From Telecom Animation Film (Lupin III movies, Orange) and director Masaki Tachibana (Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Princess Principal, Barakamon) comes a new anime adventure, Blue Thermal. Based on the popular manga by Kana Ozawa with a screenplay written by Tachibana and Natsuko Takahashi (Farewell, My Dear Cramer), the artful coming-of-age movie is ready to take flight on Blu-ray and digital download on March 14 from Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory, following its North American theatrical release.
The animated feature captures the tension and excitement of a young college student who joins the school’s aviation club flying for the first time, as well as the beauty and exhilaration of the aerial scenery as seen from the pilot’s seat. The film’s theme song “Blue Thermal” and the song “Beautiful Bird” are performed by the popular Japanese piano rock band SHE’S.
Available for the first time in North America, Blue Thermal on Blu-ray features special bonus content, including an interview with director Tachibana and character profiles. The set is available for pre-order now at ShoutFactory.com and will be available in stores and other fine retailers.
Synopsis: “I want to experience a love that sparkles!”
Arriving from Nagasaki with her wishful mantra is Tamaki Tsuru, who in high school could think only about volleyball. Things don’t begin well, however, when she looks for an extracurricular club to join and proceeds to immediately ding a glider at aviation club tryouts ending up having to work it off. She is initially disillusioned with campus life. Then Kuramochi, the club leader and glider pilot, takes Tamaki under his wing, and from the moment he takes her up for a flight in a glider, Tamaki becomes a captive of the vast beauty of the skies.
Blue Thermal‘s stellar Japanese voice cast includes Mayu Hotta (Kaguya-sama: Love Is War 2019), Nobunaga Shimazaki (Summer Ghost), Junya Enoki (My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission), Mikako Komatsu (Jujutsu Kaisen 0), Daisuke Ono (Batman Ninja), Haruka Shiraishi (When Marnie Was There), Yo Taichi (Her Blue Sky), Ayumu Murase (Drifting Home), Makoto Furukawa (Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative), Rie Takahashi (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie), Taku Yashiro (The Island of Giant Insects), Kengo Kawanishi (Batman Ninja), and Minoru Terada (Castle in the Sky).
Ozawa’s manga series launched in 2015, running in Shinchosha’s Monthly Comic @Bunch Magazine for many years before being published in five book volumes.