Blue Lock is a well-known sports manga series by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Yusuke Nomura. The manga began serializing in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine in August 2018, has 18 published volumes, and is still ongoing. The series’ anime adaptation will premiere in October 2022. In this post, we discuss whether Blue Lock is worth watching or not.
What is the story of Blue Lock?
Blue Lock is a football-centered sports thriller series. The Japanese team performed abysmally in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. As a result, the Japanese Football Union requests that Ego Jinpachi train football players in order to improve player efficiency and increase the Japanese football team’s chances of winning the next FIFA World Cup.
Ego Jinpachi develops a special football program called Blue Lock in order to identify the players with the most tremendous potential for the game and form a winning team. Anyone and everyone are welcome to participate in the program, but the consequences of failing are severe. A person will never be able to represent Japan on an international level if they do not pass the Blue Lock training regime. Yoichi Isagi, a high school student, joins the program to pursue his dream of becoming the best football player in the world.
Blue Lock: Review
Blue Lock is a thriller series with a sports twist. It depicts a very different view of a common sports trope. This is precisely what makes Blue Lock unique and interesting. Most of the sports series focus on team-building, teamwork, and friendship. But Blue Lock keeps such idealistic themes in the background and focuses more on the selfishness and ambitions of the characters.
There are also many psychological aspects in the story. Unlike most sports series, it is not a feel-good story with a super optimistic protagonist. Instead, there is more of a ‘survival of the fittest’ theme in the story. It focuses more on individual achievement rather than teamwork. The pace of the story is also quite good, keeping the audience engaged with the twists and turns of the story.
Another positive of this series is that it doesn’t have a high-school background, which is common in most sports series. Instead, it has a more professional setting with much higher stakes and the story handles international scales and levels. The art is praiseworthy and the characters are engaging. It also focuses quite a lot on sports and world-building as well.
Is Blue Lock worth watching?
Blue Lock is a unique twist on a well-known trope. The manga series is very successful, especially among football and soccer fans. Therefore, there are high expectations from its anime adaptation. The Blue Lock anime will premiere in October 2022 and its trailer promises good animation, beautiful art style, and an action-packed story. It will be best to check out the first few episodes of the anime and then decide whether to continue it or not.