Blue Giant anime movie releases new key visual and trailer features jazz music performers

Key visual for the upcoming film Blue Lock.
Key visual for the upcoming film Blue Lock. Pic credit: @bluegiant_movie

On October 18, 2022, the official Twitter account for the anime film adaptation of Shinichi Ishizuka’s Blue Giant drama manga released a new key visual, featuring the protagonist Dai Miyamoto holding his precious saxophone.

You can see the new key visual here:

Full-sized key visual for the upcoming film Blue Lock.
Full-sized key visual for the upcoming film Blue Lock. Pic credit: @bluegiant_movie

The official Twitter account also released a Blue Giant trailer, which features the soundtrack’s musicians for the anime film and a sneak peek at their performances.

You can watch the trailer on TOHO Animation’s official YouTube channel here:

Blue Lock trailer.

The original music that the film’s in-story jazz trio JASS performs is composed by world-renowned pianist Hiromi Uehara. Uehara also plays the piano for the character Yukinori Sawabe, a pianist that Dai Miyamoto meets in Tokyo. Tomoaki Baba plays the saxophone for Dai. The drummer of the Millennium Parade band, Shun Ishiwaka, plays the drums for Dai’s schoolmate Shunji Tamada.

The trailer also hypes the film’s premiere on February 17, 2023! 

Picture of Hiromi Uehara, Tomoaki Baba, and Shun Ishiwaka.
Picture of Hiromi Uehara, Tomoaki Baba, and Shun Ishiwaka. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

What is the plot of Blue Giant?

The story centers on a Japanese high school student named Dai Miyamoto, who lives his boring, straightforward life in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture. At school, his fellow classmates have already begun contemplating what they want to do in the future but Dai has no idea. One day, while listening to a jazz song Dai becomes inspired to buy a saxophone and gets a part-time job.

When his brother Masayuki finds out about Dai’s goal he decides to buy a saxophone with a loan and gift it to his brother so he can pursue his new dream. Dai practiced his saxophone on the riverbank after school every day and honed his skills. He managed to get the attention of the owner of a musical instrument shop that he met while buying reeds and who recognized Dai’s talent. The musical instrument shop owner invites Dai to do a live performance at the shop.

However, on the day he was set to perform a rowdy audience member declared that Dai’s playing was just loud and noisy. In a daze, Dai walked off the stage and simply went home. Undaunted Dai continues his daily practice and the master of a jazz bar where Dai has played decides to introduce him to a music class instructor named Yui. Yui analyzed Dai’s performance and spotted a lot of mistakes, but still decided to invite Dai to his house for classes.

With Yui’s instruction, Dai was able to increase his performance power and also improve his delicate playing. After graduating from high school, Dai decides to move to Tokyo in order to pursue his career as a saxophone player. He decides to invite the patrons of the jazz bar, who yelled at him during his very first live performance, to another live performance in Tokyo where they can judge his growth. The customer who had insulted Dai’s playing last time listened to his entire performance in silence and then left with a defeated frown on his face.

Key visual for the upcoming anime film Blue Giant.
Key visual for the upcoming anime film Blue Giant. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Who are the production team members?

Blue Giant production team members include:

  • Director – Yuzuru Tachikawa (Death Parade, Mob Psycho 100 all seasons, Deca-Dence)
  • Animation – NUT
  • Scriptwriter – NUMBER 8 (Blue Giant manga editor and story director)
  • Distribution – TOHO Animation
Illustration of Yukinori Sawabe, Dai Miyamoto, and Shunji Tamada.
Illustration of Yukinori Sawabe, Dai Miyamoto, and Shunji Tamada. Pic credit: Shun Ishiwaka at Comic Natalie

Where can I read the manga?

Blue Giant volume 1 cover.
Blue Giant volume 1 cover. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Blue Giant is a Japanese jazz-themed manga series written and illustrated by Shinichi Ishizuka. Ishizuka launched Blue Giant in Shogakukan’s Big Comic on May 10, 2013, and it ran until August 25, 2016. The manga’s chapters have been collected into ten tankoubon volumes by Shogakukan as of February 28, 2022.

From September 10, 2016, to April 25, 2020, a sequel titled Blue Giant Supreme was serialized in Big Comic and its chapters were collected into ten tankoubon volumes by Shogakukan since February 28, 2020.

On May 25, 2020, a third installment titled Blue Giant Explorer began in Blue Comic and its chapters have been collected into five tankoubon volumes as of February 28, 2022.

The manga’s English version has been licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment for release in North America. The manga is being released in a two-in-one omnibus edition format. On November 10, 2020, the first volume was released.

The manga is also available in other languages by different publishers: French by Glenat, German by Carlsen Verlag, and Indonesian by M&C!.

As of August 2020, the Blue Giant manga has sold 5.8 million copies!

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