THE FIRST SLAM DUNK movie release date in Japan is on December 3, 2022.
On October 15, 2022, the official Twitter account for the anime film adaptation of Takehiko Inoue’s Slam Dunk basketball, sports manga unveiled the movie poster for THE FIRST SLAM DUNK, which will appear displayed in theaters nationwide in Japan starting today.
You can see the movie poster here:
On November 8, 2022, a special issue of Weekly Shonen Jump will be renamed Slam Dunk Jump and contain 24 selected chapters from the original Slam Dunk manga.
On December 15, 2022, a special book titled THE FIRST SLAM DUNK RE:Source containing rare illustrations by Takehiko Inoue that were drawn during the production of the Slam Dunk manga and an interview with its creator will be released. This is a must-have for die-hard Slam Dunk fans!
You can watch a trailer for the upcoming film THE FIRST SLAM DUNK on Toei Animation’s official YouTube channel here:
The trailer previews the upcoming film’s 3DCG animation which looks surprisingly smooth.
Who are the production team members?
THE FIRST SLAM DUNK production team members include:
- Director and scriptwriter – Takehiko Inoue
- Animation – Toei
- Character Designer/Animation Director – Yasuyuki Ebara (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress)
- Technical Directors – Katsuhiko Kitada (Attack on Titan episodes, Major: Yuojou no Winning Shot), Naoki Miyahara (Digimon Adventure: Popin Q), Toshio Oohashi (LayereD Stores 0), and Yuu Kamatani (Looking for Magical DoReMi, Orecure Super Stars!)
- CGI Director – Daiki Nakazawa
- CD Producer – Yuuta Ogura
- Art Director – Kazuo Ogura
- Sound Directors – Yota Tsuruoka and Koji Kasamatsu
What is the plot of Slam Dunk?
The story centers on a Japanese high school student named Hanamichi Sakuragi, who is infamous for his temper, massive height, and fire-red hair. When he enrolls in Shohoku High he hopes that he’ll finally manage to get a girlfriend since he was rejected 50 times in middle school due to his intimidating appearance.
However, his notoriety precedes him and his classmates avoid him out of fear. After a series of events occur he’s left with the thought that he hates basketball and he really wants a girlfriend. One day, a girl named Haruko Akagi bravely approaches him and curiously asks if he likes basketball. Hanamachi falls head over heels in love with Haruko and blurts out that he loves basketball.
Haruko drags him to the gymnasium and innocently requests him to do a slam dunk. In order to impress Haruko Hanamichi gives it a shot but is so nervous he ends up slamming his head straight into the backboard. Haruko immediately informs the basketball team’s captain of Hanamichi’s crazy physical strength and he’s suddenly recruited for the team. Hanamichi is drawn into the camaraderie and competition of the sport that he had previously hated. But will he ever get a girlfriend?
Where can I read the manga and watch the anime?
From October 1990 to 1996, Slam Dunk was serialized in Shueisha’s shounen manga magazine Weekly Shounen Jump, and its chapters have been collected into 31 tankoubon volumes. The manga’s English version has been licensed by Viz Media for release in North America and has released all 31 volumes.
From October 1993 to March 1996 an anime adaptation by Toei Animation aired and has been broadcast worldwide. The show has gained popularity among basketball fans in Japan, the U.S., several Asian countries, and Europe. Slam Dunk inspired four anime film sequels. Slam Dunk is currently available for streaming on Crunchyroll.
In May 2015, Slam Dunk Season 1 Volume 1 was released on an English dub-only DVD by Cinedigm. In 2005, four DVD volumes of Slam Dunk were released by Toei with an English dub.
Slam Dunk is the 7th best-selling manga series in history and has 170 million copies in circulation! In 1994, Slam Dunk won the 4th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shounen category. In 2010, Slam Dunk’s creator Takehiko Inoue was lauded by the Japan Basketball Association for helping to make the sport more popular in Japan.
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