Sakuragi Hanamichi is a delinquent who's so unpopular with girls that he's been rejected fifty times. Haruko Akagi is the only girl who isn't scared of him; instead she's impressed with Sakuragi's athleticism and, convinced that he would do well, introduces him to the Shohoko basketball team. Desperate to impress Haruko and believing that she is the girl of his dreams, Sakuragi joins the team in spite of his initial reluctance. Surprisingly, Sakuragi is a natural at the sport regardless of his reputation for being hot-tempered and immature. From now on Sakuragi must work together with his teammates, including his rival Rukawa, to fulfill their captain's dream of winning the national championship. That is, if they have what it takes!
For fans of basketball mangas, these two are a must read. Slam Dunk is more of a classic treasure while Akatsuki is somewhat new. Both offer amazing effort put in by the characters in their quest to be recognized by their surroundings. Excellent reads and not to be missed for a basketball fan.
Both of these manga are about a guy who joins a sports team to impress a girl. Both guys are very similar; they are over-energetic and determined when it comes to impressing their crush, but always fall short even when they excel in their sports.
Mori Buntaro transfers to Yokosuka North High School and wants nothing more than to be alone, even going so far as to ignore his teachers and brazenly skip class. But when Hajime Miyamoto challenges him to climb the school building as a form of hazing, Mori feels alive for the first time in years. Awakened to the thrill of rock climbing, he pursues his goal to reach to the sky, but can he learn to work in tandem with others, or will he be forever seeking the heights alone?
To put it simply - Mr. Fullswing is refreshed, baseball version of Slam Dunk. Both are comedy sports mangas, with arrogant main character. The protagonist decides to join a sport club, since he have fallen in love with manager. Even though he knows nothing about the sport, his raw power makes him potentially a great player.
While Mr.Fullswing sometimes have too many gags (to a point, that it gets tiresome ) both mangas are amusing sport stories. If you like one, you should give the other one a try too.
Tomomi is a high school dropout who was tragically responsible for crippling a beautiful girl he had just met; Kiyoharu is an ex track star whose bone cancer confined him to a wheelchair as a child; and Takahashi is newly handicapped due to an accident on his bike, stripping him as captain of the basketball team and his status as the alpha male of his gang of friends. Each of these young men shares something in common – their love for basketball. Though society may look down on them, these new friends will come to terms with themselves and their situations, and show their love of the game.
These mangas both portray basketball as intense, exciting, being written and drawn by the same mangaka, they share the same kind of comedy and art (though Real is by far superiorly drawn), They have very different feelings.
Slam Dunk is about a passionate, young delinquent who falls in love with basket and shares an amazing time with his high school mates. Real however follows a another basket ball delinquent who meets a handicap basketball player who moves like the wind.
If you like sports manga, these are probably the best, both of shounen and seinen.