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Slam Dunk Creator - Takehiko Inoue

Takehiko Inoue is the artist of Slam Dunk. He draws himself as a SD character called Dr. T who appears throughout the series introducing new technical terms in Basketball. You can usually see Dr. T's appearance from the official games Shohoku engages in.

Other than the extraordinarily popular Slam Dunk, Inoue also has another manga based on basketball named Buzzer Beater. Buzzer Beater is a story based on a very different setting than Slam Dunk and focus on the universe's greatest basketball team.

Will there be a sequel to "Slam Dunk"?

Currently there are no plans for a "Slam Dunk 2" or any sequels.
However, according to Mr. Inoue, "I'm waiting for the desire to draw it to come naturally from within me. Since it won't be because somebody is making me do it, but because I want to enjoy drawing it myself, when the time comes for me to deal with those feelings, there will probably be a #2."
(Comment made by Mr. Inoue on NHK TV's "Top Runner" on 6/15/2000)

Inoue Sensei's Profile

Takehiko Inoue's picture in his younger years
Takehiko Inoue's most current picture we have available

Other than writing Manga, Inoue also plays ball himself. He has a team called the Takechans which comprises of his friends and colleagues. They would play every weekend hoping one day to meet some challenge. However, he does not believe a single human being would want to play against them.

Takehiko is most happy when:

When he wakes up on time in the morning
When praised by someone else
When he "swishes" a shot (What a coincidence,I feel happy whenever I swish a shot too! )
When he visits a bookstore
When he has an endless supply of inspiration
When there is no traffic jam
When the seasons change
When he can makes it through a closing elevator door
When the pen works

Inoue Sensei's bibliography from Rajin Comics:

Inoue Takehiko was born on January 12, 1967 in Kagoshima Prefecture. Inoues basketball masterpiece, SLAM DUNK, has a devoted international following and has sold over 100 million books worldwide. Inoue won Japans Agency for Cultural Affairs Manga Media Festival Prize for his depiction of Miyamoto Musashi as a wander in VAGABOND. In the same year, Inoue won the 24th Kodansha Manga Prize. Inoue added another trophy to his collection, winning the Tezuka Prize in 1988 for his work KAEDE PURPLE. With such achievements, there are high expectations for Inoues work for years to come.

Please visit Inoue's official website at : ::: INOUE TAKEHIKO ON THE WEB :::
















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Name Akagi Takenori
Number 4
Height (cm) 197
Weight (kg) 90
Grade 3
Class 6
Birthday 05/10
Junior High Kitamura
Shoe Brand Converse
Position Center
Nickname gorilla
Most Notable Saying "We are strong, we will lead the nationals!"
Appearance gorilla like
Personality strong
Additional Info Akagi Takenori is the tallest player in all Shohoku's team members. Although biased by many fans because of his physical resemblance to a monkey, Akagi is a great team captain. As he leads his interesting team members through out the games, he stands out as the leader of this great team and also a good guide for Sakuragi Hanamichi . Additional Info: Akagi's sister, Haruko, is the one who selected Hanamichi out of the freshmen students and introduced Hanamichi to the sports known as Basketball.

 

Name Kiminobu Kogure
Number 5
Height (cm) 178
Weight (kg) 62
Grade 3
Class 6
Birthday 07/12
Junior High Kitamura
Shoe Brand
Position Small Forward
Nickname Megane-kun
Most Notable Saying
Appearance
Personality peace-maker
Additional Info As a senior, Kogure Kiminobu seems be the most mature of all the team members. Although his basketball skill is not among the very best in the team, he insists on learning and helping others. Many team members respect the vice - captain for his personality and his determination. He tries his best in everything and wishes the best of all the team members. As Shohoku rises to be one of the best teams, one of his greatest dream is also slowly turning into reality ----> one day....Shohoku's basketball team will be the best, the very best! Additional Info: Kogure often sits on the bench during games and cheers for the players. But the few times he played, he scored crucial points for Shohoku. Yes, go Kogure! Shohoku's kind vice-captain!

