American film distributor, GKIDS announced on June 13, 2023, that they have acquired the North American distribution rights for Blue Giant film.
GKIDS will be releasing the film in the theatre later this year.
More information regarding the release date, theatre and schedule details are yet to be revealed.
Blue Giant anime film released in Japan on Feb 17, 2023.
Main cast members include:
- Amane Okayama as Shunji Tamada
- Yuki Yamada as Dai Miyamoto
- Shotaro Mamiya as Yukinori Sawabe
- Director: Yuzuru Tachikawa
- Screenplay: NUMBER 8
- Character Design: Yuichi Takahashi
- Art Director: Satoru Hirayanagi
- Chief Animation Director: Yuichi Takahashi
- 3D Director: Masato Takahashi
- Director of Photography: Kasumi Togo
- Color design: Yoshinori Horikawa
- Editing: Kiyoshi Hirose
Hiromi Uehara is handling the music for the anime film, including providing the tunes for the trio “JAZZ”. Uehara also plays the piano for Yukinori Sawabe. Tomoaki Baba will be playing the saxophone for the protagonist Dai, and Millennium Parade band’s drummer, Shun Ishikawa will play drums for Shunji Tamada.
Blue Giant is a Japanese jazz-themed manga series written and illustrated by Shinichi Ishizuka. It was serialized in Shogakukan’s Big Comic from May 2013 to August 2016, with its chapters compiled in ten tankobon volumes.
A sequel, titled Blue Giant Supreme was serialized in Big Comic from September 2016 to April 2020, with its chapters compiled in ten tankōbon. A third series, titled Blue Giant Explorer, began in Big Comic in May 2020.
As of August 2020, the manga has sold 5.8 million copies. In 2017, Blue Giant won the 62nd Shogakukan Manga Award in the General category and the 20th Japan Media Arts Festival Award.
In North America, the manga has been licensed for English release by Seven Seas Entertainment.
GKIDS describes the plot of Blue Giant film as:
Dai Miyamoto’s life is turned upside down the day he discovers jazz. A former high school basketball player, Dai picks up a saxophone and begins practicing day and night, determined to become one of the greatest of all time. He leaves his sleepy hometown for the bustling nightclubs of Tokyo, but soon finds the life of a professional musician is not for the faint of heart. His passion eventually wins over the cocky but talented pianist Yukinori, and after Dai convinces his friend Shunji to learn the drums, they launch a new jazz trio whose rough sound contains a raw energy that quickly wins attention from local audiences. But what does it take to truly be great?
From director Yuzuru Tachikawa (Mob Psycho 100) and based on the award-winning manga, Blue Giant is a moving ode to the power of music and the artist, featuring electric performances and a stunning jazz soundtrack.