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Yoichi Isagi stars in new visual for Blue Lock anime

On the official site for the anime adaptation of the manga written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Yuusuke Nomura , Blue Lock , a new promotional image for the project was posted. The visual is titled “ Visual of Egoist – Isagi Yoichi ” and is described as follows: « The visual expresses the honesty and inner selfishness of Yoichi Isagi, who dreams of one day becoming a leading ace in Japan and winning the World Cup

The project has its premiere scheduled for the year 2022 in Japan. On the other hand, Kaneshiro and Nomura have published the manga in Kodansha publisher’s Weekly Shonen Magazine since August 2018. The publisher published the fourteenth compilation volume on May 17, followed by the fifteenth on August 17 in Japan.
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The work already exceeds 5 million copies in accumulated circulation.

Cast of voices

Tasuku Kaito as Meguru Bachira.
Kazuki Ura as Yoichi Isagi.
Yuuki Ono as Rensuke Kunigami.
Souma Saitou as Hyouma Chigiri.

Production team

Tetsuaki Watanabe ( Powerful Pro Yakyū Powerful Kōkō-hen ) is directing the anime at 8-Bit Studios ( Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken ), assisted by Shunsuke Ishikawa .
Taku Kishimoto ( Haikyuu !!, Silver Spoon, Fruits Basket (2019) ) is in charge of writing and supervising the scripts.
Yutaka Uemura ( Youjo Senko ) is handling concept designs while Masaru Shindou ( Fruits Basket, Macross Delta, Oregairu ) is handling character designs and animation direction, with assistance from Kenji Tanabe and Kento Toya.

Synopsis of Blue Lock

The story begins with the elimination of the Japan National Team from the 2018 FIFA Soccer World Cup, prompting the Japan Soccer Union to initiate a training program to prepare a team of high school students who will participate in the 2022 World Cup. Isagi Yoichi, a forward, receives an invitation to join this program shortly after his team misses an opportunity to participate in Nationals, due to passing the ball to his less skillful teammate, who obviously he missed the shot, denoting Isagi’s cowardice by not daring to finish the play by himself.

His coach will be Ego Jinpachi, who intends to end the idea of ​​“weak Japan in soccer” by applying a radical new training regimen: isolate 300 young strikers in a prison-like institution called “Blue Lock”, and subdue them to rigorous training that will create “the greatest, most talented and selfish striker in the world.”

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