 

Name Ryota Miyagi
Number 7
Height (cm) 168
Weight (kg) 59
Grade 2
Class 1
Birthday 07/31
Junior High
Shoe Brand Converse
Position Point Guard
Nickname
Most Notable Saying "Aya-chan!"
Appearance not tall compared to team member but very speedy
Personality cool,social
Additional Info Other than his height, Miyagi Ryota is excellent in nearly all other areas. Well known for his fighting abilities, Miyagi is a terrific baskeball player and is also willing to support his team members. The guy is a close friend of all the other members and is looking forward to his future position as Shohoku's basketball team captain. Additional Info: Aya's chan! Shohoku's team manager is the primary motivation for Miyagi's to become the #1 point guard in the region! Yes, he loves

Name Sakuragi Hanamichi
Number 10
Height (cm) 188
Weight (kg) 83
Grade 1
Class 7
Birthday 04/01
Junior High Wakou
Shoe Brand Nike - Air Jordan
Position Power Forward
Nickname tensai, idiot, rebund king, red hair monkey
Most Notable Saying "I AM A TENSAI!"
Appearance Red Hair, Tall
Personality very open
Additional Info Sakuragi Hanamichi is the star of the show! By calling himself a Tensai (genius), Sakuragi Hanamichi gains great confidence and always manages to perform the impossible moves in a basketball game. While making all these terrific contributions to his team, Hanamichi also messes up on 90% of the simple passes and throws. His unpredicable performance on games and cheerful personality will one day make him the support of the entire Shohoku team (a major Rukawa Kaede competitor as well)

 

Name Rukawa Kaede
Number 11
Height (cm) 187
Weight (kg) 72
Grade 1
Class 10
Birthday 01/01
Junior High Tomigaoka
Shoe Brand Nike - Air Jordan
Position Small Forward
Nickname fox, super rookie
Most Notable Saying "idiot"
Appearance popular among girls
Personality cool
Additional Info Rukawa Kaede plays the official rival character for Sakuragi Hanamichi through out the whole series. Whether from appearance or raw skill, Rukawa's definitely the perfect idol to look up to (extra info: the fan club for Rukawa consists of three females who attend nearly every game Rukawa's in). Although he's very ignorant of his surroundings and seems to stand alone from the rest of the team members on numerous occasions, Rukawa becomes the ideal player many seek to be. Additional info: Rukawa wants to go to America to play basketball. But Anzai coach does not agree on the idea and suggested Rukawa to train harder in Japan and become the #1 basketball player in Japan first !

 

Name Mitsui Hisashi
Number 14
Height (cm) 184
Weight (kg) 70
Grade 3
Class 3
Birthday 05/22
Junior High
Shoe Brand Asics
Position Shooting Guard
Nickname mit-chin
Most Notable Saying "I want to play basketball" - to Anzai Sensei
Appearance
Personality cool, mature
Additional Info Mitsui Hisashi carries a very complicated life. Once a great basket ball player, Mitsui Hisashi abandoned the hobby for two years. While wandering near the edge of life everyday as a famous school gangster, Mitsui lost much of his sharp skills and physical abilities. As a senior in high school, Mitsui once again joins Shohoku's basketball team and reunited with basketball. As time goes on, Mitsui Hisashi will gradually regain his unique talent in the sport and become the star he used to be. Additional info: He was the key player in Shohoku's game against Shoyo. We will feel Mitsui's his struggle and determination to win reflected from his consecutive 3 pointer shoots!

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shoyo

Kenji Fujima
Number 4
Height (cm) 178
Weight (kg) 66
Grade 3
Class
Birthday
Junior High
Shoe Brand Asics
Position Point Guard
Nickname
Most Notable Saying
Appearance some claim Fujima's the best looking player in SD
Personality excellent leadership skills, determined
Additional Info Kenji Fujima is extremely popularly among SD fans being the most intelligent, responsible and skilled character of Shoyo. Most of the audiences' attention are focused on this senior player who takes charge of Shoyo's basketball team during the games. Many admire Fujima for his stunning looks (compared to some other players) and many others respect him for the excellent team captain and coach he is. As the games progresses, we will find that Kenji Fujima is a very strong competition for Miyagi Ryota (Point Guard). Additional info: Fujima is definitely famous, but we really don't know much about his background. There's a nice manga on Fujima from this art book I just bought. It tells about Fujima's family and his school life, etc. Get a copy for yourself if you can, it will reveal some very very interesting Fujima facts. :D

Toru Hanagata
Number 5
Height (cm) 197
Weight (kg) 83
Grade 3
Class
Birthday
Junior High
Shoe Brand Asics
Position Center
Nickname
Most Notable Saying
Appearance Shoyo's glass guy
Personality trustworthy
Additional Info Hanagata led Shoyo through most of Shoyo's game against Shohoku. He performs extremely well and is well trusted by Fujima. Quite a powerful player, his attacks brought great challenges to both Shohoku's super rookie: Rukawa and Shohoku's captain, Akagi. Hanamichi, without a doubt tried to prevent Hanagata from getting rebounds every chance he got. Despite Hanagata's height advantage, Hanamichi proved to be a tough opponent.

