History Manga / SlamDunk

10th Feb '17 2:07:25 AM mugiwara
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** Kogure, who was substituting for a tired and dehydrated [[spoiler: Mitsui]] in the final prefectural decider against Ryonan [[note]]Kainan already having clinched a berth in the Inter-High Tournament by sweeping the prefecture and going undefeated in the final four, the runners-up Shohoku and Ryonan, with one loss each against Kainan in the final four, has to square off for the second berth[[/note]], started reliving his entire high school basketball career as he attempted a crucial three-pointer, starting from when he first met Akagi during the freshman tryouts, when their hopes of winning the prefecture were crushed after they lost Mitsui to injury, on how many of their peers quit the team after losing time and time again, on how he was spurred by Akagi's determination to win despite all odds, up to when Shohoku became a formidable team with the return of both Mitsui and Miyagi and the addition of Sakuragi ang Rukawa in the starting lineup, brooding over the fact that this is his and Akagi's last chance for glory. Needless to say, [[PlayedForDrama he made the crucial shot.]]
20th Dec '16 8:03:44 AM rafi
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* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys:

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* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: No actual monkeys in the show, but Sakuragi is described as a "redheaded monkey" and Akagi's nickname is literally "Gori" (short for Gorilla). In fact, any excessively big and manly guy is referred to as a gorilla. Whenever Shohoku is chibified, they're usually portrayed as monkeys being led by a gorilla (except Rukawa whose a fox). From different teams we have Kyota, an equally HotBlooded rival, that is called "Wild Monkey" while Akagi's rival, Uozomi (who also has big stature), is nicknamed "Boss Monkey".
20th Dec '16 8:00:36 AM rafi
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* ChekhovsSkill:
** ''Slam Dunk'' is called ''after'' a sort-of this: it's one of the most spectacular moves ever in basketball and Sakuragi decides to make it his own. It takes him quite a while to master it, but it becomes '''very''' handy in [[spoiler: the second match against Ryonan, where Sakuragi scores a magnificent one to give the victory to Shohoku.]]
** Similarly, Captain Akagi spends half an episode teaching Sakuragi how to do rebounds. Sakuragi eventually becomes so good at this specific move that it becomes his ''other'' signature skill, and it's vital to the team in the match against Shoyo.



* CrazyJealousGuy: Ryouta Miyagi in regards to Ayako. One of his earliest appearances has him crying a river, screaming and punching Sakuragi ''because he mistook him for Ayako's boyfriend''. When they just happened to be ''walking together talking about basketball''.



* CorporalPunishment: Captain Akagi sometimes hits Sakuragi (and ''very'' occasionally, Miyagi or Rukawa) when fed up with his/their childish antics. It's almost always PlayedForLaughs, [[spoiler: save for the time he slapped pre-HeelFaceTurn!Mitsui for trying to get the team disqualified.]] Right before the last one, when Kogure tries to talk the team's way out of [[spoiler: Mitsui]]'s attacks, [[spoiler: Mitsui]] tells him to get the fuck out and slaps him across the face, [[SilkHidingSteel but Kogure]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome refuses to do it.]]
* CrazyJealousGuy: Ryouta Miyagi in regards to Ayako. One of his earliest appearances has him crying a river, screaming and punching Sakuragi ''because he mistook him for Ayako's boyfriend''. When they just happened to be ''walking together talking about basketball''.



* DelinquentHair: Sakuragi is an ex school delinquent who has a bright red (dyed) pompadour. Out of his still-school gangster friends, one has a blond FunnyAfro and two have smaller pompadours.



* ElevatorSchool: Kainan is an escalator school, as it's always introduced as Kainan University Affiliated High School.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys:



* MrFanservice: ''Every'' named male character except for the coaches.

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* MrFanservice: ''Every'' named male character except for EyeCatch: Several of them, usually featuring Sakuragi, Rukawa and Haruko, or Sakuragi being disciplined by Akagi.
* FaceDoodling: This is one of many funny moments in
the coaches.story. During the study night at Akagi's house, as the host takes a nap, Hanamichi picks up a marker that conveniently fell to his reach and strikes.


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* MrFanservice: ''Every'' named male character except for the coaches.
20th Dec '16 7:13:47 AM rafi
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** Sakuragi suffers a ''big'' one in the match against Sannoh, leading to one of his greatest CrowningMomentOfAwesome in the series.

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** Sakuragi suffers a ''big'' one in the match against Sannoh, leading to one of his greatest CrowningMomentOfAwesome moment of awesome in the series. In the ending he is recovering until his return.



* HateAtFirstSight: Sakuragi and Rukawa. Sakuragi initially hates him because Aruko has a crush on him, but mostly because he can't accept that Rukawa is, definitely, the star of the team (with his amazing skills). Rukawa, instead, regards Sakuragi as an idiot with zero experience (despite the fact that he knows that Sakuragi has some his hidden talents).

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* HateAtFirstSight: Sakuragi and Rukawa. Sakuragi initially hates him because Aruko has a crush on him, him (his first reaction to him is an [[UseYourHead headbutt]]), but mostly because he can't accept that Rukawa is, definitely, the star of the team (with his amazing skills). Rukawa, instead, regards Sakuragi as an idiot with zero experience (despite the fact that he knows that Sakuragi has some his hidden talents).



