The eagerly anticipated anime film adaptation of Kōta Sannomiya’s “BLUELOCK -Episode Nagi-” has unveiled its trailer, igniting excitement for its spring 2024 debut.
The movie boasts a returning ensemble of cast and crew. Guided by Shunsuke Ishikawa, assistant director of the television anime, 8-Bit takes the directorial reins. Overseeing the series scripts is Taku Kishimoto, known for works like “Haikyu!!,” “Silver Spoon,” and the 2019 rendition of “Fruits Basket.”
The manga’s creator, Muneyuki Kaneshiro, ensures narrative supervision, while Yūsuke Nomura remains the credited character designer. Jun Murayama is the mastermind behind the compelling music.
The film stars:
- Sōma Saitō as Hyōma Chigiri
- Yūma Uchida as Reo Mikage
- Hiroshi Kamiya as Jinpachi Ego
- Nobunaga Shimazaki as Seishirō Nagi
- Tasuku Kaito as Meguru Bachira
- Kazuyuki Okitsu as Zantetsu Tsurugi
- Kazuki Ura as Yoichi Isagi
- Yūki Ono as Rensuke Kunigami
- Kouki Uchiyama as Rin Itoshi
Focusing on Seishirō Nagi’s prelude to entering the titular Blue Lock facility, the spinoff manga adds depth to the story.
Kodansha USA Publishing is digitally and physically releasing the original Blue Lock manga in English. The premise unfolds after Japan’s team faces a devastating loss at the 2018 World Cup, prompting their quest for an Ace Striker.
This striker must possess an insatiable hunger for goals and victory, becoming the pivotal force in overturning dire matches. Gathering 300 of Japan’s finest young talents, the Japan Football Union’s pursuit unfolds amidst challenges of strength and ego.
Debuting in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in August 2018, the manga, created by Kaneshiro and Nomura, sparked the series’ journey.
The BLUELOCK TV anime initially aired in Japan in October 2022. Crunchyroll provided real-time streaming and an English dub, with a promising second season on the horizon.