We have a loyal childhood friend following Akane everywhere and her sceptical friend, we have a guy who is trying to overcome his inability and a goody-buddy pseudo gangster type who is trying to fell in love.
I loved it, loce it, and will love... I can't wait till there is more released!
I think it's outstanding in a sports genre, one truly worthwhile. But if you don't like a genre, well... why are you wasting your time? You won't find here any heartbreaking drama or romance, it's the best in it's genre, if you are looking for a more mature manga, try Death Note or something. :P