2022 will be a great year for football. The beautiful game will see the first World Cup tournament held in the Middle East when it kicks off in December 2022, and the highly anticipated animated adaptations of Ao Ashi and Blue Lock will be released. The anime football scene is about to explode and Netflix has to be a part of it, here’s why.
Sports anime has been extremely popular in recent years, but it has undoubtedly been more popular than the beloved volleyball anime Haikyuu!. But after years of dominating the sports anime scene, two upcoming series have the potential to usurp the throne. These two challenges are Yuugo Kobayashi’s Ao Ashi and Muneyuki Kaneshiro’s Blue Lock.
What is Ao Ashi?
On January 5, 2015, the first chapter of Ao Ashi was published in the Japanese magazine Big Comic Spirits. The story focuses on the ambitious football player Ashito Aoi, who dreams of becoming a professional. But his dreams are shattered when he is the reason for his team’s elimination from a tournament, but his talent attracts the attention of Tokyo City Esperion FC youth coach Tatsuya Fukuda.
While the early years of the manga contest have gone relatively unnoticed, in recent years there has been a rapid increase in the manga’s popularity and fans around the world are pushing for the anime adaptation.
What makes Ao Ashi so special and popular with fans is the level of detail in which the story explains the tactics of the game.
Ao Ashi and Haiku! they share many similarities, but one of the most important aspects shared between the two stories is the welcoming of newcomers to their respective sports, avoiding offending the intelligence of the fans of their respective sports.
Ironically, both animated series was produced by Production I.G, making Ao Ashi a natural successor to Haikyuu !.
What is Blue Lock?
On August 1, 2018, the first chapter of Blue Lock debuted in Kodansha Weekly Shōnen Magazine. The story of Blue Lock takes place after the 2018 Russian World Cup, where the Japanese national football team finished 16th in the tournament. As a result, the Japan Football Association is building a Blue Lock facility dedicated to finding the best-talented players in Japan.
Haiku! Kuroko’s basketball is that of Ao Ashi’s Blue Lock. Enjoying the fun of its shonen genre, Blue Lock takes football to this level of over-the-top entertainment that can only be enjoyed through manga and anime.
What sets Blue Lock apart from other footballing counterparts is how shameless it is to completely ignore the anime’s sports cliché of friendship and teamwork and instead feed on its characters’ egos as they all compete against each other for the better. youth novice from Japan.
Beautifully illustrated, the Eight Bit animation studio has a colossal task to delight fans, but judging by the trailer, fans of the manga have nothing to fear and should be incredibly excited.