Slam Dunk

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  • TV-PG
  • 1993
  • 5 Seasons
  • 8.8  (7,221)

Slam Dunk is an anime series from Toei Animation that aired from 1993 to 1996, based on the manga of the same name by Takehiko Inoue. The show follows the story of Hanamichi Sakuragi, a delinquent high school student who finds himself joining the basketball team in an attempt to win the affections of a girl he likes.

The show is known for its engaging storylines, intense basketball games, and lovable characters. Hanamichi Sakuragi is the main protagonist and the heart of the show. At the beginning of the series, he is a hot-headed and often violent student who has been rejected by countless girls due to his reputation as a troublemaker. However, everything changes when he meets Haruko Akagi, a girl who loves basketball and asks him to join the team.

Hanamichi's journey is the central focus of the show. Over the course of the series, he learns to love basketball and becomes a skilled player, overcoming his former reputation and gaining the respect of his peers. His passion for the game is infectious, and he inspires his teammates to work harder and strive for greatness. Along the way, he also discovers the true meaning of friendship and learns valuable life lessons that will stay with him forever.

The supporting cast of Slam Dunk is also incredibly memorable. The team captain, Takenori Akagi, is a towering presence on the court and a true leader who takes his responsibility seriously. His younger sister, Haruko, is a driving force behind the team's success, always cheering them on and providing support when they need it. Rukawa Kaede, a talented but aloof player, is Hanamichi's rival and one of the best players in the league.

The basketball games themselves are also a major highlight of the show. The animators capture the action and intensity of the sport with incredible detail, showcasing each character's unique skills and strengths. The games are fast-paced, exciting, and often incredibly close, with no shortage of dramatic moments and last-second heroics.

In addition to the basketball games, Slam Dunk also explores the personal lives and struggles of its characters. Hanamichi must overcome the trauma of his past and learn to trust others again, while Rukawa struggles to reconcile his natural talent with his lack of passion for the game. Meanwhile, other characters face issues such as bullying, academic pressure, and family difficulties, making Slam Dunk a well-rounded and complex story that goes beyond simple sports anime tropes.

Overall, Slam Dunk is a classic anime series that has stood the test of time. Its lovable characters, engaging storylines, and thrilling basketball action make it a must-watch for fans of the genre. Whether you're a seasoned sports anime fan or just looking for a great coming-of-age story, Slam Dunk is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Slam Dunk is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (247 episodes). The series first aired on October 16, 1993.

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99. -09
March 2, 1996
When Sendo joins the mixed team, they establishes chemistry, making crisp passes, and continuous dramatic combinations that are far more advanced than the district tournament plays. On the other hand, Hanamichi is unable to show off the results of his training, and his teammates look at him with disdain.
Intense Battle Begins!
98. Intense Battle Begins!
February 24, 1996
The Shoyo and Ryonan mixed team consists of Fujima, Hanagata, and Hasegawa from Shoyo along with Uozumi and Ikegami from Ryonan. A lot of pressure is put on Shohoku. But Shohoku, who has improved their playing ability, do not fear the strong team. They are very aggressive, and quickly take the lead. Hanamichi, who is on the bench, and the one who suggested the game, is anxious to showcase how much he'd improved from all of the training he'd done.
The Passionate Heart, Uozumi Once Again!
97. The Passionate Heart, Uozumi Once Again!
February 17, 1996
Hanamichi annoyingly suggests a practice game to show off the results of his special training to Akagi and the rest of the team. Then, Shoyo's Fujima, Hanagata, and Hasegawa who coincidently met up with Hikoichi come by to cheer them on. But it is Hanamichi's devious side that suggests that they hold a practice game. As Hikoichi starts to look for other players, Akagi has no choice but to agree.
Basketball Shoes II
96. Basketball Shoes II
February 10, 1996
The final day of training camp. Hanamichi finally makes his final jump shot to end his 20,000 jump shot training. Akagi and the team comes back from Shizuoka, and they will have the finishing practices starting tomorrow before the national tournament starts. Haruko notices the bad condition of Hanamichi's basketball shoes, and takes him to the sports shop the next day.
Hanamichi's Hottest Day of His Life
95. Hanamichi's Hottest Day of His Life
February 3, 1996
While Hanamichi works hard on his 20,000 jumps jump shot training, Haruko invites him to the festival for a change of pace. Hanamichi is very elated for this Haruko's suggestion. Hanamichi makes sure Yohei and friends don't come and disturb him to go on a date with Haruko. However, while they are scooping goldfish for some little kids, and having fun, Haruko is approached by some thugs and their good time is ruined.
Fierce Battle at Shizuoka!
94. Fierce Battle at Shizuoka!
January 27, 1996
While Hanamichi is practicing his 20,000 jump shots, Akagi and the team have a practice game in Shizuoka with their fellow training camp partners, Jousei High School. Top team in Shizuoka, top 8 in the nation, Jousei is surely a strong team that can't be taken for granted. Even Rukawa starts out a bit jittery, but once his engine is revved up, they instantly shrink the score gap.
A 20,000 Shot Challenge
93. A 20,000 Shot Challenge
January 20, 1996
Finally, the intense training camp has started. When Akagi and his team go to Shizuoka for a combined training camp with Jousei High School, Hanamichi is told to stay behind for a special training with Anzai. Anzai is betting on Hanamichi's ability to improve incredibly and wants him to master the jump shot in a mere ten days.
Male Friendship!? Sakuragi's Gang
92. Male Friendship!? Sakuragi's Gang
January 13, 1996
To be able to cheer Hanamichi on at the game, Yohei and his friends get part-time jobs to pay for travel expenses to Hiroshima where the national tournament will take place. They start working in two seaside shacks, but on payday they are faced with an unexpected expense. So, when the owners say, "If you protect the shacks from the typhoon, I'll triple your pay", they jump at the chance to make more money.
The Nationals at Risk
91. The Nationals at Risk
December 23, 1995
The Shohoku basketball team encounters an unexpected crisis. Shohoku High School regulations state, "If you have four or more failed tests, you are not eligible to participate in the interscholastics". Hanamichi, Rukawa, Mitsui, and Ryota all fell under this category. However, after Akagi's desperate appeal to their teachers, they are given a chance to make-up the exams. Akagi has the four of them study at his house, and with Haruko and Ayako's help, a study session is put into effect.
Man of Miracles, Hanamichi Sakuragi!
100. Man of Miracles, Hanamichi Sakuragi!
March 9, 1996
Shohoku's scrimmage with the mixed team of Fujima and Hanagata of Shoyo, with Uozumi, Sendo, and Fukuda of Ryonan instantly changed momentum when Sendo entered the game. However, Hanamichi who was concerned with his jump shot focuses on his rebounding. And the momentum shifts back to Shohoku until the mixed team pulls apart again as Shohoku has to chase after them creating a see-saw game.
Glorious Slam Dunk
101. Glorious Slam Dunk
March 23, 1996
The opportunity has finally presented itself for Hanamichi to show off his new move, the "Training Camp Shot". While the players from the mixed team and even his own team look on in disbelief, Hanamichi carries on making his Training Camp Shot. There is an uproar in the stands as fans begin to realize that he might be a genius. As the students keenly watch on, he dominates the rebounds and even fuels the offense with some momentum.
Where to Watch Slam Dunk
Slam Dunk is available for streaming on the Toei Animation website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Slam Dunk on demand at Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 16, 1993
  • IMDB Rating
    8.8  (7,221)