- All-Star Cast: The original Japanese voice cast includes many of Japan's most prolific voice actors, such as Toshiyuki Morikawa, Ryotaro Okiayu, Nobutoshi Canna and Hikaru Midorikawa among others, due to being produced early on in the actors' respective careers.
- Author Existence Failure: Yoshifumi Hatano, one of Toei's producers for the anime adaptation, died of oral cancer on February 28, 1995. As such, series director Nobutaka Nishizawa replaced him for the rest of the series' run.
- Defictionalization: An Animate store has a game machine made to slap an Anzai lookalike in the neck.
- Real-Life Relative: Yoku Shioya (Ryota Miyagi) and Kōzō Shioya (Nozomi Takamiya, Tetsuya Naito, Tadashi Muto, Tomoyuki Uekusa and Kazushi Hasegawa) are brothers in real-life.
- The Red Stapler: Many Japanese children started to play basketball just because they read the manga which in turn helped make basketball popular in Japan. Today, Japan's team is usually counted as one of the top teams in the region.
- Many children in certain regions of South East Asia also took up the sport due to the manga.
- Screwed by the Network: The anime didn't get renewed for another period, so the nationals had to be cut. As a means of compensating, the remaining episode slots were made into a Fanservicey practice match with a few scenes mirroring the nationals.
- What Could Have Been: The anime almost ended up airing on Toonami back when the block was still on Cartoon Network hours.
- The Wiki Rule: The Slam Dunk Wiki.
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