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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 (Japanese); Robert Tinkler [Kaleidoscope dub], Scott Evans [Animax Asia dub] (English)note 

Hanamichi Sakuragi is the protagonist of Slam Dunk, serving as Shohoku's power forward. At the beginning of the series, Sakuragi is a slacker, good for nothing other than fighting. He is the leader of the feared "Sakuragi's Gang", which consists of his four friends Mito, Noma, Ohkusu and Takamiya. After being rejected fifty times by girls, Sakuragi meets and falls in love with Haruko Akagi, a basketball fangirl. This and Haruko's encouragement lead him to join the Shohoku basketball team.

  • Aborted Declaration of Love: A sincere variation. Basically, he stands up in front of Haruko during the final minutes of a match, and bearing the pain of a back injury, he declares his wholehearted love... of basketball.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Haruko seem to genuinely love him, just not that way.
  • Animal Motif: According to Kiyota, he's like a monkey, more specifically an orangutan.
  • Badass Adorable: Childish, sincere, gullible and kind. Even moreso in his Super-Deformed mode.
  • Big Eater: In the lunch breaks of his 20,000-shot training.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He really wants you to know he's a BASKETBALL GENIUS!
  • Butt-Monkey: If you see him loudly declaring his geniality (and he does that very often), it usually means he's about to make a very humiliating mistake.
  • Catchphrase: "I'm a basketball GENIUS!"
  • Character Development: From a Hot-Blooded ex-delinquent, to a still Hot-Blooded but more mature player. It really shows during his shot training; before that, every thime he dreamt (or daydreamt) about basketball, it was with him as the protagonist, Haruko fawning over him and the other players as Funny Animals. When he's sleeping in between the days of his special training, however, the match he dreams of has no cartoonish affectations (even though he's still the hero of the game in it).
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Done as a way to encourage him during of their Nationals games: Rukawa tells Sakuragi that despite losing to him, he made him go all out.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: He's quite tan.
  • Determinator: Especially notable during the Sannoh game, where he keeps playing despite a potentially crippling injury.
  • Disappeared Dad: Who died of a heart-attack when he was in junior high. Sakuragi misses him terribly.
  • The Dog Bites Back: When Mitsui hits Sakuragi with the mop and Tetsuo beats him up along with the rest of the basketball team, Sakuragi wastes no time returning the favor by giving Tetsuo a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Haruko, acting pretty much like a puppy when he's around and hoping that someday she'll like him back.
  • The Dreaded: He's not called the Rebound King for nothing. Opposing teams are very cautious about missing shots, because that will mean that Sakuragi will catch that missed shot.
  • Dye Hard: An In-Universe example. He often dyes his hair red, even when he was in junior high.
  • Evil Laugh: "Naa-hahahahahahaha!!"
  • Face of a Thug: During the first chapter, Haruko's friends warn her not to get too close to Sakuragi because of this.
  • Failure Knight: Because he was caught by a bunch of other delinquents who beat him severely... and he couldn't get help for his ill father, who ended up dying.
  • Fiery Redhead: His hair is infamous In-Universe because of his temper and how he dyed his hair.
  • The Fool: Subverted, since despite his potential he can't skip the basic training. Other players start treating him more and more seriously as he learns the basics of the sport.
  • Gentle Giant: He's much more friendly towards girls than males; if he has a crush on you, he'll go blushy and tongue-tied.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: During his fight with Ryota, Sakuragi knocks Norio out and uses him to unsuccessfully knock him down.
  • Hard Head: He would be either a vegetable or even more stupid than he already is were it not for this trope, considering his signature and preferred method of attack.
  • Heroic BSoD: Sakuragi has been in a major one after being rejected for the 50th time. He snaps out of it when he meets Haruko.
  • Hot-Blooded: He covers his lack of skill with the extreme intensity of his plays, sometimes jumping several times to stop a throw after falling for a fake.
  • Idiot Hero: Mostly because he's too Hot-Blooded to stop and think. When he does, he sometimes Subverts this.
  • I Gave My Word: Once he makes a promise, he will keep it, fire or water.
  • Important Haircut: After blaming himself for the loss against Kainan when he mistook the Kainan's center for Akagi.
  • Indulgent Fantasy Segue: During a match, he becomes frustrated as he can't get rid of his markers, so he imagines himself headbutting them and leaving them knocked out. Cue him whimpering over the rules that forbid him doing so.
  • Ironic Echo: During the first chapter/episode, he says he loves basketball to get on Haruko's good side, despite never having played it. During the last match he says it again, but this time he means it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A total sweetheart and teddy-bear with the kind-and-innocent heart (and booksmarts) of a 5 year old.
  • Large and in Charge: He's the leader of his gang and noticeably taller than them.
  • Large Ham: He's not pleased until everyone is looking at him.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Very tall, VERY agile. Akagi trains him specifically to catch rebound balls at some point, and this becomes his main skill. He also manages to knock down Hanagata and Maki while dunking, despite the latter actively body checking him.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: He's asked out (and been rejected by) 50 girls.
  • Love Redeems: Had it not been for his love for Haruko, Sakuragi would more than likely have ended up like Mitsui — if not worse.
  • Manly Tears: Moreso than any other character. An especially poignant moment is when they lose to Kainan, thanks to a last-second blunder of his (which frankly, pretty much anyone could have done; Akagi even comforts him rather than getting angry and clocking him over the head as usual).
  • Mr. Imagination: Usually done to boost his own ego. Done less frequently as the series goes on.
  • The Nicknamer: If you're not a female or one of his four friends, do NOT expect him to refer you by name or surname.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Shares his red hair, rebounding, and jersey number with Dennis Rodman.
  • No Indoor Voice: He has a loud voice as part of his Hot-Blooded and Large Ham characterization.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Rukawa and with Fukuda, with Sakuragi is the Hot-Blooded red.
  • Small Name, Big Ego:
    • He loudly proclaims he's a genius and The Ace of his team when he can't even dribble properly.
    • Downplayed as the series goes on: he never becomes the star he believes himself to be, but he does become a noteworthy player.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Unusually for the main character of a sports manga, he is definitely not the star of his team, though he'll never acknowledge it. Sometimes he even becomes The Load, especially at the beginning, but over time, Sakuragi plays more of a key role in each match.
  • Teen Genius: Self-described. While he's definitely not a genius, he unlocks his potential and develops his basketball skills, aided by his Super Strength, in merely one semester.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Eventually develops some genuine basketball skills and becomes a noteworthy player.
  • Unknown Rival: To Rukawa, who actually is The Ace of the team. Rukawa does acknowledge his potential and determination towards the end, even if his skills still aren't up to par.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: One of the reoccuring themes of the story is his potential to be a great basketball player, but his lack of skill in certain areas. He slowly but surely grows out of this as the series progresses.
  • Use Your Head: His preferred method of punishment is to use his head to hit anyone who annoys him.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: Even though Youko rejected his love confession, he was was still going to dish out a brutal beating to Oda, her boyfriend (who plays for the anime-only Takezono), for slapping her.
  • Wolverine Publicity: In one way or another, he's the only character who appeared in the covers of all 31 volumes of the manga - even during the Mitsui origin story arc.
  • The Worf Effect: Part way through the series, he has a one-on-one match against Rukawa to see who is the better player. At first, it seems like Sakuragi might actually give Rukawa a challenge due his growing progress through the series. He instead suffers an utter defeat which briefly traumatizes him, which reflects the massive gap that still exists between them.

