Blue Lock (Japanese: ブルーロックHepburn: Burū Rokku) is a Japanese manga series written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Yusuke Nomura. It has been serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly shonen magazine since August 2018. An anime television series adaptation by Eight Bit is set to premiere in October 2022. The premiere was announced just a couple of months back, alongside a new trailer showing off its stunning animation and all the Team Z boys. Blue Lock won the 45th Kodansha Manga Award in the shōnen category in 2021. The manga has the genre of sports.
The story synopsis is that after reflecting on the current state of Japanese soccer, the Japanese Football Association decided to hire the arcane and unorthodox coach Jinpachi Ego to achieve their dream of winning the World Cup. Believing that Japan has lacked an egoistic striker hungry for goals, Jinpachi initiates the Blue Lock—a prison-like facility where three hundred talented strikers from high schools all over Japan are isolated and pitted against each other. The sole survivor of Blue Lock will earn the right to become the national team’s striker, and those who are defeated shall be banned from joining the team. Yoichi Isagi takes the risk and attempts Blue Lock. A striker who failed to bring his high school soccer team to the national tournament. Using this golden opportunity given by the Blue Lock Project, Yoichi aims to clear his doubts and chase his ultimate goal—to become the greatest striker in the world and lead Japan to World Cup glory.
There are a total of 20 volumes. In a quick recap, we shall take a quick walkthrough of chapter 172. The chapter is titled “Inmost Thoughts.” The episode begins with Yukimiya running into a photographer on the street. The man then proceeds to ask him if he wanted to try modeling for his pictures. But he refuses to seek the Japan Soccer Championship next month. The photographer takes his snap and asks him his name and his future path.
Later on the same day, it is revealed that the player is suffering from multiple health problems, from vision issues to problems with his migraines. he can be permanently blind however the doctor lets him know that with proper medications he won’t go blind. He questions the doctor if he did something wrong to deserve this. But the doctor assures him that he could only hope for the best. The final scene of the chapter takes a look at his resolve to become better. Despite all the injuries and fading health problems, Yukimiya decided that he would not give up no matter what happened. Blue Lock Chapter 172 also takes a look at Isagi’s training before the match with England. He trains hardcore. The chapter ends with the coach announcing the regulars. The announcement of the regulars will be seen in the next chapter of Blue Lock.
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