with slam dunk Takehiko Inoue was not only able to conquer millions of readers and bring them closer to the world of basketball, but also revolutionize spokon. The series, which is still considered one of the most representative works of the sports genre, returns with the first animated film "The First Slam Dunk", which receives an excellent response.
Released in Japan on December 3, 2022 The feature film, self-produced by Toei Animation and Dandelion Animation Studio and directed by Inoue, was presented as an ambitious and interesting project. The decision to bring Hanamichi Sakuragi and his teammates back to the basketball court after such a long time since the anime and the conclusion of the manga has indeed taken place ignited the passion of those who had followed the Shohoku games years and fascinated the generations that had never approached opera.
Although the film is still only shown in Japan, the numbers achieved deserve analysis. In fact, as also stated in the WSJ_manga post below, in the first 44 days after its debut in theaters The first slam dunk reached 8.2 billion yen, almost 60 million euros, with 5.6 million tickets sold. An incredible result that should grow with the arrival of the film in Europe and the rest of the world and that shows how deeply Japan is still linked to the Inoue series, one of the great contemporary manga artists.
Finally we remind you that Toei has recorded outstanding collections also thanks to The First Slam Dunk in 2022 and we leave you a great figurine dedicated to Sakuragi and created by ZX Studio.
THE FIRST SLAM DUNK has surpassed 8,275,174,840 yen in revenue with over 5,671,527 admissions in a 44-day period in Japanese theaters. https://t.co/KKDNqQGeKK pic.twitter.com/Orm6RvV84M— Shōnen Jump News (@WSJ_manga) January 16, 2023