The First Slam Dunk Blu-ray Release Date Set to June 25

On Monday, GKIDS announced the forthcoming release of The First Slam Dunk, the anime film adaptation of Takehiko Inoue’s renowned Slam Dunk basketball manga, on Blu-ray Disc. Scheduled for June 25th, distribution will be handled by Shout! Studios. Accompanying this announcement, the company unveiled a trailer.

The First Slam Dunk Blu-ray Disc edition will feature exclusive content including an interview with director Takehiko Inoue, an English dub featurette, audio commentary by the English dub team, trailers, and a limited edition sticker sheet for the initial release. Additionally, fans can anticipate a Collector’s Edition set to be released later this year.

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Following its debut in Japan in December 2022, the film dominated the box office, claiming the top spot during its opening weekend, with 847,000 tickets sold and earnings totaling 1,295,808,780 yen (approximately US$9.50 million). By June 2023, the film had surpassed 10 million tickets sold, amassing an impressive 14.43 billion yen (around US$103.5 million) in Japan alone, after approximately six months in theaters.

In July of the same year, GKIDS released the film in the United States and Canada, offering both English dubbed and Japanese audio versions accompanied by English subtitles. During its North American debut weekend, the film grossed US$662,211.

The First Slam Dunk received critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including the prestigious Animation of the Year award at the 46th annual Japan Academy Film Prizes. Toshiyuki Matsui, the film’s producer, was honored with the 2023 general award from Eiga Engeki Bunka Kyōkai’s (Film Theater Culture Association) 42nd annual Fujimoto Awards.

Further recognition followed with the film winning the Axis: Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation for Best Animated Feature Film. It also secured third place in the Best Animated Feature category at the 27th annual Fantasia International Film Festival held in Montreal, Canada.

Nominations included a spot for Best Animated Film at the 16th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (ASPA) in 2023, alongside Makoto Shinkai’s “Suzume” film. Additionally, Koji Kasamatsu, part of the film’s sound design team, received a nomination for the Technical Achievement Award at the 2024 London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Directed by Takehiko Inoue at Toei Animation, the film boasts a talented team including character designer/animation director Yasuyuki Ebara, and technical directors Katsuhiko Kitada, Naoki Miyahara, Toshio Ōhashi, and Yū Kamatani. Daiki Nakazawa helmed the CG, with Yūta Ogura overseeing CG production, and Kazuo Ogura directing the art. Sound direction was managed by Yota Tsuruoka in collaboration with Koji Kasamatsu.

GKIDS describes the movie:

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.

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Source: ANN

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