This page contains spoilers of Blue Lock (manga).
On October 9th, 2022, the first episode of this season’s most anticipated sports anime appeared. The debut captivated the audience, and it is not an exaggeration to say that everyone is strongly committed in this series.
The first edition of Blue Lock was a roller coaster trip, and we were thrown a lot of exposure in our faces to fast build up the environment. Several young forwards’ careers will be cut short as the anime unfolds, and Ryosuke Kira might be the first.
Ryosuke Kira, a forward for Matsukaze, will be the first to abandon the Blue Lock initiative. This is the immediate outcome of Ego Jinpachi’s first tag game being lost. Yoichi tags him and eliminates him.
Unfortunately, this also means that Ryosuke will never again have the opportunity to represent Japan.
Compared to other sports anime we’ve watched throughout the years, the Blue Lock anime will be really unique. We learn that 300 high school soccer players from all around Japan have assembled and have been separated into several teams in the first episode.
The first game, which is effectively a game of tag, is described by Ego’s rules. You have 136 seconds, and at the conclusion of that time, whomever still possesses the ball gets dismissed from the game.
Igaguri, the 300th player, begins as “it” or “oni” since he is the lowest-ranked player. Isagi is struck by the ball during the game and is currently being pursued.
He intends to strike Igaguri when he notices that he is hurt, but something inside of him tells him that he will only get stronger by defeating a tougher opponent. The strongest of them all, Kira, is the first person he targets.
The ball lands in front of Isagi with 11 seconds remaining and strikes Kira. Here, the anime ends.
Let’s just say that I read the following chapter of the manga because I was curious to find out if Kira was being expelled or not.
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Ryosuke Kira’s reaction
When Ryosuke Kira learns that his soccer career is over, he experiences the most awaited breakout. Calling himself a national treasure, he complains that the less qualified Isagi and Igaguri should be expelled.
He also questions the relevance of a tag match as a practice for football. He claims that there is absolutely no connection and banning players because of this is absurd.
Ego explains the importance of this tag match and how it’s meant to demonstrate skills like spatial awareness and the ability to throw punches.
Kira is spiteful, but he has no choice but to leave. This anime is truly amazing and focuses on building the selfishness of the players.
This is completely different from what we have seen in all other sports anime so far, where the importance of team play has always been emphasized.
We definitely won’t see players winning games with the “Power of Friendship”. Although we like other sports anime, this anime will serve as a breath of fresh air.
About Blue Castle
Blue Lock is a Japanese manga series written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Yusuke Nomura. It has been published in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine since August 2018. Blue Lock won the 45th Kodansha Manga Award in the shōnen category in 2021.
The story begins with Japan’s elimination from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, prompting the Japan Football Association to launch a program to find high school players who will begin training in preparation for the 2022 World Cup.
Isagi Youichi, a forward, receives an invitation to this program shortly after his team lost a chance to play at the Nationals because he matched his less-experienced teammate.
Their coach will be Ego Jinpachi, who intends to “destroy Japanese losers’ football” by introducing a radical new training program: isolating 300 young strikers in a prison-like facility called “Blue Lock”.
Originally written by Epic Dope