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Japan Cuts / “The First Slam Dunk”: Review / You Won’t See a Better Animation Film This Year

When manga artist Takehiko Inoue drew “Slam Dunk,” an ambitious and emotionally layered sports manga which ran in “Weekly Shōnen Jump” from 1990 – 96, it left audiences with a vivid recollection soaked in high school nostalgia. After the series ended in 1996, there were some brief offshoots of the main series in collaboration with…