The anime and manga are about the young Luffy and his adventure in the East Blue Ocean in search of the most important treasure for pirates, known as the One Piece and who will make the King of Pirates whoever finds it.
The influence that ‘One Piece’ has had since it was first published in the Japanese magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump in July 1997 has reached other manga creators, such as Takehiko Inoue, who is the writer of ‘Vagabond’ and ‘Slam Dunk. ‘ and made a tribute to Luffy but very much in his graphic style.
This is what Luffy from ‘One Piece’ would look like in ‘Slam Dunk’
In the drawing, Luffy is shown in the more serious and realistic style of ‘Slam Dunk’, he seems of legal age, but is immediately recognizable thanks to his straw hat and his characteristic scar on his cheekbone. He also has a message from Inoue written on it that says:
“Congratulations on the tenth anniversary. The first time I read it (‘One Piece’) I thought ‘Ah, this guy is right’. This is for those who follow the path they believe in and will have many happy things…”
The image was drawn by Takehiko Inoue in 2007 for the book ‘One Piece – 10th Treasures’, as part of the celebration for the 10 years of the creation of Eiichiro Oda and where different authors give their personal touch to the manga characters. .
What happened to ‘Slam Dunk’, the basketball anime?
This production told the story of Hanamichi Sakuragi, a troubled high school student who joins the basketball team to impress his crush Haruko Akagi; Although he knows little about the game, his passion and his rivalry with Kaede Rukawa make him a great player.
Takehiko Inoue’s creation was very popular when it was published in ‘Weekly Shonen Jump’ in 1990 and ran for 31 issues, with 121 million copies sold in Japan. In the end, a television adaptation was made by Toei Animation in an anime that lasted from 1993 to 1996.
Despite the fact that the cartoon did not reach the level of popularity of other anime such as ‘Dragon Ball’, ‘Pokemon’, ‘Naruto’, ‘Captain Tsubasa’ or ‘One Piece’ itself, it remained in the memory of many fans thanks to his approach to basketball and his more serious and realistic art style that was combined with an exaggerated one for moments of humor.
In January 2021, Takehiko Inoue announced on Twitter that an anime ‘Slam Dunk’ film by Toei Animation was in production and he would be directing and writing the script. The tape is expected by the end of 2022.