On September 23, 2022, the staff for the anime adaptation of Muneyuki Kaneshiro (story) and (illustrations) Yusuke Nomura’s Blue Lock sports, thriller manga released an introduction trailer, which explains the premise of the show and highlights its main character – Yoichi Isagi, a high school soccer player with a unique play style who is aiming to be the best player in the world.
The trailer also previews the anime’s ending theme song “Winner” performed by Japanese voice actor and singer Shugo Nakamura.
Shugo Nakamura is affiliated with Across Entertainment and Lantis. He is best known for playing the following roles: Teru Tendo in the anime The Idolmaster SideM, Issei Kuga in TsukiPro, and Tomoki Takashima in Young Disease Outburst Boy. In Blue Lock, he will play Gin Gagamaru.
The Blue Lock OP (opening) theme song music “Chaos ga Kiwamaru” will be performed by Unison Square Garden.
On December 14, 2022, a character song album featuring four songs performed by the members of Team Z will be released.
You can watch the trailer on Emotion Label’s official YouTube channel here:
What is the plot of Blue Lock?
The Blue Lock trailer begins by explaining how in 2018, the Japanese national team finished 16th in the FIFA World Cup – a disastrous defeat. The Japanese Football Union regroups and decides to hire the soccer enigma, bowl-haircut sporting, Ego Jinpachi (voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya in the trailer) to help them figure out what their team is missing.
Ego Jinpachi’s master plan to lead Japan to stardom is Blue Lock – a training regimen designed to create the world’s greatest egotist strike or “Ace Striker” whose responsibility would be to guide the team to a win as its leader. In order to create a striker who hungers for goals and thirsts for victory, the Japan Football Union gathers 300 of Japan’s best, brightest, and incredibly eccentric youth players.
The story centers on a high school soccer player named Yoichi Isagi, who has a unique play style, and feels he’s hit a wall by himself. He decides to join the program in order to test himself and aim for the top.
However, those who fail Blue Lock won’t be permitted to represent Japan ever again, and the other potential striker candidates are ready to out-muscle and out-ego everyone who stands in their way. Will Yoichi have what it takes to become an Ace Striker?
Fans of the sports anime Kuroko no Basketball are sure to enjoy this 24-episode long anime, which is set to premiere on October 8, 2022, on TV Asahi and its affiliates in the “NUMAnimation” programming block in Japan. Crunchyroll will also be airing the Japanese version of the series with English subtitles on October 8, 2022. The Blue Lock English dub release date is TBA.
On September 23, 2022, the first two episodes of Blue Lock were screened in 10 theaters in Japan and will continue to be available for patrons until October 6.
Who are the Blue Lock cast members?
Blue Lock cast members include:
- Tasuku Kaito – Meguru Bachira
- Kazuki Ura – Yoichi Isagi
- Yuuki Ono – Rensuke Kunigami
- Souma Saitou – Hyouma Chigiri
- Masatomo Nakazawa – Wataru Kuon
- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka – Jingo Raichi
- Shouya Chiba – Yuudai Imamura
- Shugo Nakamura – Gin Gagamaru
- Daishi Kajita – Asahi Naruhaya
- Ryuunosuke Watanuki – Okuhito Iemon
- Aoi Ichikawa – Gurimu Igarashi
- Kenichi Suzumura – Ryousuke Kira
- Hiroshi Kamiya – Jinpachi Ego
- Eri Yukimura – Anri Teieri
- Junichi Suwabe – Shouei Barou
- Kazuyuki Okitsu – Zantetsu Tsurugi
- Natsuki Hanae – Ikki Niko
- Ryouta Suzuki – Junichi Wanima and Keisuke Wanima
- Takahiro Sakurai – Sae Itoshi
- Kouki Uchiyama – Rin Itoshi
- Katsuyuki Konishi – Jyubei Aryu
- Shinnosuke Tachibana – Aoshi Tokimitsu
Who are the members of the production team?
Blue Lock production team members include:
- Director – Tetsuaki Watanabe (Powerful Pro Yakyuu Powerful Koukou-hen)
- Animation – 8-Bit
- Assistant Director – Shunsuke Ishikawa
- Scriptwriter – Taku Kishimoto (Haikyu!!, Silver Spoon, Fruits Basket 2019)
- Story Supervisor – Muneyuki Kaneshiro
- Concept Advisor – Yutaka Uemura (Saga of Tanya the Evil director)
- Main Character Designer and Chief Animation Director – Masaru Shindou (Fruits Basket, Macross Delta, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)
- Other Character Designers and Chief Animation Directors – Kenji Tanabe and Kento Toya
- Action Director – Hisashi Tojima
- Music Composer – Jun Murayama
Where can I read the Blue Lock manga?
The sports, thriller Blue Lock is written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Yusuke Nomura. On August 1, 2018, the series began publication in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine, and its chapters have been collected into individual tankobon volumes. On November 16, 2018, the first volume was released by Kodansha. Twenty volumes have been released as of July 15, 2022.
The English version of the manga was licensed by Kodansha USA and it began its digital release in North America on March 16, 2021. In January 2022, Kodansha USA announced they would release the manga in print volumes.
The popular sports manga has also been published in other languages worldwide, including France by Pika Edition, Germany by Kaze, Taiwan by Tong Li Publishing, South Korea by Haksan Publishing, Italy by Panini Comics, Spain by Planeta DeAgostini, Thailand by Vibulkij Publishing, Indonesia by Elex Media Komputindo, and Argentina by Editorial Ivrea.
In 2021, the Blue Lock manga won the Best Shonen Manga award in Kodansha’s 45th annual manga awards.
On June 9, 2022, a spin-off manga focusing on the character Seishiro Nagi titled Blue Lock: Episode Nagi began serialization in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. Kouta Sannomiya wrote and illustrated the spin-off manga.
The Blue Lock franchise is also inspiring a smartphone game titled Blue Lock Project: World Champion, which will be a soccer training simulation. Pre-registration starts in Fall.
Takumi Minamino, who plays soccer for AS Monaco and the Japanese national team, has become Blue Lock’s official “ambassador” and “honorary captain”.
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