|Position||Small Forward/Point Guard|
|Manga Debut||Chapter 26|
|Anime Debut||Episode 13|
|Japanese Voice||Hochu Otsuka|
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Akira Sendoh (仙道 彰 Sendō Akira) is Ryonan's ace and is considered one of the top players in Kanagawa. An easygoing person, Sendoh usually has a smile on his face whether on-court or off. He can be lazy at times and has a reputation for arriving late to practice sessions and matches. His tardiness is tolerated though, because of his abilities. One of his hobbies is fishing, and he has a taste for lemons. His teammates trust him wholeheartedly, firmly believing that he can lead Ryonan to victory even if they are trailing. However he was outplayed by Eiji Sawakita back in junior high.
Sendoh is known to be an easygoing person. He usually doesn't take much of anything seriously but when it comes to basketball, he seems to enjoy accepting challenges, mostly on one on one games. Though he is a happy go lucky guy, everyone in his team respects him for being a team leader and an ace player of the basketball team. Though an error is made by one of his teammates, he would take the blame as if it was his. Uozumi once thought that Sendoh is more reliable than he is as a team captain.
He also has a habit of getting late but not during official matches.
Sendoh's all-round skills and basketball intelligence are repeatedly displayed throughout the series. He is capable of playing a 1 on 1 style of play like Rukawa. In manga chapter 177, "Scoring Machine", Ryonan forward Ryoji Ikegami recalls Sendoh's 47-point performance as a rookie and calls him an unstoppable "scoring machine". Sendoh changed his play style in his sophomore year as he accumulated more experience and knowledge of the game of basketball. Sendoh understands how to utilize his teammates effectively. Sendoh can play Point Guard position, but can also transform himself into a deadly scorer when the game is on the line. With this style of play, he can be considered as a Point Forward. He also has the ability to make 3 point plays while drawing a foul from defenders as seen against Miyagi and Akagi.
Ryonan vs. Shohoku (Practice Game)
Sendoh arrives late, much to his teammates' and coach's chagrin. He apologizes, saying he overslept, and his Coach is forced to forgive him, since he was so honest. In the first part of the game, Sendoh takes it easy, and passes the ball to his teammates, not making much of an effort to score. But when Shohoku reveals itself to be a lot more powerful than Ryonan had estimated, Sendoh starts getting serious. At one point, he manages to get past Sakuragi and Rukawa when the two were teaming up on him in an attempt to prevent him scoring. It is in this game that Rukawa begins looking upon him as a rival. Toward the end of the game, when it seems that Shohoku just might win, Sendoh scores from under both Akagi's and Rukawa's arms, and wins the game for Ryonan.
Ryonan vs. Kainan
Much to everyone's surprise, Sendoh plays as point guard in this game. Initially, it seems as if Sendoh is not an experienced enough point guard, and that his height makes it difficult for him to function as such. With the combination of his height and court vision, he soon proved himself to be a highly capable playmaker as he makes one precise pass after another to his teammates for easy scoring opportunities. He manages to astound the everyone in the stadium, including Maki, with his play. Owing to his passes, Ryonan was able to secure a very significant lead over Kainan in the first half. But when Kainan begins showing its true colors, Sendoh turns into a deadly scorer. With only a few seconds left in the game, Sendoh manages to tie the score at 79, after Maki sees through his plan of making him foul him so that Sendoh could get the additional free throw. Sendoh hatches this plan after realizing that his team would be unable to keep up with Kainan in overtime due to Uozomi having fouled out. Ryonan ends up losing the game in overtime.
Ryonan vs. Shohoku (Kanagawa Tournament)
Sendoh played a major role as a team leader in the game between Ryonan and Shohoku. Throughout the game, he is shown to consistently outplay and outwit both Rukawa and Sakuragi, including a dazzling spin move on both of them while double-teamed. When Uozumi was called foul four times, he is subbed by the other member to keep him from being out in the game early. Sendoh replaced him from being the captain and creating the game play. Since there is no center that can match Akagi, Sendoh has to play a big task to keep the Shohoku from scoring. This turns Sendoh into the fearsome scoring machine that he is known to be capable of. Up until the last seconds of the game, Sendoh is creating positive plays for his team. Though they are times where they cannot score, just some encouragement from Sendoh gives Ryonan a good morale to continue on fighting and for benchwarmers to give a positive cheer. Ryonan's Coach Taoka, thinking that Sakuragi is Shohoku's weakness, tries to exploit this but fails due to Sakuragi's vast improvements. In the waning seconds of the game, Sendoh makes an amazing pass to Uozomi, who shoots it over Akagi but is suprisingly blocked by Hanamichi. The result ended to be Shohoku's victory and they enter the Inter High League.
Sendoh and Rukawa are similar in skill level, but during a 1 on 1 matchup, Sendoh can easily get by Rukawa and score under his nose. During their second meeting, Sendoh continued to show that he can control the flow of a game.
Prior to the IH tournament, Rukawa went to Ryonan High to challenge Sendoh to another game of 1 on 1 after Coach Anzai mentioned that he had to yet to match Sendoh's level. The two played til dusk and their game ended in a tie. Sendoh commented after that Rukawa plays the same way whether it is in an organized game or in a 1 on 1 and that he has yet to maximize his full potential as a player.
Maki is known to be the strongest player in Japan for Kainan having 17 consecutive wins in Kanagawa Region. Uozumi believes that he cannot defeat Maki but Sendoh is able to surpass him. When Uozumi fouled out, Sendoh led the game in his absence. He then went head-on against Maki and matched him effectively despite the pressure he was under, ending the second half in a tie. Overtime is called, but the game ended in a loss without Uozumi.
Although only briefly mentioned in the series, Sendoh could not win against Sawakita during middle school. He isn't able to remember his name clearly, as he inadvertently told Rukawa that his name was "Kitasawa."
Anime and Manga Differences
The anime had a filler episode in which members of Shoyo visited Shohoku's gym before they went to the Inter High tournament. Since the team went for a practice game, Shoyo members Fujima and Hanagata and Ryonan's Uozumi and Ikegami joined their practice. Aida, Hikoichi's sister, looked for Sendoh, who was busy fishing, to join the game. He was the last player to join, and went one on one again against Rukawa.
- Sendoh forgot the player he can't win against during middle school. He thought his name is Kitasawa, who is actually Sawakita.
- Sendoh is the first player that appeared to truly be a match for Maki, as he even stopped from blocking Sendoh when he was dunking at the end of the second half of their game. He realized Sendoh was going to win by having him commit a defense foul, thus overturning the game at the last second.
- While Maki is based on Magic Johnson, Sendoh is then based on NBA legend Penny Hardaway, as they both make talented point guards in spite of their height. They both share the same friendly attitude and a great abiltity as playmakers and leaders.