This December, The First Slam Dunk Takes The Action To IMAX


We’re taking the Non-Stop Action back to IMAX. The boys from Shohoku High are prepared for their big return in The First Slam Dunk.

That’s right, gang, Toei Animation is planning to bring the beloved Basketball Manga from Takehiko Inoue to the biggest screen of them all, IMAX. Fans in Japan will be able to catch the action both in regular theaters and IMAX on December 3rd.

But that’s not all, on December 10th, The First Slam Dunk will not only debut on 40 IMAX Screens but it will expand to Dolby Cinema Screens at 34 theaters. Advanced Ticket Sales will be available for regular and IMAX viewings a month ahead of the premiere on November 5th.

Toei Animation and DandeLion Animation Studio are animating the movie. Original mangaka Takehiko Inoue is directing the movie and writing the screenplay. Yasuyuki Ebara is doing character designs and also serving as chief animation director. The series is currently streaming on Crunchyroll, but you will need a Premium Subscription to watch it.


This iconic Sports Manga ran in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1990 to 1996 for a total of 31 volumes. The manga inspired a television anime in 1993 and had four anime film sequels. Viz Media released all 31 volumes of the manga in English.

The First Slam Dunk Movie Visual One
Image Credit: Toei Animation

Hanamichi Sakuragi’s got no game with girls–none at all! It doesn’t help that he’s known for throwing down at a moment’s notice and always coming out on top. A hopeless bruiser, he’s been rejected by 50 girls in a row! All that changes when he meets the girl of his dreams, Haruko, and she’s actually not afraid of him! When she introduces him to the game of basketball, his life is changed forever…

Source: Comic Natalie

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