The Best Episodes of Slam Dunk
Last Updated: Feb 6, 2019
Hanamichi Sakuragi, an entering Shohoku high school freshman, holds a record for being rejected by 50 girls during middle school. His nearly 2 meters height and bright red hair causes most students to write him off as a delinquent. One day, a girl named Haruko Akagi approaches Hanamichi without any fear. When she asks Hanamichi "do you like basketball?" Hanamichi falls head over heels for the girl of his dreams. Without missing a beat, Hanamichi tells her he loves basketball, and the two head to the gymnasium where Hanamichi learns about the slam dunk. He also learns of Rukawa, one of the country's top basketball prospects, also a freshman at Shohoku.
#1 - Last 10 Seconds! A Perfect Conclusion
Season 1 - Episode 59
The last ten seconds of the game are approaching, and Shohoku is only down by four. The one who'll decide this match will be Sakuragi.
#2 - Hanamichi, Hot Dunk
Season 1 - Episode 46
Thanks to a basket from Rukawa, Shohoku has finally taken the lead in a critical time. Sakuragi, wanting to feel important, jumped up at the same time as two opposing Shoyo players as he was going for the dunk. It seems like Sakuragi's long desire to perform a slam dunk will be fulfilled.
#3 - SLAM DUNK!
Season 1 - Episode 101
The battle between the combo team and Shohoku has reached its climax, and the one deciding its conclusion is Sakuragi with a Slam Dunk. Though Shohoku has more important things to look forward to, such as the Inter High Tournament.
#4 - Stubborn Guys!
Season 1 - Episode 58
Shohoku and Kainan refuse to give up on each other with the match going back and forth like a see saw.
#5 - King Kong, Younger Brother
Season 1 - Episode 54
Sakuragi did a pretty good job of filling in for Akagi, though it was Rukawa who pushed Shohoku into a fierce comeback against Kainan. He single handedly brought Shohoku back within five points.
#6 - Hanamichi the Genius shows off!
Season 1 - Episode 40
With Mitsui's 3 point shot, Shohoku finally caught up with Shoyo. It seemed like Fujima had enough, but Hanagata asked him to trust him for a little while longer. Fujima made a good decision in trusting his star center, for Shoyo pulled away from Shohoku again, creating another 10 point deficit.
#7 - The most dangerous challenger!
Season 1 - Episode 74
With Rukawa and Sendoh at full strength against each other, they've both carried their teams, advancing point by point in hopes of defeating one another.
#8 - Challenge to the King
Season 1 - Episode 50
#9 - Baldy attacks back!
Season 1 - Episode 61
Sakuragi's new haircut was the news of the school the next day. During practice, he decided to work twice as hard in order to prevent another mistake like that happening again. When Mitsui was the one guarding Sakuragi, all of his weaknesses and shortcomings started showing.
#10 - Win or Lose
Season 1 - Episode 84
Kogure's 3 pointer put Shohoku up, but Sendoh wouldn't let his team get defeated so easily.
#11 - The Allies of Justice, Sakuragi's Army Visits
Season 1 - Episode 24
After Ayako was slapped by one of the invading students, Miyagi joined in the fight, as well as Rukawa. However, Tetsuo easily took both of them down. Sakuragi steps up to the plate, outnumbered. Things change when Sakuragi's friends appear in an unlikely fashion.
#12 - Time's Up! The Decisive Battle with Ryonan
Season 1 - Episode 19
Although Shohoku has lost the game, Sakuragi played very well for his first game. Sakuragi and Rukawa vowed that in their next game with Ryonan, they will beat Sendoh.
#13 - The Guy Who Wanted to Conquer the World
Season 1 - Episode 25
Mitsui and Tetsuo were defeated, but Mitsui still continued to fight. Though when Akagi enters, the atmosphere becomes dense. Akagi slaps Mitsui around. Kogure then informs everyone that Mitsui use to be an excellent basketball player, and was even on the team. Kogure then proceeds to tell the rise and downfall of Mitsui's basketball career.
#14 - Lightning Flash Ryota!
Season 1 - Episode 39
With Rukawa taking the heat off of the rest of the team, Miyagi gets a chance to show off his skills as a point guard and his speed on the court.
#15 - I Want to Play Basketball!
Season 1 - Episode 27
After suffering through his horrible injury, Mitsui quit on basketball. Though two years later, in his attempt to sabotage Shohoku from participating in the tournament, his feelings for the sport are growing stronger once again.
#16 - The greatest shame of one's life
Season 1 - Episode 72
Ryonan's offense was concentrated around Fukuda, who has been constantly defeating Sakuragi. He was forced to sit out, sulking to himself of being beaten fair and square. While Sakuragi was defeated, Shohoku wasn't, as Mitsui's three pointers pulled his team back within range of Ryonan.
#17 - Mitsui's Peak, Trouble at 15
Season 1 - Episode 26
It seems that Mitsui was once a great basketball player himself before High School. Though something happened during practice that changed his life forever.
#18 - The One that Dominates the Game
Season 1 - Episode 55
Rukawa's strong performance made it seem like Shohoku has a chance of winning, but what got everyone's attention was when Akagi came back from the locker room.
#19 - King Kong number two!
Season 1 - Episode 70
In order to make Akagi come back to his senses, Sakuragi pulls off his cocky routine that more than motivates him back into playing normally.
#20 - Amateur Sakuragi Hanamichi shows off!
Season 1 - Episode 82
Mitsui collapsed due to exhaustion, and while his lost presence was dire for Shohoku, they remained formidable behind Sakuragi's strong play.
#21 - Gorilla vs. Hanamichi! Big Showdown!!
Season 1 - Episode 3
When Hanamichi calls basketball a 'dumb game', the captain of the basketball team challenges him because Hanamichi had made fun of his favorite game of all!
#22 - Sakuragi's Confinement's Secret Weapon
Season 1 - Episode 52
Takato seemed to have devised the perfect plan to counter-attack against Sakuragi, which is sending in the extremely small and weak Miyamasu. In an unbelievable turn around, the plan worked in which Sakuragi was horrible embarassed, allowing Kainan to widen the gap. Rukawa however, seems to be heating up.
#23 - The one who brought forth a miracle - Sakuragi!
Season 1 - Episode 100
Fujima starts passing more and shooting less 3 pointers, giving hims teammates more open looks and easy opportunities to score. But is it enough to overcome Shohoku?
#24 - Secret Weapon Hanamichi Steps Into the Spotlight
Season 1 - Episode 15
Finally, Sakuragi got a chance to play when Akagi was hurt while playing. Now, there is only about 9 minutes left on the clock.
#25 - Shoyo Coach Enters the Court
Season 1 - Episode 41
Driven hard by by Rukawa's offense and Sakuragi's rebounding, Fujima comes off the bench to lead his team to victory.