May Contain Spoilers
The first round match against Toyotama continues! Rukawa had been elbowed in the head, causing his eye to become swollen shut. He can’t see out of it, and his depth perception is iffy at best. Shohoku is trailing by 10 points, and the team is starting to feel the pressure of playing an A ranked team. Can Anzai coach them to victory?
I hated most of the Toyotama players. Ugh! There were few redeeming qualities for this disrespectful team. Not even their long time coach getting sacked because they never finished better than Top 8 could excuse their awful behavior. If I had sympathy for anyone on their team, it was their new coach, who put up with their crap all year long. Maybe we didn’t get to know the players and their backstories well enough to have any other opinion of them. I felt that the first round game flew by, and at only two volumes, maybe it was a little bit of a let down after some of the mega volume games? I thought that the pacing of the game was a lot faster than previous games, and I wonder how long the remaining games will be.
Hanamichi doesn’t get to really shine in this volume. He makes a few good plays, makes a lot of mistakes, and comes out of the experience thinking he is still God’s gift to basketball. I love his sense of confidence. Rukawa is hampered by his eye injury, but he still comes through to show Toyotama that they aren’t really all that, and Akagi just dominates this game. After a slow start, he finds his groove and makes plays when the team needs them the most.
I have holds placed on the rest of the books in the series, and I really hope that I don’t have too long to wait to see how the Nationals play out. Despite being an older title, Slam Dunk is one of the best series I’ve ever read.
Grade: 4.25 stars
Review copy borrowed from my local library
About the book:
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?
It’s the second half of Shohoku’s debut game in the National Championship. Toyotama boasts the top three scorers from the Osaka regionals, and they’re bent on nothing less than crushing Shohoku! But Coach Anzai’s got a plan: steal the ball, run and score, facing Toyotama’s run-and-gun style head on! If Shohoku can’t beat Toyotama at their best game, what chance do they have of beating last year’s champion Sannoh in the next round?