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Dear Boys (ディア・ボーイズ Dia Bōizu) is a spo
rts manga by Hiroki Yagami, published by Kodansha in Monthly Shōnen Magazine.
As of June 2007, the Dear Boys series has 25 volumes in total, including the Dear Boys: The Early Days and Dear Boys: Act 2. In 2007, Dear Boys: Act 2 was awarded the Kodansha Manga Award for the shōnen manga. The story concerns the progress of the Mizuho High School basketball team as it attempts to win the prefectural championship. It also deals heavily with the relationship between the players on the team, especially the two main characters Kazuhiko Aikawa and Takumi Fujiwara.
The anime has 26 episodes, which focus on the beginning of the teams creation.