Great news for anime and jazz enthusiasts! Yuzuru Tachikawa, the director known for hits like “Mob Psycho 100” and “Death Parade,” is back with an exciting new anime movie called “Blue Giant.” GKIDS recently announced that this film will be screened in select U.S. theaters on October 8th and 9th. But that’s not all – there’s a special North American premiere happening at the Japan Society building in New York City on October 6th, complete with a Q&A session featuring the movie’s composer, Hiromi Uehara.
“Blue Giant” is based on Shinichi Ishizuka’s dramatic manga series. It tells the story of Dai Miyamoto, a high school student who experiences a life-changing moment when he witnesses a live jazz performance. This captivating music inspires Dai to pursue his dream of becoming a professional jazz saxophonist, even though he has no formal training or obvious talent. Determined to make it in the jazz scene, Dai heads to Tokyo and dedicates himself to learning and practicing tirelessly.
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Yuzuru Tachikawa is a highly respected anime director known for his exceptional work on projects like “Death Billiards,” which led to the popular anime “Death Parade.” He’s even been nominated for Best Director at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards. “Blue Giant” was animated by Nut, the same studio that collaborated with Tachikawa on “Deca-Dence” and “The Saga of Tanya the Evil.” The character designs come from the talented Yūichi Takahashi, known for “Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song.”
The early reviews of “Blue Giant” from its Japanese premiere are incredibly positive, particularly praising Hiromi Uehara’s fantastic score. If you’re a fan of anime with a jazz-centric focus like “Cowboy Bebop” and “Kids on the Slope,” you’re in for a treat with Tachikawa’s take on this musical journey.
Mark your calendars for October 8th and 9th to catch “Blue Giant” in select U.S. theaters. Be sure to visit the movie’s website for a list of participating theaters. This promises to be a cinematic experience that combines the magic of anime with the soul-stirring world of jazz. Don’t miss it!