According to a statement in Twitter account for Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine popular award-winning soccer manga Blue Lock by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yusuke Nomura is going on hiatus for a while due to illustrator Nomura’s poor health condition. The magazine stated the manga will resume in the magazine’s 48th issue on October 27.
Manga and Publication
Blue Lock began to be published from the 35th issue in 2018 in the “Weekly Shonen Magazine (Kodansha)” and has been collected into fifteen tankōbon volumes since then with the latest volume being released on August 17, 2021. As for the printed copies sales, the cumulative circulation of the manga has already exceeded 5 million. Furthermore, the manga was awarded the Best Shōnen Manga titles in Kodansha’s 45th annual Manga Awards earlier this year.
The Manga also made a collaboration with Japan’s professional soccer team FC Tokyo recently. For this collaboration project, it will be a special collaboration goods designed by Yusuke Nomura’s illustration of FC Tokyo and the “Blue Lock” character wearing a blue-red uniform.
Anime & Production
In addition to the manga’s hype and more Blue Lock is inspiring a television anime which is scheduled to be broadcast in 2022.
Here’s the full list of staff and casts :
Assistant Director-Shunsuke Ishikawa
Series Composition / Screenplay- Taku Kishimoto
Concept Advisor-Yutaka Uemura
Main character design and animation director-Yu Shindo
Chief Action Director-Hisashi Higashijima
Color design-Sakura Komatsu
Art setting- Shinshi Sugiyama
3DCG Director-Norimitsu Hirosawa
Sound Director- Fumiyuki Gou
Sound Production-Bit Groove Promotion
Music- Jun Murayama
Animation Producer-Kou Hirano
Animation production- 8bit
Kodansha USA describes the story as :
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