    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 (Japanese); Scott McCord [Kaleidoscope dub], David Lee McKinney [Animax Asia dub] (English)note 

Kaede Rukawa is the small forward of the Shohoku team, and Hanamichi Sakuragi's rival as well as his opposite; attractive to girls, skilled at basketball, and very cold and aloof. Although he does share some traits with Sakuragi in that they are not academically inclined and are good fighters. Although he regards Sakuragi as an idiot and the two frequently get into conflicts, he knows that Sakuragi can put his talents to better use.

  • The Ace: Sakuragi will never accept it, but everybody else knows that Rukawa is the star of the team.
  • Aloof Ally: He never shows friendliness towards his teammates, but when the team needs him he plays so hard that he collapses before the match ends.
  • Animal Motif: Sakuragi compares him to a fox, probably because he always looks so sleepy.
  • Berserk Button: Waking up Rukawa before finishing his naps will set him off. Norio Hotta and his cronies found that out the hard way when they discovered him on the school's rooftop and tried to wake him up.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Even though he's only 'brilliant' when it comes to basketball.
  • Broken Ace: Basketball is his life. Social skills be damned.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's as good at basketball as he's bad at... everything else. Including staying awake while driving his bicycle.
  • Catchphrase Insult: "Dumbass", usually towards Sakuragi or Kiyota.
  • Chick Magnet: He doesn't seem to care, but girls adore him.
  • The Comically Serious: Especially when it's shown that, in his own way, he is as dumb as Sakuragi.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • In Rukawa's first appearance, he curb-stomps Norio and his gang when they wake him up.
    • Later in the series, he utterly defeats Sakuragi in a one-on-one match.
  • Deadpan Snarker: How he reacts to his teammates' antics.
  • Determinator: He plays with so much intensity that he sometimes collapses on the bench when he's subbed out. During the first game with Ryonan, he keeps playing despite having leg cramps.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He doesn't get along so well with his teammates, however he doesn't care.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: When he's not sleeping he's listening to his headphones. Justified since he plans on going to America one day, so his headphones are constantly playing English lessons or English music.
  • I Work Alone: He is very individualist, especially when he feels rivalry towards his direct opponent. It seems to work well for him... until he meets an opponent he cannot defeat this way.
  • Idiot Hero: He hides it better than Sakuragi or Miyagi, but he is definitely this.
  • It's All About Me: His playing style is criticized as being selfish.
  • Japanese Delinquents: Just as infamous as Sakuragi for a history of brutal violence.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • During the Shoyo match he shows shades of this towards Sakuragi, calling him out to get him out of his rut when he's scared of getting kicked out and encouraging him after his dunk.
    • Shows this even more in the anime, especially when dealing with Ichiro in the last movie. He does want to help, but prefers to put on the biggest facade ever to force Ichiro to give his all. And when it's all said and done, he gives in and hands the kid one of his jerseys, and donning his first smile EVER.
  • Lack of Empathy: Part of his lack of people skills.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's both extremely fast and able to fight under the basket when it's needed.
  • Married to the Job: He spends every second he has playing basketball.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Of Michael Jordan, if only in playing technique and the armband.
  • No Social Skills: He's not very good with people, but he doesn't seem to care.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Hanamichi tries to make fun of him for being "expressionless".

    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 (Japanese); Martin Roach [Kaleidoscope dub], Victor Lee [Animax Asia dub] (English)note 

Takenori Akagi is Haruko's older brother, serving as Shohoku's captain and center. Along with Kogure, he is the only other player who stayed on the Shohoku basketball team for all three years. Before he met the current Shohoku members, he had to overcome ridicules from his classmates (for dreaming of winning the national championship), doubts from bystanders, and the frustration of losing his teammates, as they found Akagi's training to be too difficult and harsh.

  • Academic Athlete: He is the most academically talented starter and is considered a model student.
  • Animal Motifs: He looks like a gorilla, anche the other players will not let him forget this.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't insult basketball in front of him. EVER.
    • Hanamichi doesn't need to insult basketball to push his button. In fact, he's pretty creative when it comes to it. Hilarity Ensues EVERY time.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Very, VERY protective of little Haruko.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Sakuragi, who even refers to himeself as "Gori's Younger Brother" during the Kainan match.
  • The Big Guy: He's the center of Shohoku and one of the tallest and largest players around.
  • The Captain: It's not easy to be this for a team like Shohoku, but he's very good at it.
  • The Comically Serious: His angry reactions to his teammates' antics are at least as funny as the antics themselves.
  • Genius Bruiser: Top student, super strong center player.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He's not the strongest or the fastest or the best shot of the team, but he has no major weaknesses, and is able to do everything competently
  • Large and in Charge: The fact that he's the only one strong enough to beat his teammates when they misbehave too much helps him being The Captain.
  • Mighty Glacier: He has very good technique as a center and he's very physically strong, but speed is not one of his assets.
  • Monster Brother, Cutie Sister: The Monster Brother to Haruko's Cutie Sister.
  • Mr. Exposition: Keeps explaining basket stuff to Sakuragi, especially when he has to teach him rebounds.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Of Patrick Ewing.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • He's actually far more Hot-Blooded than you'd think. Notable during the Kainan match, when he sprains his ankle but keeps playing, and during the Sannoh match, when he starts crying during a timeout.
    • Sakuragi sometimes manages to push him into incoherent rage. The first time he completely files off the handles is when Sakuragi slam dunks on his head.

