All Slam Dunk released episodes
Birth of a Basketball Genius!?
After being dumped by Yoko, a girl he really liked in Junior High, Sakuragi Hanamichi was devastated. On the first day of school, he was approached by a girl who asked him whether he likes basketball or not. He immediately said he loves it although he has no idea how to play the sport. His world is filled with hope again.
Go to Hell, Basketball! Hanamichi vs. Rukawa
After Rukawa beats up those thugs, Hanamichi is shocked and asks him for his name. When he discovers that he is the one that Haruko has a crush on, he becaomes angry. Then, Haruko comes and helps Rukawa with his wounds, but he dismisses her and this makes Hanamichi very angry. Haruko mistakes Hanamichi for injuring Rukawa and she says that she hates Hanamichi. Hanamichi's world comes tumbling down again.
Gorilla vs. Hanamichi - The Ultimate Match
When Hanamichi calls basketball a 'dumb game', the captain of the basketball team challenges him because Hanamichi had made fun of his favorite game of all!
Basketball Athlete Hanamichi Makes the Team
Sakuragi mananges to dunk over/through Akagi. Akagi is intrigued by Sakuragi's raw power, but doesn't think he's got the drive to make it on the team. Still, he ponders what the team would be like if he was to join.
A Spiritless Afternoon
Sakuragi Hanamichi has been training in the basics for two weeks under Ayako and he wants to play with the other. Akagi refused to let him play. Out of frustration, he quits the team. But after seeing Haruko's face, he changes his mind again.
Rukawa vs. Akagi - Battle Between the Real Deals
Akagi decides to test Rukawa's skills against his own to see if Rukawa really has the talent everyone says he does.
Hanamichi's Debut - A Burst of Dunks
After successfully persuading Anzai to let him join the game, Sakuragi shows how much he has improved in basic skills such as dribbling. But in the game, he refuses to pass the ball to Rukawa out of jealousy.
Hanamichi in a Bind! The Judo Man's Trap!
Impressed by Sakuragi's raw power and general brute force, the captain of the judo club tries to recruit him away from the Basketball team.
I'm Sticking with Basketball!
Sakuragi declines Aota's offer of joining the Judo club. Kogure and Ayako were overjoyed at Sakuragi's refusal and Akagi was very much impressed by Sakuragi's words.
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 end...in 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.
Episode Director, Storyboard
Episode Director, Storyboard
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Theme Song Performance