The new animated movie “THE FIRST SLAM DUNK” based on the popular manga “SLAM DUNK” was released nationwide on the 3rd. In commemoration of this, an official interview with the original author, director, and scriptwriter, Takehiko Inoue, has been released on the official website about the new cast from the TV anime version.
DUNK’s new movie will be directed and written by the original author, Takehiko Inoue, and Toei Animation/Dandelion Animation Studio will produce the animation. In addition, the voice cast of the five Shohoku members has been renewed from the TV anime version, with Sogo Nakamura as Ryota Miyagi, Jun Kasama as Hisashi Mitsui, Shinichiro Kamio as Kaede Rukawa, Subaru Kimura as Hanamichi Sakuragi, and Takenori Akagi. is in charge of Kenta Miyake.
The change in the cast from the TV anime version was announced in November, and because it was one month before and just before the release, there were some voices of dissatisfaction on the Internet. Under such circumstances, in this interview, while touching on the work of the director and screenwriter, he mentioned that he changed the cast in response to the question, “There was also a job to direct the voice actors.” Mr. Inoue said, In the first place, how I perceive this movie is that I want to use exaggerated expressions sparingly.
Even when playing basketball, I want it to feel natural. I told you that,” he explained about the production. “On top of that, each role and character is like this. Tell them like ‘A high school student, a bit of a delinquent, a basketball club, and an idiot (laughs).’ After that, we will search together while doing it.
I think it was that kind of work,” he confessed. Then, he touched on the cast change from the TV version and admitted, “That’s why there was a TV anime when it was serialized, and there were voice actors, but I can’t touch them.” Continuing, “The voice actors in the TV anime over the years have faced the characters as professionals and raised the characters in their way. So I had to throw away the play for a while. I had to throw away the character that was introduced in the past.