Name Kazushi Hasegawa
Number 6
Height (cm) 190
Weight (kg) 81
Grade 3
Class
Birthday
Junior High
Shoe Brand
Position Forward
Nickname
Most Notable Saying
Appearance
Personality hard-working
Additional Info Before Shoyo vs. Shohoku game, Hasegawa claims to defeat Mitsui to make sure Mitsui does not score more than 5 points. (He fails)

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ryonan

Jun Uozumi
Number 4
Height (cm) 202
Weight (kg) 90
Grade 3
Class
Birthday
Junior High
Shoe Brand Asics
Position Center
Nickname monkey gang leader (by sakuragi)
Most Notable Saying "I will defeat akagi!"
Appearance
Personality Stubborn, easily angered (reflected from foul reactions)
Additional Info Ahhhhh, this captain's scary. He trained very hard to compete with Akagi and sets Akagi as his goal. Being the tallest in all the teams, he stands apart from the regular player and gains the nickname of a "beast". He's a great captain and also thinks highly of his team player, Sendoh. Being well respected by everyone, Uozumi carried the intense burden to lead his team-members, to make Ryonan win! Additional info: Uozumi later retired to work at a traditional Japanese restaurant, hmmmmmm........food personally prepared by Uozumi.....hehe.

Akira Sendoh
Number 7
Height (cm) 190
Weight (kg) 79
Grade 2
Class
Birthday
Junior High Kitazawagakuen Jr in Tokyo
Shoe Brand Converse
Position Shooting Guard
Nickname
Most Notable Saying
Appearance Cool, popular among girls
Personality Mild
Additional Info Being Ryonan's future captain, Akira Sendoh is very well known for his amazing skills. Rukawa Kaede looks up to Sendoh and sees him as a major competitor. The most notable aspect about this player is his mild personality. Whether lose or win, he always stays unusually calm making his decisions and movements unpredicable to the rival teams. Additional info: Sendoh loves fishing! A female news reporter that we see at important games through out the series also seems to have a crush on Sendoh. Hehe, overall, Sendoh's definitely suited to lead a great team, looks like Kainan will have another tough time holding their "straight-winning" record next year. Oh! almost forgot, Sendoh likes to eat lemons.

Kiccho Fukuda
Number 13
Height (cm) 188
Weight (kg) 80
Grade 2
Class
Birthday
Junior High
Shoe Brand
Position Power Forward
Nickname fuku-chan
Most Notable Saying "sakuragi, this game, I already won!"
Appearance
Personality
Additional Info

This guy is known as Fu-chan. Like Hanamichi, he's relatively new to Basketball AND he improves with lightning speed. It's said that the more you praise Fukuda, the better he performs, on the other hand, criticism will drive him to lose his confidence and balance. The guy has a pretty stubborn attitude, during the games, he partners amazingly well with Sendoh and scored major points this way. Additional info: He physically attacked his own coach after being criticized, as a punishment, he was not allowed to participate in Ryonan's practice game against Shohoku.

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kainan

Shinichi Maki
Number 4
Height (cm) 184
Weight (kg) 79
Grade 3
Class
Birthday
Junior High
Shoe Brand Reebok - pump
Position Point Guard
Nickname middle-aged man (Sakuragi)
Most Notable Saying
Appearance
Personality calm, determined
Additional Info Being the team captain of the #1 basketball team in the region has made Shinichi Maki's skill official ! He's talent in basketball is apparent through the team's consecutive winnings. It's said by the coaches of various schools that Shinichi Maki used to compete with Kenji Fujima for the best players title in very much the same way Rukawa Kaede and Sakuragi Hanamichi do at the current time SD takes place. Additional Info: Hanamich thinks Maki looks old and calls Maki a middle-aged man. Hehe, what do you think?.....

Name Soichiro Jin
Number 6
Height (cm) 189
Weight (kg) 71
Grade 2
Class
Birthday
Junior High
Shoe Brand Nike
Position Shooting Guard
Nickname
Most Notable Saying
Appearance
Personality hard-working, determined
Additional Info An excellent excellent three-point shooter, Jin's skills brings him special applauses and team attention in every game! Looking innocent and boyish, Jin trains extremely hard in order to score accurate three - pointers. It's rumoured that he practices 500 shoots every single day!

