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NeoShweaty
June 28, 2006, 08:55 PM
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REAL

By: Inoue Takehiko
Genre: Drama, Psychological, Seinen, Slice of Life, Sports
Serialized In: Weekly Young Jump


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.

Anyone else read this series? I am a huge fan of Inoue (from my first chapter of slam dunk to chapter 208 of vagabond) and find this series to be another one of those hidden gems. I guess i should give the run down for those that havent read it. This is a manga loosely about basketball. I mean on the surface it is about a kid stuck in a wheelchair playing basketball and a guy whose life has gone astray but he plans to get it back on track and one of the ways is through basketball. However, underneath that, and what is more prevalent throughout the series, are the struggles of the characters. Most struggle with being physically handicapped but one struggles with being emotionally and mentally handicapped as a result of his mistake. I really love this series and would recommend it to all. However, this is not the kind of manga for people wanting a regular fix because it is release yearly (i think) in tankouban form. Omanga (omanga.net) is scanlating it and they have released 26 chapters of it.

conan
June 29, 2006, 05:42 AM
I think i'll have a look at this manga soon, I loved inoue's slam dunk, its one of the best really, the story is really good, and the suspense in the games too, the comedy is hilarious, and its about basket ball and charracter building.

I think slam dunk is a hidden gem too, and thanks for telling us about this, if its anything similar to his prior work and has the same touch, I think its great.

NeoShweaty
June 29, 2006, 08:21 AM
This is really different from slam dunk. It shows his evolution as a writer and an artist in multiple ways but one of the important ways is that he makes an essentially basketball themed manga not about basketball and it is okay. The characters are the strong point in this series. While it was the same in slam dunk, slam dunk also has the exciting matches (the last one being the best in any sports manga) while real doesnt really

barbapapa
July 07, 2006, 11:58 AM
REAL is a great piece of work. I might like it even more than Vagabond, and that's saying a hell of a lot.

NeoShweaty
July 07, 2006, 12:10 PM
I just wished he would release it more often. I want to see how the para-basketball japanese team works out and how the afro guy's life plays out too. Then theres the captain of the basketball team, or former at least

barbapapa
July 07, 2006, 12:19 PM
Well I'm just glad he continued it... He took a very long break from Vagabond and REAL some time ago; which comes as no surprise just looking at the way he draws and writes.

NeoShweaty
July 07, 2006, 12:34 PM
That is always good. He draws the characters so well and his stories are next to none. His covers are real are amazing. I just love his coloring abilities especially now that he paints them instead of inking them.

shinwei
July 24, 2006, 01:40 PM
Slam Dunk is anything but a "hidden" gem as there are very, VERY few mangas out there that have sold better than it. Prior to the unstoppable sales monster that is One Piece, Slam Dunk was the ONLY manga that could compete with Dragonball sales in Japan. (Kochikame doesn't count!)

I haven't really been able to get into REAL though, I really want to but there's just not enough out.

NeoShweaty
July 24, 2006, 01:43 PM
... Who said slam dunk is a hidden gem? I was saying that real is one of those hidden gems because no one seems to know about it here. I know just how well slam dunk has sold.

shinwei
July 24, 2006, 01:45 PM
I think slam dunk is a hidden gem too, and thanks for telling us about this, if its anything similar to his prior work and has the same touch, I think its great.


He said Slam Dunk is a hidden gem! :p

NeoShweaty
July 24, 2006, 01:47 PM
OHHH *slaps self on head* :p

Siedhr
August 15, 2006, 06:01 PM
I've been trying to download Real from omanga and the http downloads are dead. Also, I found some torrents for later volumes on thehawks tracker and they have one seed (not to mention they don't have the first two volumes). So does anyone know of alternate sources of download? I'd really like to read this one. Slam Dunk is everywhere but not this.

