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  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Series: Slam Dunk (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421506793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421506791
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From 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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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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That's not going to stop him, though!
Find out in vol. 1 of Takehiko Inoue’s popular hit manga series “Slam Dunk”!
Dennis A. Amith (kndy)
It was incredibly exciting, intense, funny, and addictive.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 28, 2009
UPDATE: Before you even read this, please know that I have absolutely no love for basketball. I have very little love for sports, in general. Keep that in mind as I rave about Slam Dunk.

I read the entirety of the series about a year and a half ago. I borrowed it from a friend who purchased the Singapore English-language releases. The translation was good, but it did have a few odd moments. I'm hoping that Viz takes some time and care with this translation considering the fact that this title finished its run ages ago and there is no other possible reason for them to release it on such a ridiculously drawn out schedule. On the current release schedule, this title is poised to finish production about 7 or 8 years from now (31 volumes released quarterly). Let's hope this changes.

As for the story, Slam Dunk is top-notch. There isn't a single misstep in the entire run, and I enjoyed every moment of it. It was incredibly exciting, intense, funny, and addictive. I can't imagine how painful it would have been to wait months between installments, but don't let that stop you from getting into it.

Slam Dunk is an institution. It regularly receives honors as the most beloved manga series of all time in Japan, and for good reason. Those of you who are reading current Jump titles will see much that laid the foundation for current titles. The type of hero seen in this title was not entirely original as of its writing, but I feel that both Naruto and Ichigo owe a great deal to Sakuragi-kun.

Don't sleep on this series. It really is one of the most enjoyable titles you may ever read. It is everything a Jump title should be, yet it has a much broader appeal as men and women of all ages seem to absolutely adore it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By on November 24, 2009
We all do stupid things for love, especially in high school. Who hasn't tried out for the football team or cheerleading squad for the sake of popularity? Who hasn't joined a club just to be a little closer to a crush? Takehiko Inoue's Slam Dunk is just one of many endearing stories out there about how people are willing to change themselves to gain the attention of another.

Hanamichi Sakuragi has a reputation: He's a thug who has been rejected by girls 50 times in a row. The latest one has turned him down for love of a guy who plays basketball. Now anyone who mentions anything even remotely related to the sport is a potential target for his fist. Hanamichi wants to turn over a new leaf in his first year of high school by shedding his old reputation as a reject, but how? The girls think he's nothing but a gang leader. How will they ever see his loving soul?

While he's wallowing in his own misery, a girl named Haruko Akagi approaches the tall and muscular Hanamichi and asks if he likes to play basketball. Normally, this would incur his wrath, but Hanamichi is instantly smitten with the fearless girl and decides to play along. The two bond over her love of the sport. Hanamichi is sure that he's finally found the girl of his dreams. If only he could walk her home, then he could die a happy man.

There's just one problem: He doesn't know the first thing about how to play basketball! He manages to fake it for now, and even impresses Haruko with his natural ability to jump high and slam dunk (when his aim is on). When Haruko confesses that she already has a crush on Kaede Rawkawa, a star player whom she's always admired from afar, Hanamichi is crushed. That's not going to stop him, though!
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First year Shohoku High School student, Hanamichi Sakuragi had to be a tough kid growing up. Often teased for his red hair, Hanamichi and his friends would be part of a gang that grouped together to fight other gangs and to show that they are not afraid of no one. And for the tall Sakuragi, he has shown his power in defeating other people in fights.

But there is another side of Hanamichi Sakuragi and that is the fact that he has been rejected by 50 girls in junior high school and now that he’s in high school, #50 tells him that her heart is for Oda who plays for the basketball team.

One day he meets Haruko Akagi, also a first-year student and is the sister of Takenori Akagi, a third-year student and the team captain of Shohoku High School’s basketball team. She also happens to have a crush on star athlete, Kaeda Rukawa, a basketball player that many girls at the high school have fallen for.

And now Hanamichi Sakuragi wants to prove that he can also be a very good basketball player and hopes he can win Haruko’s heart… But his brashness may put him in trouble with Haruko’s brother, Takenori.

As Hanamichi plans to join the Shohoku High School basketball team, not knowing how to play, will he make it through the first week of practice?

Find out in vol. 1 of Takehiko Inoue’s popular hit manga series “Slam Dunk”!

What is “Slam Dunk”?

I can easily remember the popularity of “Slam Dunk” during the early ’90s. Despite being here in America, I would venture to the local Tower Records or travel to Japan Town and head to the Japanese bookstore to pick up the latest Shonen Jump magazine and watching the anime series.
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