Characters: Slam Dunk

The character sheet for the famous basketball anime/manga series Slam Dunk.
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Hanamichi Sakuragi
Number: 10
Position: Power Forward
Height: 6 feet 2.5 inches (188 cm)
Weight: 182.6 lbs (83 kg)
Birthday: April 1
Shoes: Nike Air Jordan 6 note  later the Nike Air Jordan 1 note 
Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao (JP) Rene Garcia (LA)

Kaede Rukawa
Number: 11
Position: Small Forward
Height: 6 feet 2 inches (187 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Birthday: January 1
Shoes: Nike Air Jordan 5
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP) Sergio Bonilla and later Oscar Flores(LA)

Takenori Akagi
Number: 4 (team captain)
Position: Center
Height: 6 feet 6 inches (197 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Birthday: May 10
Shoes: Converse Weapon Classic
Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada (JP), José Luis Castañeda (LA)

Ryota Miyagi
Number: 7
Position: Point Guard
Height: 5 feet 6 inches (168 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Birthday: July 31
Shoes: Converse Drive
Voiced by: Yoku Shioya (JP), Enrique Mederos (LA)

  • Adorkable: In direct correlation to how close Ayako is.
  • Always Someone Better: He definitely faces some steep competition in regards to whose the best point guard in the series (mainly from Maki and Fujima).
  • Berserk Button: According to the prequel, he LOATHES when people toss trash around. And it's double when they throw things into the sea. Later, it's violence against women and specially to Ayako.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Ryota and Ayako were this at age eleven (age was probably the key reason for this). Rather hilarious considering how much of a dogged nice guy Ryota becomes later on.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Sakuragi, being the member of the regulars that he's the closest to. Sakuragi's "Ryou-chin" nickname for him is actually an affectionate one.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: By far the most analytical of the players on the court with a keen court awareness. When forced to study for his make-up exams, he picks up the material pretty quickly and is capable of getting good scores. In the 10 Days Later omake, he's shown going through a pile of books on how to be an effective leader (while skipping his actual classes).
  • Courtly Love: Another way to see his devotion to Ayako, since he states he's satisfied as long as he can make her happy.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Introduced as one. He punches Hanamichi in the face the first time he meets him because he assumed he was dating Ayako (when all the two were doing was walking together).
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Ayako, Played for Laughs.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: He apparently becomes one after being made captain.
  • Face of a Thug
  • Fragile Speedster
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sakuragi. They actually bond over their bad luck at romance.
  • Indy Ploy: As a point guard, he's quite good at these.
  • I Wished You Were Dead: According to his backstory, Miyagi had an older brother who got lost at sea... and this happened right after Ryota said he never wanted to see him again because said brother didn't want to him to tag along.
    • I Will Wait for You: He built a sort-of secret spot in a cave near the sea to wait for his brother's return. He takes Ayako there after their... weird first meeting.
  • Japanese Delinquents: While not really one, he's got both the attitude and the involvement, having been a target of Mitsui and his gang's bullying prior to Mitsui's Heel-Face Turn.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He starts off as one but outgrows it pretty quickly.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: He was introduced as one (although he never gets very far), but spends most of the series devoted to Ayako.
  • The Napoleon: A milder example: though he can still be sensitive about his height, the issue isn't brought up as much since he actually makes use of it.
  • Love at First Punch: Surprisingly enough, Ryota and Ayako were both this to each other in 6th grade (according to the prequel) - he slapped her twice, she slapped him back and bit him in the arm. Perhaps Miyagi's adorkable side came with puberty.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Don't underestimate him for his size, he's a very good fighter.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: With Yasuda.
  • She's All Grown Up: One possible explanation for Miyagi's deep infatuation with Ayako. It's revealed he first met her when he was 11, but at the time thought she was weird. Yet when he meets her again in high school, he's head over heels.
  • Wife-Basher Basher
  • Would Not Hit a Girl: Completely snaps when Ayako is hit by a delinquent, kicking the culprit in the head and then beating him up savagely while yelling at him to not ever raise his hand against a woman.
    • Zigzagged in his backstory. At age 11 he slapped Ayako without hesitation for throwing things into the sea thanks to his trauma about his missing at the sea older brother.... but he is shocked when, after she hits him back, he pushes her aside and actually causes her a rather bad injury on her leg.

