Genre: Sports / Comedy
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Before Haruko Akagi came into Hanamichi Sakuragi's life, there was Yoko -- the 50th girl to reject Hanamichi's declarations of love. Now, Hanamichi is past Junior High and has become a member of the Shohoku Basketball team. Now, he will come face to face with Oda, the very same boy that he has lost Yoko to. Is Hanamichi up to the challenge?
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Before I go on with this write-up, I would recommend that you first watch the TV series before taking on any of the Slam Dunk movies. Like most anime, the movies are meant to supplement the series and are not intended to stand on their own.
This movie takes place during Shohoku's practice game with Takezono - just before the regionals. If you have seen the series, you might be able to remember that brief encounter with Takezono right after the Shohoku/Shoyo showdown. This time, the spotlight is focused on two aspects: Oda's dreams and warped determination, and Hanamichi's newbie spirit.
As usual, Hanamichi makes a complete ass of himself in front of the entire audience, but he teaches everyone a valuable lesson that gets him applause in the end. What Oda has lost in his misguided path to ambition is what he has found again through Hanamichi's display of energy and enthusiasm for the game. Basic moral of the story evident in there.
There is nothing much to say about this movie, really, since it went by pretty fast. The artwork and animation are pretty much the same as in the TV series, although there are times I think Sakuragi is even uglier here. There is very little action on the court, but there are a lot of drama. Like I mentioned in the synopsis above, this movie features one of Sakuragi's (unrequited) loves. One thing I can say about Hanamichi, though. "Blind" is the name of the girl who does not appreciate his devotion... and that goes for Haruko Akagi, too. Well, whoever said that happy endings are for everyone?
Individual Rating: Art/Animation 7; Story 7; Characters 8; Sounds 9