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Slam Dunk
Manga by Takehiko Inoue

Slam Dunk is a 31-volume Japanese manga series written by Takehiko Inoue about a basketball team from Shohoku (Shohoku) High School. It has sold over 100 million copies worldwide.

It was so popular that many Japanese teenagers began playing basketball after it was published. Inoue has also uses basketball as a central theme in two other manga series: Buzzer Beater and Real.

In Japan, the series was published in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump. "Weekly Shonen Jump" 1990 No. 42 - It serialize to No. 27 in 1996. The comic book(Tankoubon) Japan circulation broke through 100 million parts in July, 2004. Commemorating 100 million circulation, The event "thank you for 100 million" was held. Only in spite of Author's HP notice, the fan who exceeds 5000 persons in three days visited. Even if it passed eight years after a series end, the deep-rooted popularity of this work was impressed anew.

Behind, as a sequel, "the slum dunk shot 2" was illegally unauthorized, and was made in Taiwan. In copyright, although it was the comics manufactured without notice by the original author. Though natural, since it is not a regular sequel, the reaction in Japan is equal nothing.

A 101-episode anime TV series was produced, as well as four animated movies. The anime follows the manga storyline, but leaves out the final games at the National Tournament. The animated movies are separate stand-alone stories.

The main character of this manga is Hanamichi Sakuragi who started out as an outcast who fights as a method to gain power and publicity, becoming the leader of a gang. Hanamichi, being very unpopular with girls, has been rejected by them fifty times. Yet, he finds out that Haruko Akagi is the girl of his dreams. Haruko, who recognizes Hanamichi's athleticism, introduces Hanamichi to the Shohoku basketball team. Hanamichi was reluctant to join the team at first because he had no previous background in any sports and thought that basketball was a game for losers (actually because the fiftieth girl rejected him for a basketball player). Sakuragi, despite his immaturity and hot temper, proves to be a natural athlete with potential and joins the team in order to impress Haruko to prove that he is worthy of her. Kaede Rukawa, also Sakuragi's bitter rival (both on the basketball court and love), the star rookie and a "girl magnet", joins the team at the same time. Hisashi Mitsui, an ex-junior high school MVP, and Ryota Miyagi, a short but fast player, both also rejoin the team and together these four struggle to complete team captain Takenori Akagi's dream of making Shohoku the national champion. Together, these misfits gain publicity and the once little known Shohoku basketball team becomes an all-star contender in Japan.

Popularity in Anime and the world
The series was published in English in North America by Gutsoon Entertainment's Raijin Comics until it went on hiatus in June 2004. In Singapore the manga is published in English by Chuang Yi and by Summit Manga in the Philippines. The Singaporean translation is imported to Australia by Madman Entertainment.

Slam Dunk became a large boom to the teenager in those days. Also it had become the Bible for those who play a basketball. As for some noted scenes, the present age is also handed down from generation to generation. Especially, "I want to play a basketball" is a wise saying.

I revive the recollections of youth from this Manga, and want you to remember the memory at that time of forgetting.
"When you give up, game end there."

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