The main cast, all the staff, and more were revealed for the soccer series
The award-winning manga series Blue Lock has finally announced its TV anime adaptation, striking a goal with a teaser trailer. The trailer revealed the lead players and their voice actors, all the staff for the series, a visual, and a 2022 release window.
The main players are:
Kazuki Ura will be voicing Yoichi Isagi
Tasuku Kaito will be voicing Meguru Bachira
Yuki Ono will be voicing Rensuke Kunigami
Soma Saito will be voicing Hyoma Chigiri
Tetsuaki Watanabe (Haikyu!! episode director) leads the team as the director, with Shunsuke Ishikawa (Monogatari series episode director) as his co-director, Taku Kishimoto (Haikyu!!) writing scripts and series composition, manga creator Muneyuki Kaneshiro supervising the story, alongside Masaru Shindo (Fruits Basket 2019) drawing the main character designs, and Kenji Tanabe (The Millionaire Detective- Balance: UNLIMITED) and Kento Toya (Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld) drawing the other character designs with all three of the former as chief animation directors. The series will be produced at eightbit.
More staff include-
- Concept Advisor: Yutaka Uemura
- Chief Action Director: Hisashi Higashijima
- Action Director: Hiromi Sakamoto
- Prop Design: Hisashi Higashijima, Yuri Nakajima, Kaori Kyouzu
- Special Effects Animation Director: Akane
- Color Designer: Sakura Komatsu
- Art Designs: Shinji Sugiyama
- Art Director: Sawako Takagi
- Backgrounds: Studio Wyeth
- Director of Photography: Yoshihiro Asagi
- Compositing: chiptune
- 3DCG director: Norimitsu Hirosawa
- 3DCG: Aura Studio
- Visual Concept: Toshiyuki Yamashita (Hyperbole)
- Special effects Processing: Toshiyuki Yamashita, Rina Mitsuzumi
- 2DCG motion graphics: Yasukazu Asano (emitai)
- Editing: Mai Hasegawa (editz)
- Sound Director: Fumiyuki Goh
- Sound Producer: Bit grooove promotion
- Music: Jun☆Murayama
- Animation Producer: Tsutomu Hirano
Blue Lock is written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Yusuke Nomura and began serialization on August 1, 2018, in Weekly Shonen Magazine. The series won the “Best Shonen Manga” title in the 45th Kodansha Manga Awards in 2021.
Blue Lock is available in English from Kodansha. They describe the story as such:
After a disastrous defeat at the 2018 World Cup, Japan's team struggles to regroup. But what's missing? An absolute Ace Striker, who can guide them to the win. The Japan Football Union is hell-bent on creating a striker who hungers for goals and thirsts for victory, and who can be the decisive instrument in turning around a losing match...and to do so, they've gathered 300 of Japan's best and brightest youth players. Who will emerge to lead the team...and will they be able to out-muscle and out-ego everyone who stands in their way?
Source: Comic Natalie
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