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Slam Dunk

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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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related anime

Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Slam Dunk Movie 1 Movie 1994 TBD
Slam Dunk Movie 2 Movie 1994 TBD
Slam Dunk Movie 4 Movie 1995 TBD
Slam Dunk Movie 3 Movie 1995 TBD

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Slam Dunk 1990 TBD
Name Role
Masaki SATO Character Design
Nobutaka NISHIZAWA Director
BMF Music
Takanobu MASUDA Music
Takehiko INOUE Original Manga Creator

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Slam Dunk ParaParaJMo 9/10 Mar 13, 2014
Slam Dunk mic1225 9.5/10 Jul 19, 2011
Slam Dunk Briinastarr 10/10 Nov 18, 2010
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Eyeshield 21

Eyeshield 21

Sena was always a weak child, constantly having to run away from bullies; so much, that he became good at it. Now, as a teenager, Sena’s skill at running has become so impressive that the diabolical mastermind of the school football team notices his talent and recruits him. Yet to keep his privacy intact and his dangerous hobby a secret from his overprotective childhood friend Mamori, Sena is forced to develop a secret identity: the ace running back, Eyeshield 21! But the world is full of talented rivals, and Sena has a long way to go until he can reach the top...

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Both Slam Dunk and Eyeshield are really funny. In an unexpected place - especially in a near-losing game - the main characters end up doing something funny that will make you laugh. Both anime get you really interested in their respective sports, and show the determination and trust needed by each member of a team in order to win a game.


The main characters in both anime start to play American Football and Basketball, respectively, even though they know nothing about their respective sports nor do they like them. The difference is that, in Slam Dunk, Sakuragi wants to impress Haruko, while in  Eyeshield 21, Sena is forced by Hiruma to play.


Well, plot is very similar, as it is at almost every sport anime, but there are more than that. They have so much in common. There are older players, who have only this last year to achieve their dream - to be the best team. There are newbies, who are incredibly good and are improving at incredibly fast rate. There are deliquents and idiots too. And all of them have strong will to help the team at all cost... And of course the feeling is also very similar, both of them have comedy elements in it (of course, that slam dunk is old fashion wave) and yeah, there's that anoying thing when can be so much time spend in just about one second of game, sometimes it's irritating, but if you overcome it, you can enjoy really great and pleasant show.


Both anime basically involve the main character learning a sport from scratch and playing game after game as the peanut gallery cheers, watches in amazement, and comments of everything.


Both Eyeshield 21 and Slam Dunk focus around a high school student who learns a new sport (Basketball for Slam Dunk and American Football for Eyeshield 21) from scratch when they do not want to play the given sport at the start of the series.

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Dear Boys

Dear Boys

Aikawa Kazuhiko, the captain of a prestigious high school basketball team that had gained national attention, transfers to a new town and school for unknown reasons. A lover of basketball, Aikawa finds out that the Mizuho basketball team is far from even being called a team, and sets out to save this sinking ship. Join Aikawa as he journeys through competitions with the boys and girls basketball teams, throwing down baskets to all challengers, as they struggle towards the national tournament.

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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.

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!!


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(^.^)


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!

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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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Will be as simple as possible. In my opinion even if they do have differences they both make for a great basketball anime with twist and plays that will make you want to see what will happen next


Kuroko no Basuke (KnB) and Slam Dunk (SD) are similar in many ways. Both animes are about a basketball team, that is slowly making its way to the top of Japan. Main character of SD - Sakuragi can be compared to Kagami (both are red headed, playing same position and even both are quite stupid). SD is very slow-paced (after 101 episodes it ends nearly at the same point as first season of KnB). KnB is more "shonen" like anime (characters have some unique powers, even though they are mostly based on reality), which SD lacks. KnB is based on friendship of two main characters, SD is based on rivalry between the two.

I have personally seen KnB first, so SD looked quite outdated, but if you dont care, you will probably like it.


Both are great at combining basketball thrills and great comedy as well as memorable characters you can't help but cheer on.


Basicelly has all the genres but more centered towards games rather than comedy but it does have the comedic moments. Better in terms of actual games because it dosent drake the games. Though slam dunk had better characters and comedy this has great basketball game and better story wise

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Hajime no Ippo

Hajime no Ippo

Ippo Makunouchi is a loser. He has no friends, he spends his free time helping his mom with work, and he's constantly being beaten up by bullies. But that all changes when one day he's saved from another beating by Takamura, an up-and-coming boxer. Soon, Ippo turns his life around with a passion for the newly discovered sport, but his new lifestyle is far from easy! Before he can even dream of becoming champion, he'll have to overcome a slew of fierce rivals and learn what 'dedication' really means.

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The main characyers of these animes are almost polar opposites, however both anime are about a kid with a natural talent for the subject sport. following them as they progress, learn new skills and beat fearsome opponants. if you liked one check out the other.


Although the main characters in Slam Dunk and Hajime no Ippo are on opposite ends of the serious scale they both have natural talent for the sport they pick up at the start of the series and have epic games/matches throughout the series.


Both anime have some common points despite being about different sports. In both the main character is a young male who starts doing a sport they haven't ever done in their lives (boxing in Hajime no Ippo and basketball in Slam Dunk), and have a natural talent for it; both have very intense matches that leaves you glued to the screen; and both are so well done that you may like it even if you dislike the sport they are about. So if you liked one, don't hesitate to watch the other.

Hungry Heart - Wild Striker

Hungry Heart - Wild Striker

Kyousuke Kano aspires to become a professional soccer player but decides to quit after endless comparisons to his brother, who is a famous midfielder in AC Milan. However, things change when Kyousuke meets a girl who forces him to coach his school's women's soccer team; and soon thereafter, he rediscovers his love for the sport and decides to pick up the cleats once more. With Kyousuke's passion for the game, he aims to lead his team to the national tournament and win the hearts of many.


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Both Slam Dunk and Wild Striker are sports series in which the lead character starts out rebellious and stuck on his ways, but later matures through the love he has for the sport.


If you love to see a rebellious lead character mature and develop through a sport in which he is talented or in which he is becoming really talented in a small amount of time, this is your anime. Follow the journey of the lead character to see his beautiful end result.


Both shows have a redhead tough guy with insane power and reflexes that takes interest in a sport (soccer vs. basketball) and is quite talented at it but often make goofy mistakes. Both are very cocky and talk a lot. Also, Both shows have a gorilla-looking character that puts the redhead in his place with a knock or two when he gets out of line for comedic effect. Aside from the sport in question, the two series are extremely similar.