Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 10 by Takehiko Inoue @shonenjump @vizmedia

May Contain Spoilers

My tour through all 37 volumes of Slam Dunk continues! It’s time for the lead up to the final four in their prefecture, and the team is ready to go! Their first opponent is Shoyo, one of the tallest teams in Tokyo. They make Hanamichi look short! And with the Shokoku team tense in their matchup, they are getting trampled by Shoyo. Do they have a chance to catch up to their adversaries?

This entire volume chronicles the first half of the game against Shoyo. Nerves are highs, and Shohoku isn’t playing their best. Hanamichi has three goals: be the rebound king, don’t foul out, and score more points than Rukawa. And he starts out, right off the bat, with a foul! Argh! This guy! It doesn’t help that he doesn’t know all of the rules of the game, and he makes some stupid mistakes! Argh!

Even Akagi is struggling, until Rukawa once again saves the day. This guy is a fast, fierce competitor, and he will do anything to win! Even hog the ball and make the points himself, because his teammates are too intimidated to play the game. Once he does that, he gets everyone rallied behind him. Suddenly, the game doesn’t look so out of reach. Even Hanamichi is making some awesome plays! Wow!

This was a very exciting installment of Slam Dunk. The art, once again, just shines a spotlight on this game that I don’t even like. The sense of motion and power conveyed through Inoue’s art is convincing and exhilarating. The pacing is incredible, too. For 20 minutes I forgot about real life, and what a glorious break from reality that was. So glad I picked up this series, and that one library in my network has every volume in their collection.

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.
Reads R to L (Japanese Style). He tried to slam her with love, but she dunked his heart.
Shohoku advances to the final four in their prefecture, but the team they will face next, Shoyo, boasts one of the tallest squads around. Hoping to capitalize on his uncanny rebounding skills, Coach Anzai places Sakuragi in the starting five, but the Shohoku boys struggle against their opponents’ marked height advantage. Miyagi’s speed and Rukawa’s finesse help their team chip away at Shoyo’s lead, but with Akagi being outplayed at center, a Shohoku victory is looking less likely by the minute.