Sports Anime Film ‘The First Slam Dunk’ Premiering At Anime Expo

Fans of the ‘Slam Dunk’ manga are in for a treat with the announcement that the film ‘The First Slam Dunk’ will make its North American debut at the 2023 Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California after taking the Japanese box office by storm. GKids and Toei Animation are collaborating on this premiere on Monday, July 3, 2023, which will also feature a souvenir booklet that will be passed on to attendees.

GKids said on their website that in “celebrating its 15th anniversary as a producer and distributor of award-winning and artist-driven animation from around the world, and globally acclaimed and industry-leading animation studio Toei Animation, announced today that THE FIRST SLAM DUNK will host its North American premiere at this year’s Anime Expo in Los Angeles. Anime Expo is the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America, having hosted numerous premieres of top Japanese anime films, with regular attendance of over 100,000 attendees annually.”

The movie is written and directed by Takehiko Inoue, who wrote and illustrated the manga during its run from October 1, 1990, to June 17, 1996, within the pages of ‘Weekly Shōnen Jump’ magazine.

You can watch the trailer below:

GKids describes the synopsis as follows,

“Shohoku’s “speedster” and point guard, Ryota Miyagi, always plays with brains and lightning speed, running circles around his opponents while feigning composure. Born and raised in Okinawa, Ryota had a brother who was three years older. Following in the footsteps of his older brother, who was a famous local player from a young age, Ryota also became addicted to basketball.

In his second year of high school, Ryota plays with the Shohoku High School basketball team along with Sakuragi, Rukawa, Akagi, and Mitsui as they take the stage at the Inter-High School National Championship. And now, they are on the brink of challenging the reigning champions, Sannoh Kogyo High School.”

‘The First Slam Dunk’ has won several accolades including  Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year at the 46th Japan Academy Film Prize and the Okawa-Fukiya Award at the Niigata International Animation Film Festival 2023. strives to be an apolitical, balanced and based pop culture news outlet. However, our contributors are entitled to their individual opinions. Author opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of our video hosts, other site contributors, site editors, affiliates, sponsors or advertisers. This website contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. We disclaim products or services we have received for review purposes, as well as sponsored posts.

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Jacob Airey
Jacob Airey
Jacob Airey is an author, nerd, movie reviewer, and pop culture critic. He started this website in 2012 where he covers a vast variety of topics including film, TV, anime, and faith. He also hosts the YouTube vidcast StudioJake.

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