Never mind, got it from lurk. For once, I got good speeds.[br]Posted on: 25 July 2006, 06:52:24_________________________________________________Does anyone have raws for the recent chapters? I'd really like to know what's going on.

NeoShweaty
August 15, 2006, 06:03 PM
I havent seen any of them. I hope omanga releases something soon.

Siedhr
August 15, 2006, 06:13 PM
I r teh winner. Persistence pays off (and some luck I might add).

Here's 27 raw: http://www.sendspace.com/file/n9zi46
I also found 34 and 34 (I mean 35, thank you, Neo) over at jojohot, hopefully I'll get the missing chapters as well (28-33). :tem

NeoShweaty
August 15, 2006, 06:16 PM
34 and 34? a treasure trove! (lol, just poking fun)

Nice find.

Siedhr
August 15, 2006, 06:20 PM
Yah, thanks. Found the rest btw. But I'll have to save them pic by pic. I'll take 27 again since the Jap raw is fugly. You'll have them tomorrow. Feel free to worship me or something. Now we just need someone to tell us what's going on.

Luckas
August 15, 2006, 06:57 PM
Yah, thanks. Found the rest btw. But I'll have to save them pic by pic. I'll take 27 again since the Jap raw is fugly. You'll have them tomorrow. Feel free to worship me or something. Now we just need someone to tell us what's going on.

If someone tell you, could you tell us in the forum?

Siedhr
August 17, 2006, 10:40 AM
If someone tell you, could you tell us in the forum?
I was kinda pinning my hopes on somebody in this thread. But if I do find out somewhere else, I'll be sure to let you all know.

So here's Real, the jojohot version (that would be Chinese scanlation).
chapters 027-033 - http://www.sendspace.com/file/awjfx6
chapter 034 - http://www.sendspace.com/file/bcz2r3
chapter 035 - http://www.sendspace.com/file/yp3hmz

Luckas
August 17, 2006, 10:47 AM
I was kinda pinning my hopes on somebody in this thread. But if I do find out somewhere else, I'll be sure to let you all know.

So here's Real, the jojohot version (that would be Chinese scanlation).
chapters 027-033 - http://www.sendspace.com/file/awjfx6
chapter 034 - http://www.sendspace.com/file/bcz2r3
chapter 035 - http://www.sendspace.com/file/yp3hmz

Thanks, nothing prevent us to hope :eyeroll

zindryr
August 21, 2006, 10:34 AM
Found a one shot that occurs before the Real series starts or something similar to that. It's called Pierce. This is a RAW file. Not scanlated. You'll just have to ask omanga to scanlate it if you want it done. Or do it yourselves here. Either or.

http://www.sendspace.com/file/5h45y4[br]Posted on: August 20, 2006, 10:40:02 PM_________________________________________________

Just happened to come across some other RAWs for Real. All 5 of the volumes that have been released so far. These are the high quality volume scans. Volume 5 goes up to chapter 30 in the series. I realize omanga is at chapter 26 or 27 or so, but hey, I just happened to run across these so here they are.

Volume 01: http://www.sendspace.com/file/50di7u
Volume 02: http://www.sendspace.com/file/3gc147
Volume 03: http://www.sendspace.com/file/9ewdn7
Volume 04: http://www.sendspace.com/file/fbsizm
Volume 05: http://www.sendspace.com/file/9uto47

Enjoy.

NeoShweaty
August 21, 2006, 11:06 AM
thanks zindryr. Sadly, most of us can only get so much out of it.

Boss
September 02, 2006, 12:48 PM
man, this manga sounds too sad for me to read lol. Inoue is awesome though, so I think I might try it since he's taking another break on Vagabond. Damn though... released yearly? That sucks.

Siedhr
September 02, 2006, 02:12 PM
Real isn't sad. Quite the contrary, I'd say. It's about how human nature prevailes when faces with adversities. It's inspirational.

NeoShweaty
December 31, 2006, 07:49 PM
another chapter of real was finally released, go and get it at the omanga site.

