Shinichi Ishizuka’s Blue Giant highly-praised manga is confirmed to inspire an anime film for 2022. The manga author also shared a special illustration to celebrate the news.
Blue Giant tells the story of Miyamoto Dai, a high-school basketball player, who decided to dedicate himself to saxophone after watching a live-changing live jazz performance. Despite no skills, no formal training, and no idea what he’s up against, his passion drives him to reach his dream of becoming a saxophone player.
The manga was serialized in Shogakukan’s Big Comic from May 10, 2013 to August 25, 2016. Shogakukan collected its chapters in ten tankōbon volumes. A second series, titled Blue Giant Supreme, was serialized in Big Comic from September 10, 2016 to April 25, 2020.
As of August 2020, the manga has sold 5.8 million copies. In 2017, Blue Giant won the 62nd Shogakukan Manga Award in the General category and the 20th Japan Media Arts Festival Award.