Announced by the official website, soccer anime Blue Lock will be streaming for two cours for a total of 24 episodes this Fall season.
The official website for Blue Lock revealed some new information about the upcoming soccer anime, including a new trailer.
According to the website’s press release, Blue Lock will have two cours, airing consecutively, with a total of 24 episodes. The website also dropped a new trailer on its YouTube channel that showed a snippet of the ending song “WINNER” sung by Shugo Nakamura. The opening song, “Chaos ga Kiwamaru” will be sung by Unison Square Garden.
The trailer shows Japan’s devastating defeat at the World Cup before introducing the Blue Lock project. It gives a glimpse of the ambitious coach Jinpachi Ego as he introduces the harrowing training regime to the young athletes, one of whom is the protagonist Yoichi Isagi. The intensity of the soccer players’ expressions gives off an almost demonic or monstrous aura as they compete against each other to become the best of the best.
Produced by Eight Bit and directed by Tetsuaki Watanabe (Haikyuu!! and Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us), the anime will be voiced by talents including Kazuki Ura, who will play Yoichi and Hiroshi Kamiya as Coach Ego. The voice actors’ previous roles make Ura and Kamiya fitting for their new roles in Blue Lock, as Ura played Kyosuke Aiba in Futsal Boys!!!!! and Kamiya as Levi in Attack on Titan.
Written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Yusuke Nomura, the series began serialization in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in August 2018. Kodansha USA has licensed the manga for the digital release in English. As of August, the manga has more than 10 million copies in circulation. At the 45th Kodansha Manga Awards, Blue Lock won for Best Shōnen Manga. Blue Lock received a nomination for the 2022 Harvey Awards, along with Chainsaw Man and Spy x Family, whose anime will also premiere this Fall.
The Blue Lock Anime Emphasizes “Every Man for Himself”
Blue Lock is unlike regular sports series, such as Haikyuu!! or Free!, which emphasizes teamwork and working together towards a common goal. Blue Lock is about training athletes into the mindset of “every man for himself.” Instead, the Japanese Football Association hired a mysterious and eccentric coach named Jinpachi Ego to fix the current state of Japanese soccer. The team ranked an abysmal 16th at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Believing that the only way Japan’s soccer team can rise to the top of the rankings is through an egotistical striker — playing on Ego’s last name — the coach implements the Blue Lock project: a training regiment that locks up 300 of the best up-and-coming soccer players in Japan and forces them to compete against each other to earn the right to become the national team’s striker. Yoichi is an unknown soccer player who decides to participate in the training program to become Japan’s best player.
The anime will premiere on Oct. 8 in Japan, with Crunchyroll streaming the series the next day.
Source: Blue Lock