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Slam Dunk, Vol. 1

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  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000787ZP8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,540 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Shohoku High freshman Hanamichi Sakuragi, the hero of the long-running broadcast series Slam Dunk (1993) does not play well with others. He hates team sports, and if anyone disagrees with him, he bangs them with his cement-like forehead. When Hanamichi meets Haruko Akagi, he immediately falls for her. Haruko loves basketball more than anything, so he decides to join the team--even though he's never played the game. Before the first practice even begins, Hanamichi manages to offend both the team captain, who's also Haruko's older brother, and up-and-coming superstar Kaede Rukawa. Chaos predictably ensues as the hot-tempered Hanamichi applies himself to something for the first time in his life. Slam Dunk ran for more than 100 episodes, plus theatrical and TV movies in Japan; American viewers will enjoy Hanamichi's antics, although the outcome of the series is a foregone conclusion. (Rated 13 and older: comic violence, profanity) --Charles Solomon

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Basketball Genius July 9, 2005
Even if you only have a passing interest in basketball, the characters in Slam Dunk will have you eagerly waiting to see whats next. It has a wonderful balance of comedy, fights, romance (usually failed) and of course basketball (although there's not much of that in this first volume there is a LOT to come). Basing a manga and then anime on basketball was a brilliant idea and Sakaragi may only be a self proclaimed basketball genius but this show really is genius.

In fact the only bad thing I can say about this series is nothing to do with the series itself but the lacklustre release of it. If this DVD release had proper subtitles and not subtitles for the hard of hearing it would be my favourite release of all time (The Japanese voices are far superior in range of expressions) but there is nothing more annoying than seeing the word panting appear on screen every time someone runs or growls whenever they growl.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slam Dunk vol. 1 July 2, 2005
By Simone
1) The Birth of a genius basketball man?!?
2) Die basketball! Hanamichi vs. Rukawa
3) Gorilla vs. Hanamichi-Big Showdown!
4) Basketball man Hanamichi joins the team
5) A gutless afternoon

Slam Dunk is a popular basketball comedy anime series based on manga by Takehiko Inoue. This immensely popular show began airing in Japan on October 16, 1993 and continued running until March 26, 1996. The show consists of 101 episodes and inspired 4 OVA's and 1 movie. The story begins with a juvenile delinquent, a red head named Hanamichi Sakuragi who enters Shohoku high school still in pain over having been dumped by over fifty girls. The last girl to dump Hanamichi was a girl named Yoko who dumped him since she had feelings for a basketball player named Oda. As a result of having been dumped by Yoko, Hanamichi develops a hatred for anything and everything about basketball.

Hanamichi's luck appears to change when he meets a freshmen girl named Haruko Akagi. Haruko is a girl who loves basketball and mistakes Hanamichi for a basketball player due to his height and a physique. Instantly Hanamichi falls for Haruko and in an effort to impress her he embarks on a special training program to become a basketball player.

Just when things were looking up for Hanamichi the situation begins to get complicated when he manages to end up training in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up being challenged to a fight by a couple of seniors. He also learns that Haruko has a huge crush on an ace, freshmen basketball player named Kaede Rukawa. To make matters even worse Hanamichi manages to upset the captain of Shohoku's basketball team Takenori Akagi who just happens to be Haruko's older brother.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Anime, BAD release on DVD May 14, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
So i'm not necessarily sure why these 4 volumes to Slam Dunk's anime have such great reviews on here, because if you've actually watched these dvd's then you can agree they are quite the trainwreck.

And the trainwreck of a release is quite potentially why the series probably didn't sell well in the states which is a shame because Slam Dunk is one of the best Sports series ever conceived (by the legendary manga artist Takehiko Inoue who is also known for Vagabond & Real).

I barely could even get past the first 2 episodes it was that unbearable.

First the menu's are extremely barebones more-so then any other anime i've seen, probably on par with the earliest DVD releases back in the late 90s, there's not even any music in the background & this first volume was released in 2005.

After you finish an episode it sends you right back to the main menu as opposed to letting you watch all the epsiodes in their entirety.

The quality of the visuals are also partially outdated, making it look like these episodes were recorded off a VHS somewhat.

Lastly both the dub AND sub were intolerable, the dub features some of THE worst acting that has ever graced my ears, there was not even one good performance & one of the actors also over-acted which didn't fit even remotely, the walla/background voices were THE worst of it all & I found it VERY peculiar that the english actors even said the Japanese honorifics aloud like -kun, -san, -chan, etc. This came out in 2005 when they were vastly superior dubs of the same time like FullMetal Alchemist, Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex, Samurai 7, Gunslinger Girl, Samurai Champloo, Etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best comedy plus action and a bit of romance September 26, 2005
Sakuragi Hanamichi, a strong and bad-tempered gangster, has entered Shohoku high school along with his four pals. Even though he was some what handsome, because of his reputation, he had been dumped fifty girls (how stupid of them)! With his heart brokenm this five-member gang seemed to be coming to an end. Then, Sakuragi met Haruko, who is a cute girl and is very interested in Basketball. Suddenly, his sadness goes away and he joins the team.
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