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Slam Dunk Getting New Movie Written and Directed by Takehiko Inoue

The Slam Dunk manga ran thirty-one volumes from 1990 to 1996 and has sold more than 100 million copies. This led to anime adaptations, and the Slam Dunk franchise is getting a new movie written and directed by original creator Takehiko Inoue. This will be its fifth movie. A short teaser trailer from Toei Animation has been released:

According to the trailer, the movie will come out sometime in the autumn of 2022. The movie does not yet have a title.

The trailer also gave us quite a bit of information on the crew. Yasuyuki Ebara of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is 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.

The computer graphics are being directed by Daiki Nakazawa and produced by Yūta Ogura. The art will be directed by Kazuo Ogura. Yota Tsuruoka and Koji Kasamatsu are in charge of sound.

VIZ Media, which publishes the original manga in English, gave this description of the bestselling series:

“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?”

VIZ Media also gave this description of the creator:

“Inoue is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Tezuka Osamu Culture Award and the Media Arts Festival Award. In addition to manga, Inoue has worked on television commercials and character designs for video games, and is the founder of a scholarship to foster Japanese basketball talent.”

Source: ANN


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.