Based on the manga by Shinichi Ishizuka, ‘Blue Giant’ is a musical anime film directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa and animated by the Japanese entertainment studio NUT. The movie was a hit at the Japanese box office debuting at number eight in February 2023. GKids announced that they had acquired the license to bring it to the United States.
“GKIDS, celebrating its 15th anniversary as a producer and distributor of award-winning and artist-driven animation from around the world, announced today it has acquired all North American distribution rights for the music drama anime BLUE GIANT. The film is directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa, whose credits include directing the mega hit anime series “Mob Psycho 100”, as well as the cult hit series “Death Parade,” “DECA-DENCE”, and the latest film in the blockbuster Detective Conan franchise, Detective Conan: The Black Iron Submarine,” GKids said on their website.
They added, “The film will play as a sneak preview screening at the 2023 Annecy International Animation Film Festival before GKIDS releases BLUE GIANT in North American theaters later this year. The all-rights North American distribution deal was negotiated between GKIDS and TOHO CO., LTD.”
The protagonist Dai Miyamoto is voiced by Yuki Yamada (100 Nichikan Ikita Wani, One Piece Red).
You can watch the trailer below:
GKids describes the synopsis as follows,
“The film follows the story of Dai Miyamoto, a former high school basketball player who discovers a love of jazz, and dedicates himself to learning the saxophone. He leaves his town for the clubs of Tokyo, determined to become the best saxophone player in the world, but he soon discovers the life of a professional musician is not for the faint of heart.”
The original manga ran from 2013 to 2016. It was followed by the sequel ‘Blue Giant Supreme’ which ran from 2016 to 2020 and ‘Blue Giant Explorer’ which launched in 2020.
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