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'Slam Dunk' to get new anime film

By Christian Imperio Published Jan 07, 2021 5:27 am Updated Jan 07, 2021 5:33 am

Manga creator Takehiko Inoue announced on Thursday that his classic basketball series Slam Dunk will finally be getting a new movie.

In a Twitter post, Inoue broke the news with a GIF that says "SLAM DUNK" along with a caption "映画になります" (It will be a movie!).

There's no word yet if the upcoming project will be a live-action film or an anime movie.

Others details remain scant as of this writing but Toei Animation, which produced the anime adaptation of Inoue's manga in October 1993, is listed in the official website of the upcoming film.

Inoue's manga was originally published in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump from Oct. 1, 1990 to Jun. 17, 1996. The manga later paved the way for an anime adaptation, which ran from 1993 to 1996, and four animated films.

Slam Dunk follows the story of Hanamichi Sakuragi, a delinquent high school student who ends up joining the Shohoku basketball team in a bid to get closer to his crush Haruko Akagi. The series features the journey of Sakuragi and his teammates Takenori Akagi, Ryota Miyagi, Hisashi Mitsui and Kaede Rukawa towards their goal of becoming the best basketball team in Japan.

(Image from Viz)