    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 (Japanese); Tim Hamaguchi [Kaleidoscope dub], David Bridges [Animax Asia dub] (English)note 

Ryota Miyagi is the point guard of the Shohoku team and Hanamichi Sakuragi's closest friend on the team. After an initial misunderstanding that caused conflict between them, both found comradeship in the fact that they had both been unlucky in love, although Miyagi, having only been rejected 10 times, still falls short of Sakuragi's record of 50 rejections.

  • Always Someone Better: He definitely faces some steep competition in regards to whose the best point guard in the series, with Maki and Fujima during the Regionals and with Fukatsu during the Nationals. He even Lampshades this before the Sannoh match.
  • 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.
  • 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 especially to Ayako.
  • 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 Shohoku the players 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).
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sakuragi. They actually bond over their bad luck at romance.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Indy Ploy: As a point guard, he's quite good at these.
  • 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.
  • 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 adorable side came with puberty.
  • 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.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Don't underestimate him for his size, he's a very good fighter.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to fellow point guard Yasuda's Sensitive Guy.
  • 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: When Mitsui is trying to start a fight, Miyagi refuses to fall for his provocations and tries to defuse the situation... until one of Mitsui's underlings hits Ayako.
  • Would Not Hit a Girl:
    • Completely snaps when Ayako is hit by one of Mitsui's gang members, 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.
    • Zig-Zagged 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: Ryotaro Okiayu (Japanese); Michael Pizzuto [Animax Asia dub] (English)note 

Hisashi Mitsui is the shooting guard of the Shohoku team. Before the beginning of the series, he was the MVP in his final year at Takeishi. Despite having the opportunity to join more prestigious high schools like Ryonan, he chose to go to Shohoku because of Coach Mitsuyoshi Anzai. Anzai had given him the courage to win in the Junior High tournament by encouraging him during the last seconds of the match. However, an injury to his left knee in a training session in his first year at Shohoku interrupts his basketball career. An imprudent early return to the court severely injures the knee, leading to a basketball hiatus of over a year. Although he eventually healed, Mitsui was embittered by his exclusion from the court and quits basketball to become the leader of a gang.

  • The Ace: He was this in middle school and during his first year. During the last match, he finally realizes that he can still act as this when the team needs it.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Once Mitsui and his gang are overpowered by Sakuragi and his friends, he manages to slap Kogure in the face. Unfortunately for him, Kogure isn't affected by it.
  • The Atoner: After his Heel–Face Turn, he gives his all during practice and games partly because of this.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: After being forced to give up basketball, he never found anything else he truly cared about.
  • Determinator: The lack of stamina makes more difficult to Mitsui. Every important match ends with him weary and tired, but this not stop him from continuing to shoot his three-point shots.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After being in a basketball hiatus, Mitsui forms his own gang.
  • Fallen Hero: He was once a well known MVP before he abandoned basketball completely to begin his path of being a delinquent. Fortunately, he gets better.
  • Glass Cannon: His two-year long absence from basketball costs him most of his stamina. His shooting skill, on the other hand, remains untouched.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a small set of stitches on his chin, although they're usually only seen on closer inspection.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Anzai gives him a second chance and his friends push him towards it, he becomes a well-liked player once again.
  • Heel Realization: Akagi and Kogure push him towards this, but it's seeing Anzai again that triggers it.
  • He's Back: The reaction of the crowd when he shows he's still a top player during the Shoyo game.
  • Important Haircut: After his Heel–Face Turn, he cuts his hair short to show his resolve in becoming a sportsman.
  • Japanese Delinquents: He becomes this after leaving the team, while Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life.
  • Kick the Dog: Not only did he and his gang instigate the fight with the basketball team, but he also uses the broken mop to hit Rukawa, punches Mito and slaps Kogure twice.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Not only he's an excellent shot, but his specific speciality are three point field goals.
  • Malicious Misnaming: When Sakuragi first meets Mitsui, he quickly refers to him as a "she-male" due to his long hair.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: He views the fact that the team let him rejoin it as this.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Of Reggie Miller, if you take into account his three-point shooting and his consistent knee injuries.
  • Toothy Issue: Has missing incisors that Ryota knocked out of his face while still a delinquent. By the time he joins the team, he's already replaced them (most probably with bridges).
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: His impatience to listen to his doctor's advice when he injured his knee causes him to abandon his basketball career and become a rebellious delinquent.
  • Wham Line: At the end of the brutal gym fight (not actually delivered by him, but still.)
    Kogure: Mitsui? Yeah, I know him. He used to be on the team.

    Kiminobu Kogure

Number: 5
Position: Small Forward
Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Weight: 62 kg
Birthday: July 12
Shoes: Mizuno Wave
Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka (Japanese); Christopher Ralph [Kaleidoscope dub], David Lee McKinney [Animax Asia dub] (English)note 

Kiminobu Kogure is Shohoku's vice-captain and a good friend of Akagi and Mitsui. Akagi and Kogure are friends and teammates from their middle school years.

