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Slam Dunk is a popular Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Takehiko Inoue. It was published in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1990 to 1996, with the chapters collected into 31 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha. It follows the story of Hanamichi Sakuragi, a teenager who falls in love with a girl named Haruko Akagi, and decides to enter the world of basketball to attract her attention. It became a huge success in Japan and was adapted into an anime television series by Toei Animation, which ran for 101 episodes from 1993 to 1996. The series is also noted for bringing a new level of popularity to the sport of basketball in Japan. Slam Dunk has been featured in various news outlets, articles, and videos discussing its influence on the sport of basketball in Japan, its influence on the manga and anime industry, and its impact on the Japanese youth. Additionally, Slam Dunk has been featured in several video games and merchandise such as figures, apparel, and accessories.