Thwip!’s Manga Monday – Slam Dunk

Sakuragi is a misfit, miscreant, and a punk who can’t get the girl. After the last girl he propositions says she is in love with a basketball player, Sakuragi decides he is going to be the best basketball player ever.

The one problem is that he doesn’t know the first thing about basketball.

Takehiko Inoue’s amazing manga, Slam Dunk is one of the great reads in manga, even if you aren’t interested in sports. That’s because Inoue’s art is fantastic, and the story he crafts over 31 volumes is a wonderful journey of a guy who learns to be something other than a no-nothing punk, and a team that has been so thoroughly beaten before to work together.

There are highs and lows, there are points where you are like, “WTF are you doing Sakuragi?” and others where you go, “HELL YEAH!” and all in all, you are accompanied by the art of Takehiko Inoue which is beyond anything one would see. He infuses the storytelling with energy and an aesthetic that makes you want to play a little bit of basketball.

The plotting of the story is well-crafted, with each moment being believable, touching, and engaging. You want to see the Shohoku team just blast their way to victory, but there is no way that the journey is going to be easy.

But that last game…wow, so much drama, it is almost unbearable, all the way to the end. You cry when they cry, and believe me, you will cry when they cry.

Manly tears of course.

So go on, read this manga, then pick up a basketball and shoot 10000 shots and go conquer the nation!

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