Toei Animation uncovered in a live stream on Friday another promotional video for The First Slam Dunk, the new anime film of Takehiko Inoue’s Slam Dunk basketball manga. The live stream uncovered the film’s main cast as well as its theme song specialists.

Takehiko Inoue will be directing the film and writing the script alongside Toei Animation and DandeLion Animation Studio. The movie will make its debut in Japan on December 3, 2022.

What is The First Slam Dunk movie about?

Slam Dunk is a popular and acclaimed manga generally regarded as the very solidifier for the typical shonen sports manga. The movie will also follow the same storyline as the series.

  • The main character, Sakuragi Hanamichi, joined Shohoku High’s basketball club after enrolling, in hopes of impressing a girl. But his hatred for the sport is represented as a rapid talent in collision with his genius teammate, Kaeda Rukawa as they play against several strong schools.

The trailer doesn’t show much of it. It just shares how the film updates the look of the iconic Slam Dunk franchise. Featured in the above trailer are the five starting members of the Shohoku High School basketball club, Sakuragi Hanamichi, Akagi Takenori, Miyagi Ryota, Rukawa Kaede, and Hisashi Mitsui.

Where to watch it?

ryota miyagi the first slam dunk by Takehiko Inoue
Courtesy of Toei Animation on Youtube

Slam Dunk makes its extraordinary return in the theaters of Japanese venues in barely a month, denoting the initial time since 1995 that the noteworthy franchise will be on the big screen. And by big, it will be IMAX sized! The film was also recently announced on December 3rd, it’ll be on both regular theater screens as well as IMAX screens.

the first slam dunk visual and main poster by toei animation
Via official Twitter of Slam Dunk – @movie_slamdunk
  • The IMAX screening will be held at 40 venues cross-country from the main day of release. And from December 10, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Film screenings will be held at 34 theaters nationwide.
  • From the first day of the opening, saved seat tickets will be on sale from December 8th to November 5th. This is the first attempt in the industry to permit held seat passes to be bought one month before the release date.

The greatest games need the best screens to watch them on. The movie also revealed a teaser visual in July, this year.

Films main cast and theme song artists revealed

The first slam dunk movie cast by Takehiko Inoue
Via official Twitter of Slam Dunk – @movie_slamdunk

The new voices of the Shohoku High School basketball team are revealed. It includes:

  • 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

Japanese garage rock bank The Birthday will play out the opening theme tune for The First Slam Dunk with 10-FEET playing the ending theme melody. The music for the anime film will be done by 10-FEET’s Takuma and Satoshi Takebe.

Film production staff of Slam Dunk movie

the first slam dunk cast
Via official Twitter of Slam Dunk – @movie_slamdunk

The original mangaka Takehiko Inoue is directing and providing the screenplay, with Yasuyuki Ebara as the chief animation director and person in charge of the character designs. The other listed staff members are:

  • Technical Directors – Katsuhiko Kitada, Naoki Miyahara, Toshio Ohashi, Yu Kamatami
  • Directing the CG – Daiki Nakazawa
  • Producing the CG – Yuta Ogura
  • Director of art – Kazuo Ogura
  • Director of sound – Yota Tsuruoka and Koji Kasamatsu


sakuragi hanamichi animated by toei animation
Courtesy of Toei Animation on Youtube
  • Takehiko Inoue was the composer and illustrated the first Slam Dunk sports manga, and  Weekly Shonen Jump serialized it from September 18, 1990, to June 4, 1996. A total of 276 chapters came out, which were compiled into 31 volumes.
  • Toei Animation produced the TV anime adaptation, which ran from October 1, 1993, to March 23, 1996, for a total of 101 episodes. In the main anime series, there are also 4 short movies.

The anime is remarkable and by all means worth watching. Definitely recommend any anime fan to pick it up if interested.

Check out the official Twitter account of the Slam Dunk movie for more updates.

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