‘The First Slam Dunk’ trailer and release date revealed

‘The First Slam Dunk’ trailer and release date revealed

‘The First Slam Dunk’ is one of the highly anticipated anime movies coming by the end of 2022. This is a big surprise for the real fans, who read the manga in the 90s. Just a couple of days ago, Toei Animation released a new promotional video for the upcoming anime. They also revealed the plot, actors and release date of the film.

‘The First Slam Dunk’ details

Over the course of 15 years, we have mixed many anime series and movies around sport, such as Eyeshield 21, Haikyu!!, and many other great animations. This time, sports fans will be able to watch a film adaptation of Takehiko Inoue’s manga ‘Slam Dunk’.

‘The First Slam Dunk’ will open with a song by ‘The Birthday’, while the ending theme will be composed and performed by ’10-FEET’. On a more delicate note, the writer of the script and director of ‘The First Slam Dunk’ is the one and only Takehiko Inoue!

When it comes to the official cast, some of the movie stars include Shugo Nakamura, Jun Kasama, Subaru Kimura, and Kenta Miyake. Fun fact: Voice actor June Kasama already has experience in sports anime acting, as he appeared in ‘Haikyu!!’.


The manga ‘Weekly Shonen Jump’, as well as the upcoming one anime the film ‘The First Slam Dunk’, will revolve around a unique love story. To begin with, the anime will show us the story of Hanamichi, a troublesome high school student who hates everything and everyone. Until he meets Haruko! She is the only girl who thinks he can do well in sports, so she gives him enough motivation to take up basketball. Will he manage to become one basketball star and make Haruko Akagi proud?

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'The First Slam Dunk'‘The First Slam Dunk’, photo by Toei Animation

‘The First Slam Dunk’ Release Date

The anime will hit the small screens and streaming services across Japan on December 3, 2022. ‘The First Slam Dunk’ will premiere worldwide in 34 Dolby Atmos theaters on December 10, 2022.

‘Weekly Shonen Jump’ Manga by Takehiko Inoue

Let’s flashback to the year 1990. You are a child waiting for the final volume of ‘Weekly Shonen Jump’ to finally appear in English! Then and only then can you find out who won! The manga creator published a total of 31 volumes in the period from 1990 to 1996.

Regarding the adaptations of this manga, ‘Weekly Shonen Jump’ inspired an anime series titled ‘Slam Dunk’, which aired in 1993. Over the next 20 years, the manga was animated four more times. It also inspired a mobile app, which gave readers access to exclusive content and merchandise released by the creator. The app accumulated millions of downloads from 2014 to 2022.

About ‘Slam Dunk’

‘Slam Dunk’, which aired from 1993 to 1996, was one of the first anime series to find inspiration in sports. The anime is the first screen adaptation of Takehiko Inoue’s ‘Weekly Shonen Jump’ manga. The anime, which tells the love story between Haruko and Hanamichi, has a total of 101 episodes spread over 17 DVDs. While part of the anime is still only available with subtitles, the entire anime is now available on Crunchyroll.

The first Slam Dunk‘The First Slam Dunk’, photo by Toei Animation

Obsessed with anime, all things magical, collecting rare editions and funkopop, Natalija is a young writer who strives to read every comic and manga out there!

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