Siedhr
January 02, 2007, 06:46 PM
another chapter of real was finally released, go and get it at the omanga site.

Finally. I thought they dropped it. And according to their website, they plan to pick up the pace with the releases.

manu
January 02, 2007, 06:53 PM
thats good to hear, though they really only have about 10 chaps to do before they reach the japan tankos.

NeoShweaty
January 02, 2007, 06:55 PM
well, the series is only six volumes to begin with. Inoue is busy with Vagabond.

manu
January 02, 2007, 07:04 PM
yup, though I think it'll hit 7 volumes in August.

kforblack
January 02, 2007, 07:38 PM
Yes, and August is nearly upon us!

NeoShweaty
January 02, 2007, 10:13 PM
Yes, and August is nearly upon us!

lol, as is 2008 by that logic

amar_kun
April 30, 2007, 05:30 AM
anyone know where can i download REAL? i've tried mangatraders and omanga website, but their link is broken..

cheers!

Siedhr
May 01, 2007, 02:14 AM
Try #lurk on irchighway.net.

amar_kun
May 03, 2007, 12:00 AM
thank you.. i've already download it yesterday... now cant hardly wait for the sixth volume.. :XD

veyron
May 04, 2007, 02:46 AM
have seen and hear about real, but haven't read it... :P
now I have curiosity because of all these comments... :D
hmmm... better to find it now from irc... :eyeroll :eyeroll

GGpX
July 18, 2007, 09:23 AM
I have a perma. hard-on since Omanga & Hawks released volume 6.

I need help~!

angsana
October 23, 2007, 07:54 AM
have seen and hear about real, but haven't read it... :P
now I have curiosity because of all these comments... :D
hmmm... better to find it now from irc... :eyeroll :eyeroll

ah to make you easier, REAL out in INA local bookstores now.
i read from omanga until vol.4 about two year ago and stopped for some time.
finding it displayed at the bookstall made me cry out of joy.

einiwei, why is REAL categorize as Seinen?
is it published in Japanese seinen magz? i know the story taking a different perspective that perhaps waaay to deep in thought for shounen, which was great.

GGpX
October 23, 2007, 07:57 PM
ah to make you easier, REAL out in INA local bookstores now.
i read from omanga until vol.4 about two year ago and stopped for some time.
finding it displayed at the bookstall made me cry out of joy.

einiwei, why is REAL categorize as Seinen?
is it published in Japanese seinen magz? i know the story taking a different perspective that perhaps waaay to deep in thought for shounen, which was great.

Serialization is in Young Jump (A seinen magazine, which includes other mangas like Sidooh, Zetman, Gantz, Kamen Teacher), therefore it is a Seinen.

ohayo
November 29, 2007, 06:02 AM
dose any one know where to download raws for this (after ch 35) ?

GGpX
November 30, 2007, 01:15 AM
The volume isn't for sell yet. Therefore, there are no raws available.

gao_dargon
November 30, 2007, 12:14 PM
does anyone know how may chaps there is? i have all they have on mangatraders,but the last upload was a long time ago,are there new chapters released yet? and sorry for the n00b qestion but is it on hiatus?

ohayo
January 30, 2008, 11:51 PM
I found a link to the raws of vol7, YAAAAAY!!!:p

http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/9182/real07od0.jpg
MU (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=3MH08CCG)

rapidshare (http://rapidshare.com/files/76572131/Real_v07.zip)

Succubus
June 13, 2008, 07:09 AM
I love this manga, it's much better than slam dunk!

any info about vol 7 scan? and what happened to omanga or hawks?

GothHearth
July 04, 2008, 12:00 AM
Real Vol 6 / Ch 36 ........ I Need Moar !! <3

chusetto
February 09, 2009, 10:54 AM
I've just bought the first two volumes and this series is AWESOME...

I thought that I'd buy it one volume per month but... if I get some money I'll take the other six volumes released here in no time...

