Blue Lock Anime Release Date, Studio, Where to Watch, Trailer and Everything You Need to Know!

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Blue Lock Anime Release Date, Studio, Where to Watch, Trailer and Everything You Need to Know!

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It’s rare for a new sports anime to get hyped months before it airs. However, Blue Lock isn’t just any sports anime. If you’re ready to discover just why this is one of the most anticipated shonen anime this year, read on for Blue Lock's release date, studio, where to watch, trailer and everything you need to know.

What is Blue Lock About?

Blue Lock is a shounen anime based on the award-winning manga written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Yusuke Nomura, who was previously an assistant on the Attack on Titan manga.

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The story revolves around the titular Blue Lock, a prison-like training facility developed by the aptly-named coach Jinpachi Ego.

Hired by the Japanese FA to turn around their performances at the FIFA World Cup, Jinpachi determines that what Japan lacks is a selfish, egotistical striker that cares about nothing more than scoring goals.

Blue Lock is devised as a training camp for the best high-school talents in Japan, but there’s a catch. Only one player will become Japan’s striker, and the rest will be banned from ever representing the national team.

The story primarily follows Yoichi Isagi, a kid who dreams of representing Japan on the world stage. However, he meets many other enigmatic personalities in Blue Lock, each with the same ambition as himself.

While Blue Lock is a sports anime, it has many more shounen and action elements than most shows. My article comparing Ao Ashi and Blue Lock highlights how Blue Lock uses classic shounen manga storylines and ideas to deliver a much larger adventure, hence why it’s been so hyped.

Blue Lock Release Date

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The Blue Lock anime will premiere in October 2022, forming part of the Fall 2022 anime season. This release window was confirmed on Blue Lock’s official website (in Japanese).

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The anime will air in Japan on TV Asahi’s NUMAnimation block. This programming block airs on Sundays at 1:30 AM Japanese time and is currently hosting A Couple of Cuckoos.

Programmes in the NUMAnimation block tend to premiere later than other series in the anime season. A Couple of Cuckoos premiered on April 24, while Salaryman’s Club, which came before it, premiered on Jan 30.

If this pattern continues, we can estimate that Blue Lock may premiere either on Sunday 23 or Sunday 30 in Japan.

Due to timezone differences, episodes of Blue Lock should be available on Saturdays for viewers in regions such as North America and Europe.

Blue Lock COUNTDOWN

Unfortunately, as no precise release date has been confirmed, we cannot provide a countdown just yet. Rest assured, when we hear more news, we’ll update this page.

Where to Watch Blue Lock

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Blue Lock will air on TV Asahi’s NUMAnimation block in Japan. It’s not been confirmed what streaming service will offer Blue Lock, but it’s widely assumed that it will be Crunchyroll.

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Most of the series that have aired on TV Asahi’s NUMAnimation block previously have been picked up by Crunchyroll. The same can be said for shows by the producers involved in Blue Lock.

Crunchyroll tends to stream the most-anticipated shows of the season, except some that are picked up by Netflix or HIDIVE. However, those platforms tend to be involved in the production or rights at an early stage, and that doesn’t appear to be the case with Blue Lock.

There is a chance that the series could appear on Funimation. However, with the Funimation and Crunchyroll merger continuing at speed, it’s not guaranteed that any new series will arrive on the platform when the Fall season rolls around.

What Studio is Producing Blue Lock?

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The Blue Lock anime is being produced by 8bit. The animation studio is most known for producing That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.

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The anime is being directed by Tetsuaki Watanabe. It is his first big directorial role, although he has been an episode director on acclaimed sports anime Haikyuu and also Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress.

Series composition and script are being handled by Taku Kishimoto, who has performed the same role in many successful anime including Haikyuu, Fruits Basket and Erased.

The main character Yoichi will be voiced by Kazuki Ura, a relatively inexperienced VA whose main work so far has been Doi in the infamous World’s End Harem. The coach Jinpachi Ego, meanwhile, will be voiced by the popular Hiroshi Kamiya, who people will recognise as Attack on Titan’s Levi and One Piece’s Trafalgar Law.

Blue Lock Trailer

Are you ready for one of the most hotly-anticipated sports anime in a long time? We’ll soon find out if Blue Lock can live up to the hype!

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