Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 29 by Takehiko Inoue @vizmedia @shonenjump


May Contain Spoilers

This volume, like the previous one, focuses on an small sliver of time in the second half of the no holds barred game between Nationals champions, Sannoh, and the upstart Shohoku team. The action covers a little more than three minutes of game play, and what glorious three minutes they were! After Hanamichi’s bold entrance back into the game, the entire team has a lot to live up to.

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Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 28 by Takehiko Inoue @vizmedia @shonenjump


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Things are not looking so great for Shohoku. Despite going into the second half of the game with a two point lead, they haven’t scored one point so far. Hanamichi is on the bench, trying to soak up Coach Anzai’s wisdom, while the rest of the team looks like they have already lost. Enter the Phenom, who  has such an overinflated ego that he can’t see the writing on the wall. After making an obnoxious declaration and making himself a villain for the Sannoh crowd, he’s ready to show the world what he’s got! Will it be enough?

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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

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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: 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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