Takehiko Inoue is the Messiah of Manga (The God is Tezuka... XD)

http://www.editorialivrea.com/ESP/imagenes/manga/real/real_tapa_08_chica.jpg

ice_queen
February 09, 2009, 09:59 PM
REAL is quite fantastic.
It´s really one of those titles that have a little bit of everything.
Great drama, great basketball scenes, and unbeliavable displays of character development(also, Kiyoharu is quite hot).

I love Inoue since Slam Dunk, but he really shows a whole new level of improvement as a mangaka in his seinen manga(Real and Vagabond).

ice_queen

GGpX
April 12, 2009, 02:43 AM
REAL volume 8 is out in English.

Discuss.

Revilenigma
April 12, 2009, 01:29 PM
just download volume 1-8, can't wait to read it, the art looks amazing.

miki_chan
October 22, 2010, 07:25 AM
Does anyone know where I can get volumes 3-5? as Hawk and Omanga have disbanded, it is extremely hard to find! Mangatraders has scanlated volumes 1,2, & 6-9 in eng of this series. You can easily access Japanese raws from jcafe24.com.

I'm hopeless with IRC so if anyone has it in eng, pls send it to me!!! Thank-you in advance!!!

saladesu
October 22, 2010, 07:33 AM
IRC's actually very easy to use :) Perhaps this tutorial (http://mangahelpers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=60233) will be of help. All volumes are available on#lurk. I was going to upload them to MT but it took forever just to upload vol 1 and 2 I kinda gave up. I see someone else uploaded 6-9 after I uploaded 1-2, so perhaps the same person's working backwards and 3-5 will be available soon, though :tem

In other news, I just checked Inoue-sensei's web.

リアル描き上げました〜。
今は10巻表紙の絵を描いています。
プロモ関連でいくつか仕事が残っていますが、11月の発売は行けそうだ!よし!

2010.10.06 
井上雄彦 

He's finished drawing the next volume (10) of REAL and is doing the cover illustration now :) He's still got some promo-related stuff to complete, but he thinks he'll be able to make the deadline for a November release. Hurrah! :D

Mido-ban
November 04, 2010, 07:00 AM
does anyone have the raw of all volume ? all links I found are broken :s

maxikki
November 04, 2010, 05:31 PM
anyone knows if volume 9 was translated??

Akiyama
November 24, 2010, 11:41 PM
Yes, download volume 9 here (http://illuminati-manga.com/index.php?p=projects&project=55). Viz release Nov. 16th

Cover of volume 10, being released in Japan on November 26th.
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/esker08/volumes/th_Real_10.jpg (http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/esker08/volumes/Real_10.jpg)
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http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/esker08/Mags/th_2010_YJ_52.jpg (http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/esker08/Mags/2010_YJ_52.jpg)

First it gets the cover of Young Jump. A magazine which 94% of the time has some half naked girl looking at you with those dead eyes. But look, there's a manga on the cover, speechless.
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/esker08/MH/Real_61st.jpgJust used spoilers to save browsing room. Chapter 60 was a green background, this time red. At least we are making progress. \o/
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I want this badly.
Real Postcard Book 2010
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/esker08/MH/th_Real_Postcard_Book.jpg (http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/esker08/MH/Real_Postcard_Book.jpg)

R4n
December 20, 2010, 03:33 AM
@ Akiyama: That Real postcard book is available in Kinokuniya bookstore. I actually just saw it yesterday xD

Btw, i have a question about Takahashi's mother.
In volume 6 (maybe, i don't really remember), Takahashi's mother is portrayed cleaning the toilet. I was very surprised, is she working as a janitor? All this time i thought she is a career woman working in an office or something, because their house is really nice and they seem to be quite rich. I can assume that Takahashi's father left them the house and maybe some savings... but still, i don't think the mother can support that kind of lifestyle with a janitor paycheck.

