Japan-animation fans are starting 2021 on a high note – cult manga Slam Dunk will return in a new animated adaptation, this time for the big screen. This new project marks the first return to the news for the entire Sakuragi clique, nearly 25 years after the broadcast of the last episode of the animated adaptation.
It will nevertheless be necessary to be patient before knowing the first details of this long-awaited feature film.
It was the author of the manga himself who announced the news via his official Twitter account: with the help of a simple logo being drawn as you go in pencil, Inou played the card of simplicity and sobriety to formalize the production of the feature film. Unfortunately, not much else is known about the project, which is in its very first stage of the communications cycle – a Twitter account for the film was opened in the wake of the announcement, redirecting to its official website.
We note that the site bears the mention of the studio Toei Animation, responsible for the cult anime adaptation of the manga… We do not risk too much chance by betting on a return to animation and not an adaptation in real shooting for this new feature film.
Because the 90s are indestructible
Very quickly became one of the pillars of the manga pre-publication magazine Weekly Shonen Jump during the 90s, Slam Dunk knew how to seduce a large audience beyond simple sports fans. Necessarily magnified by the inimitable trait of Takehiko Inoue, this epic follows the path of young delinquent Hanamichi Sakuragi in the basketball team of his high school. The five major of Shohoku will thus gradually make a name in the competitions between Japanese high schools …
Beyond its success in Japan which popularized basketball across the country, Slam Dunk also enjoyed international influence, in particular thanks to its animated adaptation broadcast from 1993 to 1996. Slam Dunk is still today one of the most popular anime among Japanese audiences. Four TV movies were produced when the anime aired in Japan, but this project would mark the manga's first excursion to the cinema.
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映 画 に な り ま す！ #slamdunkmovie pic.twitter.com/f7Wg3Twd8A
– 井上 雄 彦 Inoue Takehiko (@inouetake) January 7, 2021