Slam Dunk, Volume 1

Slam Dunk, Volume 1

by Takehiko Inoue

Paperback(Graphic Novel Manga)

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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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421506791
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Publication date: 09/02/2008
Series: Slam Dunk Series , #1
Edition description: Graphic Novel Manga
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 108,315
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About 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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Slam Dunk, Volume 1 [With Sticker] 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
EmoBuddy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first manga boook , and it was awesome . I had lots of fun reading . After , i was dont reading this i was already reading volume 2 . Its extremly funny and i couldnt stop reading it . There are very view books i like , this is one of the book i enjoyed :) This book is bout a new guy going to a new school . Meets a girl he likes , but she likes basket ball . He trys out the team , and shocking he finds out that his crush 's bro is the captain of the basket ball team . He doesn't really like the captain and have conficts with each other . Fun book must read ! O_O
narwhaltortellini on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Slam Dunk has the simplest plot of any manga I've read for some time. Boy who has never played sports joins basketball team to gain the favor of a girl he likes. There are some (unsurprising) details beyond that, of course. He's bit of a thug but also not-so-deep-down a bit of a lovable doofus. He's overconfident, brash and impatient but hard-working and ernest. The girl is more attracted to the team's (currently viewed as) most promising new player rather than him, and that makes the main antagonistic towards him, and assumably his rival in the future.But originality in plot isn't really what sports manga are usually about, though what they ARE about can depend on the series. In this case, Slam Dunk's first volume is about slapstick humor and charming characters, with a side of the excitement of seeing the nobody/degenerate no one thought much of start to turn people's heads. I works, though it is admittedly a little emptier than I generally like my manga. The humor is silly but not quite as over-the-top zany as some humor manga that grate on me, and I even genuinely laughed at a few of the gags. The characters aren't made to be terribly complex, but the main is a bit endearing in his silliness.Still, his clownishness did wear thin on me occasionally. His tendency to do the #1 dopiest thing possible for every situation got a little repetitive. At times he borders on obnoxious, and this makes it a little harder to root for him in his efforts to show up the more experienced and dignified players.If Slam Dunk were just any other manga, I'd probably label the first volume an ok experience but drop it there. But being a slash fan, I have a little extra motivation to give it a bit more patience. Slash potential (once it surfaces more, as at the moment it hasn't much) won't usually make me enjoy a series I wouldn't have without it, but it can help me keep trying a little longer. Besides, as of yet there have been no actual basketball games, and I am interested to see one, as this is where another sports manga I was initially extremely skeptical of (Ookiku Furikabutte) won me over, eventually leading me to appreciate even the out-of-game moments in the series.I doubt Slam Dunk well ever reach for the level of character development in Oofuri, but I do hope the main character will grow to care more about basketball for itself rather than just the girls, and that this dedication will add another dimension to his character that will make him more admirable, and will help the silly side of him from getting old so quickly. This manga may not have the depth of the other basketball manga I've read from this mangaka (Real), but it does have a youthful energy I sometimes wished I could see more in Inoue's other work. If the basketball games are engaging (and what basketball action there was in this volume was semi-promising) and the characters get a smidge less one-note, it could turn out to be an entertaining shounen series. Still, I'll be getting my future volumes from the library till it proves it's going to turn me around.
BATTOSAI More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.