By Leroy Douresseaux
December 6, 2012 - 16:17
Rated “T” for “Teen”
Situated in Kanagawa Prefecture, Shohoku High School has a basketball team that doesn’t want to come in second. Takenori Akagi, team captain and starting center, dreams of making it to the finals of Nationals, and, as a third year (essentially a senior), this is his last shot at a championship. With hotshot freshmen, like superstar Kaede Rukawa and basketball novice, Hanamichi Sakuragi, Shohoku makes it to Nationals, but they must learn to play together as a team if they are going to finish in first place?
As Slam Dunk, Vol. 25 (entitled Greatest Challenge) opens, Shohoku High prepares for another “biggest test yet.” From Akita Prefecture comes Sannoh Kogyo, the defending national champions! Watching a tape of one of Sannoh’s earlier games only makes Shohoku nervous; Sannoh’s players are beasts on the court. Coach Anzai must build his team’s confidence. Strangely (or obviously), Sakuragi isn’t feeling intimidated at all.
THE LOWDOWN: So in the latest volume of the Slam Dunk manga, there is a double-page spread depicting the aftermath of a slam dunk during the Sannoh game. Tiny vignette-like panels are embedded across the spread as if they were witnesses to something awe-inspiring and splendid. And the slam dunk on the page before is splendid.
This comic book full of drawings depicting a basketball game captures the power, speed, and grace of hoops that matches the best sports photography. When it comes to great comics, Slam Dunk is a slam dunk.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Readers looking for top notch sports comic books or great manga will find that in shonen legend, Slam Dunk.
Rating: A /10