Earlier this year I posted an article on Inoue Takehiko’s special Slam Dunk Exhibition – “10 Days After”, a short continuation of his Slam Dunk manga after the final book 31.
Although the contents of this short story was release in the form of a cardboard set a few years ago, it sold out almost immediately and has been a collector’s item ever since, frustrating many fans who wanted a copy to complete their Slam Dunk collection. It seems that Inoue-san has finally heard the pleas of his fans and very recently re-released “10 Days After – The Complete Edition”, jumbo sized.
(above) Sakuragi’s “The Complete Edition” (完全版 – pronounced “Karn-zen-barn”) seal of approval. In Japan the three words “The Complete Edition” is used very often to describe books and dvds, and sometimes misleading and irresponsibly because it drives sales – anyone interested in the said product is tempted to get “The Complete Edition”, even though the contents may not be that complete. (just like many US movie dvds are labelled “Special Collector’s edition”, when there’s nothing remotely special about them.)
Did I mention that the book is huge ? At 41cm by 30cm its closer to the size of a pinup calender than an average book you can fit on a bookshelf, and is rather flimsy and awkward to handle due to the soft-cover binding. The reproductions of the chalkboard drawings (see above) however, are crisp and make for easy reading.
(above right) Akira Sendoh, my favorite character from the manga also makes an appearance. And who would your favourite Slam Dunk character be ? (below) Sakuragi’s favourite line – “Because I’m a genius”. Is that how its translated in the english version ?
(above) Sketches of the charaters that you can use as posters. I left my Wacom pen in there so that you can have a rough gauge of the book’s size. ( Do note that the book is presented in a landscape format, rather than portrait; I tilted the book so that I can get the right orientation for the picture. )
(above) Hurrah ! English transcripts for all the dialogue !