maxikki
December 29, 2010, 12:57 PM
volume 10 was released by illuminati-scans

Dayomi
December 30, 2010, 01:47 PM
Hello! I've already read v 10. Thanks a lot to illuminati! They made a great job ^.^
But well I've have a question, do they translate by volumes or chapters? I now ch 61 (v10 goes until 60) came out on nov the 24th

maxikki
December 31, 2010, 10:25 AM
Hello! I've already read v 10. Thanks a lot to illuminati! They made a great job ^.^
But well I've have a question, do they translate by volumes or chapters? I now ch 61 (v10 goes until 60) came out on nov the 24th

i think they only do volume releases for most of their projects

Dayomi
January 06, 2011, 10:54 PM
Thanks! I look forward to next update ^.^

yakitori00
February 27, 2011, 04:54 AM
I don't get it
i was on illuminati-manga site, and i cannot find real vol 10, well i even do not know how to use that website =.= i have only account on their forum, how lame.
can you post me a link to vol 10 or to chapters 56-...?

Kaiten
February 27, 2011, 01:47 PM
You need to get on IRC to dl from Illuminati. /join #illuminati-manga, type !REAL10, hit return, answer yes to every prompt that comes along and the dl will start. Otherwise go to mangatraders.com, I'm sure they have a ddl link for Real 10.

yakitori00
February 27, 2011, 02:48 PM
jeez, i must be very stupid
i'm on illuminati - click >>> irc >>>, and then i'm on "irc channel" (an chatroom) and no one's there

omg

but thanks, good that i have an account on Manga Traders :p

ryusuke_
August 27, 2011, 03:53 AM
Any updates on the status of this series? Is Inoue still publishing or is this publication on hiatus?

Akiyama
August 31, 2011, 09:02 AM
Inoue on twitter said volume 11 is coming out November, 11, 2011. Chapter 65 is in this week Young Jump issue 40. So far there has been 6 chapters per volume so he has to write 1 more chapter, and vol. 11 is packed with color pages.

Vespertine
November 19, 2011, 03:55 PM
so, volume 11 finally is out.

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/thumbnails/fit100x100/cms/news/46107/1106090011.jpg

now the long wait for some scans ):

Josef K.
November 19, 2011, 05:45 PM
It takes longer since it is a volume scan, well it is far more rewarding to read volumes than wait for chapters, you get a feeling that you read a lot but still you know some cliffhanger is waiting at the end. Real is a manga worth the wait though. :p

Kaiten
November 30, 2011, 12:17 AM
It takes longer since it is a volume scan, well it is far more rewarding to read volumes than wait for chapters, you get a feeling that you read a lot but still you know some cliffhanger is waiting at the end. Real is a manga worth the wait though. :p

Inoue only releases one volume a year of Real, so we're actually on the same schedule as Japan :p Anyone who does not buy Young Jump (I wouldn't) would have to wait until November for a new book to come out.

He has some strange serialization schedule too, bi-monthly in a weekly magazine if I am not mistaken. There is something like six chapters a year, total.

Savi
December 08, 2011, 01:25 AM
The series is back? :D
http://real-11.com/yj50/images/cover_yj.jpg
http://real-11.com/yj50/images/cover_real_l.jpg

Vespertine
December 13, 2011, 03:56 PM
im crawling on the walls waiting for the scans.

those images look awesome savi.

Savi
January 24, 2012, 03:23 PM
Did Viz announced something about the release date of volume 11? I just can't wait anymore :(

Kaiten
January 24, 2012, 03:46 PM
Nope. And better to check Amazon for release dates than ask here :)

Vespertine
March 05, 2012, 01:47 AM
Just notice this last week.

Volume 11 it's out: http://www.mangareader.net/real/61

MiyamotoMusashi
May 10, 2014, 12:09 AM
So, Real is back and gone again :derp, gotta wait another year for the next volume