Yoichi Isagi was mere moments away from scoring a goal that would have sent his high school soccer team to the nationals, but a split-second decision to pass the ball to his teammate cost him that reality. Bitter, confused, and disappointed, Isagi wonders if the outcome would have been different had he not made the pass. When the young striker returns home, an invitation from the Japan Football Union awaits him. Through an arbitrary and biased decision-making process, Isagi is one of three hundred U-18 strikers selected for a controversial project named Blue Lock.
The project’s ultimate goal is to turn one of the selected players into the star striker for the Japanese national team. To find the best participant, each diamond in the rough must compete against others through a series of solo and team competitions to rise to the top. Putting aside his ethical objections to the project, Isagi feels compelled to fight his way to the top, even if it means ruthlessly crushing the dreams of 299 aspiring young strikers.
To be the best. You have to work the best, you have to train the best, eat, and sleep the best. Sometimes, it even takes going through extreme measures, in order to find that best out of someone. Even if what is presented, wouldn’t be called Football to you. Football may just be a sport to some, but for a load of people it’s very serious business. People eat, sleep, dream football. People travel endless miles, travel to different countries, no matter the cost, to watch their team perform. It may be a sport, but it’s a lifestyle for so many, to even many nations, who want to grasp it by the horns, and be the best in the world.
This is Blue Lock.
But to be the best, you need to basically start from somewhere, You can’t be the best with mediocre, or just good enough level of talent. You have to find the best. Or even make and train the best.
While there are flaws within it’s story context, as there is a dozen other positions on a football picture, and you cannot win alone as a striker by yourself. Football is a team effort, and here in Blue Lock, they show it in both forms. Points where they’ll show how good it is working within the team, but all the while showing the greatest, can do it by themselves. The best get results, the best deliver, where it be on their own, or with a team. It’s proven within the game itself. Taking quotes from real footballers, in order to further prove their points.
The characters within the show are quite bundle. The best players aren’t just known for their skills alone, they have the personalities to boot. Sometimes you need the right kind of characters, in order to succeed. You cannot be weak, you cannot be a weak link, you cannot suffer under pressure. With so many conflicting and determined characters within this line up, and with the story it presents. It’s going to be a good product.
Blue Lock has an interesting kind of style that sets it apart from different anime. Just by looking through the characters eyes, is proof in the pudding. Hell, some even look a bit soulless. As if there is a massive focus, a massive serious attention from everyone who is in this process. Everyone has the determination to be the best, and if you don’t, you’re weak, you’re out. Simple as that. I’ve described some shows as having an in your face style, but with Blue Lock, it’s more described as a determined seriousness to it. While one may laugh at the idea of Japan ever wining the World Cup, but with how this show is presented. It’s no laughing matter to them. The sound quality too, is top notch, and can’t put a foot wrong.
Blue Lock is a different spin on a usual Football anime that has come over the last few years. But it’s certainly left a very serious, and impressive impression. Give it a watch for sure.