Slam Dunk, Volume 1

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• To be serialized in VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump magazine starting in 2008.
• From creator of Real and Vagabond, also available from VIZ Media.
• Inoue’s series Slam Dunk has over 100 million copies in print worldwide.
• Vagabond has sold over 22 million copies worldwide!
• Real has over 8 million copies in ...

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• To be serialized in VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump magazine starting in 2008.
• From creator of Real and Vagabond, also available from VIZ Media.
• Inoue’s series Slam Dunk has over 100 million copies in print worldwide.
• Vagabond has sold over 22 million copies worldwide!
• Real has over 8 million copies in print worldwide.
• Slam Dunk is widely considered to be the best sports manga ever.
• 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!
• Everything Takehiko Inoue has published has hit the top ten sales list in Japan.
• An anime series for Slam Dunk was created by Toei Animation.

Basketball. The court, the ball, the hoop. The hopes, the dreams, the sweat. It takes dedication and discipline to be the best, and the Shohoku High hoops team wants to be just that—the best. They have one last year to make their captain's dream of reaching the finals come true—will they do it? Takehiko Inoue's legendary basketball manga is finally here, and the tale of a lifetime is in your hands!

Sakuragi Hanamichi's got no game with girls—none at all! It doesn't help that he's known for throwing down at a moment's notice and always coming out on top. A hopeless bruiser, he's been rejected by 50 girls in a row! All that changes when he meets the girl of his dreams, Haruko, and she's actually not afraid of him! When she introduces him to the game of basketball, his life is changed forever...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Although Inoue's imported teen sport-romance manga Slam Dunk-a big hit back in Japan-is ostensibly about the love of basketball, it really starts out as a chronicle of love and rejection in high school. The series' towering, red-haired hero, Hanamichi Sakuragi, is first shown in utter dejection, after having been rejected by 50 girls in a row (apparently, people are keeping count). But saving him from utter despair is the appearance of the angelic Haruko Akagi, who flirtatiously swoons over his stature and wonders whether or not he plays basketball. After some gentle considerations of whether he's interested ("If only I could walk her to school!! Then I could die happy") Hanamichi sets about trying to get on the basketball team. Haruko disappears from the pages not long after she has conveniently set the plot device in motion, leaving Inoue free to depict Hanamichi's attempts be accepted by the arrogant upperclassmen who dominate the team. It comes as a disappointment to Hanamichi-a hot-tempered kid who prefers to pick fights and slam dunk than learn how to actually play the game,-that winning Haruko's heart is going to take some work. Inoue's pacing is frantic, if somewhat padded, but he manages to maintain a welcome sense of humor amid all the adolescent gamesmanship. (Aug.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421506791
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Series: Slam Dunk Series , #1
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 379,870
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.68 (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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  • Posted May 17, 2009

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    This manga is a perfect, 10 out of 10 slam dunk.

    Hi everyone it's BATTOSAI with another review, Slam Dunk was voted in a poll of over 79,000 Japanese fans for the 10th Japan Media Arts Festival, Slam Dunk was voted the #1 manga of all time, and this inspired many Japanese youth to play basketball, but that doesn't mean you have to like basketball to enjoy this manga, on the contrary, I myself am sports illiterate, now it's given me more appreciation of sports but I still don't love them, anyway on to my review of,
    Slam Dunk volume.1
    Personal score 10 out of 10
    Age rating 13+
    Genre, shonen(boy/men), action, comedy, romance.
    Hanamichi Sakuragi is the hero of Slam Dunk, a hopeless bruiser, all-around troublemaker, and to top it all off, vary unpopular with the ladies, so much so that he's been rejected 50 times, until he meets Haruko the girl of his dreams, and she's not afraid of him, do to Hanamichi's size Haruko suggests he try basketball, Hanamichi jumps at the chance to impress Haruko, but will he be able master a sport he knows nothing about or turn back to his beat-em-up ways?
    This volume explains the beginning and ends with (to his displeasure) Hanamichi leaning the basics of basketball. The end of volume special is the Omake-Dome were it talks about NBA superstars and basketball moves, in this volume its LaBron Raymone James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the technique for a slam dunk.
    The characters are all an essential part of the story and comedy, and let me tell you, the comedy is hilarious, making it the funniest manga I've ever read.
    The art is very well drawn, and unique too, it's an old style but I like that, and thanks to old manga I now know that my hair style is nineties Japanese thug.
    Slam Dunk is simply cool, funny, and engaging, maybe it will make you like sports
    more? Anyway that's all I got for now, so until next time see you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2006

    Truly a great novel

    I've read this book, when it was first published in korea , and this book should not be missed by any one, especially guys. Even if you're not a fan of basketball, you'll love it. I don't know a single person that doesn't cry after reading this book eriosuly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2004

    Great manga

    Wow I am shocked that there are no reviews here. This manga is incredible even if you don't like basketball. Although, if you do it helps a lot. This manga will appeal to you right after the first page. I really recommend that you all atleast check it out-You will NOT be sorry.

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