Mar 27, 2020
whi (All reviews)
Creating a manga about music is perhaps one of the most difficult tasks for any artist. After all, mangas are seen, not heard. Which is why the music itself is often downplayed, while the appeal of these types of mangas is to see how music can affect people and their life.

With all that said, blue giant still does a terrific job at depicting jazz music, it often spends pages or even an entire chapter depicting a performance. With thick line works emphasizing the intensity. And a great focus on both the performer and the audience's face and body parts to show us the power of music. Although we can't hear anything, we can imagine it.

The main character, Dai Miyamoto is very simple. He felt in love with jazz and aim to be the greatest jazz musician in the world. Simplicity, however, doesn't mean bad. Although he can come across as being naive for how optimistic he is, it's that same quality that I think a lot of people can sympathize with. People probably wouldn't know the magic of jazz and the point of playing saxophone for hours in the snow, but people will understand his drive and his love for the art.

If I have to be honest, throwing away the topic of jazz, this manga is not really special. The art is above average, the character designs are non-inspiring, and the story is just a cliche came-of-age tale. So why did I give it a 10?

Whenever I see Dai practicing beside the river, I always think back to myself. How I once had a wild dream and worked hard for it. Just like many others, I had to give up due to reality. Yet here's a person who picks himself up no matter how many times he falls. A boy who's persistent about his goals. That drive that is communicated to me is perhaps the reason I fell so in love with this manga.

If you are as lost as I am, not knowing what the goal of your life is and living the same minimal routine. Then blue giant might be the manga that reminds you what putting your blood, sweat, and tears into something was like.