By The Worm Brush
– Published on May 28, 2022 at 11:55
Published in Japan since 2018 and arriving in France in early 2021, Blue Lock has met with impressive success which has led the series to have an animated adaptation. Scheduled for this fall, this adaptation is one of the most anticipated of the year.
When watching an anime like sports shonen as Captain Tsubasa, Kuroko no Basketball or Haikyu!!, we quickly realize that the atmosphere can be immature against a backdrop of fraternity. But Blue Lockwhose animated adaptation is scheduled for this fall, is a far cry from this cliché.
Created by the duo NOMURA Yûsuke in the drawing and KANESHIRO Muneyuki in the script, Blue Lock tackles the world of football with an unprecedented perspective. Indeed, far from the cliché of sports manga that focus on team spirit, Blue Lock is a battle royale with a simple objective: find and train who will be the ultimate striker for the Japan national team.
The beginnings of Blue Lock
It was in 2018 that the manga debuted in the preprint magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine from the editor Kodansha. Its first volume is quickly published, since it will not have taken more than a month of serialization to see it appear in Japanese bookstores. Nevertheless, it is only in 2021 that Blue Lock officially appears abroad, both in France and in the United States.
In the same year, the series won the 45th Kodansha Manga Award in the category shonen, proof of the quality of the title. In the process, the Japanese animation studio 8-Bit (Me, when I reincarnated as Slime Where Knight’s & Magic) announces working on the animated adaptation of Blue Lock. The anime should be broadcast at the end of the year, right for the Football World Cup which will take place in Qatar.
What is Blue Lock about?
Blue Lock follows the story of Yoishi Isagi, a young high school student attacking in his high school soccer club. The latter is part of a selection of young players chosen to participate in a new training program for the national team of Japan: the Blue Lock. Isagi receives the invitation at a moment of great questioning since his team has just been eliminated from the national championships. Elimination which he considers to be his fault, because instead of attempting the last goal, he preferred to pass to a teammate.
Although he will be reluctant to participate in the Blue Lockthe speech of Jinpachi Ego, the man behind the creation of the Blue Lock, will galvanize Isagi, who will decide to participate in this training camp. What Isagi doesn’t know yet is that the Blue Lock is not just a training camp.
Indeed, the Blue Lock has a very specific objective: create a striker capable of leading the Japan national team to victory in the World Cup. This desire to create the ultimate striker was born following the elimination of the Japanese team during the 2018 World Cup. And it is in order to achieve that Jinpachi Ego is recruited.
He will then create the program of the Blue Lock which will consist in pushing the selected ones to the maximum so as to see them deploy all the possible resources. The young players will be totally isolated from the outside world for the duration of the Blue Lock so that you can only think of one thing: play soccer.
How is Blue Lock different from other sports anime?
Unlike many sports anime, Blue Lock is a huge departure from the traditional narrative where team spirit is at the center of the story, although the central theme is a traditionally team-based sport. As said before, the manga is closer to a battle royale and finds itself at the antipodes of other titles like Haikyuu!! Where Kuroko no Basketball.
By putting in charge of Blue Lock a character like Jinpachi Ego, who will impose a rather unique vision of things, young athletes will have no choice but to compete against each other in order to develop their skills. So we find ourselves in a story with codes similar to Alice In Borderland where only survival matters.
Although the story does not cause the characters to physically die, players find themselves in a similar state. Once eliminated, the player who leaves the Blue Lock n / A no longer the right to play professional football all his life. His sports career is simply over.
Despite the fact that Blue Lock being a manga about football, it totally breaks the clichés and focuses mainly on the individuality and selfishness of athletes, especially at high level. These many points in common with the famous Battle Royale and its atypical side make its animated adaptation one of the most anticipated for 2022. And according to the result, the studio 8-bit may well gain popularity in the eyes of the world.