The award-winning soccer series starts its anime run today!
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!
Launch Time: October 8 at 11:00am PT
Territories: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS
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?
VA: Kazuki Ura (Subaru Makabe in Shadowverse Flame)
VA: Tasuku Kaito (Kohaku Okawa in Ensemble Stars!! Road to Show!!)
VA: Yuki Ono (Louis in BEASTARS)
VA: Soma Saito (Tadashi Yamaguchi in Haikyu!!)
VA: Masatomo Nakazawa (Haruki in given)
VA: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Inosuke in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
VA: Shoya Chiba (Shinei in 86 EIGHTY-SIX)
VA: Shugo Nakamura (Tomoki in Outburst Dreamer Boys)
VA: Daishi Kajita (Rael in Noblesse)
VA: Ryunosuke Watanuki (Ryohei in Mob Psycho 100)
VA: Aoi Ichikawa (Nagara in Sonny Boy)
VA: Kenichi Suzumura (Hinawa in Fire Force)
VA: Hiroshi Kamiya (Levi in Attack on Titan)
VA: Eri Yukimura (Cayna in In the Land of Leadale)
VA: Junichi Suwabe (Archer in Fate/stay night)
VA: Natsuki Hanae (Tanjiro in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
Junichi Wanima and Keisuke Wanima
VA: Ryota Suzuki (Bisco in Sabikui Bisco)
VA: Nobunaga Shimazaki (Eugeo in Sword Art Online Alicization)
VA: Yuma Uchida (Kyo Soma in Fruits Basket)
VA: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Fat Gum in My Hero Academia)
VA: Koki Uchiyama (Ikuya in Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club)
VA: Katsuyuki Konishi (Uzui in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
VA: Shinnosuke Tachibana (Morisuke in Haikyu!!)
VA: Takahiro Sakurai (Reigen in Mob Psycho 100)
Tetsuaki Watanabe (Haikyu!! episode director)
Shunsuke Ishikawa (Sword Art Online Alicization episode director)
Taku Kishimoto (Haikyu!!, Fruits Basket)
Chief Animation Director
Chief Action Director
Director of Photography
Mai Hasegawa (Editz)
Opening Theme Performer
Unison Square Garden - "Chaos ga Kiwamaru"
Ending Theme Performer
Shugo Nakamura - "Winner"
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: