Takehiko Inoue’s basketball manga “SLAM DUNK” was serialized in “Weekly Shonen Jump” from 1990 to 1996! “THE FIRST SLAM DUNK” movie is slated for December 2022. 26 years after serialization ended, it’s still hugely popular.
[Image]Takehiko Inoue’s painting-like illustration “SLAM DUNK” Fans choose “Favorite Book Cover Photo” from 1st to 10th placeThe main character, Hanamichi Sakuragi, is a novice, but he has unparalleled physical abilities and basketball sense. Hanamichi’s self-proclaimed line, “Because he’s a genius,” is famous, but there are likely many readers who were touched by his efforts to grow up without drowning in talent. So this time, I would like to introduce you to the words of rivals who recognized Hanamichi’s talent. *The following contains content from the “Slam Dunk” comic. It is not the main purpose of this article to explain the story, but be careful if you are interested.
“Go” by Sendo, who quickly noticed Hanamichi’s talent
Hanamichi’s Shohoku faces Kanagawa Prefectural champion Kainan University in the first game of the final league, which is about to qualify for the Inter-High. Shohoku managed to end the first half with a draw, but in the second half they were tormented by the strongest duo of Kainan captain Shinichi Maki and three-point shooter Jin Soichiro, and the atmosphere from the defeat drifted. In order to reverse the point difference, Director Anzai made a “bet” that four people would seal Maki and let Hanamichi mark God in a one-on-one. As instructed, Hanamichi suppresses God with a sticky, persistent defense. Ryonan Ace’s Akira Sendo, who watched the nimble movement in the audience even though the game was already in the endgame, assessed, “That bottomless stamina is amazing.” Thanks to Hanamichi’s efforts, Shohoku regains momentum. Then came the opportunity to hurry. Maki runs around Hanamichi in the lead. The Shohoku members shouted “Wait!!” and “Stop!!” If you think about it normally, Hanamichi, a rookie, cannot compete with Maki, the number one player of Kanagawa Prefecture, in a 1-on-1 match. However, it is on this line that only the rival team, Sendo had high hopes for Sakuragi. In fact, Hanamichi invited Maki for an intentional foul on this play, even though he couldn’t score a goal. It must be a scene that warmed the hearts of fans.
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