Slam Dunk
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Slam Dunk

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Japanese: SLAM DUNK
English: Slam Dunk
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 31
Chapters: 276
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 18, 1990 to Jun 4, 1996
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Sports Sports
Themes: School School, Team Sports Team Sports
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Authors: Inoue, Takehiko (Story & Art)


Score: 9.081 (scored by 7867778,677 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #62
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #55
Members: 174,839
Favorites: 16,244


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Hanamichi Sakuragi, a tall, boisterous teenager with flame-red hair and physical strength beyond his years, is eager to put an end to his rejection streak of 50 and finally score a girlfriend as he begins his first year of Shohoku High. However, his reputation for delinquency and destructiveness precedes him, and most of his fellow students subsequently avoid him like the plague. As his first day of school ends, he is left with two strong thoughts: "I hate basketball" and "I need a girlfriend."

Haruko Akagi, ignorant of Hanamichi's history of misbehavior, notices his immense height and unwittingly approaches him, asking whether or not he likes basketball. Overcome by the fact that a girl is speaking to him, the red-haired giant blurts out a yes despite his true feelings. At the gym, Haruko asks if he can do a slam dunk. Though a complete novice, Hanamachi palms the ball and makes the leap...but overshoots, slamming his head into the backboard. Amazed by his near-inhuman physical abilities, Haruko quickly notifies the school's basketball captain of his feat. With this, Hanamichi is unexpectedly thrust into a world of competition for a girl he barely knows, but he soon discovers that there is perhaps more to basketball than he once thought.

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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. It was published in Spanish by Ivrea España from February 2003 to September 2005 and republished in Kanzenban from January 2010 to May 2016.



Jun 1, 2024
The greatest Sports Manga ever written.

Shining in it's simplicity, Slam Dunk draws focus toward the passion of the characters and Inoue's love of the game, enabling the depiction of some of the most exhilarating peaks I have ever experienced in any form of media, tension that truly got my heart racing, although this may have been somewhat emphasized by my love for basketball.
These moments paired with the likeable and realistic characters, who I found very easy to connect with, make for a greatly enjoyable story and the pinnacle of sports manga.

While this manga has a more dated version of Takehiko Inoue's art style than that ...
Mar 24, 2024
This manga is very old and is critically acclaimed aswell so it has no shortage of good reviews but I felt like collecting my thoughts about it and ended up writing all of this so please bear with me.
This is one of the best things I've read and I'll also state that I've never been interested in Basketball at all and even someone like me had a blast reading this.Honestly it has one of the best endings I've seen in modern times. What Takehiko Inoue-sensei achieved with Slam dunk is nothing short of phenomenal, This manga is flawless and everyone, whether they like basketball or ...
Oct 8, 2023
Mixed Feelings
It is not rare for shounen sports manga to end up focusing more on the characters and on their evolution than on a careful representation of the sport they practice. Slam Dunk opts for the opposite approach, as it relies much more on the tension generated by realistically and extensively-depicted basketball than on character-development to offer an engaging experience. My opinion is that it only partly succeeds in this undertaking because it is brought down by some significant flaws.

This review will mainly be a critique of what I consider to be Slam Dunk's main weaknesses: its characters, its dialogues and the way its basketball ...

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