BLUELOCK - Crunchyroll Fall 2022 Spotlight

The award-winning soccer series starts its anime run today!

BLUELOCK

 

Today marks the official premiere date for the BLUELOCK anime, which adapts the soccer manga of the same name by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yusuke Nomura. As the series begins as part of Crunchyroll's Fall 2022 Lineup, it's time to turn our attention to the folks making it happen and everything we can look forward to in our penalty-free spotlight!

 

Watch BLUELOCK episode 1 right here!

 

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Launch Info

 

Launch Time: October 8 at 11:00am PT
Territories: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

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Official Trailers 

 

 

Synopsis

 

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?

 

Characters and Cast

 

Yoichi Isagi

VA: Kazuki Ura (Subaru Makabe in Shadowverse Flame)

 

 

Meguru Bachira

VA: Tasuku Kaito (Kohaku Okawa in Ensemble Stars!! Road to Show!!)

 

 

Rensuke Kunigami

VA: Yuki Ono (Louis in BEASTARS)

 

 

Hyoma Chigiri

VA: Soma Saito (Tadashi Yamaguchi in Haikyu!!)

 

 

Wataru Kuon

VA: Masatomo Nakazawa (Haruki in given)

 

 

Jingo Raichi

VA: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Inosuke in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)

 

 

Yudai Imamura

VA: Shoya Chiba (Shinei in 86 EIGHTY-SIX)

 

 

Gin Gagamaru

VA: Shugo Nakamura (Tomoki in Outburst Dreamer Boys)

 

 

Asahi Naruhaya

VA: Daishi Kajita (Rael in Noblesse)

 

 

Okuhito Iemon

VA: Ryunosuke Watanuki (Ryohei in Mob Psycho 100)

 

 

Gurimu Igarashi

VA: Aoi Ichikawa (Nagara in Sonny Boy)

 

 

Ryosuke Kira

VA: Kenichi Suzumura (Hinawa in Fire Force)

 

 

Jinpachi Ego

VA: Hiroshi Kamiya (Levi in Attack on Titan)

 

 

Anri Teieri

VA: Eri Yukimura (Cayna in In the Land of Leadale)

 

 

Shouei Barou

VA: Junichi Suwabe (Archer in Fate/stay night)

 

 

Ikki Niko

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

 

 

Junichi Wanima and Keisuke Wanima

VA: Ryota Suzuki (Bisco in Sabikui Bisco)

 

 

 

Seishiro Nagi

VA: Nobunaga Shimazaki (Eugeo in Sword Art Online Alicization)

 

 

Reo Mikage

VA: Yuma Uchida (Kyo Soma in Fruits Basket)

 

 

Zantetsu Tsurugi

VA: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Fat Gum in My Hero Academia)

 

 

Rin Itoshi

VA: Koki Uchiyama (Ikuya in Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club)

 

 

Jyubei Aryu

VA: Katsuyuki Konishi (Uzui in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)

 

 

Aoshi Tokimitsu

VA: Shinnosuke Tachibana (Morisuke in Haikyu!!)

 

 

Sae Itoshi

VA: Takahiro Sakurai (Reigen in Mob Psycho 100)

 

 

 

Staff

 

Original Creators

Muneyuki Kaneshiro

Yusuke Nomura

 

Director

Tetsuaki Watanabe (Haikyu!! episode director)

 

Assistant Director

Shunsuke Ishikawa (Sword Art Online Alicization episode director)

 

Series Composition

Taku Kishimoto (Haikyu!!, Fruits Basket)

 

Character Design

Kenji Tanabe

Kento Toya

 

Chief Animation Director

Kenji Tanabe

Kento Toya

Masaru Shindou

 

Chief Action Director

Hisashi Toshima

 

Art Director

Sawako Takagi

 

3D Director

Norimitsu Hirosawa

 

Sound Director

Fumiyuki Go

 

Director of Photography

Yasuhiro Asagi

 

Editing

Mai Hasegawa (Editz)

 

Music

Jun Murayama

 

Opening Theme Performer

Unison Square Garden - "Chaos ga Kiwamaru"

 

Ending Theme Performer

Shugo Nakamura - "Winner"

 

Animation Production

8-Bit (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)

 

 

Additional Info

 

Written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Yusuke Nomura, the BLUELOCK manga has been running in the pages of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine since August 2018. It was the recipient of the 45th Kodansha Manga Award in the category of shonen in 2021, and there are currently 20 volumes in publication in Japan.

 

Kodansha Comics publishes the manga in English and has released 14 volumes so far.

 

Volume 1 cover:

BLUELOCK

 

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his comics at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.

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