  • Alliterative Name: His first and last names begin with the letter "K".
  • The Benchwarmer: The most notable one in Shohoku. He's a good player, but due to not being as specialized as the regulars, he is relegated to the bench, only filling in when someone gets injured or tired.
  • The Heart: Plays this role in a team composed mostly of Japanese Delinquents.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: On one hand, he's extremely close to Mitsui and very devoted to him after his Heel–Face Turn. On the other, he and Akagi as the two have been inseparable since middle school and he's very devoted to him as well.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He's a pretty good shooter and can do a bit of everything else.
  • Megane: Hanamichi even calls him "Megane-kun".
  • Nice Guy: To the point of being a Rare Male Example of a Yamato Nadeshiko.
  • Number Two: To Akagi in the basketball team.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Mitsui after he tries to have the basketball team disqualified from competitions.
  • The Reliable One: He lacks the talent and attitude his top-player teammates have, but he's still a good and experienced player.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: With both Mitsui and Akagi.
  • Team Mom: A Rare Male Example, with Akagi being the Team Dad.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: He's a Rare Male Example. Think of it: He is handsome but not gorgeous, acts as sub-captain and Team Mom to Shohoku, defers a lot to captain Akagi, is very devoted to his close friend Mitsui, he tends to try defusing crisis with gentle words (i.e., the very rebellious Sakuragi adores Kogure and is very protective of him)... but when the Shohoku team is under fire, the steel comes out and Kogure proves himself to be mentally strong enough to do thinks like taking a slap to the face from the still not Heel Face Turn-ed Mitsui without flinching, and later telling him to NOT mess up with his team or scoring a three-pointer exactly at the moment when it's needed, being vital to the victory against Ryonan and letting Shohoku go to the Nationals.

    Yasuharu Yasuda

Number: 6
Position: Point Guard
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (Japanese); Damon E. White [Kaleidoscope dub] (English)note 

Yasuharu Yasuda is one of the minor players from Shohoku. Although Hanamichi picks on him (Hanamichi calls him "Yasu"), he is no pushover, as demonstrated when he stood up to Mitsui and Tetsuo when they were attempting to get the Shohoku team banned from competition for fighting. He is Ryota's close friend, and thanks to his mild and calm character he can manage to calm things down when the tension on the court starts to heat up.


Position: Team Manager
Voiced by: Eriko Hara (Japanese); Caitriona Murphy [Kaleidoscope dub], Andrea Kwan [Animax Asia dub] (English)note 

Ayako is the manager of the team and object of Ryota Miyagi's affections.

  • 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.
  • Cute Sports Club Manager: A subversion. While pretty and good-natured, she's much more assertive and tomboyish.
  • 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.
  • Nice Hat: Either red cap or light purple cap.

    Mitsuyoshi Anzai
Position: Head Coach
Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura (Japanese); Carlos Diaz [Kaleidoscope dub] (English)note 

Mitsuyoshi Anzai is the overweight coach of the Shohoku basketball team, and one of the best coaches in Japan. Even the coaches of other teams call him "Anzai-sensei" with respect. His calm and collected attitude contrasts with the temper he had in the past, when he was nicknamed "White-Haired Devil" as a demanding college coach.

  • Acrofatic: Not to fighting levels, but he's still an excellent shot.
  • Big Fun: He is noted to have put on a lot of weight since retiring from playing and gaining a lot of levels in benevolence and patience (as seen with his tolerance of Hanamichi patting his chin), leading to his nickname "White-Haired Buddha".
  • Big Good: Plays this role to the team, usually letting Akagi take care of things, and stepping in only when his players really need moral support.
  • Dissonant Serenity: He only loses his cool once, and even then it's for less than a second.
  • The Mentor: Plays this role to his players during the story. Notable before the Sannoh match, when he goes to every player and says just the right thing to get them into their perfect mental condition.
  • Old Master: He's very experienced, both as a player and as a coach.
  • Stern Teacher: Even more so in the backstory, where he bordered on Sadist Teacher.
  • Signature Laugh: "Oh hoh hoh hoh hoh hoh..."



    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: Hōchū Ōtsuka (Japanese)note 

Akira Sendoh is Ryonan's ace and small forward who is considered one of the top players in Kanagawa. An easygoing person, Sendoh usually has a smile on his face whether on-court or off. He can be lazy at times and has a reputation for arriving late to practice sessions and matches. His tardiness is tolerated though, because of his abilities. His teammates trust him wholeheartedly, firmly believing that he can lead Ryonan to victory even if they are trailing. However he was outplayed by Eiji Sawakita back in junior high.

  • The Ace: Sendoh is one the most talented players in Slam Dunk. He's a good shooter, nice rebounder and also a strategist of the game. He's able to play fancy offense but also great defense to stop outstanding forwards such as Rukawa. Despite his height he's a very speedy and flexible player. His teammates sincerely believe victory is always an option as long as he's on court, no matter the opponent or the situation.
  • Anime Hair: Has spiky hair.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He does like basketball and practicing, but his extremely laid-back attitude means he sometimes takes things less seriously than his coach would like.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: One of the best players around and one of the most whimsical.
  • Chick Magnet: Not as much as Rukawa but his looks, his skills and his Nice Guy attitude mean there are a lot of girls swooning over him.
  • Hero Antagonist: By virtue of being on the Opposing Sports Team, and The Hero for his team, and still a Nice Guy.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Goes hand in hand with being The Ace.
  • Nice Guy: He's always relaxed and nice, even towards his opponents.
    Sakuragi, just before the match: So, you're this Sendo guy, are you? I'm Sakuragi the Genius, and I will utterly destroy you.
    Sendoh, smiling and shaking hands with him: Pleasure to meet you.
  • Odd Friendship: With the grumpy and Hot-Blooded Fukuda.
  • Perpetual Smiler: He enjoys playing basketball even when his team is in a pinch.
  • The Rival: He's Rukawa main rival for most of the series.
  • Worthy Opponent: He and Rukawa consider each other this. Despite the difference in skill, Sendoh seems to consider Sakuragi this too because of his determination and ballsy attitude. Also forms a very Friendly Rivalry with Maki during and after their match.

    Jun Uozumi

Number: 4 (team captain)
Position: Center
Voiced by: Yukimasa Kishino (Japanese)note 

Jun Uozumi is Ryonan's captain and center. He considers Takenori Akagi his rival, but has never managed to personally beat him, although Akagi considers him to be better. However their rivalry is not antagonistic, as there is a mutual respect that borders on friendship.

  • Mighty Glacier: He's a more extreme version of Akagi, even stronger physically but slower and less skilled.

    Hiroaki Koshino 
Number: 6
Position: Small Forward
Voiced by: Shinobu Satouchi (Japanese)note 

Hiroaki Koshino is a shooting guard and one of Ryonan's main playmakers. Although not up to the level of Mitsui or Jin, he is still a good long range shooter.

