“Japan needs one thing to become the world’s strongest soccer superpower. And that is how a revolutionary striker is created.” — Jinpachi Ego.
Blue Lock, a popular Weekly Shonen Magazine manga, will be adapted into an anime in 2022. With 300 youngsters and a guy determined to develop the perfect striker for Japan’s national soccer team, spectators can anticipate high-stakes action and plenty of hot, sweaty, and strong young men.
Everything you need to know about the Blue Lock anime adaptation, including the narrative, release date, cast, seiyuu/voice actors, and manga status.
What exactly is Blue Lock?
Blue Lock is a Japanese manga series written and drawn by Muneyuki Kaneshiro that has been published in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine since August 2018.
After the Japanese national soccer team is eliminated in the 2018 World Cup quarterfinals, the Japan Football Union hires a mystery guy dubbed Ego Jinpachi to enhance Japan’s World Cup performance.
His goal is to attract 300 U-18 forwards to the newly established Blue Lock facility and prepare them to become the world’s top strikers through a hard and grueling training routine.
However, only one forward will gain the opportunity to become Japan’s next national striker—the other 299 will never be able to represent the country. Yoichi Isagi was one of the chosen 300, having just suffered a sad loss at the National High School Football Qualifiers after passing to a teammate rather than taking a shot himself.
The series follows Yoichi Isagi and the other strikers as they vie to develop their egos and become the world’s top forward.
Blue Lock anime series premiere date
While no specific release date has been revealed, the anime series Blue Lock is scheduled to premiere in 2022.
The anime will be directed by Tetsuaki Watanabe and animated by Eight Bit studio, well known for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. Jun Murayama will compose the series’ music, while Taku Kishimoto will write the series’ narrative.
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The manga’s current status
Since 2018, the Blue Lock manga has been published weekly in Weekly Shonen Magazine and Kodansha. So far, 12 volumes have been published in English.