Tuesday, December 4, 2001

Slam Dunk The Movie 3

Genre: Sports / Comedy
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Takehiko Inoue

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Skysenshi's Description:
The Greatest Crisis for Shohoku - Burning Sakuragi Hanamichi!

Events following the Kainan battle had shaken the team members of Shohoku so bad that the last drop of their spirit has slowly dwindled away. But wait! A new challenger comes to the fore and are waiting for Shohoku to test their skills! How will Shohoku win their confidence back fast enough to rise to this enormous tide?

Shohoku bishounen fans will love this >>> by skysenshi WARNING: Spoilers ahead!

After Shohoku's loss at the hands of Kainan (see TV series), my siblings and I held our breaths in anticipation of what's in store for our resident heroes. In the TV series, the next episodes that followed the Kainan game chronicled the matches against Takezato and Ryonan, but everybody wondered how Shohoku was able to regain their confidence back in such a way that they were able to storm into the Nationals with a bang. Well, here's your answer. Meet Ryofuku team. Big. Mighty. Brimming with confidence.

What's so great about this third Slam Dunk movie is that it showcases the best of the Shohoku team players. Nobody is left alone in the spotlight, not even the overly hyperactive Hanamichi Sakuragi. Rukawa gets the ire of somebody whom he'd accidentally been rude to during sleep-biking. Mitsui gets underestimated despite his Junior High MVP cup because of his two-year absence in the court. Akagi piques the interest of the other centers, foot sprain or no foot sprain. Kogure inspires everybody with his presence of mind and undying belief in his team's abilities. Ryouta... well, he's just flaming with jealousy over one man's overly friendly behavior towards Ayako.

Watching the game is exhilarating to say the least. Here, you are not subjected to the DBZ-like time-eating torture that defined the Slam Dunk series. There are no frames wasted on poses nor are there any lines wasted on the same dialogue. Everything happens quickly, and rightly so. So now you see why I think this is the best Slam Dunk movie ever?

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 8; Story 9; Characters 10; Sounds 9

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