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Manga 'Blue Lock' Gets TV Anime Adaptation for 2022

by Vindstot
Aug 12, 5:55 AM | 123 Comments

Bandai Namco Arts opened an official website for a television anime adaptation of Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yuusuke Nomura's Blue Lock manga on Thursday, revealing the main cast, production staff, a teaser visual (pictured), and teaser promo. The anime series will debut in 2022.

Synopsis
After reflecting on the current state of Japanese soccer, the Japanese Football Association decides to hire the enigmatic and eccentric coach Jinpachi Ego to achieve their dream of winning the World Cup. Believing that Japan has lacked an egoistic striker hungry for goals, Jinpachi initiates the Blue Lock—a prison-like facility where three hundred talented strikers from high schools all over Japan are isolated and pitted against each other. The sole survivor of Blue Lock will earn the right to become the national team's striker, and those who are defeated shall be banned from joining the team forever.

Selected to join this risky project is Yoichi Isagi, a striker who failed to bring his high school soccer team to the national tournament. After choosing to pass to a teammate who missed instead of scoring on his own, he could not help but wonder if the results would have been different had he been more selfish. Using this golden opportunity given by the Blue Lock Project, Yoichi aims to clear his doubts and chase his ultimate desire—to become the greatest striker in the world and lead Japan to World Cup glory. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Cast
Yoichi Isagi: Kazuki Ura (Kyuukyoku Shinka shita Full Dive RPG ga Genjitsu yori mo Kusoge Dattara)
Meguru Bachira: Tasuku Kaito (Ahiru no Sora)
Rensuke Kunigami: Yuuki Ono (Kuroko no Basket)
Hyouma Chigiri: Souma Saitou (Yuukoku no Moriarty)

Staff
Director: Tetsuaki Watanabe (Mahoujin Guruguru (2017) assistant director)
Assistant Director: Shunsuke Ishikawa (Sword Art Online: Alicization episode director)
Series Composition, Script: Taku Kishimoto (Haikyuu!!)
Story Supervision: Muneyuki Kaneshiro
Concept Advisor: Yutaka Uemura (Youjo Senki director)
Main Character Design: Yuu Shindou (Macross Δ)
Character Design: Kenji Tanabe (Binbougami ga!), Kento Toya (Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu)
Chief Animation Director: Yuu Shindou, Kenji Tanabe, Kento Toya
Chief Action Director: Hisashi Toujima (Enen no Shouboutai animation director)
Action Director: Hiromi Sakamoto (Nana Maru San Batsu chief animation director)
Prop Design: Hisashi Toujima, Yuri Nakajima (Persona 5 the Animation: The Day Breakers), Kaori Okitsu (Tensura Nikki: Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken assistant animation director)
Special Effects Animation: Akane (I★Chu: Halfway Through the Idol SD character design)
Color Design: Sakura Komatsu (Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Raihousha-hen)
Art Setting: Shinji Sugiyama (Harukana Receive)
Art Director: Sawako Takagi (Diamond no Ace: Act II)
Background Art: Studio Wyeth (Back Arrow)
Director of Photography: Yasuhiro Asagi (Babylon)
Photography: Chiptune (Deca-Dence)
3DCG Director: Norimitsu Hirosawa (Frame Arms Girl 3D animation)
3DCG: Aura Studio (High Score Girl: Extra Stage)
Visual Concept: Toshiyuki Yamashita (22/7 motion graphics) (Hyperbole)
Special Effects Processing: Toshiyuki Yamashita, Rina Mitsuzumi (Gleipnir motion graphics)
2DCG Monitor Graphics: Yasukazu Asano (Shaman King (2021) font design) (emitai)
Editing: Mai Hasegawa (Hataraku Saibou Black (TV)) (Editz)
Sound Director: Fumiyuki Gou (No Guns Life)
Sound Production: Bit Grooove Promotion (Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun)
Music: Jun Murayama (Tsurune: Kazemai Koukou Kyuudoubu ending theme arrangement)
Animation Producer: Tsutomu Hirano (Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX)
Studio: 8bit (Hoshiai no Sora)

Kaneshiro and Nomura began serializing the soccer manga in Weekly Shounen Magazine in August 2018. Kodansha published the 14th volume on May 17, with the 15th volume scheduled to ship on August 17. Blue Lock has a cumulative 4.5 million copies of its volumes in circulation.

Kodansha US licensed the manga in English for digital release in January and published the fifth volume on July 20. The sixth volume will go on sale on August 17.

Blue Lock won the 45th Kodansha Manga Awards in the Shounen division in May. The manga also topped the Sports category in the 15th edition of Recommended Comics Selected by Japanese Bookstore Employees.

Teaser PV


Official site: http://bluelock-pr.com/
Official Twitter: @BLUELOCK_PR

Source: Comic Natalie

Blue Lock on MAL

20 of 123 Comments Recent Comments

BetaVirginkun said:
More Yaoi doujins incoming.....
what a blessing thatd be.

