The Fall 2022 anime season is already in full swing and thanks to Blue Lock’s latest anime announcement, even sports anime fans seem to be getting some love.
The TV series Blue Lock is based on the Kodansha manga of the same name and is scheduled to premiere in October 2022.
The television adaptation was announced on the official website in summer 2021, but there was no release date at the time.
Now the official twitter has released a new key visual and promotional video that will give potential viewers a deeper look into the series. It included clips straight from the anime and also announced additional cast members.
If the video is anything to go by, the series definitely looks set to get intense, but you can take a look and decide for yourself:
What is the Blue Lock story about?
If you have never read the Blue Lock manga, you might be wondering what the anime will be about.
When translated from the official website, the synopsis reads:
If you aren’t the best egoist in the world, you can’t be the best striker in the world.
To develop forwards that will lead Japan to the World Cup title, the Japan Football Union has launched a plan. It’s called the “Blue Lock” project.
300 high school students were gathered. Also, they are all strikers. Who will be the striker who sacrifices the lives of 299 soccer players and revolutionizes Japanese soccer?
The hottest and craziest soccer anime ever starts now!
With a summary like this, the stakes definitely sound pretty high!
Who is in the cast of Blue Lock?
With so many characters, fans shouldn’t be under too much pressure to find a voice actor they recognize in the cast list.
Kazuki Ura will voice Yoichi Isagi, one of the main characters. He doesn’t have an extensive list of credits yet, as only World’s End Harem has aired to date. He has several upcoming anime projects planned for 2022.
Meguru Bachira is voiced by Tasuku Kaito. His only other credit so far is Ensemble Stars!!: Road to Show!!
Yūki Ono will play Rensuke Kunigami. He is known for his work on shows like Beastars Season 3 and The Devil is a Part-Timer! Season 2.
Finally, the main cast is rounded off by Souma Saito as Hyōma Chigiri. Fans should recognize his voice from shows like Haikyuu!! and Ace of the Diamond, two other popular sports anime franchises.
The supporting cast have also been announced, with a number of voice actors filling other popular roles:
- Masatomo Nakazawa (given) as Wataru Kuon.
- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Mob Psycho 100 Season 3) as Jingo Raichi.
- Shōya Chiba (Elite Season 2 Classroom) as Yūdai Imamura.
- Shugo Nakamura (Zombie Land Saga) as Gin Gagamaru.
- Daishi Kajita (High School of the Dead) as Asahi Naruhaya.
- Ryūnosuke Watanuki (Mob Psycho 100) as Okuhito Iemon.
- Aoi Ichikawa (Darling in the Franxx) as Gurimu Igarashi.
- Kenichi Suzumura (for free!) as Ryōsuke Kira.
- Hiroshi Kamiya (Attack on Titan) as Jinpachi Ego.
- Eri Yukimura (A Certain Magical Index III) as Anri Teieri.
Who is on the Blue Lock anime team?
In addition to the cast, the project’s collaborators were also announced.
- Director – Tetsuaki Watanabe (Haikyuu!!)
- Assistant Director – Shunsuke Ishikawa (Sword Art Online: Alicization)
- Screenplay – Taku Kishimoto (Haikyuu!!)
- Main Character Designer – Yuu Shindou (Fruit Basket)
Studio Eight Bits will adapt the story written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Yusuke Nomura.