Real, Vol. 1 by Takehiko Inoue

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• From the creator of Slam Dunk and Vagabond, also available from VIZ Media.
• 8 million copies of Real have sold in Japan.
• Vagabond has sold over 22 million copies worldwide!
• Inoue received the 2000 Media Arts award for manga from the Japanese Ministry of Culture and the Kodansha award for best manga for his work on Vagabond.
• Nominated for 2003 Eisner Award in the category for Best Writer/Artist!
• Inoue’s previous series Slam Dunk has over 100 million copies in print worldwide.
• Everything Takehiko Inoue has published has hit the top ten sales list in Japan.

A motorcycle accident, bone cancer, a speeding truck crashing into a boy on a stolen bicycle--tragic, life-changing events turn the worlds of three young men upside down. Three very different personalities have only one thing in common--their passion for basketball.


Meet Tomomi Nomiya, a young tough whose passion for basketball is at the core of his very being. When he gets into a motorcycle accident rendering a girl paralyzed for life, his world is turned on its head. Tomomi quits his team, drops out of school, and struggles to find some kind of resolution to his oppressive feelings of guilt.


From the creator of Slam Dunk and Vagabond, also available from VIZ Media.

About Takehiko Inoue

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Takehiko Inoue is the creator of one of the most popular manga of all time, Slam Dunk, which has sold over 100 million copies worldwide. He followed that series up with two titles lauded by critics and fans alike— Vagabond, a fictional account of the life of Miyamoto Musashi, and Real, a manga about wheelchair basketball. Inoue is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize and the Media Arts Festival Award. In addition to his work on manga, Inoue has worked on television commercials, character designs for video games, and is the founder of a scholarship to foster Japanese basketball talent.
Published July 15, 2008 by VIZ Media LLC. 224 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Those who enjoyed Inoue’s other famed basketball manga, Slam Dunk , and anyone moved by triumph over great obstacles are encouraged to give it a read.

Apr 14 2008 | Read Full Review of Real, Vol. 1


The basketball scenes in this series are intense, in a very different way from the super-fueled play in Slam Dunk, and entirely gripping even for non-fans of the game.

Jun 15 2010 | Read Full Review of Real, Vol. 1

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But with two of the three central characters connected via wheelchair basketball, readers can assume that Takahashi is going to find his way through the pain and depression to reconnect with his beloved sport (and the other two teens) in that wheelchair basketball league.

Feb 21 2011 | Read Full Review of Real, Vol. 1

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