A New Slam Dunk Anime Movie Is In The Works

Mangaka Inoue Takehiko tweeted today that Slam Dunk is getting a new anime movie. 

Details are scarce, but the official website for the movie reveals that Toei Animation, who was in charge of animation production for the 1993 anime series adaptation of the basketball manga, is involved. The title is yet to be decided, according to the movie’s Twitter page description.

Slam Dunk was serialized from 1990 to 1996 in Weekly Shounen Jump and was collected into 31 tankoubon volumes. Takehiko drew an epilogue called Slam Dunk 10 Days Later on school blackboards in 2005, with the epilogue being reprinted in 2009. The anime series, directed by the late Nobutaka Nishizawa, ran from 1993 to 1996 with 101 episodes and had a different ending. There were also four anime films that were released from 1994 to 1995. 

The 1993 anime starred Takeshi Kusao (the Game Master from I’m Standing on a Million Lives) as protagonist Hanamichi Sakuragi and Akiko Hiramatsu (Catarina Clae’s mother in My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!) as his love interest Haruko Takagi. Other cast members included Kiyoyuki Yanada as team captain Takemori Akagi, Hikaru Midorikawa as Hanamichi’s rival Kaede Rukawa, Ryoutarou Okiayu as shooting guard Hisashi Mitsui, Yoku Shioya as point guard Miyagi Ryouta, Hideyuki Tanaka as vice-captain Kimiyobu Kogure, and Tomomichi Nishiora as coach Mitsuyoshi Anzai.

Crunchyroll describes the show as:

Hanamichi Sakuragi, an entering freshman at Shohoku High, holds a record for being rejected by 50 girls during middle school. Ever since the last girl turned him down for a guy on the basketball team, Sakuragi’s been traumatized by the sport.

Update: Added information from the movie’s Twitter page as well as a link to said page. 

Sources: Inoue Takehiko Twitter page, Slam Dunk movie website, Slam Dunk movie Twitter page

Melvyn began his journey at Anime Trending in early 2018 and currently contributes as news writer and occasional reviewer. Outside of watching anime, Melvyn spends his free time playing video games, painting miniatures, and learning Japanese through manga, light novels, and the internet.
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