  • The Comically Serious: Very notable during his first game against Shohoku, when he reacts very seriously to Sakuragi's antics.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly shown towards Sakuragi when he's being too much of an idiot.
  • Those Two Guys: With Uekasa, when compared to Ryonan's much more impressive front line.

    Tomoyuki Uekasa

Number: 10
Position: Shooting Guard
Voiced by: Shinobu Satouchi (JP); Jorge Palafox and later José Arenas and Genaro Vázquez (LA)

Tomoyuki Uekusa is the Point Guard of Ryonan.

  • The Chick: Made abundantly clear in the 10 Days Later. He's pretty much the only one who keeps everyone from killing each other.

    Kiccho Fukuda

Number: 13
Position: Power Forward
Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (Japanese)note 

Kicchou Fukuda is a power forward of the Ryonan team and one of their aces. His offensive power rivals many of the best players in Kanagawa. Fukuda is seen throughout the series doing alley-oops with Sendoh as the passer, but his defensive ability is weak and can be easily exploited. He has something of a rivalry going on with Sakuragi from the first time they learn of each other, when the latter was depressed over the loss to Kainan and was near a basketball court where Fukuda was practicing.

  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: For all his stoicism, he's actually very sensitive when given a chance.
  • The Comically Serious: He never changes his expression, even when pretty strange thigs are happening during the game.
  • Cry Cute: Bursts down crying when Ryonan loses to Shohoku.
  • Hot-Blooded: Actually his Fatal Flaw — he attacked Taoka when in a blind rage and that got him benched for several weeks.
  • Jerkass: Although it's mainly towards Sakuragi... and this is Sakuragi we're talking about.
  • Not So Different: Although the two are polar opposites in personality, Sakuragi and Fukuda are actually very similar when it comes to basketball. They're both relatively new to the sport, quick learners, poor in defense, and are very prideful.
  • Odd Friendship: He and Sendoh appear to be pretty good friends despite being completely different. Which provides a nice contrast to the very unfriendly rivalry Sakuragi and Rukawa have.
  • Perpetual Frowner: To contrast with Sendoh's perpetual smile.

    Ryoji Ikegami

Number: 6
Position: Forward
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese)note 

Ryoji Ikegami is the vice-captain of the Ryonan basketball team, and its best defender. As a third year student, he retired along with Uozumi after Ryonan lost to Shohoku.

    Hikoichi Aida
Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (Japanese); Dave Bridges [Animax Asia dub] (English)note 

Hikoichi Aida aspires to become a player like his Ryonan teammates but, not being up to their level, he stays with the reserves and acts more as a team manager than a full player, taking detailed notes during matches.

    Coach Moichi Taoka
Voiced by: Unshō Ishizuka (Japanese)note 

Moichi Taoka is Ryonan's coach and a contemporary of Kainan's Riki Takato, who is a year younger than he is. Both of them have known each other since high school. Both men are still friends, but are also rivals.

  • Butt-Monkey: Off the courts.
  • Fatal Flaw: He's very prone to make misjudgements in regards to his own players and the opponents. For example, he would often criticize Fukuda while praising Sendoh during trainings, resulting in Fukuda snapping at him. His underestimating of Sakuragi and Kogure results in Ryonan's defeat in the finals, costing them their shot at the nationals.
  • Foil: To his contemporary Coach Takato. While Takato is pragmatic and patient, Taoka is prone to underestimating his opponents and have bouts of impatience, which cost him victory against Shohoku.
  • Graceful Loser: On losing the chance to go to Nationals, Taoka openly admits that Ryonan's loss was all his fault, for underestimating Sakuragi and Kogure.
  • The Rival: To Takato, ever since they were teenagers.
  • Stern Teacher: So much that his Training from Hell makes everyone in Ryonan collapse upon the mere memories.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Somewhat zigzagged in regards to Sakuragi. While annoyed by his antics and behavior, after the practice match he acknowledges internally that Sakuragi has a lot of raw potential and with proper training could become a great player. However, during the rematch in the finals, he dismisses Sakuragi's growth as a player and even considers him one of "Shohoku's weak factors". This would play a key factor in Ryonan's defeat.


    Kenji Fujima
Number: 4
Position: Point Guard/Coach
Voiced by: Kouji Tsujitani (Japanese)note 

Kenji Fujima is the point guard and coach of Shoyo. As such, he only enters the court when his presence is really needed, such as when the team is behind and struggling.

  • The Ace: He's the star player of his team.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: By virtue of being both The Ace, The Captain, and the team coach.
  • Bishōnen: One of the prettiest characters of the manga.
  • The Captain: He's very good at motivating his teammates, both from the bench and on the court.
  • Chick Magnet: During the Kainan/Ryonan match, some girls start swooning over him when they see him watching the game.
  • Large and in Charge: Inverted. In a team that is (in)famous for its 190-Centimeter-minimum average-height, the positively tiny point-guard Fujima (178 centimeters) is The Ace. Not to mention his Lancer Hanagata defers to him completely.
  • Lovable Jock: Is actually a Nice Guy despite having the looks and the sports skills that would make him the perfect Jerk Jock.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Of Larry Bird.
  • The Rival: He and Maki were this during past tournaments.
  • The Strategist: He spends most of his match on the bench, motivating his teammates and coming up with strategies to stop Shohoku's attacks.

    Tooru Hanagata
Number: 5
Position: Center
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Kazama (Japanese)note 

Toru Hanagata is considered one of the top centers in the Kanagawa along with Akagi and Uozumi. He mixes strength and tactical skill in his playing, being able to easily avoid defensive play.

  • The Big Guy: He's the tallest Shoyo player and their center.
  • Cry Cute: While everyone is seen crying when Shoyo loses, there's a long and lingering focus on Hanagata's face... and the poor guy is openly weeping.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Mostly on the field. Off the field we see him as a rather serious but not super scary guy, as much a Deadpan Snarker.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's the most agile and skillful of the main centers, and he often tricks Akagi with his fakes.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Although that was due to Sakuragi accidentally breaking them during the match, he still made a rather passionate declaration to the effect after that happened.
  • The Lancer: When Fujima is on the bench, Hanagata acts as The Leader on the court.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Especially at the beginning, when Shoyo is in control of the match. He becomes less and less stoic as the game goes on.
  • Sugarand Ice Personality: Despite being The Stoic, he's a good leader and motivator to his teammates, and completely loyal to Fujima.
  • Team Dad: Acts like this when his teammates need to be shocked out of their rut.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite getting the better of Akagi in their match, he finds himself completely outclassed by Sakuragi when it comes to rebounding, much to his shock.

