Blue Lock Will Premiere on October 8, New Trailer and Visual Released


An October 8 Japanese premiere date has been announced for the Blue Lock sports anime. A new visual and trailer have been released as well.

Aside from providing another look at the cast and soccer action, the new trailer previews the newly announced opening song “Chaos ga Kiwamaru” by UNISON SQUARE GARDEN.

Also announced were the ending song “WINNER” by Shugo Nakamura and three more additions to the sizeable cast. The latter include Natsuki Hanae as Ikki Niko, Ryouta Suzuki as Junichi Wanima and Keisuke Wanima, and Takahiro Sakurai as Sae Itoshi.

The first two episodes will be screened in advance on September 23 at several locations.

Blue Lock is based on the soccer manga written by Munemuki Kaneshiro and drawn by Yuusuke Nomura, which began in 2018 and has 20 tankoubon volumes as of July 2022. It is serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine and published under the Kodansha Comics label.

Kodansha USA describes the manga as:

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…and 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?

The Blue Lock anime’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 and Taku Kishimoto (Ranking of Kings) as series composer. Kenji Tanabe (The 8th sonAre you kidding me?) and Kento Toya (Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night) as character designers, while Masaru Shindou (Fruits Basket The Final character designer) is the main character designer. Tanabe, Toya, and Shindou are also chief animation directors.


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. Akane is credited with the animation special effects. 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. 

Source: Blue Lock website

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, and he did so for a few years, starting from his college days. He still writes about video games sometimes, but now focuses on anime-related news content and the occasional review. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese, both out of interest in the language and because English-translated light novels and manga are expensive. Every anime season, Melvyn looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences, as well as learning about the storyboard artists and directors behind them.
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