New 'Haier Brothers' cause controversy in China

By Zhang Xingjian | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-09-14 10:13
The original (right) and new versions of Slam Dunk [Photo/Mtime]

Takehiko Inoue's basketball-themed shonen manga Slam Dunk is getting new life this year, thanks to a "restructured" print release.

The Weekly Shonen Jump website released this image of the new Volume 1 cover, which shows an obvious change in the creator’s drawing style as well.

The main character of Hanamichi Sakuragi looks stronger and more masculine with a more clearly outlined face, compared with the classic character image.

Times change, and so do aesthetic standards among the general public. When it comes to redesigning classic anime characters, some may choose to embrace the new images while others will think otherwise. For those who still harbor fond memories of the original anime characters, that’s not a bad idea.

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