The manga has entered its third arc "Explorer," set in the United States
It is officially confirmed today that an anime feature film adaptation of Shinichi Ishizuka's jazz-themed manga BLUE GIANT is now in the works for a release in 2022. A special illustration (above) drawn by the manga author for the anime film announcement features the three main characters in the first arc - Dai Miyamoto (tenor saxophone), Yukinori Sawabe (piano), and Yukinori Tamada (drums).
The manga has been serialized in Shogakukan's Big Comic since May 2013. Following the first arc BLUE GIANT set in Japan (May 2013 – August 2016) and the second arc BLUE GIANT Supreme set in Europe (September 2016 – April 2020), its story has entered the third arc BLUE GIANT Explorer set in the United States since May 2020. A total of 22 tankobon volumes have been released in Japan and over 7.7 million copies have been printed so far.
Its English editions have been published by Seven Seas Entertainment since November 2020. the publisher describes its synopsis as below:
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.
Message from the manga author Shinichi Ishizuka:
When I drew the performance scenes, I kept thinking, "I hope it makes a sound!" And now it's finally going to be a film with real sound... it's amazing. I've received a lot of comments saying that the sound are coming from the manga. They are all music made by the rich imagination of the readers. This time, for the film adaptation, an amazing group of people have come together to create the music that you imagine, or perhaps even more than that. "BLUE GIANT The Movie" will be a brand new animation film that both readers and non-readers of the manga, children and adults alike can enjoy, even if they don't know anything about jazz. I myself am looking forward to its completion!!
Special movie for the release of the manga's 8th volume:
©2022 "BLUE GIANT THE MOVIE" Production Committee © 2013 Shinichi Ishizuka