Hisashi Mitsui
Number: 14
Position: Shooting Guard
Height: 6 feet (184 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Birthday: May 22
Shoes: ASICS GT White
Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu (JP), Jorge Palafox and later Benjamin Rivera (LA)

Kiminobu Kogure
Number: 5
Position: Small Forward
Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Weight: 83 kg
Birthday: July 12
Shoes: Mizuno Wave
Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka (JP), Jesus Barrero and later Jose Gilberto Vilchis (LA)

Yasuharu Yasuda
Number: 6
Position: Point Guard
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (JP), Eduardo Garza (LA)

Position: Team Manager
Voiced by: Eriko Hara (JP), Monica Manjarrez (LA)

  • Age-Appropriate Angst: According to the one-shot, Piercing, she didn't take her mother dating again very well. She angrily tossed a gift her mom got for her boyfriend into the sea, and then Ryota got it back for her and slapped her for throwing stuff in the water.
  • Cool Big Sis: Specially to Sakuragi and Rukawa.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Ayako was this towards Ryota as children.
  • Disappeared Dad: We see her mother in Piercing, but there's no word on her dad.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Piercing depicts Ayako as a pre-teen girl with long straight hair. In Slam Dunk proper it's quite wavier, so she probably perms it.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Discussed. The things that Ayako threw into the sea was a pair of simple green earrings given to her mom, and she recalled how she thought her mom would look much better with shiny, big red ones. Her mom later explained that the green earrings were a gift for Ayako.
  • First Name Basis: We never know what her surname is. Following the info given in Piercings... it might be Sasaki, but only if her mother did marry her boyfriend Sasaki and Ayako took up his name.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: As a kid.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Always carries one, and more than once she hits Sakuragi with it.
  • Parent with New Paramour: When she found out that her mother started dating again, it didn't go well for her. As expected from a pre-teen girl, and made worse because she once spotted her mom and said boyfriend when she was with her friend...

Mitsuyoshi Anzai
Position: Head Coach


Akira Sendoh
Number: 7
Position: Small Forward note 
Height: 6 feet 3 inches (190 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Birthday: February 14
Shoes: Converse Weapon Black
Voiced by: Hochu Otsuka (JP), Salvador Delgado (LA)

Jun Uozumi
Number: 4 (team captain)
Position: Center
Voiced by: Yukimasa Kushino (JP), Gerardo Reyero (LA)

Hiroaki Koshino
Position: Small Forward

Tomoyuki Uekasa

Number: 10
Position: Shooting Guard
  • The Chick: Made abundantly clear in the 10 Days Later. He's pretty much the only one who keeps everyone from killing each other.
  • Those Two Guys: With Koshino.

Kiccho Fukuda
Number: 13
Position: Power Forward
Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (JP), Carlos Enrique Bonilla (LA)

Hikoichi Aida
Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (JP), Luis Daniel Ramírez (LA)

Coach Moichi Taoka
Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (JP), Paco Mauri (LA)


Kenji Fujima
Voiced by: Kouji Tsujitani (JP), Genaro Vásquez (LA)

Tooru Hanagata
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Kazama (JP), Mario Castaneda (LA)

Kazushi Hasegawa
Voiced by: Kozo Shioya

    Kainan University 

Shinichi Maki
Voiced by: Hisao Egawa (JP), Israel Magaña and later Igor Cruz (LA)

Nobunaga Kiyota
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (JP), Luis Alfonso Mendoza and later Genaro Vásquez (LA)

