news culture What is Blue Lock, the manga everyone is talking about after Japan’s World Cup victory?
The launch of a World Cup is often an opportunity to take FIFA out of the closet or watch the complete Olive and Tom anime again… But if you’re tired of following the same adventures over and over again, know that today that the Olive and Tom series has a major competitor: Blue Lock!
Blue Lock, the anime that is gaining momentum
As you probably already know, the 2022 World Cup is taking place right now. And if the first days of broadcasting the championship have already been very successful – the opening match still brought together a total of 5 million viewers watching TF1 –, another audience is climbing at breakneck speed. You probably guessed it, it’s that of Blue Lock, and for good reason, the manga, recently adapted as an anime, makes football its main subject.
The Blue Lock manga, written by Kaneshiro Muneyuki and drawn by Nomura Yusuke, has already proven itself with a total of 195 chapters to its credit, but it is only recently that it has the right to an anime series. Broadcast on Crunchyroll since October 8, the anime tells the story of Yoichi Isagi, a particularly gifted attacker who receives an invitation to participate in the Blue Lock program. A program that is surprising to say the least, which incorporates many of the codes of the Battle Royale. Yes, if football is above all a collective sport, in Blue Lock, the objective is to be the best striker in the world, just that. He must therefore face 300 other candidates who do not let themselves be walked on.
This is what attracts the public above all to watch Blue Lock, since the series takes the spirit of football against the grain to look more like a Fortnite or a Squid Game, minus the dead.
A passion shared by its creators
This brand new enthusiasm for the series is not only shared by the spectators, but also by its creators. The latter took advantage of Japan’s victory over Germany at the 2022 World Cup to congratulate the Japanese team, but also to talk about the series again.
On his side, the author of Blue Lock also made an illustration to celebrate Japan’s victory. In the image, which you can observe below, we can see the main character of the saga sweating and shouting victory.