Blue Lock Manga Goes on Hiatus

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 :


Director-Tetsuaki Watanabe
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


Kazuki Ura as Yoichi Isagi
Sōma Saitō as Hyōma Chigiri
Tasuku Kaito as Meguru Bachira
Yūki Ono as Rensuke Kunigami

Kodansha USA describes the story as :

After a disastrous defeat at the 2018 World Cup, Japan’s team struggles to regroup. But what’s missing? An absolute Ace Striker, who can guide them to the win. The Japan Football Union is hell-bent on creating a striker who hungers for goals and thirsts for victory, and who can be the decisive instrument in turning around a losing match…and to do so, they’ve gathered 300 of Japan’s best and brightest youth players. Who will emerge to lead the team…and will they be able to out-muscle and out-ego everyone who stands in their way?

With these, we end our weekly update of news. Stay tuned with us for more such manga and anime related news in the future.

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