It is animated by 8bit Studios and directed by Watanabe Tetsuaki.
We’ll follow the story of Isagi Yoichi who aims to be the best soccer player of the world and be a part of the Japan national football team. To achieve that he enters a special training program called Blue Lock. A much rigorous, very Spartan program where 300 high school soccer players train day and night under the guidance of Ego, who is determined to transform Japanese football by creating “the world’s greatest egotist striker”.
Previously on Blue Lock
Yoichi got slapped in the face by reality after realizing his rank is on the floor. 299th out of 300th. But there’s no time for that because the first match in Blue Lock starts. Whoever loses get’s kicked out and will never touch a soccer ball again. Kira gets eliminated for this first round and that’s how the eleven players remaining become Team Z.
First One Out
We start with Anri Teieri, a member of the Japanese Football Association expressing her frustration because Japan is only among the best 16 in soccer. She continues (after an old man made the very unfortunate comment about how soccer is just business… I mean what?!) stating that Ego Jinpachi is the only one who can take Japan out of this loop.
Back to prison, I mean the Blue Lock. Kira Ryosuke, the second frustrated person in this episode, yells at the screen where Ego explains his plan: The area was just enough as big as the penalty area, and his objective was not only to test the player’s skills but also their fast thinking. You see, I’m not ok with locking up kids but the man had a point here. Bachira and Yoichi were praised precisely for being alert in the field and aiming for someone stronger than them. So that being said, nice to meet you please leave the Big Brother’s House.
That’s how the intensive training begins. We are 3 days in and, in the cafeteria, Yoichi gets slapped in the face by reality when he can only eat meals according to his status. That night, Yoichi can’t sleep because he keeps comparing himself with the other players so he decides to go training by himself. There he meets Bachira, who gives us a kind of creepy flashback where he introduces us to his demons. Explaining to the audience why he is there as, technically, one of the worst players in Blue Lock. Bachira tells Yoichi he has a monster inside him too and if he can listen to it? Honey are you ok?
Of course, Yoichi wants to know the monster inside him too, that hunger for victory that he felt when he kicked Kira in the face.
Playtime is over and we get an explanation about the prison, I mean Blue Lock, works: There are 25 teams divided into 5 buildings. Players ranked 1 to 11 are Team B, those ranked 12 to 22 are Team C, and so on. Our players, ranked from 265 to 275 which makes Team Z indeed the lowest rank in Blue Lock.
But hope is not lost as their rank will change according to their achievements. They can go up as long as they win the games and offer good performance. Better ranking means better training facilities and better meals.
Then, we move to the outside world where Itoshi Sae, a mysterious player came back to Japan from Real Madrid, the Spanish soccer team. But he doesn’t want to play for Japan, he’s only there because of passport issues.
Thanks to the magic of coincidences… and anime of course, at that very same time a conference about Blue Lock was being held in the venue where Itoshi Sae was being interviewed.
We have a crowd of angry reporters asking Anri Teieri if ruining 299 lives for the sake of Japan’s Football is worth it. Because… you know, you can never come back from the mistakes you made at 16? And Anri Teieri who had a very long day is like “OF COURSE!”
Back to Blue Lock, Ego explains how the positions we know today evolved today from teams where there were 11 forward players.
Anri Teieri and Ego affirm that the only solution for this is Blue Lock.
Things to remember for next week:
The country-hater Itoshi Sae decides to stay after listening about Blue Lock even though he didn’t knew it existed 3 seconds ago.
Bachira is crazy.
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