The fans of sports anime are in for good news. The popular 90s basketball anime series Slam Dunk is returning in the theatres once again. The new Slam Dunk Movie will have Takehiko Inoue as the writer and director, with Hanamichi Sakuragi as the main focus of the story. The makers have had the trailer release way back in August. The hype has been growing strong since then. And recently, a new visual also surfaced for the fans. So, when does the movie premiere? Here are all the details about it.
Slam Dunk manga dates back to 1990, and this year marks its 31st anniversary. 2021 brought much news regarding the release of the movie, and fans are expecting a lot from the comeback. The anime series has fans from around the world, and makers are sure to impress them all. Most of the credit for the popularity of basketball in Japan goes to this classic series. The manga has sold over 120 million volumes and ran a three-year-long anime series. The movie is a work under Toei Animation of One Piece and Dragon Ball fame.
Slam Dunk Movie: New Key Visual Out!
The makers are great at keeping the fans engaged by constantly posting new updates of the movie. The first official trailer came out in August this year. The hype was re-ignited when manager John Maddon was seen wearing a t-shirt with the famous line from the series. The line quoted, “If you suck, the first step on the path to being a pro is knowing that you suck,” which is from coach Mitsuyoshi Anzai delivered to the main lead Hanamichi.
Recently, another update made its way to the fans. The new art from the movie showcases a fist bump between the characters. A lot is under the veil yet, and new announcements are under the way. The manga is the 13th best-selling series of all time, so the expectations are already high.
The fans are already debating over whether the movie will adapt the rest of the manga or return as a completely new story. However, the makers have kept quiet about this detail till now. On the brighter side, information about the joining staff members is out. While the movie is Takehiko’s creation, Daiki Nakazawa will work as the film’s CG director. Lastly, Yasuyuki Ebara will join as the character designer and animation director. Thus, it can be assumed that the movie is in the early stages of animation.
The plot for the movie is not yet out. In the original piece, Slam Dunk follows Hanamichi Sakuragi, a high schooler from Shohoku High who ends up joining the school’s basketball team. It was initially in the pursuit of a girl. However, later Sakuragi attains a passion for the sport. This love inspires him to form Slam Dunk and win a national championship.
Slam Dunk Movie: Release Date
The makers are yet to reveal a specific date for the movie. But an autumn 2022 premiere is the news in the air as per the trailer, with fans desperately waiting for the latest updates of their favorite sports anime. It is speculated that Jump Festa 2022 will bring new announcements. The movie will firstly release in Japanese theatres and later debut internationally. We will update the release date once it’s out. Hence, keep coming back to The Anime Daily.