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Slam Dunk Creator Takehiko Inoue Thanks Fans for Film’s Success with Illustration

The First Slam Dunk

THE FIRST SLAM DUNK anime film has been a remarkable success in and outside of Japan since it opened six months ago, ultimately becoming the fifth highest-grossing anime film of all time around the world. Series creator and film director Takehiko Inoue obviously took note of this and thanked fans for the film’s success with a new illustration of Shohoku High School basketball coach Mr. Anzai.

The illustration shows Anzai on a jog and represents the time that has passed from the film’s opening on December 3, 2022 to June 3, 2023. 

THE FIRST SLAM DUNK is written and directed by Slam Dunk creator Takehiko Inoue. It also features Yasuyuki Ebara of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress as the character designer/animation director.

Katsuhiko Kitada, who worked on episodes of Attack on Titan; Naoki Miyahara, who worked on Digimon Adventure; Toshio Ōhashi, who worked on LayereD Stories 0; and Yū Kamatani, who worked on Precure Super Stars!, are all technical directors.

VIZ Media, which publishes the original manga in English, describes Slam Dunk like this:

Winning isn’t everything in the game of basketball, but who wants to come in second? It takes dedication and discipline to be the best, and the Shohoku High hoops team wants to be just that. They have one last year to make their captain’s dream of reaching the finals come true—will they do it?

The film is on the way to U.S. theaters this summer. 

Via Crunchyroll News