Soichiro Jin
Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna

Yoshinori Miyamasu

Coach Riki Takato


Eiji Sawakita

Masashi Kawata

Kazunori Fukatsu

Mikio Kawata

Satoshi Ichinokura

  • The Comically Serious: He's always 100% serious at all times, no matter how trivial the situation.
  • Determinator: To the point of parody. He once insisted on finishing through all his exams despite having a severe case of appendicitis.
  • Evil Counterpart: Slightly, both he and Mitsui are insane determinators. The only difference is that his specialty lies in defense while Mitsui's is in three-pointers.
  • Gradual Grinder: He is this trope personified. He isn't very tall or athletic, but his sheer willpower will tire anyone out.

    Other characters 

Haruko Akagi
Voiced by: Akiko Hiramatsu (JP), Cristina Hernández (LA)

Rukawa's fangirls

Sakuragi's friends (Youhei Mito, Yuuji Okusu, Nozomi Takamiya and Chuuichiro Noma
Voiced by:
Youhei: Toshiyuki Morikawa (JP), Yamil Atala (LA)
Takamiya: Kozo Shioya (JP), Luis Daniel Ramírez (LA)
Okusu: Nobutoshi Canna (JP), Irwin Daayan (LA)
Noma: Yuji Mikimoto (JP), José Luis Reza (LA)

Norio Hotta
Voiced by: Hochu Otsuka (Japanese), Arturo Mercado (LA)

Youko Shimamura
Voiced by: Yuko Minaguchi (in the first movie), Machiko Toyoshima (TV series), Cristina Camargo (LA)

  • Ascended Extra: In the anime; only appeared in the first frame of the manga.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Has the looks, is very kind and gentle, gets along well with someone as hard to handle as Sakuragi without much effort, and even if it doesn't work, she tries to stand up to Oda when she realises he's Not Himself.

Tatsumasa Oda
Voiced by: Hirotaka Suzuoki (JP), Genaro Vasquez (LA)

Tatsuhiko Aouta
Voiced by: Hideyuki Umezu (JP), Mario Castaneda (LA)

  • Butt Monkey
  • The Captain: Of the Judo Team. And say what you will, he is great at it.
  • Comically Missing the Point: He tends to regard Hanamichi's physical prowess to judo, despite Hanamichi never having practiced said sport.
  • Hypocrite: Blames Akagi for using Haruko to lure Hanamichi into the basketball team, yet tries to bribe the latter with pictures of their common crush to convince him into joining the judo team.
  • Insane Troll Logic: His later appearances mostly follow a pattern: someone, usually Sakuragi, does something; Aouta cites it as proof that he was born to practice judo; he's either called on this trope or completely ignored.
  • Lolicon: Sakuragi openly accused him of being this. Not that the photos of young Haruko that he used to try bribing him into the judo club helped.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Akagi, lampshaded more than once. In the anime, during the first time they talk to each other, the background changes color: Aouta's half becomes blue (the "Ao" of his name can mean "blue"), while Akagi's becomes red ("Aka" can mean "red")
  • Rousing Speech: Aouta's Crowning Moment of Awesome in the series was giving a rather magnificent one to Akagi during the second Ryonan match. National Judo Trophy included.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Haruko's.


Yayoi Aida
Voiced by: Yuko Nagashima

Voiced by: Yumi Touma

Michael Okita
Voiced by: Toshio Furukawa

Ichirou Katsumi
Voiced by: Junichi Kanemaru

Ichiro Mizusawa
Voiced by: Akira Ishida

  • Canon Foreigner: Appears only in the fourth movie
  • Ill Boy: Suffers bone tuberculosis in his left leg, meaning he will not be able to play basketball at least in years.
  • Fan Boy: Of his former sempai Rukawa
  • The Last Dance: The whole match between his school and Shohoku is this, as this will be his last one before being operated on
  • Shrinking Violet

Akane Mizusawa
Voiced by: Yoshino Takamori