It all 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 strikers in a prison-like institution called "Blue Lock" and put them through rigorous training aimed at creating "the world's greatest egotist striker.
The concept is so great- like ego pitched 300 soccer players against each other for the sole purpose of finding the best player. What's even more intense about the plot is that all 300 high school students play the same position. That's the competitive aspect of this manga. The thing is when they fail a task they're given in regards to soccer they won't be able to attempt a national level or become pro. Their soccer career is over once they're out. All 300 students are betting their lives upon entering Blue Lock. The art style is sooo good and detailed- it does the incredible plot justice. The characters are all very unique and have something stand out about all of them, some more than others. But that is to be expected when they're Japans best highschool strikers.
The concept of Blue Lock itself is so intriguing. I never knew I needed such a manga in my life until now. This story is about Yoichi Isagi and his soccer awakening. Story: Chosen by Jinpachi Ego, 300 strikers will be participating in an establishment called 'Blue Lock'. The purpose of Blue Lock is to isolate the 300 strikers in order to manifest the world's greatest egoist (and striker). The reason for this is because Japanese football (soccer, I don't know why they call it football) is lacking in that area. Art: I'd say just above mediocre. It's thrilling. Characters: The main protagonist, Yoichi Isagi, is much more than he appears to be. He has a special ability that I refuse to spoil, and it is quite something. He has that hopeful personality and is rather optimistic. I am ashamed to admit that I have doubted him a few times, luckily I was always wrong. Other than Isagi, there are a few other unique characters that I am too lazy to list. And the side characters are beyond annoying. I believe in one chapter there is a pair of brothers with rather peculiar looks. They are infuriating, for they mocked a "crippled" person. Overall: 4/5 stars
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