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Blue Giant - What We Know So Far

It's never been a more promising time to be a fan of anime, with so many underrated series available to stream. Viewers also have a plethora of underappreciated flicks out there to enjoy. And the catalog of options continues to grow, with new titles always coming out, including a highly anticipated film adaptation of the manga "Blue Giant."

The well-crafted illustrations and writing of Shinichi Ishizuka make up the very popular "Blue Giant" manga series, including "Blue Giant Supreme" and "Blue Giant Explorer." Altogether the manga has had a solid run with fans and has successfully sold over 5 million copies (via PRTimes). The story, which has resonated well with readers, follows Dai Miyamoto, who finds out he loves jazz music, especially the saxophone, and his journey to becoming proficient at his new passion. The series has won several impressive accolades, including Grand Prize at the Media Awards (via Anime News Network) and Best General Manga at the 62nd Shogakukan Manga Awards (via SoJapan).

Fans of the property are probably very excited to see what the anime movie adaptation will look like, and for those seeking more information about "Blue Giant," the motion picture, here is everything that we have managed to find out so far about the upcoming project.

What is the release date for Blue Giant?

There were several exciting anime titles fans were anticipating in 2022, and it's safe to assume that "Blue Giant" was one of those releases. According to Anime News Network, when it was announced in October 2021 that the beloved manga series would be getting the anime movie adaptation treatment, it was initially set to come out in 2022. But as the year progressed, no information was released regarding a specific date. 

Then finally, after months of not knowing what was going on, a report indicated that the release date for the "Blue Giant" anime film had shifted. While it was most certainly not ideal for those who were excited to see the film to have to wait longer, Crunchyroll reported that the delay was to better showcase the world of the movie. The new premiere date for "Blue Giant" is on February 17, 2023.

What is the plot of Blue Giant?

According to the "Blue Giant" film's website, the story will be pretty close to the narrative featured in the source material. After Dai Miyamoto graduates high school, he moves to Tokyo to live with his school friend and to continue his journey to become one of the best jazz players in the world. He meets a pianist named Yukinori Sawabe and, along with his classmate Sunji Tamada on drums, the three form the musical group JASS.

While the story may seem like it's just for music or jazz enthusiasts, the film's director, Yuzuru Tachikawa, told Crunchyroll that is simply not the case. "The main story to be told in the film is the growth of young people who are desperately sincere about jazz, but it is not a film with a high threshold that is limited to jazz lovers, and we are aiming for a film that can be enjoyed by people who have never heard of jazz before," he said. "I believe that what lies at the root of the original BLUE GIANT manga is a more universal 'attractive way of life' of human beings." There is much more to "Blue Giant" than just jazz music, and fans will be in for an exciting coming-of-age story when they see the anime film.

Who is in the cast of Blue Giant?

The IMDb page for the "Blue Giant" anime film doesn't have any cast members listed. But according to a report from Crunchyroll, Hiromi Uehara is the person in charge of the music that will be heard by fans throughout the course of the feature. In addition, she will also be providing all of the piano music for the pianist character Yukinori Sawabe. Taking over the duties of Dai Miyamoto's saxophone music is one of the country's leading players, Tomoaki Baba, who was chosen over many other worthwhile candidates from around the globe. And taking over the drum music for Shunji Tamada will be Shun Ishikawa — one of the most sought-after players in his field. The three are apparently excited to work together as they posted an image on Twitter of one of their jam sessions in preparation for the movie.

The author of the manga expressed his excitement at having these talented individuals on board from the film. "We are extremely fortunate to have Hiromi Uehara-san, one of the best pianists in the jazz world, as the film's music director. Together with Tomoaki Baba-san on saxophone and Shun Ishiwaka-san on drums, two sincere young players, they spun the sound of the film "BLUE GIANT" through a process of trial and error. It is very powerful music," Shinichi Isuzuka told Crunchyroll. "Thank you, Uehara-san, Baba-san, and Ishiwaka-san, for the super cool sound! Everyone, jazz is waiting for you at the theater! Please enjoy!"

Who is directing Blue Giant?

As previously mentioned, sitting in the director's chair for the "Blue Giant" anime film will be none other than Yuzuru Tachikawa, who has several notable credits on his resume, including "Deca-Dence" and "Death Parade." He is also known for directing 25 episodes of "Mob Psycho 100," a program that many consider one of the best series the anime genre has to offer. IGN, Polygon, and Crunchyroll even named it one of the best anime released in the 2010 decade. So it seems pretty safe to assume that "Blue Giant" property is in good hands, and fans of the manga will not want to miss what he has in store for the film.

According to Crunchyroll, the filmmaker revealed what he hopes viewers will gain from experiencing his motion picture take on the source material. "I want you to experience with me the story of the main character, 'Dai,' who makes sounds as if he burns his life with all his strength every day and his friends with conflicts," Tachikawa said. "I hope this film will answer the question, "I want to do something, but I don't know what to do." There is no denying that the people involved in the "Blue Giant" film, especially the director, are as passionate about making the flick the best it can be as Dai Miyamoto is about his love for jazz.

Is there a trailer for Blue Giant?

The first teaser for the "Blue Giant" anime film was released by Toho Animation on October 18, 2022. The preview is 35 seconds long and showcases a series of visually stunning clips of several of the main characters. Dai Miyamoto is seen taken back by the sight of a saxophone and then later standing outside a jazz club. Yukinori Sawabe can be seen on the piano, and even Shunji Tamada makes a brief appearance. There is an ample amount of shots of record players, instruments, and people playing all sorts of entertaining tunes. 

The entire promo lacks any kind of dialogue but the music being played is absolutely amazing. It confirms the involvement of Yuzuru Tachikawa and Hiromi Uehara. The video also verifies the confirmed release date of February 17, 2023. From the looks of the intriguing tease, fans are in for an interesting experience that many are probably hoping does well enough to be ranked among the best anime movies ever made.