Name Nobunaga Kiyota
Number 10
Height (cm) 178
Weight (kg) 65
Grade 1
Class
Birthday
Junior High
Shoe Brand Reebok - pump
Position Small Forward
Nickname kainan's monkey (counter shohoku's sakuragi)
Most Notable Saying
Appearance
Personality wild-monkey like, very similar to Sakuragi
Additional Info Kiyota claims to be better than Rukawa whom everyone sees as the 1st year super rookie. He also claims to be a basketball tensai, but unlike Hanamichi, who seemed to have little skills to backup his claim, Kiyota's got some solid basketball talents! Competing against Hanamichi during the Kainan vs. Shohoku game, we got to see many interesting H vs. K arguments and childish plays. Similar to Hanamichi, Kiyota is being noted as having great potential to improve in basketball, one day, he might really raise to be the super star he claims he is!

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episode guide

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games stats
 
Games

Practice Game:
Shohoku vs Ryonan

Kanagawa trials:
Shohoku vs Miuradai
Shohoku's 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round matches
Shohoku vs Shoyo
Shohoku vs Kainan
Shohoku vs Takezato
Kainan vs Ryonan
Shohoku vs Ryonan

Pre-IH practice match:
Shohoku vs Shoyo/Ryonan

InterHigh games:
Shohoku vs Toyotama
Shohoku vs Sannoh

PRACTICE GAMES

Ryonan Takezono Ryokufu Jousei
(1st game)
Jousei
(2nd game)
Jousei
(2rd game)
Shohoku
86 - 87
not shown
75 - 74
73 - 72
Shohoku lost
draw

KANAGAWA TRIALS

Miuradai
(1st match)
Kakuya
(2nd match)
Kouhata
(3rd match)
Tsukubu
(4th match)
Shoyo
(final match)
Shohoku
114 - 51
160 - 24
103 - 59
111 - 79
62 - 60

Takezono vs. Kainan (78 - 150)

KANAGAWA TRIALS - FINALS

Kainan Shohoku Ryonan Takezato
Kainan
90 - 88
89 - 83
98 - 51
Shohoku
88 - 90
70 - 66
120 - 81
Ryonan
83 - 89
66-70
117 - 64
Takezato
51 - 98
81 - 120
64 - 117

INTERHIGH GAMES:

Toyotama Sannoh Aiwa
Shohoku
91 - 87
79 - 78
Score unknown, Shohoku lost.

SCORE BREAK-DOWNS

Shohoku Vs. Kainan
Player - Shohoku Pos FG FT Reb Ast St Blks Pts
Takenori Akagi C 4-4 N/A 12 1 0 3 8
Ryota Miyagi PG 1-1 N/A 0 4 3 0 2
Hanamichi Sakuragi PF 2-6 2-5 10 2 1 2 6
Kaede Rukawa SF 11-14 N/A 0 2 3 2 23
Hisashi Mitsui SG 1-1 N/A 0 2 0 0 2
Toki Kuwata SUB N/A N/A 0 1 0 0 0

Player -- Kainan Pos FG FT Reb Ast St Blks Pts
Kazuma Takasago C 0-2 N/A 2 0 0 0 0
Shinichi Maki PG 6-8 2-2 1 2 1 3 12
Tadashi Mudou PF 0-2 N/A 1 0 0 0 0
Nobunaga Kiyota SF 2-5 0-2 0 0 0 2 4
Soichiro Jin SG 3-3 N/A 0 1 1 0 9
Yoshinori Miyamasu SUB 2-2 N/A 0 1 1 0 6

Shohoku vs. Ryonan
Player -- Shohoku Pos FG FT Reb Ast St Blks Pts
Takenori Akagi C 5-9 0-4 4 1 0 4 10
Ryota Miyagi PG 2-3 N/A 0 4 4 1 4
Hanamichi Sakuragi PF 4-11 1-4 11 2 1 3 9
Kaede Rukawa SF 9-10 1-1 1 3 1 0 18
Hisashi Mitsui SG 2-2 N/A 1 3 0 0 6
Toki Kuwata SUB 1-2 N/A 0 0 0 0 3

Player -- Ryonan Pos FG FT Reb Ast St Blks Pts
Jun Uozumi C 2-4 0-1 2 1 0 4 4
Akira Sendoh PG 10-11 2-2 2 6 4 2 22
Kiccho Fukuda PF 8-12 2-2 3 0 1 0 18
Ryoji Ikegami SF 0-11 N/A 0 0 0 0 0
Hiroaki Koshino SG N/A N/A 0 1 2 0 0
Tomoyuki Uekusa SUB 0-1 N/A 0 0 0 0 0

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There's a total of 31 volumes of Slam Dunk manga. This great manga has recently been licensed by an American company, hopefully, all SD fans will be able to purchase English edition of Slam Dunk manga.

