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Sometimes fate likes to play you for a fool. Perhaps you were one of the top sprinters in the country and decided to confess to the girl of your dreams if you win national competition, only to have the moment of your victory snatched away by your leg breaking down. Maybe you were best looking and most talented person in class, but one mistake leads to an accident that takes everything away from you. Or maybe you were just someone that no one ever believed in and are stuck where you are because society deemed you were worthless.

REAL is the latest masterpiece by Slam Dunk author, Takehiko Inoue. The plot follows three young men in yet another basketball based manga, though this time the excitement isn’t as much in the game, as it’s in the setting and character development.

Plot summary from Wikipedia:

The story revolves around three teenagers: Nomiya Tomomi, a high school dropout, Togawa Kiyoharu, an ex-sprinter who now plays wheelchair basketball and Takahashi Hisanobu, a popular leader of the high school’s basketball team who now finds himself a paraplegic after an accident.

REAL features a cast of characters who find themselves being marginalized by society, but are all united by one common feature: a desire to play basketball, with no place to play it in. Nomiya, being a high school dropout, has no future in his life. Togawa, being a difficult personality, finds himself constantly feuding with his own teammates. Takahashi, once a popular team leader, now finds himself being unable to move from the chest down.

REAL also deals with the reality of physical disabilities, and the psychological inferiority that the characters struggle against. The characters break through their own psychological barriers bit by bit.

While basketball is a large part of REAL, a larger emphasis is placed on character development– Takehiko Inoue is just as interested in exploring the past of the characters, their inner world, and their attempts to achieve something in life as he is in looking at the sport of wheelchair basketball.

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