Blue Lock manga artist Yusuke Nomura is as happy as everyone to see Japan win its first match at the FIFA World Cup 2022 on Wednesday. In a shock victory, Japan defeated four-time World Cup champion Germany 2-1. Nomura designed an artwork of Blue Lock protagonist Isagi yelling in victory to commemorate the historic upset, with the caption: “A historic win! Go and get ’em, Japan!”
If you’re wondering what the correlation is between this manga and Japan’s victory over Germany, well, Blue Lock is a soccer manga that centers around the very same thing: Victory. The whole point of the Blue Lock program is to hone Japan’s best striker in an attempt to win the World Cup, and coincidentally, in the same year (and season) the Anime was released, the Japan team also won against Germany.
Check out the illustration of the author below:
In August, Nomura worked with the World Cup to create Blue Lock figures dressed in Japan’s team outfit. Masaya Tsunamoto (Giant Killing), another soccer manga creator, also took part in the promotion.
Blue Lock is set in the aftermath of Japan’s World Cup defeat in 2018. The Japan Football Union collects 300 of the brightest young strikers and sets them against one another in a grueling competitive training camp in order to hone talent that can compete on the world stage. In August 2018, writer Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrator Yusuke Nomura debuted the ongoing manga in Weekly Shonen Magazine. The manga is being published in English by Kodansha Comics, both digitally and in print.
Blue Lock is Part of the Fall anime Line-up for 2022 and is one of the most anticipated anime of this season. On October 8, the television anime aired in the “NUMAnimation” programming block on TV Asahi and its affiliates. The series is being streamed live on Crunchyroll.
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