Written by: Jei Beltrano
Published on: August 12, 2021 at 5:13 PM PHT (GMT+8)
Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yūsuke Nomura's "Blue Lock" manga series has been announced on Thursday to receive a TV anime series adaptation for 2022. Its official Twitter account which opened the same day revealed a teaser promotional video and its first key visual to commemorate the TV anime decision announcement. The official website for the anime was also launched.
The PV was also streamed via Bandai Namco Art's official YouTube channel:
Animation studio 8bit is animating the series with Tetsuaki Watanabe serving as the series director and Shunsuke Ishikawa as the assistant director. Taku Kishimoto is handling the series composition and Masaru Shindo is the director in-charge of the character designs with Kenji Tanabe and Kento Toya. Muneyuki Kaneshiro is supervising the story while Yutaka Uemura is the concept advisor. Jun Murayama is composing the music.
The cast includes:
Kazuki Ura as Yoichi Isagi
Tasuku Kaito as Meguru Bachira
Yuuki Ono as Rensuke Kunigami
Soma Saito as Hyōma Chigiri
The Blue Lock sports manga series written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Yuusuke Nomura has been serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine since August 2018 and has been collected in 7 tankōbon volumes. Last May 17, 2021, the manga exceeded 4 million copies in circulation worldwide.
The manga follows Yoichi Isagi, a second-year student and his team's young forward who lost the opportunity to go to the national high school championships because he passed to his teammate who missed instead of shooting himself. Isagi is one of 300 U-18 strikers chosen by Jinpachi Ego, a man who was hired by the Japan Football Association after the 2018 FIFA World Cup, to guide Japan to winning the World Cup by destroying Japanese football. Ego's plan is to isolate the 300 strikers into a prison-like institution called "Blue Lock", in order to create the world's biggest "egotist"/striker, which has been lacking in Japanese football.
Source: Blue Lock PR Official Twitter
📷 (c)Muneyuki Kaneshiro, Yūsuke Nomura/KODANSHA, Blue Lock