The BEST Episodes of Slam Dunk

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 27, 2020

Network: TV Asahi

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.

The most dangerous challenger!

#1 - The most dangerous challenger!

Season 1 - Episode 74 - Aired Jul 15, 1995

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.

star 9.64
36 votes
Last 10 Seconds! A Perfect Conclusion

#2 - Last 10 Seconds! A Perfect Conclusion

Season 1 - Episode 59 - Aired Mar 11, 1995

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.

star 9.62
40 votes
The final battle!

#3 - The final battle!

Season 1 - Episode 67 - Aired May 20, 1995

One of the more exciting matches in the tournament is about to start, as it's Ryonan vs. Shohoku. Though people have already been speculating Shohoku's chances of a victory, as their coach is absent, resting himself in the hospital.

star 9.56
36 votes
Stubborn Guys!

#4 - Stubborn Guys!

Season 1 - Episode 58 - Aired Mar 4, 1995

Shohoku and Kainan refuse to give up on each other with the match going back and forth like a see saw.

star 9.55
38 votes
The greatest shame of one's life

#5 - The greatest shame of one's life

Season 1 - Episode 72 - Aired Jul 1, 1995

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.

star 9.54
37 votes


Season 1 - Episode 101 - Aired Mar 23, 1996

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.

star 9.54
41 votes
Hanamichi, Hot Dunk

#7 - Hanamichi, Hot Dunk

Season 1 - Episode 46 - Aired Dec 3, 1994

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.

star 9.53
40 votes
Sakuragi Hanamichi comes to rescue!

#8 - Sakuragi Hanamichi comes to rescue!

Season 1 - Episode 68 - Aired May 27, 1995

Due to Fukuda's terrible defense and Sakuragi's equally atrocious offense, Taoka thought it'd be a harmless idea to match Fukuda up with him. However, it seems that the entire gym was in for a surprise as Sakuragi showed off his jumper.

star 9.51
37 votes
Amateur Sakuragi Hanamichi shows off!

#9 - Amateur Sakuragi Hanamichi shows off!

Season 1 - Episode 82 - Aired Oct 21, 1995

Mitsui collapsed due to exhaustion, and while his lost presence was dire for Shohoku, they remained formidable behind Sakuragi's strong play.

star 9.50
38 votes
Challenge to the King

#10 - Challenge to the King

Season 1 - Episode 50 - Aired Jan 7, 1995


star 9.49
39 votes
Baldy attacks back!

#11 - Baldy attacks back!

Season 1 - Episode 61 - Aired Mar 25, 1995

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.

star 9.49
39 votes
Shoyo Coach Enters the Court

#12 - Shoyo Coach Enters the Court

Season 1 - Episode 41 - Aired Oct 14, 1994

Driven hard by by Rukawa's offense and Sakuragi's rebounding, Fujima comes off the bench to lead his team to victory.

star 9.49
37 votes
The feeling of victory

#13 - The feeling of victory

Season 1 - Episode 76 - Aired Aug 5, 1995

Uozumi gets a flashback of Coach Taoka's promise of bringing him to the national scene, but that promise is looking a little fuzzy with Shohoku dominating.

star 9.49
37 votes
Rukawa Kaede's spirit

#14 - Rukawa Kaede's spirit

Season 1 - Episode 89 - Aired Dec 9, 1995

Understanding Anzai's words, Rukawa immediately makes it his goal to become the best player in Japan, even taking it at a higher level during practice against his own teammates.

star 9.49
37 votes
Win or Lose

#15 - Win or Lose

Season 1 - Episode 84 - Aired Nov 4, 1995

Kogure's 3 pointer put Shohoku up, but Sendoh wouldn't let his team get defeated so easily.

star 9.48
40 votes
Hanamichi the Genius shows off!

#16 - Hanamichi the Genius shows off!

Season 1 - Episode 40 - Aired Oct 1, 1994

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.

star 9.47
38 votes
Anzai, Bet on Victory!

#17 - Anzai, Bet on Victory!

Season 1 - Episode 57 - Aired Feb 25, 1995

Anzai formulated a plan to destroy Kainan's formidable backcourt combo of Jin and Maki by playing zone defense, and their offense started crumbling. Sakuragi, when shooting from the free throw line, decided to shoot it differently by throwing up a granny shot.

star 9.47
38 votes
Shohoku vs. Shoyo/Ryonan

#18 - Shohoku vs. Shoyo/Ryonan

Season 1 - Episode 98 - Aired Feb 24, 1996

Rukawa garnered all the attention with his strong start to the game, but it was Sendoh who soon stole that spotlight when he entered the gym in his fishing clothes.

star 9.47
38 votes
King Kong, Younger Brother

#19 - King Kong, Younger Brother

Season 1 - Episode 54 - Aired Feb 4, 1995

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.

star 9.46
41 votes
Sakuragi's Confinement's Secret Weapon

#20 - Sakuragi's Confinement's Secret Weapon

Season 1 - Episode 52 - Aired Jan 21, 1995

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.

star 9.46
39 votes
The one who brought forth a miracle - Sakuragi!

#21 - The one who brought forth a miracle - Sakuragi!

Season 1 - Episode 100 - Aired Mar 9, 1996

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?

star 9.46
39 votes
The One that Dominates the Game

#22 - The One that Dominates the Game

Season 1 - Episode 55 - Aired Feb 11, 1995

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.

star 9.44
39 votes
King Kong number two!

#23 - King Kong number two!

Season 1 - Episode 70 - Aired Jun 10, 1995

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.

star 9.44
39 votes
Sendoh's scheme

#24 - Sendoh's scheme

Season 1 - Episode 66 - Aired May 13, 1995

Shohoku's representatives rush to Anzai's aid, and are surprised at how efficiently Sakuragi acquired a doctor. Meanwhile, Kainan was too strong for Ryonan and Sendoh to handle. They'll have to do better now that they're up against Shohoku.

star 9.43
37 votes
Shoyo Ace Fujima's Real Ability

#25 - Shoyo Ace Fujima's Real Ability

Season 1 - Episode 42 - Aired Oct 15, 1994

Fujima is leading a strong charge for Shoyo against Shohoku, taking the lead once again. Though Shohoku has other problems besides Fujima; Mitsui is already very tired. Will Kogure be able to take his place?

star 9.42
38 votes