ISA, Kagoshima -- Popular basketball manga and anime "Slam Dunk" posters are on display at a special exhibition in this creator Takehiko Inoue's home city.
The "Slam Dunk" series debuted in the Shukan Shonen Jump weekly manga magazine, published by Shueisha Inc., in 1990. An anime version, "The First Slam Dunk," written and directed by Inoue himself, is slated to hit Japanese theaters in December, and the Isa Municipal Government planned the exhibition to make the artist's hometown a center for boosting the popularity of the new movie. Six B1-sized promotional posters for the film depicting protagonist Hanamichi Sakuragi and his teammates at Shohoku High School are on display at Okuchi Fureai Center in the city.
Inoue graduated from the local Okuchi Elementary School, Okuchi Junior High School and Okuchi High School. He donated funds to the city in 1994 for the creation of the "Takehiko Inoue Library" on the second floor of Okuchi Fureai Center, where his other manga hits including "Vagabond" and "Real" are on display along with his autographs.
Yuhei Ishii, a 32-year-old restaurant worker from Isa who currently lives in the city of Kagoshima, took photos of the posters and said, "I have all volumes of 'Slam Dunk.' It triggered me to start playing basketball when I was a student."
The venue is closed on Mondays. The exhibition will continue until the end of January 2023.
(Japanese original by Keisuke Muneoka, Kagoshima Bureau)