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[Review] Slam Dunk – Zenkoku Seiha Da! Sakuragi Hanamichi

Posted on | May 1, 2011 | No Comments

The second Slam Dunk movie focuses on Shohoku’s match against Tsukubu during the 4th round of the Inter-High qualifying games. As Sakuragi struggles to think of a way to prevent himself from getting fouled out before the end of the next game, he comes across Rango Koichiro, who in similar in personality and has a crush on Akagi Haruko. To resolve their conflict over the girl, Rango decides to use the outcome of their upcoming match as a way to determine who gets to go out with Haruko. Elsewhere, Kogure and Akagi chance upon Godai, a former team mate who is now in the Tsukubu basketball team, and they promise to have a good game. To round off the connections between the two teams is Tsukubu’s coach, Kawasaki, who used to be under Anzai’s tutelage. All in all, this is an entertaining entry in the Slam Dunk series.

One thing that I really like about the movie is the greater focus on Sakuragi’s skills which is often overshadowed by complaints about Rukawa or his self-declarations of “genius” ability in the first 35 or so episodes of the main anime. While I get that Sakuragi’s idiotic behavior is one the main comedic elements of Slam Dunk, it does get old after a while, especially without much emphasis on Sakuragi’s potential to balance that humor. So it was a breath of fresh air to see some excellent rebounds and defensive moves from the character while still maintaining his funny side. That “hun-hun” blocking technique is still as hilarious as ever.

As for team Tsukubu, Rango reminds me a lot of Kainan’s Kiyota Nobunaga in that they’re the same kind of “troublemaker” as Sakuragi. There was quite a good look at Godai’s past efforts and his desperation to win. The impact of his foul out on the team served as a good lesson to Sakuragi about how his own blunders may affect Shohoku though he still couldn’t stop the inevitable 5th foul from happening.

Final rating: 7.5/10


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