Yugo Kobayashi “Aoashi” has been announced as an animation. “Aoashi,” which is serialized in the weekly Big Comic Spirits (Shogakukan), is a soccer drama depicting the J-League youth team. The latest 24 volumes of the book were released today on May 28th.
When animating, Kobayashi said, “Every time I receive character design and dubbing voices, I feel like I’m breathing new life into Aoashi. I’m looking forward to the day when Aoashi spreads from TV. I am drawing the manuscript today as well. ” Congratulatory messages were also sent by former professional soccer player Kengo Nakamura, Gamba Osaka player Takashi Usami, and J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai.
The manga centers on third-year high school student Ashito Aoi, who lives in Ehime Prefecture. Ashito has great talent in soccer, but he tries to hide it. Due to his very simple personality, he causes a disaster that is a great setback. Then Tatsuya Fukuya, a veteran of the strong J-Club Tokyo City Esperion team and coach of the club’s youth team, appears in front of Ashito. Tatsuya sees through Ashito and sees his talent, and invites him to try out for the youth team in Tokyo.
In addition, to commemorate the release of the new book, the main character, Aoi Aoi’s “Clear Standy Bookmark” will be presented to those who purchase the “Aoashi” book at the target bookstores nationwide. The bookmark is printed with an illustration of a reed on the uniforms of all J1 clubs, which was announced as part of the “Growing Up Project” jointly conducted by the J League and “Aoashi”. A list of target bookstores is available on the official website of Spirits. Check the details such as the distribution method at the store.
Kobayashi launched the manga in Shogakukan’s Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine in January 2015. Shogakukan published compiled volume 23 on February 26. The manga is based on an original story concept by Naohiko Ueno. The manga was nominated for the 10th Manga Taisho Award in 2017. The manga won the Best Overall Manga award at the 65th Shogakukan Manga Awards in 2020.