- A 31-volume manga series - Slam Dunk is widely considered to be the best sports manga ever. - Great n-shojo romance title that men wouldn't be ashamed to read. - From the award-winning creator of Vagabond (available from VIZ Media's Signature Manga line) - Everything and anything Takehiko Iue creates hits the Top Ten Tohan sales list in Japan. - Vagabond has sold over 48 million copies, Real has sold 8 million copies, and Slam Dunk has sold over 100 million copies worldwide. - Takehiko Iue has won numerous awards, including the Tezuka Award, and has been minated for an Eisner Award in Best Writer/Artist category for Vagabond. - Real is part of a 2008 initiative to push the manga masterpieces from Iue. One of the most popular manga in the history of manga! Winning isn't everything in basketball, but who wants to come in second? It takes dedication and discipline to be the best, and the Shohoku High hoops team wants to be just that--the best. They have one last year to make their captain's dream of reaching the finals come true--will they do it? Takehiko Iue's legendary basketball manga is finally here, and the tale of a lifetime is in your hands! He may be a pain in the butt, but Hanamichi's athletic prowess and monstrous strength have t gone unticed by the captain of Shohoku's judo team. Hoping to take his troupe to a national title, the judo captain is willing to go to great lengths to lure Hanamichi away from the court and get him on the sparring mat. Will out-and-out bribery convince Hanamichi that judo's the way to go, or will he stay a basketball man to the very end?
Takehiko Inoue is the creator of one of the most popular manga of all time, Slam Dunk, which has sold over 100 million copies worldwide. He followed that series up with two titles lauded by critics and fans alike-- Vagabond, a fictional account of the life of Miyamoto Musashi, and Real, a manga about wheelchair basketball. Inoue is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Tezuka Osamu Culture award and the Media Arts Festival Award. In addition to his work on manga, Inoue has worked on television commercials, character designs for video games, and is the founder of a scholarship to foster Japanese basketball talent.