Dear Boys

Alt titles: Hoop Days

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Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk

Sakuragi has hit an all-time low. During his last year of junior high school, fifty different girls rejected him, the last one choosing a basketball player instead. Thus it’s no surprise that in high school, Sakuragi beats up anyone who dares utter the name of the sport. However, it’s not long until he meets Haruko, a beautiful basketball enthusiast, and is determined to make her fall in love with him – even signing up for the school team to accomplish his goal. However, winning Haruko’s heart won’t be easy, as her brother is the strict and protective captain of the basketball team and Haruko’s eyes are focused on Sakuragi’s rival, the talented Rukawa. Can Sakuragi give up his delinquent ways to help get the team to Nationals, or will his temper get him kicked out before he can learn to dribble the ball?

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icyglaze icyglaze says...

Slam Dunk and Dear Boys have a lot in common in regards to genre and plot, but Slam Dunk is a bit more drawn out. Basketball games can sometimes take up to 5 episodes whereas Dear Boys is a bit more compact and shortened, but still full of suspense. Both series are basically based on a high school basketball team with limited members, who battle against many opponents to reach their goal. As from the artistic point of view, Slam Dunk has older styles, and Dear Boys is a bit more computerized. Dear Boys lack the same comic relief Slam Dunk provides and doesn't have as much character development as Slam Dunk though.

hunter678 hunter678 says...

Dear Boys and Slam Dunk are both about basketball. If you liked one I assure you that you will like the other. They are great anime!!

holyzac holyzac says...

So you are looking for more similiar animes? Than you have to watch the other one! Whether its Slam Dunk or Dear Boys, both anime are well plotted basketball series which make your hair stand with lots of amazing basketball tricks! Just make sure you don't try to do the impossible by copying them after watching... V(^.^)

jurexplay jurexplay says...

Although the plot differs greatly, it's still worth watching. While Slam Dunk is still the best basketball anime out there Dear Boys isn't much worse either. If you enjoy watching highschool basketbal then both anime will be well worth of your time!

Clavie Clavie says...

Both stories are about basketball. Though both of them are unique, they present the same kind of conflicts and story elements.

Kuroko's Basketball

Kuroko's Basketball

They were known as the 'Generation of Miracles' – five basketball prodigies who helped lead Teiko Middle School's basketball team to glory, defeating anyone who got in their way. But a mysterious rumor tells of a sixth, a phantom player who the five prodigies respected greatly. That boy is Tetsuya Kuroko, a freshman at Seirin High and the newest member of the basketball club. Alongside strong teammates such as Taiga Kagami, Kuroko will use his unique skills on the court to help the team defeat old rivals and make their way to the championships.

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Annalyn Annalyn says...

Both Dear Boys and Kuroko’s Basketball focus on a skilled basketball player who chooses to attend a school with a small basketball club. He wants to win, but cares more about the team as a whole than about winning as an individual.  He commits himself to the wellbeing and improvement of the team, even though many may think he belongs in another, stronger club. The main character is also relatively small in both anime, especially considering they play a sport where height is key.

This shows have their differences, for sure. Kuroko’s skills are different and more unique than Aikawa’s. And I personally think Kuroko’s Basketball is the better anime on many counts. But the similarities are undeniable, so if you liked one, you should check out the other. 

daniel44044 daniel44044 says...

both of them in there own still have a new wild card that at first sight dont seem like much cause of there built but both bring a major upset to the game

Whistle!

Whistle!

Let's play some real football! Shou Kazamatsuri is a middle school student who loves soccer but is not quite adept at it. Shou went for a time to the prestigious Musashi no Mori soccer school, but was disillusioned due to being a bench warmer. Determined to prove his worth, Shou transfers to a school with a little less glitz and a lot more kibitz. But becoming a player takes more than just desire. Join Shou as he works towards his dream of being a star soccer player along with a group of ragtag players determined to be the greatest junior high squad ever assembled!

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Sevoth Sevoth says...

They're both sports anime in which the main character struggles, through hard work, to better themselves and their teams in order to win competitions.

Buzzer Beater

Buzzer Beater

There was a time when humans dominated the game of basketball; but as the physically superior aliens came to the planet, the earthlings became obsolete. With the desire to regain their pride in the world of basketball, a millionaire (the founder of the league) gathered all of the best basketball players in the world to form an all-human team; and Hideyoshi, a street kid who makes a living hustling in basketball games, is one of them. With all of the obstacles and trials they have to face, will the humans finally be able to bring back the trophy to Earth?

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jurexplay jurexplay says...

Well both anime are about basketball and trying your best all the time. I find DB and BB very simmiliar because of the atmosphere around them. They may not be an excellent watch but it sure is enjoyable. Try it and you will know what I mean.