When Toei Animation began releasing DVDs with Geneon Entertainment distributing them almost two decades ago, the property is getting some new attention thanks to a new film that came out this past year. The series in its original Japanese language form has been streamed on a lot of services over the years and now that series is getting some new love as Toei Animation is bringing it to YouTube on their channel. They began adding the series with blocks of ten episodes and now the eighth block is arriving at 8:00 pm ET tonight which brings us to episodes seventy-one through eighty added via the playlist here. You can also check out the first episode below.
The series, based on the manga of the same name, aired between 1993 and 1996 for 101 episodes.
Plot concept: Hanamichi Sakuragi, an entering Shohoku high school freshman, holds a record for being rejected by 50 girls during middle school. His nearly 2 meters of height and bright red hair causes most students to write him off as a delinquent.
One day, a girl named Haruko Akagi approaches Hanamichi without any fear. When she asks Hanamichi “do you like basketball?” Hanamichi falls head over heels for the girl of his dreams. Without missing a beat, Hanamichi tells her he loves basketball, and the two head to the gymnasium where Hanamichi learns about the slam dunk. He also learns of Rukawa, one of the country’s top basketball prospects, also a freshman at Shohoku.