BLUE LOCK SEASON 2: RENEWAL STATUS + RELEASE DATE PREDICTIONS
Blue Lock Season 2, renewed or canceled?
Football or Soccer (for our trans-Atlantic cousins) is by far the most popular sport, with an estimated 3.5 billion fans worldwide.
Football, commonly called by many “the beautiful game,” similar to other sports, always had a touching point with anime as the likes of Inazuma Eleven, Days, Ao Ashi, and Be Blues! Ao Ni Nare is some of the top-rated football-based anime series.
While the shows, as mentioned earlier, are hits in their own right, Fall 2022 would be remembered as a pinnacle for a series based on football as the anime adaption of Muneyuki Kaneshiro s’ manga Blue Lock hit the small screens.
The premise is set in the aftermath of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, wherein Japan s’ national team finished 16th and was eliminated from the competition. Following the exit, Japan Football Union hires Ego Jinpachi, who is tasked to scout and prepare a training program for the next FIFA World Cup 2022.
The story follows a young striker Yoichi Isagi whose team is moments away from getting knocked out as they trailed 1-0. During the final play, Yoichi receives the ball and opts to pass the ball to his teammate who misses thus losing the game eventually.
Isagi returns home contemplating whether he should have taken the chance to score himself and not heeded to his coach s’ words of playing as a team. Once home, Isagi finds an invitation from Japan s’ football union asking him to report for a special training program as he was chosen as one of Japan s’ 300 best U-18 strikers.
When he arrives at the location, Ego Jinpachi explains the Blue Lock training program, designed to find and develop, through arbitrary tests, the ultimate star striker. Ego also adds that those who fail the Blue Lock training camp will be banned from representing the national team.
Can Isagi compel himself to follow this ruthless, unethical training program, or will he be one of the 299 young strikers whose dream will be crushed is the central plot of the show.
Blue Lock season one has been a massive success since its premiere, so much so fans of the show are already demanding a second season. So, the question is, has Blue Lock been renewed for season two?
To find the answer, keep scrolling as we bring you all the latest news and updates on Blue Lock Season 2.
Blue Lock is rated 8.2/10 and ranked #294 with 312k members on MyAnimeList.
BLUE LOCK SEASON 2 RENEWAL STATUS
Blue Lock Season 1 premiered on 9th October 2022, and as of writing, 10 out of the listed 24 episodes have been aired.
Currently, there is no official confirmation or update from the creator Eight Bit or writer Muneyuki Kaneshiro on the renewal of Blue Lock Season 2.
|Blue Lock Season 1||9th October 2022|
|Blue Lock Season 2||Yet to be Announced|
Production Studios consider various financial and consumer metrics before announcing a renewal. In addition, the availability of source material is another contributing factor for future seasons.
Sports anime have slowly but steadily gained notoriety over the years, with series like Haikyuu, Yuri on Ice, and Sk8 the Infinity taking over the mainstream releases like Isekai, Supernatural, Shonen, and Slice of Life.
Blue Lock is not only one of the best sports anime but also became the best-ranked non-sequel overtaking Chainsaw Man.
IGN and GameRant listed Blue Lock as one of the must-watch Fall 2022 Anime, and according to MyAnimeList, Blue Lock is the fourth highest-rated Fall release behind popular shows like Chainsaw Man, Spy x Family, Mob Psycho, and My Hero Academia.
Furthermore, the first season kept the viewers hooked throughout the first ten episode as evidenced by IMDB s’ user review rating, check below:
|Blue Lock Episode 1||8.6|
|Blue Lock Episode 2||7.5|
|Blue Lock Episode 3||7.6|
|Blue Lock Episode 4||7.9|
|Blue Lock Episode 5||8.9|
|Blue Lock Episode 6||8.4|
|Blue Lock Episode 7||8.9|
|Blue Lock Episode 8||7.7|
|Blue Lock Episode 9||9.6|
|Blue Lock Episode 10||9.3|
The series also significantly boosted viewership due to Japan s’ spirited performance at the FIFA World Cup 2022, wherein they beat World Champions like Germany and Spain before crashing out to Croatia in penalties in the Last 16.
The first season of Blue Lock was relatively faithful to the source material, with 3.5 chapters adapted per episode. Considering this pacing, it’s expected Blue Lock Episode 24 will end on Volume 11: Chapter 85 from the manga, leaving more than enough source material for the creators to produce a second season.
