A recent survey report by a Japanese education media, “Ouchi Kyouzai no Mori,” operated by ARINA, revealed that Takehiko Inoue‘s Slam Dunk is the most recommended “Shonen manga that parents want their children to read”.
The following rank shows recommended series and the reasons why the Japanese parents want their children to read them:
1st place: Slam dunk
・ Want them to read sports manga.
・ Because it is a content that makes you learn about hardships and joy
・To learn the attitude to devote yourself to sports.
・To be passionate about basketball.
・ Because it is a manga that we are addicted to, and it is a good content to cultivate teamwork and unity.
2nd place: Hikaru no Go
・A good brain teaser without actually thinking much about it.
・ Because there is no cruel depiction and it seems to be useful for studying.
・ Because the sketches are beautiful and it is interesting even if you don’t understand Go.
・ Kids can learn the feeling of not giving up.
3rd place: YuYu Hakusho
・ It’s a bit violent, but kids can be impressed by the story of friendship.
・ Because it is a royal road battle.
・ Because the story is easy to understand and can be seen by the whole family.
4th place: Rurouni Kenshin
・ It will also be a study of history.
・ Because the appearance of Kenshin, who strongly tries to keep the vow he made, will have a positive effect on the growth of the child.
・ Because kids can learn to protect your loved ones with their heart.
5th place: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
・ Because it teaches kids the difficulty of life.
・ To learn the kindness of Kanjiro’s heart through manga.
・ Learn how to live.
・ Because it’s a little trendy.
6th place: One Piece
・ Although it is a pirate, it is a manga that values friendship.
・ Kids can learn important things as a person. Parents want their child to make important and reliable friends.
7th place: Soul Hunter: Hoshin Engi
・ There are some differences from the real historical facts, but it is worth watching.
・ Although it is not like the orthodox hero of Bali, but it is good to notice that there is such a laid-back way of thinking.
・ Because kids can grow interested in the history of China
8th place: Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoi yo!! Masaru-san
・ It’s a manga that can be read easily.
・ It was an interesting read.
9th place: Doraemon
・ To learn moral things.
・ Very popular.
10th place: Detective Conan
・ Kids can feel smarter taking inspiration from Conan
11th place: Flame of Recca
・ Very interesting.
A total of 200 people were surveyed from ages 20 to 60 on March 3, 2022.
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. It was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from October 1990 to June 1996, with the chapters collected into 31 tankōbon volumes.
The manga was adapted into an anime television series by Toei Animation which aired from October 1993 to March 1996 and has been broadcast worldwide, enjoying much popularity, particularly in Japan, several other Asian countries, and Europe.
Slam Dunk has 170 million copies in circulation, making it the seventh best-selling manga series in history. In 1994, it received the 40th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shōnen category. In 2010, Inoue received special commendations from the Japan Basketball Association for helping popularize basketball in Japan.
Source: PR Times