Sep 22, 10:01 PM by TinaTunaTina

I'm not into soccer but it looks interesting. I'll give it a chance.

Aug 27, 1:42 PM by Hilly-chan89

Even though it's a regular spokon, just about the soccer theme, I still really enjoyed it (Even if you guys write that the soccer here is unrealistic)


Plot:
The plot is simple but interesting. In 2018, Japan lost the World Cup, the Japanese have not decided to put up with it and came up with a program called "blue lock" - the blue prison, a complex of buildings, where 300 people will choose the best striker, as the creators of the building, it is the attacker is the most important player.


It is worth saying that I think any spokon interesting, they are very difficult to come away from and I have never read a bad, in fact all of them were extremely interesting, the blue prison is no exception.

Aug 20, 12:11 AM by Dolly22

This looks.. interesting. I'm a bit thrown off by the serious tone, but we'll see. It's been a long time since I last saw a soccer anime.

Aug 16, 10:47 PM by samashi20

It's good to see another football anime but I probably won't like it based on what I've heard being a defender myself. Anyways it reminds me of that one arc in Whistle! where they pick the Tokyo representative team but with only strikers but I doubt It'll be better than Inazuma, Captain Tsubasa or Whistle!

Aug 16, 3:44 PM by Akwithno47

I have read the manga before. I hope the anime can get it to the same level of popularity that Kuroko No basket had when it was running.

Aug 15, 9:27 AM by -khriz-

Princess Chigiri looks cool in the trailer.

Aug 15, 4:17 AM by BoyBegtu

I still need to check out the manga. I love how there was a football debate going on in this forum for a while.

SoldierDream said:
Looks like another Haikyuu or Kuroko where the series gets praise mainly because of how pretty and hot the dudes are.

Lmfao good one.

Aug 14, 4:00 AM by wakenowakane

The manga blog I'm reading now is really good.

Aug 14, 12:02 AM by david34565

More Yaoi doujins incoming.....

Aug 13, 10:57 PM by BetaVirginkun


AnimeFA78N said:
Personally this should have been tackled by whoever did Haikyuu but I will still give hope to slime sans(iirc) studio up until they air the 1st episode which would be deciding factor

There isn't much action in the 1st episode as far as I remember.[/quote]
I see btw i was mainly talking about 1st episodes animation

Aug 13, 7:35 PM by AnimeFA78N

Can't believe this is happening already. Let's gooo!!!!

Aug 13, 5:18 PM by mshitsugaya10

IT WILL BE FULL CGI?

Aug 13, 3:16 PM by Rogerhunter

Looks like another Haikyuu or Kuroko where the series gets praise mainly because of how pretty and hot the dudes are.

Aug 13, 3:11 PM by SoldierDream

50$ says it's going to flop. And it should. Author obviously doesn't know how soccer works. Better then DAYS though. At least the players seem to actually know the rules to soccer.

Aug 13, 2:11 PM by DmonHiro

RobertBobert said:
Scordolo said:

Honestly the better examples would be To your eternity,Spy x family, Vanitas no Karte, Mha post war arc, Aot post basement arc, etc.

There isn't much action in the 1st episode as far as I remember.


Then why are you asking me a question if you yourself know the answer?

I just realized it later after I asked lmao. Btw your example doesn't suit right.

Aug 13, 1:10 PM by Scordolo

Scordolo said:
RobertBobert said:


Compare shonens covers from Naruto and Shaman King times to shows like Kimetsu no Yaiba.

Honestly the better examples would be To your eternity,Spy x family, Vanitas no Karte, Mha post war arc, Aot post basement arc, etc.
AnimeFA78N said:
Personally this should have been tackled by whoever did Haikyuu but I will still give hope to slime sans(iirc) studio up until they air the 1st episode which would be deciding factor

There isn't much action in the 1st episode as far as I remember.


Then why are you asking me a question if you yourself know the answer?

Aug 13, 1:06 PM by RobertBobert

Excited for this! Hopefully it is more than 12 episodes.

Aug 13, 1:02 PM by Seven

RobertBobert said:
Scordolo said:
Examples? I don't see any serious looking shounen characters at least from the one's I know.


Compare shonens covers from Naruto and Shaman King times to shows like Kimetsu no Yaiba.

Honestly the better examples would be To your eternity,Spy x family, Vanitas no Karte, Mha post war arc, Aot post basement arc, etc.
AnimeFA78N said:
Personally this should have been tackled by whoever did Haikyuu but I will still give hope to slime sans(iirc) studio up until they air the 1st episode which would be deciding factor

There isn't much action in the 1st episode as far as I remember.

Aug 13, 12:01 PM by Scordolo

looks really promising, I'm reading the manga right now and I play footy irl, good stuff.

Aug 13, 10:35 AM by mwinner

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