    Kazushi Hasegawa
Number: 6
Position: Forward/Guard
Voiced by: Kōzō Shioya (Japanese)note 

Kazushi Hasegawa is the forward and has a personal history with Hisashi Mitsui.

Kainan University

    Shinichi Maki
Voiced by: Hisao Egawa (Japanese)note 

Shinichi Maki is the point guard of the Kainan team and is reputed to be the best player in Kanagawa, and was crowned prefectural MVP twice.

    Nobunaga Kiyota
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese)note 

Nobunaga Kiyota is the small forward of the Kainan team who closely resembles Sakuragi in attitude but has the skills to back it up.

  • Animal Motif: Sakuragi considers him to be a monkey.
  • Awesome McCoolname: A slightly subtle example. Oda Nobunaga was either a brilliantly unconventional strategist or a genocidal warmonger, and possibly both, depending on who you ask. Nobunaga is an exceedingly rare first name in modern times, as it bears the same grandiosity and implications as the names Atilla or Napoleon might in the west.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Before the Shohoku/Kainan game, he starts randomly showing off his dribbling skills.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Manages to pull this despite being 15/16 already.
  • Evil Counterpart: A bratty freshman starter who can jump high and competes against Rukawa. Now who could that be describing?
  • Hot-Blooded: Notable during the Kainan/Ryonan game, when he manages to overcome Uozumi's defense and gives a big boost to the morale of his team.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Unlike Sakuragi, he's actually very respectful to his teammates and genuinely adores Maki even though he is a jerk to both Sakuragi and Rukawa.
  • Keet: Although he's only short when compared to other basketball players.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The kid can dunk over Akagi and Oozumi.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Plays this role outside the courts and during his Small Name, Big Ego moments.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He's the Manly Man to Jin's Sensitive Guy when the two go scouting together.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Subverted. He really likes to show off and he openly challenges better players, but he's still a very competent player and deserves to be a Kainan regular.
  • Smug Super: He is loud and boisterous, and likes to call himself a super rookie and constantly refers to how great he is, similar to Sakuragi.
  • Unknown Rival: He openly challenges Rukawa on the court, but gets demolished.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Sakuragi, when they meet off the court.

    Soichiro Jin
Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna (Japanese)note 

Soichiro Jin is the shooting guard of Kainan and one of the best sharpshooters in Kanagawa, matched only by Mitsui.

  • Beware the Quiet Ones: He's quiet, relaxed and not flashy at all, but he's Kainan's second best player.
  • Bishōnen
  • Charles Atlas Super Power: A realistic variation. He shoots 200 baskets everyday after practice so it's no surprise he's the best three-point shooter in the series.
  • The Determinator: His coach notes that most players would have quit basketball after discovering they have no talent for their position. Jin chose another position and became the best at that one.
  • Long-Range Fighter: He's less versatile than Mitsui, but his shooting skills are unmatched.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He's the Sensitive Guy to Kiyota's Manly Man when the two go scouting together.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He wanted to be a center, but his lack of physical strength got him almost booted off the team. He went Determinator and decided to train himself in long shooting.

    Yoshinori Miyamasu
Voiced by: Shinobu Satouchi (Japanese)note 

Yoshinori Miyamasu is known as the sixth man for Kainan.

  • Geek Physique: He looks like an Asian Urkel.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Small, unimposing, nerdy... and an excellent 3-point shooter.
  • Nerd Glasses: The sport glasses he wears on the court are especially notable.
  • Underestimating Badassery: His main advantage — His unimposing presence distracts opponents from his basketball skills, especially his reliable three point shooting, the accuracy of which is comparable to Jin's and Mitsui's. Yoshinori plays his first game when he is called in by Coach Riki Takato in order to shut down Sakuragi. Takato correctly deduces that Sakuragi will not take Yoshinori seriously enough to properly mark him, enabling Yoshinori to be effective.
  • Weak, but Skilled: An extreme example in both dimensions.

    Coach Riki Takato
Voiced by: Masaharu Sato (Japanese)note 

Riki Takato (高頭 力 Takato Riki?) is Kainan's coach and a contemporary of Ryonan's Moichi Taoka, who is a year older than he is. They have known each other since high school.

  • Berserk Button: He's usually calm and collected, but he goes apeshit if his team is having a hard time.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: He can break it if you push his Berserk Button hard enough.
  • The Rival: He and Taoka have been rivals for at least twenty years, first as players and then as coaches.
  • Team Dad: Kainan'’s training regimen is so tough that it weeds out half the incoming players within the first week, and another half within the first month. After a year, barely a fifth of the new players remain.

Toyotama High School

    Tsuyoshi Minami
Voiced by: N/A

Tsuyoshi Minami is the captain of Toyotama High School and one of the two aces, the other being Kishimoto.

  • The Ace: Of his team. He is the top scorer of the district Osaka. He is a good defender and also possesses great 3-point shooting abilities.
  • Animal Motifs: Sakuragi calls him "chick-face" after the bird.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: He believes in the "80% offense and 20% defense" system taught by Jiei despite having a new coach to make up for the team's weak defense.
  • Broken Ace: After that the former coach Jiei is forced to leave.
  • Heel Realization: The night before the match against Sannoh, he gives Rukawa an ointment to help his eye heal.
  • Hero Killer: A variant. His nickname is "Ace Killer" for his attempts to injure the opponents ace. He hit Rukawa in the face with his elbow as he once did to Kenji Fujima of Shoyo , leaving him with a black eye for the whole 2nd half of the game.
  • Hot-Blooded: He is the most aggressive among the players, even going far as holding their coach to his neck.

