Review of The First Slam Dunk – a dynamic basketball anime

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Adapted by manga artist turned anime director Takehiko Inoue from his own immensely successful basketball manga comic series, The First Slam Dunk was a cultural phenomenon in Japan even before its release there last year. It’s currently the fifth highest grossing anime film of all time, a success only partly due to the enduring popularity of the source material. The First Slam Dunk might not have the beguiling magic of Studio Ghibli, or the high-concept emotional heft of something like Your Name, but it uses a sparse, handsome animation style and a springy, light-footed non-linear structure to breathe fresh life into the sports movie genre. Read more

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