Music video for “Beautiful Bird” features anime’s teaser footage
The four-member piano rock band SHE’S is contributing the titular theme song “Blue Thermal” and the insert song “Beautiful Bird” for next March’s anime film of Kana Ozawa‘s Blue Thermal -Aonagi Daigaku Taiiku-kai Kōkū-bu- (Aonagi College Sports Festival Aviation Club) manga. A short music video for “Beautiful Bird” remixes the footage from the film’s previously released teaser:
SHE’S created these two songs specifically for the film. The band is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and it made its debut on a major label five years ago. Mayu Hotta, who stars in the Blue Themal film, also appears in the music video and on the CD jacket for the band’s February single “Oikaze” (Fair Wind). The band previously contributed ending theme songs for the Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion and Major 2nd television anime.
The film’s cast includes:
Mayu Hotta as protagonist Tamaki Tsuru
Nobunaga Shimazaki as glider club member Jun Kuramochi
Junya Enoki as glider club member Daisuke Sorachi
Masaki Tachibana (Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Barakamon, Princess Principal) is directing the film at Telecom Animation Film, and is also penning the script alongside Natsuko Takahashi (Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, My Love Story!!, Farewell, My Dear Cramer). Toei is distributing the film.
The manga centers on Tamaki Tsuru, who was on sports teams throughout her entire school life until high school, but is instead seeking an active romantic life once she enters college. However, a turn of events puts her on the path to joining her university’s glider club at college.
The manga ran in Shinchosha‘s Monthly Comic @Bunch magazine from April 2014 to November 2017, and Shichosha published five compiled book volumes for the manga (the manga’s fifth volume mentions that only the “first part” of the story has concluded).
The manga previously inspired a 12-minute virtual reality film titled Blue Thermal VR -Hajimari no Sora- that debuted in July 2018.