Kodoani.com – Anime adaptation of Takehiko Inoue’s Slam Dunk basketball manga, The First Slam Dunk, sold 847,000 tickets and grossed 1.29 billion yen (about US$9.5 million) in its first two days in theaters. The film topped the Japanese box office at the weekend.
The film premiered in Japan on Saturday. The film is shown in IMAX at 40 cinemas across Japan and Dolby Atmos in 34 cinemas. The film will be shown at Dolby Cinema starting December 10.
Shugo Nakamura as Ryota Miyagi
Jun Kasama as Hisashi Mitsui
Shin’ichirō Kamio as Kaede Rukawa
Subaru Kimura as Hanamichi Sakuragi
Kenta Miyake as Takenori Akagi
Maaya Sakamoto as Haruko Akagi
Inoue personally directed the film at Toei Animation and wrote the script. Among the staff listed are character designer/animation director Yasuyuki Ebara (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) and technical director Katsuhiko Kitada (Attack on Titan episodes, Major: Yūjō no Victory Shot), Naoki Miyahara (Digimon Adventure, Popin Q), Toshio Ōhashi (LayereD Stories 0) and Yū Kamatani.
Daiki Nakazawa is directing the CG, and Yūta Ogura is producing the CG. Kazuo Ogura art direction. Yota Tsuruoka is directing the sound with Koji Kasamatsu .
The Birthday group performed the film’s opening theme and 10-FEET performed the ending theme song “Dai Zero Kan”.
The anime will hit theaters in Hong Kong and Macau in early 2023, and in the Philippines on February 1.
Inoue published his iconic sports manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1990 to 1996 for a total of 31 volumes. The series inspired a television anime in 1993, and it received four anime sequels.
Hanamichi Sakuragi is a thug whose past was abandoned by girls. After enrolling in Shohoku High School, Hanamichi becomes interested in a girl named Haruko who loves the game of basketball.