THE FIRST SLAM DUNK movie releases new trailer: Who is Kaede Rukawa?

THE FIRST SLAM DUNK countdown trailer screenshot, featuring Kaede Rukawa.
THE FIRST SLAM DUNK countdown trailer screenshot, featuring Kaede Rukawa. Pic credit: @movie_slamdunk/Twitter

The First Slam Dunk movie release date is on December 3, 2022.

On November 22, 2022, the official Twitter account for the upcoming anime movie THE FIRST SLAM DUNK released a countdown trailer starring Kaede Rukawa. The big “11” in the video signifies that there are only 11 days left until the movie’s premiere in theaters, which was announced in July 2022.

Voice actor Shinichirou Kamio plays Kaede Kukawa and at the beginning of the trailer says his signature phrase of, “Do aho” aka “You fool”.

Who is Kaede Rukawa?

Kaede Rukawa is Sakuragi’s rival and his polar opposite. Kaede is popular with the ladies, skilled at basketball, and very serious. The only thing similar between the two boys is that they’re both meatheads and good fighters. Kaede thinks Sakuragi is a fool and they tend to get into fights. Kaede sees the potential in Sakuragi to put his talents to better use and gets frustrated when he sees Sakuragi’s immaturity holding him back.

Kaede’s hobby is sleeping and sometimes he’s even seen riding a bike while sleeping although he does tend to knock into things. If someone dares to wake Kaede up from a nap they will most likely get beaten up. Kaede’s goal it to become the “best high school player in Japan”, and he considers his rival to be Sendoh of Ryonan. Despite only being a first-year student he has earned the nicknames “super-rookie” and “ace of Shohoku”.

Kaede has a wide range of skills that complement his height, athleticism, and competitive nature. During the Kanagawa Interhigh Tournament, he was named one of the top five players and the only first-year student to be so honored. During a game between Shohoku and Kainan he managed to turn the tables by scoring 15 straight points in the last 2 minutes and 5 seconds of the game synching their win.

Kaede is considered to be “selfish” and not a team player. (Maybe his true calling is to become an egotistic soccer striker instead!) When Kaede told his coach he wanted to go to the USA to get better at basketball, he was advised to first become the best in Japan. Later, in order to defeat Sendoh during a game he realized he had no choice but to change his playstyle and pass the ball. During this match, Hanamichi’s buzzer-beating shot won the match. Afterward, Rukawa was named a member of the All-Japan basketball team.

Who are the main cast members?

THE FIRST SLAM DUNK main cast members include:

  • Subaru Kimura – Hanamichi Sakuragi
  • Jun Kasama – Hisashi Mitsui
  • Shinicirou Kamio – Kaede Rukawa
  • Shuugo Nakamura – Ryouta Miyagi
  • Kenta Miyake – Takenori Akagi

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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