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Slam Dunk

Hanamichi Sakuragi, infamous for this temper, massive height, and fire-red hair, enrolls in Shohoku High, hoping to finally get a girlfriend and break his record of being rejected 50 consecutive times in middle school. His notoriety precedes him, however, leading to him being avoided by most students. Soon, after certain events, Hanamichi is left with two unwavering thoughts: "I hate basketball," and "I desperately need a girlfriend." One day, a girl named Haruko Akagi approaches him without any knowledge of his troublemaking and asks him if he likes basketball. Hanamichi immediately falls head over heels in love with her, blurting out a fervent affirmative. She then leads him to the gymnasium, where she asks him if he can do a slam dunk. In an attempt to impress Haruko, he makes the leap, but overshoots, instead slamming his head straight into the blackboard. When Haruko informs the basketball team's captain of Hanamichi's near-inhuman physical capabilities, he slowly finds himself drawn into the camaraderie and competition of the sport he had previously held resentment for. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

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User Count13751
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Start Date16th Oct 1993
Next ReleaseInvalid date
Popularity Rank856
Rating Rank442
Age RatingPG
Age Rating GuideTeens 13 or older


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I was genuinely laughing every episode. Sakuragi is really a tensaii!! Watch if you like sports anime and want to giggle like an idiot even in public places when you try to remember certain scenes in this anime. Definitely worth a watch even if you are not into sports anime.

When we are young, we often aimlessly try to experiment doing different things. Some of us do it out of boredom, some of us do it to impress someone we want to notice us, and some of us try to find a purpose through finding new things to do. This is especially true in our late high school and university years, where we venture on a journey of self-discovery to find something of value to us. I'm not talking about existentialism here, I'm talking about finding something we love and put passion to, since ultimately we remember these days very fondly as we grow up. Slam Dunk is one such tale. It tells a tale of a young man looking for a passion to love, and finds a girl and a sport.  How well does this work? Extremely well. The story is largely centered around Sakuragi and his passion for playing basketball, which works very well due to the fact that we experience his growth as a person and as a player from the very beginning until the very the manga. Not here, unfortuantely, since the anime ends prematurely and anime-only viewers are treated to hints of what he becomes later on, which is rather unfortunate. His energetic and overenthusiastic yet naive and rather ignorant attitude about basketball work extremely well and helps him find a passion for the sport on his own, independent of his feeling for the girl (which is why he joined the club in the first place). He wouldn't work as well as a character if it weren't for his dynamics with his teammates, all of whom are engaging and bounce off him extremely well. Rukawa is more than a generic cool guy, Akagi is more than the typical leader character and so on. The characters are fleshed out extremely well, and they all move past their cliches quickly enough. They're interesting, complex and dynamic and all of them have different reasons for wanting to play basketball. The artwork looks great and feels natural and consistent throughout the show, with characters being identifiable from one another and facial expressions being easy to tell apart. The character designs are very unique and different from any anime I've ever seen so far. The animation quality is above average for its time, but consistent and decent looking (not even relevant for most of the show) throughout the show, which is surprising considering it's 101 episodes long. The pacing flows naturally from scene to scene and tone changes feel consistent and natural.  The show is very entertaining and engaging, but unfortunately lacks a conclusive ending and it's rather unfortunate that anime-only fans may need to wait for a sequel season (highly unlikely at this point) or a remake to see the full story.  This show is highly recommended for sports fans or for anime viewers wanting to watch an incredibly likeable cast of characters, but the manga is nessacary for gaining the full experience for better or for worse. Very much a gem at this point, considering that basketball and all the attention given to it as far as anime fans are concerned is given to the entertaining but lackluster as far as realism is concerned Kuroko no Basket, which is a shame considering that the show is something a lot of anime fans would like but ignore due to age.  If you feel like watching a slow but steady, consistent and rewarding sports anime, then Slam Dunk is very much for you.

not into basketball but still enjoyed it like hell.must watch evn if u r not in2 sports anime 

This anime is no where near a masterpiece but boy is it close to being one of the most underrated and epic sports anime I've ever seen. It's balances between comical and serious really well despite it's appearance at first glance. I love all the characters especially Hanamichi and Haruko. the characters are really the highlight of the series, even if you hate basketball you can't hate this series. My only problem with the anime would be the fact that's uncompleted ( compared to the manga ). The soundtrack does fairly well but the best moments of the soundtrack are the matches and the ending songs along with the 2nd opening for the anime. I just feel really disappointed that this anime doesn't get more love fore it's heart clenching moments, the laughs it brings, and the heated matches it displays. This is one sports anime that leaves you desiring mover after it's over.

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