    Minori Kishimoto 

  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: As Minami he believe in this system.
  • Jerkass: He is a very arrogant guy who shows no respect to others, except Kitano-sensei. He was even rude against Kainan's Maki.
  • Smug Super: Minori is extremely arrogant, brash, violent and short-tempered and is fully aware that he is a good player.

    Daijiro Itakura 

  • Jerkass: This guy has a lot of trash talks and made Miyagi losing his calm provoking him constantly on the great height difference between the two.


    Eiji Sawakita 

  • The Ace: The best one-on-one player in the entire series, able to wipe the floor with Shohoku's Ace Rukawa.
  • Always Someone Better: Proves himself to be even better than Rukawa.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Unless he's being challenged by a Worthy Opponent, he's very easily distracted.
  • Brutal Honesty: Towards his former teammates, who he found boring. He suffered a lot for it though.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite being the best young player in Japan, he's a goofy Butt-Monkey whenever he's not concentrating on the game.
  • Butt-Monkey: He mostly brings it on himself though.
  • Chick Magnet: Kawata mentions that a lot of girls in the school like him.
  • Good Counterpart: He's basically the Rukawa of Sannoh. Ironically enough, he's actually much nicer then Rukawa.
  • Good Parents: His father completely encourages and supports his passion without being a Sports Dad, and his mother seems to agree.
  • Not So Different: He and Rukawa are truly happy only when they are being challenged by a Worthy Opponent. He mentions this during the game.
  • Victory Is Boring: Why he decides to move to America after the tournament.
  • Worthy Opponent: He has been desperately searching for one without much luck, as the other best players in Japan are his teammates. He finally finds one in Rukawa, and somehow in Sakuragi.

    Masashi Kawata 

  • Aloof Older Brother: Towards his younger brother Mikio. He's probably trying to toughen him.
  • Always Someone Better: After losing every one-to-one, Akagi acknowledges that Kawata's level is higher than him.
  • Animal Motif: Hanamichi decides he's "another Gorilla, just... more round" and nicknames him "the round Gorilla".
  • Berserk Button: When Sawakita shows off or insults him. He's especially jealous about how popular Sawakita is with girls.
  • Big Brother Bully: He sometimes acts deliberately like a Jerkass towards his younger brother, who sometimes relies on Masashi a little too much.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Despite being a bit of a Big Brother Bully, he's always looking for Mikio and covers for him when he's outmatched.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Sawakita, as well his actual brother.
  • The Big Guy: He's the regular center of his team.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Bald Gori. Guess who gave him that name.
  • Genius Bruiser: His main asset as a center is that he has experience both as a forward and as a guard, making his playstyle extremely well-rounded.
  • The Lancer: Plays this role to Sawakita, acting as The Ace of the team when Sawakita is not giving his all.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His main strength as a center. It's mentioned that he could easily be a formidable small forward.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Masashi is stern, short tempered, and focused while Mikio is easy going, timid, and easily distracted.
  • Stout Strength: He manages to push Sakuragi away during a rebound.
  • Worthy Opponent: Akagi considers him this, to the point that he realizes that he needs to give up on defeating Kawata if he wants his team to have a chance to win.

    Kazunori Fukatsu 

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: His Verbal Tics make him seem a pretty strange guy, despite his skill.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He sometimes starts thinking about which Verbal Tic would sound better during conversations.
  • The Leader: To the point that during the last minute of the game, Sannoh's coach decides not to take a timeout and trusts everything to his judgement.
  • Serious Business: He's even more serious about his speech style then he is at basketball.
  • Verbal Tic: He used to say "man" at the end of each sentence, but now he says "yo". (in Japanese, it's respectively "besh" and "pyon").

    Mikio Kawata 

  • Apologizes a Lot: Partly because Masashi's always scolding him.
  • The Big Guy: The tallest and largest player of the series.
  • Big Little Brother: Literally, though he's overshadowed in every other respect.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Meatball. Provided by Sakuragi.
  • Friendly Enemy: With Sakuragi. When Mikio apologizes after he pushes Sakuragi to the ground, Sakuragi actually encourages him to use all his strength.
  • Gentle Giant: This actually becomes a weakness, as his playstyle mainly consists of pushing other players away with his body.
  • Gonk: While not necessarily the ugliest character in the manga, he's drawn a lot less realistically then the other characters.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Notable when he's scolded for talking with opponents during a match, and even laughing to Sakuragi's jokes.
  • Nice Guy: He's actually trying to overcome this, as it makes it hard to use all his strength against his opponents.
  • Shrinking Violet: Of the Weeping Willow kind. Some would say he's a genderflipped Huge Schoolgirl.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Masashi is stern, short tempered, and focused while Mikio is easy going, timid, and easily distracted.
  • Stout Strength: His weight is actually the primary reason why he's so good under the basket.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks exactly like his mother.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He can only shoot when he's exactly under the basket, and even then he sometimes misses.

    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: He and his direct opponent Mitsui are insane determinators. The only difference is that his specialty lies in defense while Mitsui's is in three-pointers.
  • Foil: To Mitsui. Mitsui is a very good offensive player but has low stamina, while Ichinokura is a defensive Jack-of-All-Stats with insane stamina.

Other characters

    Haruko Akagi
Voiced by: Akiko Hiramatsu (Japanese); Martha MacIsaac [Kaleidoscope dub], Emily Woo-Zeller [Animax Asia dub] (English)note 

Haruko Akagi is Takenori's younger sister and Hanamichi Sakuragi's love interest. Sweet and with a captivating personality, she is always around to cheer on the players, especially her brother Takenori, who is extremely protective of her and taught her the basics of basketball, Kaede Rukawa and Sakuragi, whom she considers her best friend. Haruko often appears at matches together with Sakuragi's cohorts and her two best friends, Fujii and Matsui. She, like most girls in Shohoku, only has eyes for Rukawa, although he is unaware of her feelings towards him.

    Rukawa's fangirls 
Voiced by: Mónica Pavón, Norma Echevarría and Isabel Martiñón (Latin American Spanish)

A group of girls who are often seen cheering for Rukawa.

