GKIDS previously announced plans to bring director Yuzuru Tachikawa’s Blue Giant anime film—based on the manga by Shinichi Ishizuka—to U.S. theaters. Now we have a date with the feature lined up for screenings nationwide on October 8 and 9.
In addition to that, its North American premiere will be hosted by Japan Society on October 6, complete with world famous pianist and Blue Giant composer Hiromi Uehara in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
Check out the trailer:
The Blue Giant movie originally came out in Japan earlier this year. It is based on a manga of the same name that took home the Japan Media Arts Festival Award and the Shogakukan Manga Award.
GKIDS, which is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, gave this description of the movie:
“Dai Miyamoto’s life is turned upside down the day he discovers jazz. A former high school basketball player, Dai picks up a saxophone and begins practicing day and night, determined to become one of the greatest of all time. He leaves his sleepy hometown for the bustling nightclubs of Tokyo, but soon finds the life of a professional musician is not for the faint of heart. His passion eventually wins over the cocky but talented pianist Yukinori, and after Dai convinces his friend Shunji to learn the drums, they launch a new jazz trio whose rough sound contains a raw energy that quickly wins attention from local audiences. But what does it take to truly be great?
From director Yuzuru Tachikawa (Mob Psycho 100) and based on the award-winning manga, Blue Giant is a moving ode to the power of music and the artist, featuring electric performances and a stunning jazz soundtrack.”