The Blue Lock anime has received a new trailer and a key visual, along with an October 8 premiere date. It was announced in a special live stream on ABEMA TV. Studio 8bit is animating the series, with Tetsuaki Watanabe as the director. The new trailer is narrated by Hiroshi Kamiya (voice of the coach Jinpachi Ego) and includes theme songs “Chaos ga Kiwamaru” by UNISON SQUARE GARDEN (opening) and “WINNER” by Shugo Nakamura (ending):
A new key visual for Blue Lock was also revealed, along with new cast members which include:
- Junichi Wanima (CV: Ryota Suzuki)
- Keisuke Wanima (CV: Ryota Suzuki)
- Sae Itoshi (CV: Takahiro Sakurai)
- Ikki Niko (CV: Natsuki Hanae)
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The anime previously revealed a series of character trailers and visuals featuring the main characters and cast. The featured characters were Isagi Yoichi (CV: Kazuki Ura), Bachira Meguru (CV: Tasuku Kaito), Rensuke Kunigami (CV: Yuki Ono), Hyoma Chigiri (CV: Soma Saito), Baro Shoei (CV: Junichi Suwabe), Tsurugi Zantetsu (CV: Kazuyuki Okitsu), and a joint release for Seishiro Nagi (CV: Nobunaka Shimazaki) and Reo Mikage (CV: Yuma Uchida).
Muneyuki Kaneshiro writes the original manga, which is illustrated by Yusuke Nomura. It’s serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine (the magazine of Fire Force, Edens Zero, etc.) since August 2018. The series also won Best Shonen at the 45th Kodansha Manga Awards in 2021, an award that was previously won by Tokyo Revengers in 2020. Kodansha has announced an English print release for Summer 2022, and they describe the story:
After a disastrous defeat at the 2018 World Cup, Japan’s team struggles to regroup. But what’s missing? An absolute Ace Striker, who can guide them to the win! The Football Association is hell-bent on creating a striker who hungers for goals and thirsts for victory, and who can be the decisive instrument in turning around a losing match … To do so, they’ve gathered 300 of Japan’s best and brightest youth players. Who will emerge to lead the team … and will they be able to out-muscle and out-ego everyone who stands in their way?
Source: Official Twitter
©Muneyuki Kaneshiro, Yusuke Nomura, Kodansha/”Blue Lock” Production Committee