Blue Giant Releases Jazz Performance Clip

©2023 映画「BLUE GIANT」製作委員会 ©2013 石塚真一/小学館

TOHO has released a clip from the Blue Giant anime movie, which offers a look at one of the film’s jazz performance scenes. The film is currently screening in Japan, after premiering on February 17.

Blue Giant is based on the manga written and drawn by Shinichi Ishizuka, which ran from 2013 to 2016. The manga was later followed up by Blue Giant Supreme in 2016 and Blue Giant Explorer in 2020, with the latter still ongoing with eight tankoubon volumes as of February 2023. All three titles are published by Shogakukan and were/are serialized in Big Comic.

Seven Seas Entertainment describes the manga as:

The award-winning manga of one young man’s journey to become the greatest saxophone player in the world.

Dai lived a normal high school life in Sendai: a city of hot summer days and rainy nights. Between basketball, part time jobs, and an uncertain future, something was missing. And that thing was music. With his days in senior year running out, Dai swears a heartfelt vow: “I’m gonna be the best jazz player in the world.”

But what do you need to be the best? Talent? Effort? A lucky break? Or maybe just a deep, pure love for music, and too much stubbornness to know when to quit.

Winner of The Shogakukan Manga Award and the Japan Media Arts Festival Grand Prize for Manga!

The Blue Giant movie is directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa (Mob Psycho 100 III chief director, Mob Pyscho 100 and Mob Pyscho 100 II director) at NUT with a script by NUMBER 8 and music composed by pianist Hiromi Uehara. The other staff include:

Yuuichi Takahashi (Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song-) as character designer and chief animation director

• Toshiyuki Komaru (Parasyte sub-character designer) as main animator

• Takao Maki (Kageki Shoujo co-sub character designer) as main animator

Satoru Hirayanagi (Immoral Guild) as art director

Yoshinori Horikawa (Back Arrow) as color designer

Kasumi Tougou (Burn the Witch) as photography director

Masato Takahashi (Pompo the Cinephile) as 3DCGI director

Shuu Hiromatsu (Chainsaw Man Ending 5 director et al) as live performance director

• Satoshi Kimura (Deca-Dence opening director) as live performance director

• Kiyoshi Hirose (Inu-Oh editor) as live performance director

• Yuzuru Tachikawa (Deca-Dence director) as live performance director

Meanwhile, the cast includes Yuuki Yamada as Dai Miyamoto, Shoutarou Mamiya as Yukinori Sawabe, and Amane Okayama as Junji Tamada.

Source: TOHO animation channel

Melvyn is one of Anime Trending's main news writers. Aside from anime, he can sometimes be found writing about Japanese/anime-related video games, VTubers, manga, and light novels. Occasionally, he'll put out a review or listicle too. Every anime season, he looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese.
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