Singapore To Get The First Slam Dunk Fan Screening in January 2023


Singapore is set to have a fan screening of The First Slam Dunk on January 7, 2023. The screening will take place at the Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands with tickets costing S$89 (~US$66) each.

The free fan screening goodies include a T-shirt, an acrylic keychain, an A2 poster, and a visual card.  There will also be a collectible box that contains an acrylic stand, a hologram can badge set with five designs, and a character card set (also with five designs).

Additionally, The First Slam Dunk fan screening will feature an appearance from Shugo Nakamura, who voices Ryota Miyagi.

Image source: ODEX Private Limited Facebook page

The First Slam Dunk premiered in Japan on December 3 and recently hit the five billion yen (~US$37.6 million) mark. The movie is directed by Slam Dunk creator Takehiko Inoue with Yasuyuki Ebara (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) as character designer and animation director, Yukiko Ban (Yowamushi PedalGlory Line) as sub-character designer, Daiki Nakazawa (Pop in Q) as CG director, Shunsuke Nakamura (Babylon co-photography director) as photography director, Kazuo Ogura (Attack on Titan The Final Season) as art director, and Shiori Furusho (Hero Mask) as color designer. Toei Animation and the CG company Dandelion Animation Studio are the animation production companies.

Meanwhile, the cast includes Subaru Kimura as Hanamichi Sakuragi, Kenta Miyake as Takenori Akagi, Jun Kasama as Hisashi Mitsui, Shin’ichirou Kamio as Kaede Rukawa, Shugo Nakamura as Ryota Miyagi, and Maaya Sakamoto as Haruko Akagi.

The Slam Dunk manga was serialized from 1990 to 1996 in Weekly Shonen 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. 

Viz Media describes the manga as:

Hanamichi Sakuragi’s got no game with girls–none at all! It doesn’t help that he’s known for throwing down at a moment’s notice and always coming out on top. A hopeless bruiser, he’s been rejected by 50 girls in a row! All that changes when he meets the girl of his dreams, Haruko, and she’s actually not afraid of him! When she introduces him to the game of basketball, his life is changed forever…

Sources: ODEX Private Limited Facebook page, Marina Bay Sands website

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, and he did so for a few years, starting from his college days. He still writes about video games sometimes, but now focuses on anime-related news content and the occasional review. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese, both out of interest in the language and because English-translated light novels and manga are expensive. Every anime season, Melvyn looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences, as well as learning about the storyboard artists and directors behind them.
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