The First Slam Dunk movie revealed a teaser trailer on Thursday on the official Toei Animation YouTube Channel. The movie received its first key visual during Anime Expo 2022 and is set to release in theaters across Japan on December 3, 2022. The teaser trailer does show that the film will be done in 3DCGI animation.
The film will be produced by Toei Animation and DandeLion Animation Studio. Series creator Takehiko Inoue will be directing and handling the screenplay for the film while Yasuyuki Ebara will work as the chief animation director and character designer. Daiki Nakazawa will be handling the CGI, who was also the CGI director for the films Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and One Piece Film Z.
The First Slam Dunk movie will be the series’ first feature-length film. The series previously released four short films back in the mid-1990s and a total of 101 TV anime episodes that were released between 1993 to 1996. The anime series is a direct adaptation of the manga created by Inoue, which began serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1990 and came to a conclusion in 1996 with its 31st volume. US-based publisher VIZ Media bought the license to the series and has currently published all 31 volumes in Enlish as well.
There have been no announcements at this time for when The First Slam Dunk will air in theaters overseas.
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Source: Toei Animation YouTube