Along with Kogure, he is the only other player who stayed on the Shohoku basketball team for all three years. His unimposing presence (by comparison, he is 5 cm shorter and 10 kg lighter than Hikoichi Aida) distracts opponents from his real basketball skills, especially his reliable 3 point shooting, the accuracy of which is comparable to Jin's and Mitsui's 3 point shooting. She confronted Sakuragi when she mistakenly thought that he had attacked Rukawa, and she also defended him many times from his most rabid fangirls (one of them even knocked her to the ground in the anime series). However, his basketball skills advanced throughout the series. Slam Dunk (stylized as SLAM DUNK) is a Japanese sports manga series written and illustrated by Takehiko Inoue.It tells the story of a basketball team from Shōhoku High School in the Shōnan area of Japan. This also changed Anzai's former strict attitude to his now mild temper, for which he is now known as the "White-Haired Buddha.". Mar 12, 2020 - Explore Sarawut Itsaranuwut's board "ZOOF Free-Hand", followed by 702 people on Pinterest. In the end, Sakuragi's own gang - Yohei, Takamiya, Ohkusu and Noma - voluntarily took the blame for the fight, and Mitsui was filled with remorse when he saw Anzai again. 165 cm/52 kg. While considered by most to be an amateur's instinctual tactic, the tactic itself, coupled with Sakuragi's formidable athleticism actually goes well with his somewhat unorthodox playing style. However, as a complete beginner, he was not able to keep up with the rest of the team at first despite his physical attributes (great height, athleticism, stamina, speed and leaping ability). Takenori Akagi. Kainan lost in the semifinals in the previous National Championship, where they faced the defending champion Sannoh, losing by 30 points. However, he started as a very weak player, and was ridiculed and bullied by his upperclassmen for only having height but very little of everything else. As Maki says in volume #10, "As a player, he's far from rational.". It is not until Akagi's third year that things begin to turn around for Shohoku and they start to become a team to be reckoned with. Their entire team is composed of elite players and demonstrates incredible stamina and defensive ability. He also knows how to use his teammates effectively. Ryota Miyagi. When he was outplayed by Sawakita during the match against Sannoh Technical, though, he realized what Sendoh reminded him as a challenge: To defeat Sendoh, Rukawa had to change his style and pass the ball. The 'Shohoku High School basketball team has for two years running been considered of no consequence at the prefecutural level and largely a one-man team because of the presence of team captain Takenori Akagi. every time something exciting happens during a match. This grudge continued until their present age, where their feud is over which team will be National Champion first. However, their main weaknesses are the lack of a star point guard and a three-point shooter. Toyotama's captain, Tsuyoshi Minami, known as the "Ace Killer" injured Fujima in a match resulting in his removal from the game due to his injury. Hikoichi also idolizes Ryota because he is a starter for Shohoku despite his short height (Ryota is only three centimeters - about one inch - taller than Hikoichi). Tetsuo succeeds in knocking out five Shohoku players, among them Rukawa and Miyagi, but meets his match in Sakuragi. Kenji Fujima (藤真健司, Fujima Kenji?) Despite having opportunities to join more prestigious high schools like Ryonan, he choose to go to Shohoku because of Coach Anzai; Anzai had given him the courage to win in the Junior High tournament by encouraging him during the last seconds of the match. Takato correctly deduces that Sakuragi will not take Yoshinori seriously enough to properly mark him, enabling Yoshinori to be effective. He is voiced by Hideyuki Tanaka. He uses his large size to his advantage by posting up under the basket for an easy shot (even pushing back his marker to do so), and Sannoh hopes to have him become an eventual starter. Sawakita plans to go to America following the National Championships. In Rukawa's first appearance, he curb-stomps Norio and his gang when they wake him up. Jersey no.#4/197 cm/6'6"/78in 90 kg/198 lb Center Birthday 05/10 Shoe Brand:Converse. It is revealed in the National Championships that Jin finishes as the leading scorer in the Kanagawa prefectural tournament, averaging 30.6 points per game(followed closely by Rukawa's 30 points per game). However, his style was criticized as being too selfish, and he sometimes comes into conflict with his teammates for various reasons; this was one of the reasons why Coach Anzai refused to give him his blessing when Rukawa told him that he intended to go to the USA, and told him to become the best in Japan before he even thought of it. 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