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. – My Anime List
Based on 14 review scores:
I never really imagined that I’d get hook on a sports-anime! But this one is really good!
If you enjoy sports anime and you’re not entirely sure what you should be watching, I would suggest that you give this one a go – if not for the sheer enjoyment then at least to say that you’ve watched a classic and increase your otaku cred. While certain aspects of the show (*cough cough* animation) might not live up to the standard set by Inoue Takehiko’s drawings (if you read Vagabond you will understand the level of amazingness this man’s art is on), it’s a decent adaptation that’s brought to life not only by the story but by the guys voicing the characters too. Be warned though – if you’ve watched Kuroko no Basuke you will automatically start off by drawing comparisons between characters from both shows, but not to worry – that side effect will wear off eventually. Don’t let Sakuragi/Kagami’s red hair and jumping power fool you. It’s a show that’s worthy of the “classic” title and is one that should be watched by any true sports anime fan.
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Slam Dunk is a much higher class series than Kuroko no Basket. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m also a fan of the latter, but after watching this phenomenal ’90 version I can say without a doubt that SD tries to explore every bit of development that applies to all the characters, make them face real life problems like daily fights and find solutions that will make them grow as better people and not try to win the audience with the flashy new animation and energy like fights like KnB did. For me KnB would be a second class sports anime for people who want and love futuristic-unreal adjustements to the game.
Slam dunk long series but come the end, you’ll want more but in a way be glad as topping the end would be tough. It even surpasses the original manga in the ending. Slam dunk is the yard stick all basketball anime are measured against and so far all have failed to reach it’s legendary awesomeness.
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Overall, if you can ignore those little things, which is feasible, this is a very enjoyable series and a breath of fresh air that I feel any fan of anime and manga can get into.
I recommend this long but rewarding and entertaining series to anyone, but those who are fans of watching or playing basketball will get an extra treat with the large amount of basketball content infused into the show.
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Truly amazing! it changed my life. focusing on our main character alone Hanamichi Sakuragi was a fun character to watch as he learned how to play basketball to impress a girl, in the end, Hanamichi learned to love basketball, and improved even more. I guess, like the other fans of Slam Dunk, we are still waiting for Slam Dunk 2, The Interhigh tournaments in animation. I, personally have read the comics almost a hundred times already. after that, Slam Dunk 3, National Tournaments. yey.
I love basketball, and the fact that everyone is so passionate about this game in the series is just great. The character background and how they all come from different places and situations to finally play on the same team and beat everyone on the court with incredible plays and moves and UNDERSTANDING each other (except for hanamichi and rukawa) is, in one word (or two?), heart-lifting, and their personality and skill development throughout the entire series kept me watching every chapter solemnly.
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I can say this easily: there will be basketball fans who will hate Slam Dunk and there will be non-basketball fans who will love this anime. Just give it a try and if you’ll have fun a few times – it was already worth it.
Essentially, if you haven’t yet been acquainted to sports anime, you should first check out Hajime no Ippo, which is undeniably the best the genre has to offer. However, if you’ve already blazed through animes like Hikaru no Go, Initial D, and Prince of Tennis, you’ll probably enjoy this one as well; just don’t expect anything spectacular.
If you feel like watching a slow but steady, consistent and rewarding sports anime, then Slam Dunk is very much for you.
Overall, Slam Dunk is one series to catch with its great combination of comedy, drama and action.