Mangaka Takehiko Inoue announces on its official Twitter that his classic basketball manga “Slam Dunk” is getting an anime film!
— 井上雄彦 Inoue Takehiko (@inouetake) January 7, 2021
Though the film title and release date are not yet revealed, a teaser site and official Twitter for the movie are opened for announcement.
▍About the Series
Inoue serialized the manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from October 1990 to June 1996, with the chapters collected into 31 tankōbon volumes. It was adapted into a TV anime series by Toei Animation which aired from October 1993 to March 1996.
“Slam Dunk” has sold over 121 million copies in Japan alone, making it one of the best-selling manga series in history. It also received the 40th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shōnen category. In 2010, Inoue received special commendations from the Japan Basketball Association for helping popularize basketball in Japan. In 2020, “PLUS / SLAM DUNK ILLUSTRATIONS 2” illustration book is published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the manga.
The story centers on Hanamichi Sakuragi, a delinquent and the leader of a gang. Sakuragi is very unpopular with girls, having been rejected an astonishing fifty times. In his first year at Shohoku High School, he meets Haruko Akagi, the girl of his dreams, and is overjoyed when she is not repulsed or scared of him like all the other girls he has asked out. In order to impress Haruko, Sakuragi joins the basketball team and later realizes that he has come to actually love the sport.