* UseYourHead: Hanamichi likes doing this. Very, VERY literally.

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* UseYourHead: UseYourHead:
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Hanamichi likes doing this. Very, VERY literally.Sakuragi does this so much, [[RunningGag it's practically his off-basket signature move.]] One of his first scenes ''ever'' in the series involved him headbutting his TrueCompanions for teasing him, then other people for unknowingly hitting one of his {{Berserk button}}s, and more than once he has dealed them to his own teammates (like Ryouta Miyagi), schoolmates (like Tatsuhiko Aouta) or people from other teams (like Hikoichi Aida) if they piss him off enough. Takenori Akagi and Kaede Rukawa are pretty much the only ones who can resist his headbutts without being knocked-out.
** A flashback reveals that [[spoiler: the aforementioned Ryota Miyagi]] is also fond of this "move", as he's seen trying to defend himself from bullies [[spoiler: led by a pre-HeelFaceTurn Hisashi Mitsui]] by headbutting their "boss" [[spoiler: and knocking down two of his (Mitsui's) front teeth.]]
20th Dec '16 7:07:02 AM rafi
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* HateAtFirstSight: Hanamichi and Rukawa.

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* HateAtFirstSight: Hanamichi Sakuragi and Rukawa.Rukawa. Sakuragi initially hates him because Aruko has a crush on him, but mostly because he can't accept that Rukawa is, definitely, the star of the team (with his amazing skills). Rukawa, instead, regards Sakuragi as an idiot with zero experience (despite the fact that he knows that Sakuragi has some his hidden talents).
18th Dec '16 2:08:12 AM rafi
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* HateAtFirstSight: Hanamichi and Rukawa.
2nd Dec '16 11:32:45 AM rafi
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* AndThisIsFor:
** {{Parodied}} with Sakuragi and a gangster (who belonged to Mitsui's gang before he returned to the team) who once hit Rukawa, whom he gives a mere slap on the wrist (anime) or a light tap on the face (manga), actually ''thanking him'' for beating up Rukawa.
** It's made ever funnier by the fact that it happens in the middle of a long list of PlayedStraight examples (like... putting a cigarette out on a basketball) that earned said gangster much heavier hits.

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* AndThisIsFor:
** {{Parodied}} with Sakuragi
AndThisIsFor: Both played straight and parodied. During a gangster (who belonged to fight between the vicious Mitsui's gang before (before he returned to the team) and the basketball team, Sakuragi does this to the biggest guy who once hit punched almost everyone there. He dedicates a furious punch for every one of his hurt teammates, but when it's his turn to "avenge" Rukawa, whom he only gives a mere slap on little pinch, to follow up with a punch for one of the wrist (anime) or a light tap on bench. Everyone looks at the face (manga), actually ''thanking him'' for beating up Rukawa.
** It's made ever funnier by the fact that it happens in the middle of a long list of PlayedStraight examples (like... putting a cigarette out on a basketball) that earned said gangster much heavier hits.
scene amazed, but, naturally, Rukawa is not very amused.
29th Nov '16 11:18:58 AM fruitstripegum
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* AnimalMotifs: In Hanamichi's imagination, Akagi is a gorilla, Rukawa is a fox and Miyagi was at least once seen as a mouse. And pretty much every other guys are monkeys or apes of one species or another. Sakuragi himself is often represented as a dog.
* AuthorAvatar: Dr. T, a character with appears in both anime and manga to explain the basic rules of basketball to the audience, is just a chibified version of the author, Takehiko Inoue.


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* AnimalMotifs: In Hanamichi's imagination, Akagi is a gorilla, Rukawa is a fox and Miyagi was at least once seen as a mouse. And pretty much every other guys are monkeys or apes of one species or another. Sakuragi himself is often represented as a dog.
* AuthorAvatar: Dr. T, a character with appears in both anime and manga to explain the basic rules of basketball to the audience, is just a chibified version of the author, Takehiko Inoue.
5th Oct '16 10:15:43 AM Pallo
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* MadeOfIron: Nearly everyone. Hanamichi and Rukawa get beaten up, hit with the metal side of a mop. They're both left made bloody messes, and at one point Rukawa faints from bloodloss and lays in a pool of his own blood. They both proceed to beat the shit out of their respective opponents. Everyone received at least one attack, and while the redshirts were knocked out of the fight with one blow, Hanamichi made Tetsuo, a big muscular man, look like a fly by comparison.

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* MadeOfIron: Nearly everyone. Hanamichi and Rukawa get beaten up, hit with the metal side of a mop. They're both left made bloody messes, and at one point Rukawa faints from bloodloss and lays in a pool of his own blood. They both proceed to beat the shit out of their respective opponents. Everyone received at least one attack, and while the redshirts were knocked out of the fight with one blow, Hanamichi made Tetsuo, a big muscular man, [[TheWorfEffect look like a fly by comparison.comparison]].
4th Oct '16 10:28:45 PM Pallo
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* MiddleChildSyndrome: An interesting example. Shohoku's shortest players are all 2nd year students and -with the exception of Miyagi- they are all substitutes.
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