As often discussed by fans, the manga did continue on to the national games. We get to see further improvement for both Sakuragi, Rukawa, as well as for all other major characters.

If you are eager to find out how Shohoku did in the national competitions, check out the stats section, we have game scores available. Although I'm sure you don't want to miss the excitement of reading how the actual games went. ;D

We will definitely post information on where to purchase the mangas for you here as soon as we hear news on it, stay tuned for SD to become a popular anime in the west world, among English speaking fans!

Manga Summaries - Volume 25 starts after the anime ends

* More volume summaries coming shortly

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Below is a detailed timeline summary to the great SD series that we all love! (Not yet completed )
Session Time Line Character Development Games
1 A famous gangster named Sakuragi Hanamichi entered Shohoku high school along with he's four pals. Together they are notoriously known as the Five-member Sakuragi gang! After getting dumped by fifty girls in junior high, Sakuragi is heart broken, it seems he has fallen deep into some sort of love-depression. Then a cute girl approached the red haired tall gangster and asked in a sweet voice :" Do you play basketball?" Sakuragi fall in love with Haruko instantly, he recovers from he's love depression. none.
2 Sakuragi is now known as "sportsman Sakuragi"! The cute girl named Haruko who introduced him to basketball taught him the meaning of "Slam Dunk". By calling himself TENSAI, Sakuragi is determined to learn more about basketball then using basketball as the key to enter Haruko's heart. Then something bad happened that shattered Sakuragi's nice and wonderful dream to billions of tiny pieces. -- Rukawa Kaede entered the scene. Sakuragi learns about basketball then he met up with his life rival - Rukawa! none
3 After getting yelled at by Haruko, Sakuragi has now slamed back into he's love-depression. Then, he met up with the captain of the basketball team. Ironically, the gorilla like captain is Haruko's brother! Unfortunately, Sakuragi learned of the truly a step too late. Gorilla, Akagi enters the scene. We meet Haruko's brother! Sakuragi vs. Akagi's no-rule one on one basketball game
4 Sakuragi cleans the gym and makes every effort possible to act all nice and kind before Akagi. Finally, Akagi permits the TENSAI to enter the basketball team. Akagi realizes there is something good about Sakuragi: strong determination none
5 Sakuragi trains very hard in the team. Even though he's only doing basic practices, he's being extra patient, strongly believes one day, he's tensai skill will be known to the world! Sakuragi realizes basketball is not easy! Rukawa shows up tensai skills in practice game! Practice game between the seniors, sophomores and the freshmen players.

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da official ending (kuno)
 
So, what happens after the series ended?

One of the most discussed about topic concerning Slam Dunk is 'exactly what happened in the manga after where the anime series ended?' As loyal fans argue about the true result of the interhigh competitions, we would like to post some relatively reliable info about the official ending of the Manga.

There are 31 volumes in this manga series, after the anime stopped at the beginning of the interhigh competitions, a lot of fans thought that was the official ending of Slam Dunk as the author meant it, but it's not true.

The author of Slam Dunk, Takehiko Inuoe, went on and actually continued onto the interhigh games. In fact, a couple of the competitions in the later chapters are claimed by fans, to be the best games in this series! One of them is the famous Shohoku vs. Sannoh game. Sannoh, as the former Champion of the interhigh competitions, had great confidence in winning again. As expected, the Sannoh team also has great players, one of them, Eiji, is claimed to be the best player in Japan! It was a really tough game, but Shohoku won! This incredibly important competition brought numerous cheers for the no-seeded Shohoku high school and brought a perfect ending the series.

Did Rukawa become the best player in Japan?

  • Yes, we believe he did. In the Sannoh game, Rukawa realized how important team play is and finally overcame his habit of attacking alone, instead, he thought about his teammates' actions. In the end of the last chapter, we found out Rukawa was admitted into the All-Japan basketball team. This is without a doubt, a big hint for us fans - "Rukawa's seeking to become a pro. basketball player!"

    Did Sakuragi win Haruko's love?

  • This is not obviously stated in the ending, but after Sakuragi got injured during the Sannoh game, he was sent to recover in a hospital far away from the Kanagawa region. While he was away from Shohoku, Haruko wrote him letters and kept him informed of any new happenings at Shohoku.

    Can we get the manga summaries anywhere?

  • Manga summaries now available in the Manga section. ;)
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