Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 27 by Takehiko Inoue @shonenjump @vizmedia


May Contain Spoilers

Wow, this volume was painful to read. The Shohoku team, after leading going into the second half of the game again Sannoh, gets completely shut down. Nobody is playing to their potential, and without Rukawa and Akagi’s confidence to gain the momentum, the team has nothing to give. Every play is stopped, and Sannoh turns around and drives for a basket instead. Sheesh.

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Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 26 by Takehiko Inoue @shonenjump @vizmedia

May Contain Spoilers

This is going to be more like a mini review, because the entire volume focuses on the first half of the game against Sanno. And while there have been previous volumes that are strictly confined to the arena of a game, the stakes seem so much higher here. One loss and Shohoku goes home. The season is over, and the seniors’ high school careers are over. I want so much more than that for Akagi; he’s worked hard his entire school career, and he deserves to have his dream of winning the Nationals come true. Even if Hanamichi inadvertently does everything to mess that up.

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Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 25 by Takehiko Ionue @vizmedia @shonenjump

May Contain Spoilers

After surviving their first contest in the Nationals by the skin of their teeth, Shohoku is facing last year’s champs, Sannoh. Coach Anzai shows the team tapes from last year, and suddenly, the Shohoku players realize what a miracle it will be for them to beat this team. Sannoh has three elite players with Nationals experience, and this year’s team is rumored to be better than last year’s. Everyone but Sakuragi is consumed with self-doubt. Are they good enough to beat this monster team?

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Manga Review: Black Clover V 12 by Yuki Tabata @shonenjump @vizmedia


May Contain Spoilers

After the fierce battle in the Forest of the Witches, Vanessa is released by her mother. The Queen then gives up a magic stone, as well as an info dump about the Eye of the Midnight Sun, some powerful elves who were obliterated from the face of the planet, and shares with Asta a rumor about his anti-magic swords. Then the gang goes back to headquarters, triumphant from their mission. Not bad for a day’s work!

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Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 24 by Takehiko Inoue @shonenjump @vizmedia


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?

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Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 23 by Takehiko Inoue @shonenjump @vizmedia



May Contain Spoilers

And finally, it’s time for Nationals! On the train to the tournament, the Shohoku players have a little run-in with their first opponents – Toyotama. The tension is immediate and fierce. Power forward Kishimoto and Hanamichi almost come to blows. They are like a couple of roosters about to do battle in the chicken coop, and things quickly get out of hand. Until Toyotama points out Shohoku’s ranking in a basketball magazine. The entire Shohoku team’s morale is sucked away, in an instant.

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Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 22 by Takehiko Inoue @shonenjump



May Contain Spoilers

What a great volume! We’ve hit the lull just before Nationals, and we get to focus a little more on the players’ lives outside of basketball. In this case, it’s exam time, and you know what that means! All great sports manga have the challenging trial of exams, the failed tests, and the threat of banishment from the team. When not just one but FOUR players fail most of their tests, Akagi has some serious diplomacy to command. Will he get permission for the dunces to retake their tests, and can he and the other non-morons help them pass the tests.

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Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 21 by Takehiko Inoue @shonenjump @vizmedia



May Contain Spoilers

OMG, this was an incredible installment of Slam Dunk. Those final eight minutes of the match against Ryonan managed to last for over one hundred glorious pages. The drive, the determination, and the heart displayed by Shohoku were all there, in fantastic spreads and action packed panels. I don’t know how to cover this volume without giving away big spoilers, so I will try to be as vague as possible.

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