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Seinen Manga 'Blue Giant' Gets Anime Movie in 2022

by Vindstot
Oct 20, 5:24 PM | 37 Comments

Shogakukan announced an anime movie adaptation of Shinichi Ishizuka's seinen manga Blue Giant on Thursday. The movie will open in theaters in Japan in 2022. Ishizuka drew an illustration to commemorate the announcement (pictured above).

Synopsis
"I will definitely become the world's best Jazz player!"

Blue Giant follows Dai Miyamoto, who is a member of the basketball club. While attending junior high school one day, a friend takes him to a live jazz performance, which inspires him deeply. Thereafter, he begins practicing the tenor saxophone by himself, without the ability to read sheet music.

Rain or shine, day or night, Dai continues to practice. During his first performance, he is criticized by the audience, however, Dai passionately blows away at his saxophone. A tale of reaching his goal recklessly and sincerely begins.

The jazz-themed manga ran in the semimonthly Big Comic magazine between May 2013 and August 2016 and was compiled into ten volumes. The Blue Giant Supreme sequel manga began in the same magazine the following month and ended with 11 volumes last April.

Ishizuka launched the third manga in the series, Blue Giant Explorer, last May. Shogakukan published the third volume on June 30, with the fourth volume scheduled for release on October 29. The manga series has a cumulative 7.7 million copies in print.

Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the first manga in English last February and publishes it in 2-in-1 omnibus volumes. The third omnibus volume shipped on July 27.

Blue Giant won the 62nd Shogakukan Manga Award in the general category, the Grand Prize at the 20th Japan Media Arts Festival Award, and ranked fifth and third in the 8th and 9th Manga Taisho awards, respectively.

Official site: https://bluegiant-movie.jp/
Manga special site: https://bluegiant.jp/first/
Manga official Twitter: @bluegiant_bc

Source: Comic Natalie

Blue Giant on MAL

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samashi20 said:
Judevin said:
There's always room for more jazz.
Manifesting Kanno Yoko.
THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR MORE YOKO KANNO

Oct 25, 9:17 PM by Judevin

Oo another music anime, really hype for this one :0

Oct 25, 2:00 AM by CQLLIST

It'll take an eternity to get to the western audiences, but I'll wait.
Judevin said:
There's always room for more jazz.

Manifesting Kanno Yoko.

Oct 24, 10:34 PM by samashi20

Its a movie, gonna have low expectations because. Its gonna be rushed on paper like its 10volumes adapting on a movie

Oct 24, 7:06 PM by chriskor022

The premise sounds interesting
I really wonder how will they are gone fit a 10 volume manga into a movie. Tv series would have been better

Oct 22, 10:43 AM by Adampk

Dukino said:
RobertBobert said:


In my culture, blue is considered one of the strongest symbols of male homosexuality (there are several reasons for this, but in modern Russian blue is often used to mean gay), so it's hard for me to get used to this symbolism, lol. Although it was quite interesting to learn about the roots of what seemed intriguing to me for many years.


blue meaning gay makes no sense


It's much easier. In the Russian pop scene, there is a very campy gay singer, Boris Moiseev, who became incredibly famous in the 90s for his biggest hit, Blue Moon. Which was not a very ambiguous song about homosexual falling in love. Since then, the word has gained an extremely strong homosexual vibes, which has only increased over the years. And given that there are very few non-offensive words for LGBTQ in Russian, it quickly became quite popular.

Outside of that, the word blue often meant "sadness" in Russian, for example, in the past there was an extremely emo story about "blue puppy". Of course, over time, the cartoon based on this story turned into a meme and people joked that the puppy was in sadness because of homophobia.

Oct 21, 5:45 AM by RobertBobert

RobertBobert said:
Koshi_Inaba said:


The word "青春" (Seishun), meaning Youth, is written with the Kanji for "青" (Ao) meaning Blue and "春" (Haru) meaning Spring. The blue refers to that. Thats why, the Japanese also sometimes read it as "Aoharu" (blue spring). Thats the reason for the title of Ao Haru Ride. Basically, the Japanese considers blue as the color that represent or is closely associated with youth


In my culture, blue is considered one of the strongest symbols of male homosexuality (there are several reasons for this, but in modern Russian blue is often used to mean gay), so it's hard for me to get used to this symbolism, lol. Although it was quite interesting to learn about the roots of what seemed intriguing to me for many years.


blue meaning gay makes no sense

Oct 21, 5:37 AM by Dukino

Tokoya said:
Wish this was getting a TV anime instead of a film but I'll watch it still....Premise sounds very promising


they decided between a live action film, a tv anime, and an anime movie and choose that third option

Oct 21, 5:36 AM by Dukino

Koshi_Inaba said:
RobertBobert said:
I understand that in this case, most likely there is a reference to jazz, but lately I have increasingly noticed that the Japanese are very fond of adding blue to things that are in some way connected with their teenage experience. Blue Period, Liz and Bluebird, Aoi no Flag, Aoi Hana, Ao Haru Ride, etc. Well, you get the idea, lol.


