Genre: Sports / Comedy
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Notorious bad boy and number one delinquent of the Shohoku Basketball Team Hanamichi Sakuragi has finally found his match. Nango Koichiro of Tsukubu High is everything that Hanamichi is: a tall, idiotic, cantankerous troublemaker. Unfortunately they both have the same taste in women. In this case it's Haruko Akagi, sister of Shohoku team's captain. It all boils down to a challenge. Whoever wins the qualifying match and enters the magic 8 circle gets to date Haruko...
It can stand alone. >>> by skysenshi
For those of you who are fans of the Slam Dunk TV series, you might remember that during the first parts of the elimination games, there were episodes that were only full of still shots and didn't have blow-by-blow accounts of how Shohoku team won. One such episode was the battle with Tsukubu, which is the fourth match on TV, if I'm not mistaken. The reason why it only had still shots is now revealed - the game had been developed into a movie.
Nevertheless, this movie can stand on its own, regardless of whether you have seen the series or not. For one thing, there were certain behavior exhibited by the players here that weren't usually seen during the earlier running of the series. Like for instance, Mitsui cheers on Hanamichi and encourages him by way of acknowledging his rebounding skills. Those two are usually at each other's throats, since Hanamichi's arrogance can actually get on any of his team members' nerves. Rukawa has also done a little bit of violence aimed at Hanamichi here, when he usually just says one liner insults. Those things. In the TV version, Hanamichi almost always never gets any credit since he's so full of blunders anyway. In this motion picture he gets a lot of praise from the people who usually jeer at him.
Another notable thing here is that it is surprisingly fast-paced, unlike on TV when you start to gnash your teeth because they keep showing character poses when there should've been action going on. The animation is pretty well done, too, except for those repeated frames. If you thought you've seen basketball players move like Battousai the Slasher in the TV version, wait till you see this movie. You'd think they were samurai in Ninja Scroll. All in all I'd say it's a great title for sports fans. My only gripe is that it's just a little bit too short.
Individual Rating: Art/Animation 7; Story 8; Characters 10; Sounds 9