Sports-themed anime is truly one of the most captivating genres of anime if done rightly. Anime like Haikyuu and Ace of Diamond have taken this genre to a whole new level, and brand-new sports anime are coming out every season.
Takehiko Inoue’s manga about basketball, Slam Dunk, is a classic sports-inspired series that will soon receive a new movie. This movie can be the perfect opportunity for you to explore more into the genre.
On January 7, Thursday, mangaka Takehiko Inoue announced on his Twitter account that his Slam Dunk manga is inspiring a new anime film.
[Slam Dunk- It will be a movie!]English Translation, Twitter Translate
Takehiko teases us with a GIF saying, “SLAM DUNK.” No other details regarding the plot or release date have been revealed yet.
The original manga has already inspired an anime series and four anime sequels in the early 90s. We still don’t know if this upcoming film is a sequel since there is a gap of about 25 years.
Toei Animation will be taking charge of the production, and the fact in itself is enough for us to anticipate quality content from the film. The official website is expected to release the cast and staff information soon.
For those who are wondering if it’s too late to revive this anime, just roughly three hours since the announcement, the post gained over 106,000 retweets.
With Kuroko’s Basketball currently topping the basketball anime genre, it will be interesting to see how this new film lives up to our expectations. Can the franchise reclaim the throne that it lost over the years?
About Slam Dunk
Takehiko Inoue’s Slam Dunk manga was published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1990 to 1996, comprising a total of 31 volumes.
The story follows Hanamichi Sakuragi, a highschool student who has a history of getting dumped by girls. He falls in love with a girl named Haruko, who loves basketball.
He starts taking an interest in basketball, plays a game with the captain of a basketball team, and wins.