Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 7 & 8 by Takehiko Inuoue @shonenjump @vizmedia


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Volumes 7 and 8 are basically one long, drawn out battle for supremacy in Shohoku’s gym. Miyagi has earned the unwanted attentions of Hisashi Mitsui, and a fight between them sent them both to the hospital. Now Mitsui has recruited his thug buddies to teach Miyagi and the entire Shohoku basketball team a lesson.

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Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 5 by Takehiko Inoue


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Wowzers, this was a great volume! I’ve said before, I don’t even like basketball, and I was on the edge of my seat the entire book. There is something to be said for an artist who is talented enough to keep me entertained while telling a story about a sport I could care less about. I am following at least three like that now – Haikyu!, Kuroko’s Basketball, and Slam Dunk. They are currently among my favorite series.

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Audio Review: Major Misconduct by Kelly Jamieson


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I have been on a sports kick recently. I’ve been reading sports manga, and when I saw some hockey romances available using my Audible Romance Package, I hastily downloaded them. Kelly Jamieson is an author that I have read and enjoyed before, so I was happy to see her Aces hockey novels on Audible.


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Manga Review: Slam Dunk Vol 4 by Takehiko Inoue @vizmedia


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Volume 4 showcases the practice game against Ryonan. Ryonan has a huge center, Uozumi, and he and Akagi are bitter rivals. Ryonan has a chance to make it to the Nationals this year, and they have been gifted with several proficient players, including their ace, Sendoh. The match up between him and Rukawa is intense, with neither player willing to give the other an inch.

The game starts and Ryonan is steamrolling over Shohoku. Shohoku can’t do anything right. Their shots are blocked, their passes are stolen, and neither Rukawa nor Akagi can make use of their talents. They are scoreless and trailing by double digits, when Rukawa makes a momentum altering play. Can Shohoku keep up the heat and make a comeback?

Honestly, Hanamichi annoyed the heck out of me in this volume. He is bouncing around the sidelines like a bunny on uppers, and he keeps getting into trouble. He even gets a foul called on him, and he’s not even playing! The heck!? He is just as disrespectful as you would expect, both to the rival coach and to his own. He keeps asking to be put in the game, and I don’t think he deserved the privilege.

After Akagi takes a shot to the head, he has to leave the game, giving Hanamichi the chance he has been incessantly whining for. Will he make a complete tool of himself, or will he help drive Shohoku to victory? I don’t know, but I hope Rukawa clocks him a good one for being such a pain on the sidelines.

Grade: 4.25 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

Shohoku’s (somewhat) friendly game against Ryonan finally gets underway. Old rivalries reignite with captain Akagi going toe-to-toe with Ryonan’s center, Uozumi. Hanamichi has flat-out declared that he will personally shut down Ryonan’s ace, Sendoh, but will Kaede Rukawa take care of things before Hanamichi even gets a chance to hit the floor? Either way, this is bound to be a game to remember.

Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 3 by Takehiko Inoue

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I had a copy of a Raijin release of Slam Dunk V 3. I didn’t even remember Gustoon! Entertainment until I found this in a box of books in the basement. As a subscriber to Raijin Comics, that’s just sad. I remember how exciting it was that a Japanese comics anthology was going to be released in the US. The hey days of Tokyopop, CMX, GoComi, and all of the other publishers who once released some great content, but then shuttered for various reasons, make me nostalgic. I still haven’t forgiven DC for closing CMX, and to this day rarely, if ever, pick up any of their mainstream comics. Bleh. So much for the glory days of manga. But things are looking up with Yen Press, Kodansha Digital Firsts, and of course, Viz, the company that picked up Slam Dunk after Raijin folded. But I digress. Sorry.

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Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 2 by Takehiko Inoue


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This volume is a nice mix of showing how little Sakuragi knows about basketball, and how much of a tough guy he is. We all know that he has a marshmallow center, mainly where Haruko is concerned, but he’s got his rep to think about, too. When the captain of the judo team makes a play for Sakuragi to join his team, things don’t go exactly the way he expects.

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