The upcoming Blue Lock anime has released a character trailer and visual to highlight the red-haired Chigiri Hyoma, a bishounen who behaves coolly while harboring a past trauma. The show is set to premiere sometime this year.
Blue Lock is based on the soccer manga written by Munemuki Kaneshiro and drawn by Yuusuke Nomura, which began in 2018 and has 18 tankoubon volumes as of March 2022. It is serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine and published under the Kodansha Comics label.
Bandai Namco Arts describes the story as:
You can’t be the number one striker in the world unless you’re the number one egotist in the world. In order to cultivate a striker who can lead Japan to victory in the World Cup, the Japan Football Union devises a plan. They call it the “Blue Lock Project.” Three hundred high school students are gathered, all of them forwards. Who will be the one striker born from the sacrifice of 299 soccer-centered lives, the one who will revolutionize Japanese soccer? The most passionate, intense soccer anime in history is about to begin.
Blue Lock‘s staff includes Tetsuaki Watanabe (Mahoujin Guru Guru assistant director) as director, Shunsuke Ishikawa (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 episode director) as co-director, Taku Kishimoto (Ranking of Kings) as series composer, Kenji Tanabe (The 8th son? Are you kidding me?) and Kento Toya (Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night) as character designers and chief animation directors, and Yuu Shindou (Fruits Basket The Final) as main character designer as well as chief animation director.
Other staff include Hisashi Higashijima (Mahoujin Guru Guru co-main animator) as chief action director, Hiromi Sakamoto (Caligula co-main animator) as action director, Sakura Komatsu (The Irregular at Magic High School: Reminiscence Arc) as color designer, Takagi Sawako (Dropkick on My Devil!) as art director, Asagi Yasuhiro (Kageki Shoujo!!) as photography director, and Jun Murayama as music composer. Eight Bit is the animation production company.
Meanwhile, the cast includes Kazuki Ura as Yoichi Isagi, Tasuku Kaito as Meguru Bachira, Yuuki Ono as Rensuke Kunigami, and Souma Saitou as Hyoma Chigiri.
Sources: EMOTION Label Channel, @BLUELOCK_PR