Ahoy Captain Cats here and today some great news for fans of one of the best sports anime series of all time and that series is Slam Dunk.

Takehiko Inoue the creator of Slam Dunk announce via Twitter that for the first time since the anime series has ended way back in 1996 that a new Slam Dunk film is in the work. In case you don’t know why this is such huge news here is a few interesting things about this series:

  • The Slam Dunk series helped popularize basketball not only in Japan but outside of Japan as well.
  • In 2007 the series was declared Japan’s favorite manga
  • The manga series sold over 121 million copies in Japan alone!
  • In 2004 Inoue created the epilogue for the series simply named “10 Days After” on 23 different chalkboards in the now-defunct Misaki High School in the Kanagawa Prefecture and was available for 3 days and it became huge news in those 3 days.

So ya this series left a huge impact in sports manga after its original run, which ended back in June of 1996. Only two other mangas that left such a huge impact in sports manga were Captain Tsubasa from 1981 till 1988 and Ashita no Joe or Champion Joe known here in the west and that series ran from 1968 till 1973!

Many people who grew up watching and reading this series (myself included) remember how special this series was when we read and saw this series for the very first time. To hear that this beloved series is getting a new film shows how much people all over the world loved this series.