Blue Lock

Blue Lock (ブルーロック, Burūrokku?) est un shōnen manga de Kaneshiro Muneyuki, prépublié dans le Weekly Shōnen Magazine depuis août 2018 et publié par l’éditeur Kōdansha en volumes reliés. Il est publié à partir de juin 2021 par l’éditeur Pika Édition en France.

The story begins with Japan’s elimination from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which prompts the Japanese Football Union to start a programme scouting high school players who will begin training in preparation for the 2022 Cup. Isagi Youichi, a forward, receives an invitation to this programme soon after his team loses the chance to go to Nationals because he passed to his less-skilled teammate – who missed – without trying to make the game-changing goal by himself. Their coach will be Ego Jinpachi, who intends to “destroy Japanese loser football” by introducing a radical new training regimen: isolate 300 young forwards in a prison-like institution called “Blue Lock” and put them through rigorous training aimed at creating “the world’s greatest egotist striker.