New clip of the main character jazz trio marks an important milestone
Kodoani.com – Staff anime adaptation of manga Blue Giant Shinichi Ishizuka’s announced on Thursday that the film has sold more than 350,000 tickets. The film opened in Japan on February 17 and grossed 116,561,020 yen (about US$867,600) in its first three days. As of March 5, the film has earned a total of 487,593,970 yen (about US$3.58 million).
To celebrate the milestone, the movie’s official website is streaming a clip that shows the JASS trio of stories playing their track “NEW”, with Dai improvising a saxophone solo while the pianist. Yukinori and drummer Tamada composed.
Yuzuru Tachikawa (Death Parade, all three parts of Mob Psycho 100, Deca-Dence) is directing the film at studio NUT. NUMBER 8, editor of the Blue Giant manga and story director for the Blue Giant Supreme manga, wrote the script. TOHO is distributing the film.
World-renowned pianist Hiromi Uehara composed the original music performed by the JASS series jazz trio, and also played the piano for Yukinori Sawabe. Saxophonist Tomoaki Baba played the saxophone for the character Dai. Shun Ishiwaka, drummer for the band Millennium Parade, plays drums for Shunji Tamada.
Miyamoto Dai, a basketball enthusiast, changed his life when he saw a live jazz performance for the first time. The incredible music struck a chord deep within him, and he immediately decided to devote himself to the saxophone. He was unskilled, untrained, and didn’t know what he was up against, but his obsession drove him to play that instrument day in and day out. Is passion enough to become the thing of my dreams?
Ishizuka launched the manga in Big Comic in May 2013 and ended it in August 2016. The manga was nominated for the eighth Manga Taisho Awards in 2015, as well as the ninth award in 2016. The manga won the Grand Prize in the Manga Division of the 20th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards 2017.
Ishizuka then launched the Blue Giant Supreme sequel manga in Big Comic in September 2016 and ended it in April 2020. The manga has 10 volumes.
Ishizuka launched a new manga sequel titled Blue Giant Explorer in Big Comic in May 2020.