Unlock the Blue Lock


Oliver Almeida-Renteria, Staff Writer

After a crushing loss in the 2018 World Cup, the Japan soccer team needs to regroup to be better. Blue Lock parallels this story.  Hoping to regain that competitive edge they had, the Japan Football Unionn hires the football enigma Ego Jinpachi. His master plan to lead Japan to stardom is Blue Lock, a training regimen designed to create the world’s greatest egotist striker. Those who fail Blue Lock will never again be permitted to represent any Japanese team. Yoichi Isagi, an unknown high school football player who is conflicted about his playing style, decides to join the program in order to become the best striker in the world.

Blue Lock won the 45th Kōdansha Manga Prize in the shōnen category in 2021. Reduced to its most basic form, the Blue Lock anime has only one goal to find and forge a goal hunger Japanese striker who will allow national soccer to finally go head-to-head with the international superpowers of the rest of the world to prove itself the best. The plot is about a high school player named Yoichi Isagi and a team who come come together for a controversial project designed to create the best and most selfish forward in the world.

Personally, I like Blue Lock because apart from being a very interesting anime, it’s an anime that can motivate you to play a sport or do something that you like. I really like its characters, the environment, and their situations make you feel that it really is something important.  The “blue” is a place where it is only the best who survive, a place where if someone does not play well, they can take you out for that reason. What I like about Yoichi is he is a person who motivates others even when you can’t play anymore.  Also, Blue Lock can help you motivate yourself and make you selfish because as the motto goes, “to be the best in the world you have to be the best selfish in the world.”

Currently, you can watch the first three episodes of season on Crunchyroll, but you need a subscription to watch the rest.