Soccer Anime BLUELOCK Sets October 8 Kickoff with New Visual and Trailer

Crunchyroll will simulcast the intense sports series this October

BLUELOCK anime header


Among a crowded field of participants in the Fall 2022 anime season, BLUELOCK kicked it up another notch from its regular release of character intros by dropping a new key visual, a full trailer and a squad of cast members today, while also announcing that the series will premiere in Japan on Saturday, October 8 at 25:30 JST (Sunday, October 9 at 1:30am).


Key Visual

BLUELOCK anime visual


On top of showing off BLUELOCK's sheer intensity and cast, the new trailer also provides a preview of the anime's opening theme, "Chaos ga Kiwamaru" by UNISON SQUARE GARDEN (Run with the Wind). It was also announced that Shugo Nakamura (RE-MAIN) will perform "WINNER" for the ending theme.


Trailer 2



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The newly announced cast members are as follows:


Natsuki Hanae (Tanjiro in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba) as

Ikki Niko

BLUELOCK Ikki Niko character design


Takahiro Sakurai (Reigen in Mob Psycho 100) as

Sae Itoshi

BLUELOCK Sae Itoshi character design


Ryota Suzuki (Bisco in Sabikui Bisco) as

Junichi Wanima and Keisuke Wanima

BLUELOCK Junichi Wanima character design


BLUELOCK Keisuke Wanima character design



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Crunchyroll announced at Anime Boston in May that they will be simulcasting the series this October across North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS. An official English-subtitled trailer was also revealed.




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Based on the award-winning manga by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yusuke Nomura, BLUELOCK is being directed by Tetsuaki Watanabe (Haikyu!! episode director) and assistant-directed by Shunsuke Ishikawa (Sword Art Online Alicization episode director) at studio eightbit (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime).


Kodansha, who publishes the manga's official English version, describes the series 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



Der shy man behind @Shymander, Liam is a timezone-fluid Aussie with a distinct fondness for anime, Eurovision and creating odd stats projects despite hating math.

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