If you’ve been wanting to watch the anime movie BLUE GIANT, then good news — GKIDS has acquired North American distribution rights for it! The company says it will release the film in American theaters sometime later in 2023, though exact dates and details have not yet been revealed.
GKIDS President David Jesteadt said in a statement, “Blue Giant is a thrilling and moving exploration of what it takes to pursue true artistic and creative excellence. We are proud to share this special film that captures the spirit of the beloved manga for a new audience, with one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard in years.”
The 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.”
Source: Press Release
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