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Japanese: リアル
English: Real
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Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Oct 28, 1999 to ?
Genres: Drama Drama, Sports Sports
Themes: Psychological Psychological, Team Sports Team Sports
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Young Jump
Authors: Inoue, Takehiko (Story & Art)


Score: 8.941 (scored by 1904119,041 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #142
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #167
Members: 83,902
Favorites: 3,675

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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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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.



Jun 14, 2023
Preliminary (93/? eps)
There are things in life that play within a certain expectation, while there are things in life which transcend those expectations and that applies to every area, whether it is watching a sport, a movie, or reading manga.

In the world of manga, as in any other, you will find works that fit a certain criteria and with time you learn to know what to expect. You learn to know what to expect from Shonen Jump, you learn to know what to expect from a certain author, and so on. But every now and then, there comes a title that breaks from that and leaves you ...
Feb 11, 2023
Preliminary (90/? eps)
Real is an extremely underrated manga by Takehiko Inoue, the master in their craft. It began serialization in 1999, together with the author's masterpiece, Vagabond, and currently has 15 volumes (at the date of this review).

The manga presents the story of three young people (Tomomi Nomiya; Kiyoharu Togawa and Hisanobu Takahashi) whose lives are intertwined by basketball, drama and immeasurable tragedy.

Nomiya is a boy who loves basketball but drops out of school after getting involved in a serious accident; Togawa is a wheelchair user who also loves the sport, an extremely competitive person but who still has fears and regrets about his life, and Hisanobu ...
Jun 27, 2022
Preliminary (93/? eps)

There are so many converging stories that it always places a fresh reminder on how insecure, lonely, angry or happy we can all get, taking such simplistic things and transforming them to fit nearly every narrative from all points of view is just genius story-telling.

Do not go into this manga with expectations because I can guarantee you that they will be shattered in nearly every regard, I'll be keeping the character summaries brief.
Real follows Nomiya, Tomomi: a high school dropout unsure on his dreams but regardless remains motivated to achieve his lifelong goal.

Takahashi, Hisanobu: a high schooler who has his whole world view turned upside ...

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