Growing up in the ’90s, it was all about MJ and how the world embraced the game. So much so that it inspired Takehiko Inoue, a Japanese Manga artist that created ‘Slam Dunk’. Inoue introduced us to Hanamichi Sakuragi, a high school outcast who tried out for his high school team and turned them into a Japanese contender.
“I have been hugely inspired by Michael Jordan’s game, as well as his attitude. It’s been a great honor to have this opportunity,” said Inoue. “At first, he was someone from a different planet — he could stay in the air longer than anybody else. Then I began to see him as someone who always encourages you to set a vision and challenge yourself to achieve it.”
Slam Dunk hasn’t been in production since ’96 and Inoue decides to continue Sakuragi’s exploits, now visibly seen on the Jordan Super.Fly 3, which is part of Jordan Brand’s special release. The Jordan Brand x Slam Dunk Collection features the Air Jordan 6 Retro as well as the Super.Fly 3. The collection also features Slam Dunk tees and a cap.
The limited Slam Dunk edition has an interesting take on the iconic silhouette. An all-red upper features the iconic imagery fans of the 31-volumed manga series have grown to love. The images highlight moments from the series, paying tribute to the legacy of Sakuragi’s personal growth and on-court talent.
The number 10 is present throughout the collection, replacing the standard 23. The number is a nod to Sakuragi’s player number and establishes the Jordan Brand x Slam Dunk collaboration as the character’s very own player-exclusive line.
“Using a legacy shoe like the iconic Air Jordan VI, as well as our latest performance model in the Jordan Super.Fly 3, served as the perfect vehicle to highlight the past and present — both in the product and the manga storyline,” said Gemo Wong, Energy Director for Jordan Brand.
The Jordan Brand’s latest performance model — the Jordan Super.Fly 3 — is the canvas for the new sketches of the “Slam Dunk” world. The all-black upper provides the perfect backdrop to showcase the continued on-court legacy of Sakuragi. Even the shoebox serves as an additional platform to tell Sakuragi’s continued story.
The Jordan Brand x Slam Dunk Collection will be available exclusively at Titan. There is no official word on the local release date but do make sure to keep it locked here and follow Titan on their social media accounts (@titan_22 on both twitter and Instagram).