  • The Cheerleader: always appear in these outfits.
  • Fan Girls: Of Rukawa. For them he is always perfect.
  • Flat Character: They're just there in the background, cheering for Rukawa and sometimes insulting Sakuragi.
  • Genki Girl: Two of them, the short-haired one and the girl with long hair.
  • Girlish Pigtails: The leader.
  • Jerkass: The three can be pretty annoying, but the leader takes the cake. She even slaps Haruko to the ground when she defends Sakuragi from their bashing.
  • No Name Given: We never learn their name, as they're basically part of the background.

    Sakuragi's friends
From top to bottom: Okusu, Noma, Youhei, Takamiya.

Voiced by:
Youhei: Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese); Travis Ferris [Kaleidoscope dub] (English)note 
Takamiya: Kōzō Shioya (Japanese); Bill Houston [Kaleidoscope dub] (English)note 
Ookusu: Nobutoshi Canna (Japanese); Tim Hamaguchi [Kaleidoscope dub] (English)note 
Noma: Yuji Mikimoto (Japanese); Brad Austin [Kaleidoscope dub] (English)note 

Sakuragi's gang, also known as The Sakuragi Legion, act like a Greek chorus. It has five members consisting of Hanamichi Sakuragi, Yohei Mito, Chuichiro Noma, Yuji Ohkusu, and Nozomi Takamiya.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Takamiya could easily pass off as African-American.
  • And the Rest: The whole gang is usually referred as "Sakuragi, Youhei, and the others —"
    Okusu, Takamiya, Noma: OI!!!
  • Beware the Silly Ones: After they are presented as a bunch of silly kids, they proceed to utterly CurbStomp Mitsui's gang.
  • Big Damn Heroes: They arrive at the Shohoku gym just in time to fight Mitsui's gang.
  • Big Fun: Though Takamiya can get pretty annoying sometimes, he's still very kindhearted when push comes to shove.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Against Mitsui's gangsters. Specially noticeable when Youhei beats the shit outta Mitsui himself.
  • The Dog Bites Back: When Mitsui's gang arrive at Shohoku, Tetsuo subjects Noma to a Cold-Blooded Torture so he can tell them where Shohoku's gymnasium is, but is unsuccessful. After Youhei beats up Norio's cronies, one of them tries to use a Shovel Strike on the former, only for the rest of Sakuragi's gang to knock him out. Then, the group helps Sakuragi defeat Mitsui's gang at the gym to stop the basketball team suspended from the nationals.
  • '80s Hair: Okusu has a curly blonde pompadour.
  • Fast-Roping: They use ropes to enter the gym so they can fight Mitsui ahd his gang.

    Norio Hotta 
Voiced by: Hōchū Ōtsuka (Japanese); Josh Holliday [Kaleidoscope dub] (English)note 

  • Heel–Face Turn: When Mitsui rejoins the basketball club, Hotta gives up on getting revenge on Hanamichi and Rukawa and becomes one of their supporters.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He starts off as an utter jerk to Sakuragi and his friends when they first meet. After the fight between the basketball club and Mitsui's gang, it's shown that he genuinely cares about Mitsui and becomes one of his supporters.
  • Taking the Heat: After the fight in the gym, both Norio and Co. as well as Sakuragi's friends lied to the teachers and said that Mitsui wanted to return to the basketball team and they fought over it.
  • True Companions: To Mitsui.

    Youko Shimamura 
Voiced by: Yuko Minaguchi [first film], Machiko Toyoshima [TV series] (Japanese); Kim Kuhteubl [Kaleidoscope dub]note 

  • Ascended Extra: In the anime; she 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.

    Tatsuhiko Aouta 
Voiced by: Hideyuki Umezu (Japanese); Robert Norman Smith, later Daveed Louza [Kaleidoscope dub] (English)note 

  • Butt-Monkey: His multiple failed attempts to get Hanamichi to join his judo club.
  • 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.
  • 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 best moment in the series was giving a rather magnificent one to Akagi during the second Ryonan match. National Judo Trophy included.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Akagi. They constantly insult each other, but Aouta shows up to encourage Akagi during a decisive match.


Voiced by: Masaharu Sato (Japanese)note 

  • Badass Biker: He is a biker and a gang leader.
  • The Brute: The strongest and big member of Mitsui's gang. Tetsuo succeeds in knocking out five Shohoku players, among them Kaede Rukawa and Ryota Miyagi, but is brutally beaten up by Hanamichi Sakuragi.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He and his fellow gang members brutally beat up Noma to get out of him where Shohoku's gym is.
  • First-Name Basis: He always refers to his friends by their first name.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He is motivated to turn only after being pummeled by Sakuragi and his friends.
  • Japanese Delinquents: He's a member of Mitsui's gang.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's the only one out of Mitsui's non-Shohoku gangster friends who supports Mitsui's return to basketball.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • As Tetsuo and the rest of Mitsui's gang arrives in Shohoku, he spots Noma and forcefully tries to get him to spill the beans on where the gym is. Then, when Youhei tells Mitsui's gang where the gym is, Tetsuo beats him up.
    • When he finally arrives in the gym, he uses his cigarette to burn the basketball to Ryota and Sakuragi's understandable outrage.
    • At some point during the gym fight, Ayako tries to stop the mess despite having been slapped to the ground by another one of Mitsui's gang members. Tetsuo first asks if Ayako is coming to hit him and the others, then makes a lecherous comment about her being his type. The otherwise plucky Ayako is left shivering and terrified.
    • Tetsuo also beats up every single one of the basketball team members during the fight, including Sakuragi. Unfortunately for him, this one ends up being a bad idea when Sakuragi returns the favor with a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He receives one from Sakuragi. A strong punch for every player beaten by Tetsuo before (aside Rukawa, naturally).
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He has no personal beef with the Shohoku basketball team, he's just there to have a fight.

    Yayoi Aida 
Voiced by: Yuko Nagashima (Japanese)note 

Movie characters

    Tatsumasa Oda 
Voiced by: Hirotaka Suzuoki (Japanese)note 

Voiced by: Yumi Touma

  • The Ojou: To the point that she's referred to as "ojousan" (a rather familiar nickname for girls of high status)

    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
  • Fan Boy: Of his former sempai Rukawa
  • Ill Boy: Suffers bone tuberculosis in his left leg, meaning he will not be able to play basketball at least in years.
  • 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


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