The word "青春" (Seishun), meaning Youth, is written with the Kanji for "青" (Ao) meaning Blue and "春" (Haru) meaning Spring. The blue refers to that. Thats why, the Japanese also sometimes read it as "Aoharu" (blue spring). Thats the reason for the title of Ao Haru Ride. Basically, the Japanese considers blue as the color that represent or is closely associated with youth


In my culture, blue is considered one of the strongest symbols of male homosexuality (there are several reasons for this, but in modern Russian blue is often used to mean gay), so it's hard for me to get used to this symbolism, lol. Although it was quite interesting to learn about the roots of what seemed intriguing to me for many years.

Oct 21, 5:35 AM by RobertBobert

RobertBobert said:
I understand that in this case, most likely there is a reference to jazz, but lately I have increasingly noticed that the Japanese are very fond of adding blue to things that are in some way connected with their teenage experience. Blue Period, Liz and Bluebird, Aoi no Flag, Aoi Hana, Ao Haru Ride, etc. Well, you get the idea, lol.


The word "青春" (Seishun), meaning Youth, is written with the Kanji for "青" (Ao) meaning Blue and "春" (Haru) meaning Spring. The blue refers to that. Thats why, the Japanese also sometimes read it as "Aoharu" (blue spring). Thats the reason for the title of Ao Haru Ride. Basically, the Japanese considers blue as the color that represent or is closely associated with youth

Oct 21, 5:26 AM by Koshi_Inaba

Depends on how the actual music turns out, I'll wait for a PV.

Oct 21, 2:29 AM by Thigh_Tide

WHY IT WAS ONLY A MOVIE? got piano no mori flashback here. it deserve full fledged tv series adaptation.

Oct 21, 12:17 AM by Kuma

Ah, the Charlie "Bird" Parker anime adaptation.

Also, mandatory Ya like Jazz entry

Oct 20, 10:57 PM by -Lofn-

Sakamichi no Apollon part 2 baby lets goooooo

Oct 20, 10:39 PM by KarnaKua

em_doubleyou said:
RobertBobert said:
I understand that in this case, most likely there is a reference to jazz, but lately I have increasingly noticed that the Japanese are very fond of adding blue to things that are in some way connected with their teenage experience. Blue Period, Liz and Bluebird, Aoi no Flag, Aoi Hana, Ao Haru Ride, etc. Well, you get the idea, lol.


Gear707 said:
Another "blue" anime, huh? Japanese really love the color, I guess.

The show has pretty interesting premise so I'll check it though.


'Blue' in Japan has connotations meaning 'youth'.

Kinda like saying 'still green' in English. Could be why many manga that features 'coming-of age' themes use 'Blue' in their titles.


Blue Giant is a term teachers or professors use (usually in music) to describe one of their students as a prodigy that is destined for greatness, but still has much to learn. “I think _____ on sax could be a Blue Giant”

Oct 20, 10:14 PM by BariBoyB

Look great♡(> ਊ <)♡

I wonder which studio will handle this project !!! There is a strong possibility this going to be MAPPA, They have previously worked on Kids on the slop which is very similar to this one.

Oct 20, 10:01 PM by ZXEAN

sodobean said:
em_doubleyou said:

Something like that, I guess. Youth, adolescence, immaturity, that kinda stuff.

Though the Japan-blue-youth thing is only something I read somewhere. Take it with a grain of salt.
I thought the title was a reference to trane's albums Blue Train and Giant Steps, tho i don't really know much about jazz


Multiple meanings / interpretations make them even better. Like Blue Period (obviously Picasso) as well.

Oct 20, 9:07 PM by em_doubleyou

This is great news.

Oct 20, 9:05 PM by MegamiRem

em_doubleyou said:
RobertBobert said:

So, so many yuri and agnsty school romance is blue in design because in Japan blue is a meme associated with youthful experiences? I don't know about English, but in Russian teenagers or inexperienced young people are often compared to green fruit, implying that they still have to gain experience to get maturning.


Something like that, I guess. Youth, adolescence, immaturity, that kinda stuff.

Though the Japan-blue-youth thing is only something I read somewhere. Take it with a grain of salt.
I thought the title was a reference to trane's albums Blue Train and Giant Steps, tho i don't really know much about jazz

Oct 20, 8:52 PM by sodobean

Wish this was getting a TV anime instead of a film but I'll watch it still....Premise sounds very promising

Oct 20, 8:42 PM by Tokoya

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