Slam Dunk

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Slam Dunk
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Chicago Bulls who?
Manga Author Takehiko Inoue
Director Nobutaka Nishizawa
Format Anime (TV), Manga
Made By Toei Animation
# of Episodes 101
# of Manga Volumes 31


Shounen, Sports

Sum it up in a Sentence:

A high school delinquent joins the basketball team to impress a girl but finds out he's really good at the sport.

Main Description

Hanamichi Sakuragi is a delinquent at Shohoku High School and an all around wise-ass who really just wants to have a nice girlfriend. After being rejected a bunch of times by girls due to his reputation and brash exterior, he meets Haruko Akagi, a girl who he could actually talk to. He is smitten and finds out she is really into basketball, so he tries to join the school's basketball team on her recommendation. Sakuragi meets the team captain Takenori Akagi, and the two end up in a showdown to prove Sakuragi's worth. It turns out Takenori is Haruko's older brother, and she is trying to help Takenori build a strong team by showcasing Sakuragi's athleticism. Sakuragi does end up joining the team despite not knowing how to play basketball proper, and so the story unfolds with Takenori trying to get his ragtag team of potentially strong basketball players to work together to win the championship and Sakuragi discovering his own potential.

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Personal Opinions


Personally I have never finished Slam Dunk (too long of a break and eventually forgot), but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. It has that 90s charm and is a different kind of shounen than what we have today. Instead of a bunch of hotblooded shouting, I think Slam Dunk has a lot of heart in the victories and the series gives off a good feeling about the characters growing up. I also realized why Slam Dunk was also such a cultural success and why it got so many boys to love basketball: the show is able to generate action and suspense that's grounded in reality. It does justice to basketball because the author doesn't come up with some stupid bullshit supermoves and secret techniques. Teams are set up according to real strengths and weaknesses. My brother who typically doesn't watch anime actually went back to watch Slam Dunk and found it enjoyable. If any of this sounds good to you, I suggest you try it out. I know I'll be finishing this when I find time myself. --Willsun 09:46, 13 May 2011 (UTC)