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Soccer anime 'Ao Ashi' releases PV for second cour in July 2022

Updated: Jul 2, 2022

In the second cour, Ashito Aoi continues to evolve at a rapid pace. But with his evolution comes heavier trials as he struggles to go pro.

By: Nicole S. Castro on June 29, 2022 at 18:26 PHT

A teaser video has been released for the upcoming second cour of soccer anime Ao Ashi.

The TV anime has been airing since April 9, 2022. The second cour starts on July 2, 2022. As with the first cour, the second cour is produced by Production I.G.


In the second cour, protagonist Ashito Aoi (CV: Kōki Ohsuzu) continues to evolve at a rapid pace at the Tokyo Esperion Youth Academy. But with his evolution comes heavier trials of how difficult it is to go pro.

The teaser also introduces the second cour's opening theme song Presence by Jrock group Superfly. The second cour's ending theme song will be Love Letter of Color Lily (カラー・リリィの恋文) by Kami wa Saikoro wo Furanai (神はサイコロを振らない).

Ao Ashi is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yūgo Kobayashi, based on a concept by Naohiko Ueno. It has been serialized in Shogakukan's seinen manga magazine Weekly Big Comic Spirits since January 2015.

As of June 2022, the manga has over 12 million copies in circulation. In 2020, the manga won the 65th Shogakukan Manga Award for the general category.


  • Original: Yūgo Kobayashi's "Ao Ashi" (serialized in Shogakukan's "Weekly Big Comic Spirits")

  • Director: Akira Sato

  • Series composition: Masahiro Yokotani

  • Deputy Director: Jun Soga

  • Soccer supervision: Kenichi Takeshita, Jun Soga, Kenji Iizuka

  • Character design: Manabu Nakatake, Toshie Kawamura, Asuka Yamaguchi, Saki Hasegawa

  • Sub-character design: Naho Seike, Yukiko Watanabe, Miho Daidouji, Eisuke Shirai, Masayuki Honda

  • Animation director: Manabu Nakatake, Asuka Yamaguchi

  • Props design: Arisa Ito, Miori Tsusaka

  • Color design: Emiko Ueno

  • Art directors: Tsukasa Kakizakai, Yusuke Takeda

  • Art setting: Kazushige Kanehira, Iizo

  • 2D Works: Akiko Hamanaka

  • Pre-visualization: Tsunori Maeshima

  • 3D: Shiguma Morimoto

  • Cinematographer: Maiko Imazeki

  • Editor: Yoshinori Murakami

  • Sound director: Shoji Hata

  • Music: Masaru Yokoyama

  • Animation production: Production I.G

Source: Ao Ashi official Twitter, official website




Nicole is based in the Philippines and works as a freelance Japanese Translator/Interpreter and copywriter (English). She is a JLPT N2 passer who watches anime to "study" for N1. She has a long career history on LinkedIn (with primary focus on media and translation), but her anime watchlist is much, much longer.