Originally published in Japan in 1994 by Shueisha Inc., Tokyo.
Takehiko Inoue is the creator of one of the most popular manga of all time, Slam Dunk, which has sold more than 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.