All in All, a renewal for Blue Lock Season 2 is inevitable, but when will it happen?
Studio 8Bit has some big projects under production, such as That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 3 and The Irregular at Magic High School Season 3.
Hence, unless there is a sudden change in the production schedule, we can expect Blue Lock Season 2 trailer and Blue Lock Season 2 release date in Fall 2024.
BLUE LOCK MANGA CATCHUP
Blue Lock manga was written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro with illustrations by Yusuke Nomura and began serialization in Weekly Shonen Magazine on 1st August 2018.
As of writing, the manga has been collected into 21 volumes, with the latest issue released on 17th October 2022, while Volume 22 is scheduled to release on 16th October 2022.
Blue Lock manga was ranked #7 in Oricon’s Yearly Top 10 Comic Sales Ranking 2022, with 3,548,238 copies sold. As of August 2022, the manga had over 10 million copies in circulation and won the 45th Kodansha Manga Award in the shōnen category in 2021.
Blue Lock manga is rated 8.4/10 and ranked #151 with 108k members on MyAnimeList
BLUE LOCK SEASON 2 PLOT
Blue Lock Season 2 will pick up from where season one left off and begin by adapting the World‘s Best Arc.
Yoichi Isagi clears the Second selection in exchange for his pride as he gets closer to Rin Itoshi. A five-a-side team is formed featuring Meguru Bachira, Rin Itoshi, Jyubei Aryu, and Aoshi Tokimitsu, who train together for the Third selection.
Blue Lock Season 2 characters and plotlines will have increased stakes when the World Five get involved.
The World five comprises Goal Junkie” Adam Blake of England, “The Scion of Real Madrid” Leonardo Luna of Spain, “The Prodigy” Julien Loki of France, “Freckled Baby” Pablo Cavazos of Argentina, and “Heavy Tank” Dada Silva of Brazil taking jibes at the Blue Lock Team.
Rin stands up for the team and lets the elder team know they will be crushed and leave Japan with PTSD.
During the game, despite the Blue Lock team scoring first, the World Five don’t take them seriously however, things change when their contract terms dictate their pay which kicks in only on winning.
While the match is a battle of egos, it is also a scouting mission for the World Five to find and report to Ego on players who can make Japan s’ U20 team.
The Blue Lock project is called into question when Ego spends 500 million yen on its construction and execution without any results. The voices from the parents and the President of the Football Association only grow to cancel the project.
Ego fights back against the Football Association with a challenge wherein Japan U-20 national team takes on the Ego s’ team in a bid to keep the Blue Lock project alive.
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BLUE LOCK CAST, CHARACTER, AND CREW
Blue Lock anime is directed by Tetsuaki Watanabe and scripted by Taku Kishimoto. Characters are designed by Kenji Tanabe and Kento Toya, while the music is composed by Jun Murayama. Animation is developed by Studio Eight Bit and licensed by Crunchyroll.
You can find the list of Blue Lock characters and voice cast below:
|Yoichi Isagi||Kazuki Ura|
|Gurimu Igarashi||Aoi Ichikawa|
|Asahi Naruhaya||Daishi Kajita|
|Anri Teieri||Eri Yukimura|
|Jinpachi Ego||Hiroshi Kamiya|
|Shōei Barō||Junichi Suwabe|
|Jūbei Aryū||Katsuyuki Konishi|
|Zantetsu Tsurugi||Kazuyuki Okitsu|
|Ryōsuke Kira||Kenichi Suzumura|
|Rin Itoshi||Kouki Uchiyama|
|Wataru Kuon||Masatomo Nakazawa|
|Ikki Niko||Natsuki Hanae|
|Seishirō Nagi||Nobunaga Shimazaki|
|Okuhito Iemon||Ryūnosuke Watanuki|
|Aoshi Tokimitsu||Shinnosuke Tachibana|
|Yūdai Imamura||Shōya Chiba|
|Gin Gagamaru||Shugo Nakamura|
|Hyōma Chigiri||Sōma Saitō|
|Sae Itoshi||Takahiro Sakurai|
|Meguru Bachira||Tasuku Kaito|
|Jingo Raichi||Yoshitsugu Matsuoka|
|Rensuke Kunigami||Yūki Ono|
|Reo Mikage||Yūma Uchida|
Blue Lock has taken the anime community by storm, and fans would be for the second installment to kick-off soon.