The jazz-themed Blue Giant anime film has released its first full trailer, as well as details on the main cast and additional staff working on the film. Yuzuru Tachikawa is directing the film at studio NUT. The main cast includes Amane Okayama as Shunji Tamada, Yuki Yamada as Dai Miyamoto, and Shotaro Mamiya as Yukinori Sawabe.
Yuichi Takahashi is credited as the character designer and chief animation director, Toshiyuki Komaru and Takao Maki as the animation directors, and Satoru Hirayanagi as the art director. In addition, Hiromatsu Shu, Satoshi Kimura, Kiyoshi Hirose, and Yuzuru Tachikawa will be responsible for the concert scene direction in the film.
It was previously announced that notable Japanese musicians will take the helm of the film’s music direction. They include popular Japanese pianist and jazz composer Hiromi Uehara who will also be the music director, saxophonist Tomoaki Baba, and drummer Shun Ishiwaka. The film, which was first announced in 2021, was originally set to premiere this year but was then pushed to February of next year.
Blue Giant is a jazz-themed manga by Shinichi Ishizuka. It was serialized in Shogakukan’s Big Comic from May 2013 to August 2016. It also got two more manga sequels: Blue Giant Supreme (2016-2020) and Blue Giant Explorer (2020-present).
Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the manga series in English, describing the plot as:
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.
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