May Contain Spoilers
The exhibition game between Ryonan and Shohoku has two minutes left! Akagi is back! Rukawa has caught his second wind! Can the team pull together to win against one of the best teams in Tokyo?
Without spoiling things and revealing the winner, I will say that the end of the game was fantastic. Everyone dug deep to play the best game they could. Hanamichi pulled off some awesome plays, and he was even able to place the ball in the net. When he started driving for the basket, everyone was worried he would try one of his ill-timed slam dunks, but thankfully, Haruko got his attention and he was able to drop in a perfect layup. What an exciting game! I really enjoyed this story arc, and again, I am not a fan of basketball. Inoue’s art is dramatic and physical, and wow – what a great game.
Now it’s back to practice. Only there’s a little complication. Second year guard, Miyabi, has been released from the hospital, and man, this guy is just as much trouble as Hamamichi. To make things even more amusing, he has a massive crush on Ayako, and when he sees Hamamichi walking with her, he absolutely loses it. I loved that scene, and I can only guess about how much trouble the two of them are going to get into as the series continues.
Grade: 4.25 stars
Review copy borrowed from my local library
About the book:
He tried to slam her with love, but she dunked his heart. R to L (Japanese Style). With just a minute remaining on the game clock, Shohoku still trails Ryonan by four points. Hoping to put this match away for good, Ryonan hands the ball to their ace Sendoh, but they make the fatal error of overlooking the incredibly erratic (and at times phenomenally talented) Hanamichi. With a shot block that sets up a clinching basket for superstar Kaede Rukawa, Shohoku still has a chance for the win, but have they already chewed up too much time in the process? Winning isn’t everything in the game of basketball, but who wants to come in second? It takes dedication and discipline to be the best, and the Shohoku High hoops team wants to be just that. They have one last year to make their captain’s dream of reaching the finals come true–will they do it? Takehiko Inoue’s legendary beloved basketball manga is finally here and the tale of a lifetime is in your hands.