(Last updated on: September 14, 2023)
GKIDS recently revealed exciting news for anime enthusiasts in North America. They have officially announced the premiere date of the anime adaptation of Shinichi Ishizuka’s famous manga, “Blue Giant”. The highly anticipated film will open in select theaters in North America on October 8-9, promising an immersive cinematic experience.
The North American premiere is scheduled to take place in New York on October 6, organized by the Japan Society and will feature the film’s composer, the famous Hiromi Uehara.
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The film premiered in Japan on February 17, and its intriguing plot grossed an impressive 116,561,020 yen (about $867,600) in just the first three days. As of April 9, it has surpassed the notable milestone of earning over 1 billion yen. Notably, the film had a preview screening at the 2023 Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June, attracting more attention from global audiences.
The creative director of this cinematic masterpiece is Yuzuru Tachikawa, who is known for his work on “Death Parade,” all three seasons of “Mob Psycho 100” and “Deca-Dence.” Studio NUT brings vivid images, ensuring a visual experience for viewers. The script was professionally done by NUMBER 8, who edited the manga “Blue Giant” and story director for its sequel, “Blue Giant Supreme”. TOHO Animation is leading the distribution of the film, ensuring a wide reach.
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The film’s soul-stirring jazz performances, integral to the story, were composed by world-renowned pianist Hiromi Uehara. Hiromi also lent her piano playing skills to the character Yukinori Sawabe. Tomoaki Baba, a talented saxophonist, breathed life into the character Dai with his saxophone melodies. Shun Ishiwaka, drummer of the famous Millennium Parade band, takes on the drums for Shunji Tamada.
For those unfamiliar with the source material, Seven Seas Entertainment is currently publishing Shinichi Ishizuka’s 10-volume “The Hulk” manga, condensed into five compilation volumes. The manga unfolds the fascinating journey of Miyamoto Dai, a basketball-loving student whose life takes an extraordinary turn when he encounters a live jazz performance. Impressed by the sheer brilliance of the music, he made an impulsive decision to devote himself to mastering the saxophone, despite having no formal training or skill. Ishizuka’s manga is a compelling story that explores the profound influence of music and the passion that constantly drives each individual to pursue their dreams.
Ishizuka, famous for his work “Gaku – Minna no Yama,” originally introduced “Blue Giant” on Big Comic in May 2013 and ended it in August 2016. This manga has received many awards, received nominations for the eighth and ninth Manga Taisho Awards in 2015 and 2016. It culminated in winning the Grand Prize in the Manga category at the 1st Japan Media Arts Festival Awards Ceremony 20 year 2017.
After the success of “Blue Giant,” Ishizuka began work on his next manga, “Blue Giant Supreme,” which was serialized in Big Comic from September 2016 to April 2020, consisting of an impressive 10 volumes. To further expand the universe, the mangaka launched another sequel titled “Blue Giant Explorer” in May 2020, ensuring that fans of this exciting series will have much to look forward to than.
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With a total circulation of up to 10 million copies, the manga “The Hulk” has left an indelible mark on readers around the world, and now its anime adaptation is ready to create equally profound impact on the silver screen.
Source | GKIDS Twitter account
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