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• From the creator of Slam Dunk and Vagabond, also available from VIZ Media.
• 8 million copies of Real have sold in Japan.
• Vagabond has sold over 22 million copies worldwide!
• Inoue received the 2000 Media Arts award for manga from the Japanese Ministry of Culture and the Kodansha award for best manga for his work on Vagabond.
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Overview

• From the creator of Slam Dunk and Vagabond, also available from VIZ Media.
• 8 million copies of Real have sold in Japan.
• Vagabond has sold over 22 million copies worldwide!
• Inoue received the 2000 Media Arts award for manga from the Japanese Ministry of Culture and the Kodansha award for best manga for his work on Vagabond.
• Nominated for 2003 Eisner Award in the category for Best Writer/Artist!
• Inoue’s previous series Slam Dunk has over 100 million copies in print worldwide.
• Everything Takehiko Inoue has published has hit the top ten sales list in Japan.

A motorcycle accident, bone cancer, a speeding truck crashing into a boy on a stolen bicycle—tragic, life-changing events turn the worlds of three young men upside down. Three very different personalities have only one thing in common—their passion for basketball.

Meet Tomomi Nomiya, a young tough whose passion for basketball is at the core of his very being. When he gets into a motorcycle accident rendering a girl paralyzed for life, his world is turned on its head. Tomomi quits his team, drops out of school, and struggles to find some kind of resolution to his oppressive feelings of guilt.

From the creator of Slam Dunk and Vagabond, also available from VIZ Media.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Basketball-obsessed manga superstar Inoue (Vagabond; Slam Dunk) returns with a series about wheelchair basketball. Nomiya is a young thug recently kicked out of high school who yearns to play basketball. When he meets the wheelchair-bound basketball prodigy Kiyoharu Tagawa, the two begin hustling pickup games at local outdoor courts. In the meantime, Takahashi, the newly appointed captain of Nomiya's former school basketball team, is hit by a car and paralyzed from the waist down. This first volume feels less dynamic than Inoue's previous manga series, and it would have been a better idea for Viz to follow Del Rey's example and simultaneously release volumes one and two for readers to get a better foundation for the story. Inoue's illustrations are consistently gorgeous-volume one features ink watercolor paintings of his characters. His sense of action and drama is solid, but this opening book feels as though Inoue is figuring out how to get the different parts of his story to fit together fluidly-something to be remedied by volume two. Those who enjoyed Inoue's other famed basketball manga, Slam Dunk, and anyone moved by triumph over great obstacles are encouraged to give it a read. (July)

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School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up

A compelling story of tragedy and struggle, Real is sure to appeal to teens-especially to male readers. Like Inoue's "Slam Dunk" series (Viz Media), the novel centers on basketball, but this time the focus is on wheelchair athletes. Tomomi is an angry and troubled high school dropout. He is plagued by guilt over a motorcycle accident that left his passenger paralyzed and has made Tomomi a social outcast among his former teammates. Kiyoharu is also struggling, having lost a leg to bone cancer and now confined to a wheelchair. Although Tomomi and Kiyoharu are very different, they share an intense love for the game, a passion that brings them together. A third tragic event, which results in a basketball bully losing the use of his legs, is introduced near the end of the book. It is sure to play an important role in future volumes. Inoue's black-and-white drawings are detailed and realistic, enhancing the grittiness of the story and helping to bring both characters and action to life. Real will make a welcome addition to libraries looking for manga for more mature readers, and it is sure to leave teens hungry for more.-Lara McAllister, Halifax Public Libraries, Nova Scotia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421519890
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 7/15/2008
  • Series: Real Series , #1
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 620,897
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Takehiko Inoue was born in Kagoshima prefecture in 1967. His first major success — the hugely popular 31-volume long basketball manga SLAM DUNK — sold over 100 million copies worldwide and catapulted him into the top ranks of Japanese manga artists. Besides manga, Inoue also worked on character design for the Playstation basketball game ONE ON ONE.

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