After months of almost no news, the brand new Slam Dunk movie, First dunk, finally got the chance to hit theaters in English. The First Slam Dunk was released in Japan and other territories in December 2022 and was a resounding success from day one. Not only has it been awarded the Japan Academy Animation Film of the Year Award, but at the time of this writing, it has grossed over $210 million to become the 7th highest-grossing Japanese film of all time. (via Diversity), all of which is a testament to how popular Slam Dunk has been more than thirty years after its debut.
The First Slam Dunk has been a huge success inside and outside of Japan, and now it’s time for an official theatrical release in English. Like most anime films, The First Slam Dunk will be available in both English and Japanese, but the British cast is yet to be revealed at this time. That being said, fans can expect a dub that doesn’t just match the quality of the film, especially when the specific story being told is taken into account.
GKIDS Releases First Slam Dunk This Summer
To celebrate its 15th anniversary, American film distributor GKIDS has officially licensed The First Slam Dunk for release in the summer of 2023. At the time of this writing, a specific release date has not been given, but if the idea is to both celebrate the founding of GKIDS and maintain the film’s worldwide success, it’s possible that the film will soon be released in the West. . Naturally, as soon as a specific release date is given, it will be immediately announced to the public so that anyone interested in the film can know when they can go see it.
The first Slam Dunk ends the manga while creating a new story
The First Slam Dunk is the first Slam Dunk project in decades, and it not only completes the story of Slam Dunk, but tells a completely original story along with it. The film will be about the battle between Shohoku and the national champion, Sannoh, this is the ending of the original manga that has never been adapted into the original anime or any of its spin-offs. Additionally, the film will stage the match around Ryota Miyagi as a means of helping him develop new characters not found in the manga, including a never-before-seen story about how his brother inspired him to play. basketball.
The biggest draw of The First Slam Dunk, however, is that Slam Dunk creator Takehiko Inoue will write and direct the film, The First Slam Dunk being his directorial debut. Inoue’s impeccable storytelling skills have been demonstrated not only through the original Slam Dunk but also with his other great stories such as Real and Morning magazine’s Vagabond, so Inoue’s direct involvement in the film both interesting and indicative of the quality one should expect from It. First dunkIts current worldwide success has done a lot to show that it’s paid off, and with any luck, that will continue with an English release this summer.