* When Sakuragi awkwardly returns to the Basketball Team after losing his temper and quitting, he clumsily asks can he be let back in, and was about to leave again when he was told he has to start from the basics. Along comes Haruko, who was worried that he was off fighting again. Sakuragi [[ManlyTears sheds a slight tear]] as a gentle version of the title song "I cry out I love you" begins to play, and instead of returning to a violent life without direction, happily leaps back into basic practice [[LoveRedeems to see Haruko's encouraging kind smile once more.]]

* Mitsui's HeelRealization and his tearfully begging Coach Anzai for a chance to [[MyGreatestSecondChance come back to the team]]. The old man's saintly forgiveness results in an immediate HeelFaceTurn for the former ace.

* During the match against Kainan, Akagi gets injured and has to be benched. Overhearing his despair at possibly failing to take Shohoku to the nationals in his final year, Sakuragi loudly proclaims that he'll fight to secure Akagi's dream, declaring himself to be Takenori's "little brother under the basket". A visibly touched Akagi hears the declaration, and from then on develops into more of a genuinely caring BigBrotherMentor towards the hot-headed deliquent.
** This leads to a nice moment at the end of the game, even if said match ends in a {{Tearjerker}} for Shohoku, as Akagi, recognizing that Sakuragi's pass that cost them the match was a honest mistake on both their parts[[note]]Sakuragi intended to pass the ball to Akagi, and in the urgency of the closing moments of the game and under pressure from Kainan's defence, Sakuragi mistakenly passed the ball to a Kainan player who bore a passing resemblance to Akagi and was seen only in the former's peripheral vision[[/note]] and not a grab at personal glory, actually ''puts his arm around'' an inconsolably weeping Hanamichi, gently and wordlessly comforting him that he ''doesn't'' hold him responsible. Given their usual dynamic up to that match, it's a very touching PetTheDog moment from Akagi.
** Akagi gets another moment after the spectacular alley-oop dunk he pulls off against Ryonan. As Sakuragi proudly brags (mostly to himself, but he's never been subtle) that it was his rebounding that made the whole move possible, in comes Akagi, enthusiastically ''agreeing'' and backslapping Sakuragi for his ''great rebounding''. Also a funny moment for the collective [[JawDrop reaction]] of the other Shohoku players and Sakuragi's gang.