The iconic basketball anime from the 1990s is making a comeback! Slam Dunk’s official movie website posted a teaser video on Friday about the upcoming anime film that will be released sometime in 2022.
Takehiko Inoue, the original creator, is both directing and writing the script. Toei Animation will produce the film, the same studio that worked on the original Slam Dunk series. The teaser doesn’t reveal a lot of information but rather a list of the incredible team members working behind the project accompanied by the sound of drums. However, we do know that film will be out in 2022.
You can check out the video here:
Source: Slam Dunk Movie Official Website
If you haven’t seen it before, here’s how Crunchyroll—which is streaming the anime—describes it:
“Hanamichi Sakuragi, an entering freshman at Shohoku High, holds a record for being rejected by 50 girls during middle school. Ever since the last girl turned him down for a guy on the basketball team, Sakuragi’s been traumatized by the sport. One day, an unsuspecting Sakuragi is approached by a cute girl who asks him, “do you like basketball?” Sakuragi immediately falls head over heels for this girl, Haruko, and answers, “I love it!” Dreaming of the day he can capture Haruko’s heart, Sakuragi, who doesn’t know a dribble from a dunk, begins his training. But Haruko had her sights set on another freshman, Kaede Rukawa, the superstar rookie. The freshmen pair and the rest of the Shohoku basketball squad begin their season with their sights set on a national championship…”
The 31-volume manga series by Inoue has sold over 157 million copies around the world. Slam Dunk is a cultural phenomenon and a cornerstone of the sports anime genre. Many anime films and television shows have been produced throughout the years, and they have influenced an entire generation of basketball players in Japan and other Asian countries.