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Hate This & I'll Love You

I'll

I'll (titled I'll Generation Basket in its French release) is a sports shōnen manga by artist Hiroyuki Asada. Its main plot concerns the life of a team of high school basketball players. It is focused on action scenes which depict the matches played by the team, but also puts emphasis on the interaction of characters outside of the courts. The art style is very clean and effective, showing movement as well as emotions well. The manga has been published in several countries of Asia, in France and in Italy.

Plot

Akane Tachibana is a freshman high school student who, despite his talent for basketball, decides to abandon sports clubs due to the pressure put on him by them. Once he arrives at Kouzu High, however, he meets the only other basketball player who has ever caught his eye on the courts and decides to join the team. The first match of the season is an exhibition game against the league's strongest team, Hyamazaki — the team that Hiiragi's father coaches and in which his older brother plays for. Hiiragi ends up playing in the second half of the game, and they seem to not be working well together on the court, losing the game, until unintentionally one of the senior players on the team challenges them to beat him. They join forces, inspiring the team to victory. Thus starts the story of a group of teenagers working to reach the top, fighting tooth and nail the entire way.

Characters

The team

  • Tachibana Akane: Position - Power forward; Age - 15; Blood Type - O. Joins the Kouzu basketball club because he is inspired to play basketball again by his rival, Hiiragi Hitonari, joining the same school. He drinks flavored milk regularly to try and become taller, but proves he doesn't particularly need it with his dunks and dribbling skills. Lives with his mother. Known for his truthful to a fault speeches and odd catchphrase, uttered at a crucial point during a game in order to pull off a move - "Atchoo".
  • Hiiragi Hitonari: Position - Point Guard; Age - 15; Blood Type - A. Joins the Kouzu basketball club to prove his independence from his domineering father and star player older brother, as well as to meet Tachibana Akane's challenge. Very serious about his playing, he tends to skip classes in order to sleep on the roof of the school. He lives by himself after his father kicked him out of the house for not going to the school he coached at. He is a 'thoroughbred' player, constantly getting better and extremely dangerous on the courts in every aspect.
  • Akihito Harumoto: Position - Shooting guard; Age - 15; Blood Type - A. Joins the Kouzu basketball club with guilty feelings from the injury of his best friend while playing the year before. Tachibana recruits him after finding out the story. His hair is styled into a pompadour and he is known on the courts for his "Supersonic shot", the perfect three pointer.
  • Kanemoto Koji: Position - Guard; Age - 17; Blood Type - A. Has been with the Kouzu basketball club for three years and is the sub-captain in the year that Akane and Hiiragi join. He is not an exceptional player, but tries his hardest at everything he does. He used to have a strong relationship with the previous coach of the Kouzu basketball team, who died previously.
  • Yamazaki Yoshiki: Position - Small forward; Age - 17; Blood Type - A. Has been with the Kouzu basketball club for three years and is the captain of the team. Although he injured his knee the year previously, he desperately wants to make it to the finals this year, his last year. Tachibana inspires and challenges him to rejoin actively the team and get back into playing after an incounter at the store where he works - Red Barns Basketball Supplies. On the courts he has a strong dunk and rebounding skills.
  • Minefuji Kyoko: Position - Coach; Age - 29; Blood Type - B. Joins the Kouzu Basketball Club for a teaching job. Used to be a star player herself, as well as taught the youngest Hiiragi for a year. Takes an active interest in her team and despite her flamboyant style is extremely competitive. "There's no point in starting if you're not going to win!" Romanticly involved with Kondo Yuki.

The Fanclub

  • Kondo Yuki: Occupation - Teacher and Guitarist; Age - 28; Blood Type - O. Takes on a teaching job at Kouzu High and finds his old sweetheart, Minefuji, teaching there as well. He is the only one who owns a car and used to be a guitarist in a band called Metro.
  • Yoshikawa Sumire: Occupation - Student; Age - 15; Blood Type - O. Goes to Kouzu High with her childhood friend, Tachibana. Plays basketball, but has little confidence and isn't very good.
  • Asakura Saki: Occupation - Student and Guitarist; Age - 16; Blood Type - A. "The Traitor" goes to Kouzu High. Wanted to become a famous guitarist, but after deciding against a contract with a record company in favor of playing with his friends, he discovers that they are only using him for his money and beats them all up. Known to carry a switchblade.
  • Horii Mika: Occupation - Student; Age - 15; Blood Type - O. Goes to Kouzu with her best friend Yoshikawa. Plays basketball as well, but not as intensely as the boys. Interested in gossip, she helps get Kondo and Minefuji back together.

Others

  • Takuya Hiiragi: Older brother of Hitonari, son of the coach of Hyamazaki's basketball team. A star national player, very competitive and heading for the top. Cares for his younger brother, but pressures him into doing his best, or his father's version of the best. Takes a meeting with Akane Tachibana to heart and believes that perhaps Hitonari will be happy at Kouzu.
  • Hiiragi Senior: The father of Takuya and Hitonari, very competitive as a coach and driving his sons to the top, where he never reached himself.
  • Shibuya Osami: Substitute on the Kouzu Team.

References

  • I'll (Version Français) Volume 1-7 by Hiroyuki Asada - Éditions Tonkam.
  • I'll (Version Français) Volume 1-7 by Hiroyuki Asada - Glénat

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