Slam Dunk is returning to theaters with a brand new film, and it’s preparing for the release of its first teaser with a new poster that reveals some essential elements ahead of its release later this year!
Fans may have realized how several classic anime and manga franchises have made their grand returns in recent years, and Takehiko Inoue’s Slam Dunk franchise is now the next one up. Toei Animation and Shueisha have announced that the franchise will get a brand new movie, officially titled The First Slam Dunk.
Slam Dunks’s new poster visual
The First Slam Dunk will be released in Japanese theaters on December 3, 2022. While there has been no word on a potential international release date for the new film, The First Slam Dunk has unveiled a new poster to help tease the full release.
It has also been announced that the new trailer for the film will be available on its official YouTube page on July 7, 2022. Given that we’ve only had teasers up until now, this will be the first complete look at what to anticipate from the new film.
Check out the new poster below:
Takehiko Inoue, the original series creator, will write and direct the film for Toei Animation. Yasuyuki Ebara will be the character designer and animation director, Daiki Nakazawa will be the CG director, Yuta Ogura will be the CG producer, and Kazuo Ogura will also be the art director, Yota Tsuruoka and Koji Kasamatsu will be the sound directors. Katsuhiko Kitada, Naoki Miyahara, Toshio Ohashi, and Yu Kamatani will be the technical directors.
Slam Dunk: The inspirational sports classic
Many anime programs fade into obscurity after their first airing, but Slam Dunk is one of the few that is still cherished and talked about 25 years after its conclusion. This was demonstrated by the announcement of a new Slam Dunk animated film, which sparked a flurry of excitement among fans – an incredible feat for such an old series.
Slam Dunk began as a manga written and illustrated by Takehiko Inoue, the creator of the famed samurai series Vagabond. From 1993 to 1996, the series was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, producing a 101-episode anime from Toei Animation, four animated films, and a slew of video games for both consoles and arcades. By 2014, the manga had sold over 121 million copies. Volumes 21-23 held the record for the greatest original print runs for any manga for a while, with 2.5 million copies each (One Piece Volume 24 broke that record in 2002).
Hanamichi Sakuragi, a young, unlucky-in-love delinquent gang leader, is the series’s protagonist. He encounters the girl of his dreams, Haruko Akagi when he transfers to a new high school. Haruko introduces Sakuragi to the school’s basketball squad, believing he would fit in well. Sakuragi initially resists, but after a few practices, he is persuaded to go and demonstrates a natural affinity for the sport. As a result, Sakuragi and his band of misfits compete in competitions throughout Japan.
Slam Dunk is the basketball anime, not simply a basketball anime. Nothing has come close to matching the intensity and emotion of this timeless classic. It’s simple to see why fans are still eager for more after all these years. Hopefully, the new movie lives up to the expectations and brings new fans to the original great.