Blue Lock is a Japanese manga series. Focusing on the sports genre, specifically football, the series is set after the results of the Japan soccer team after the 2018 World Cup. On August 12, 2021, an anime adaptation produced by 8-Bit was announced with a release date for the year 2022. In this article, we are going to tell you everything about the upcoming anime series.
Blue Lock is, as it was confirmed, going to receive an anime adaptation sometime in 2022. The precise release date has not been announced, although the preview trailer has confirmed a 2022 release. No information has been given regarding the duration of the series, as well as the total number of episodes. It is unlikely that the show will be released before the Fall 2022 anime season.
The rest of this article is going to bring you all the known and unknown information related to the upcoming first season of Blue Lock. You’re going to find out about its potential release date, whether there is a trailer, what the story could be about, and much more about this intriguing new football anime series.
The series began as a manga whose serialization in Kōdansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine started on August 1, 2018. The series went on hiatus at the beginning of October 2021 due to some health problems of the author and resumed on the 27th of the same month. The first tankōbon volume was released in Japan on November 16, 2018, and since then, a total of 17 volumes have been released.
The series was recommended by Attack on Titan author Hajime Isayama, for whom Yusuke Nomura previously worked as an assistant. Blue Lock was one of the top 3 sports manga series of the “2020 National Bookstore Employees Recommended Comics” by Honya Club. The publication also won the 45th Kōdansha Manga Award in the shōnen category in 2021.
With the publication of the 13th volume, Blue Lock had a total of 3.6 million copies sold. Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network, in her review of the first two volumes of the series, called the concept of “dystopian sports” something that makes Blue Lock stand out among other sports series, but also said that it is so “blatantly absurd that It doesn’t work at all.”
Silverman praised the series for its art, noting Tite Kubo’s nuances, concluding that while its first two volumes aren’t perfect, there is enough to make you want to read more.
An anime television series adaptation of Blue Lock was announced on August 12, 2021. The series is going to be produced by 8-Bit and directed by Tetsuaki Watanabe, with Shunsuke Ishikawa serving as assistant director, Taku Kishimoto supervising series scripts, Masaru Shindō providing the main character designs and serving as chief animation director, Hisashi Tojima as chief action director, and Jun Murayama composing the music.
It is scheduled to premiere in 2022. We currently do not have a precise release widow or a release date, which means that we can only speculate at this moment, but we don’t think the show is going to premiere before the Fall 2022 anime season.
Now that you know everything about the upcoming adaptation of Blue Lock, we can tell you at this moment that a trailer is present, but it’s only a very short preview trailer that does not reveal very much about the upcoming adaptation. This video was initially released along with the announcement of an adaptation, and you can check it out yourselves:
A proper trailer is bound to appear sometime during the year, quite possibly when we get a confirmation of the exact release date for the Blue Lock series. Until then, this PV trailer is the only thing we have related to this exciting new soccer series.
When Japan is defeated by Belgium at the World Cup in Russia, once again missing the opportunity to enter the quarter-finals of the World Cup, JFA manager Anri Teieri realizes that Japan’s football is no longer able to make progress because her colleagues are only interested in mere economic profit, while you would like Japan to win the World Cup.
She, therefore, approved the “Blue Lock” project directed by Jinpachi Ego, with the aim of selecting 300 of the best Japanese footballers from the high school leagues and taking them to a special academy. Among the selected is Yoichi Isagi, who lost the qualifying match of the high school national championship having not had the courage to score the equalizer, preferring to pass the ball to a less talented teammate than him who failed miserably.
At Blue Lock, which aims to transform one of the 300 young athletes into the strongest forward in the world who will lead Japan to football glory, Isagi will seek to emerge in a competitive environment, between advanced technologies and formidable rivals.
In the first stage of their project, Ego and Teieri aim for the first historic victory of the Under-20 World Cup, and to bring the best Blue Lock players to the field in the team named Blue Lock Eleven, in which Isagi also finds a place, against the formation Japan Under-20 official; in case of victory, the Blue Lock players will represent Japan at the Under-20 World Cup.
At this moment, we don’t know a lot about the cast behind Blue Lock. We know some names, but we’ll just have to wait a bit for the other voice actors to be revealed. Luckily for you, we have a list of anticipated characters so we’ll be filling it with new information once they become available. Here are the characters we expect to see in Blue Lock:
As for the crew, if you’re interesting, here are the names behind this new soccer anime:
Director: Tetsuaki Watanabe
Character Design: Masaru Shindō
Music: Jun Murayama
Prop Design: Hisashi Higashijima, Yuri Nakajima, Kaori Kyōzu
Special Effects Animation Director: Akane
Color Key Artist: Sakura Komatsu
Art Design: Shinji Sugiyama
Art Director: Sawako Takagi
Backgrounds: Studio Wyeth
Composing Director of Photography: Yoshihiro Asagi
3D CG Director: Norimitsu Hirosawa
3D CG: Aura Studio
Visual Concept: Toshiyuki Yamashita (Hyperbole)
Special Effects Processing: Toshiyuki Yamashita, Rina Mitsuzumi
2D CG Monitor Graphics: Yasukazu Asano (Emitai)
Editing: Mai Hasegawa (EditZ)
Sound Director: Fumiyuki Go
Sound Producer: Bit Grooove Promotion
Animation Producer: Tsutomu Hirano
At this moment, as expected, there is no means of watching Blue Lock, as there is no season two of Blue Lock to watch. Since the first season has yet to come out, even in Japan, we don’t really know where it will be available for streaming. Knowing how things work, though, we assume that Crunchyroll is going to pick up this show, just how it did with numerous other ones in history.
The future of Blue Lock is, as of this moment, unknown. At this moment, we don’t really know much about the first season, so whether we’ll be seeing a second season or not is still unknown. If the show does good, and with all the currently available anime content, Blue Lock could be a likely candidate for a renewal, but the fact that we do not know anything about the series’ success (or failure) makes the future very, very uncertain at this period.