Sports manga and anime can make even the most niche sport an overnight sensation, and the same goes for soccer.
Over the years, we had some of the best soccer manga and anime, from the classics such as Captain Tsubasa to the current sensation such as Blue Lock. So many of these series are so famous and authentic that they have even increased the popularity of the very sport they are representing.
Nippon TV has announced that a special poster will be released to promote the Japanese National High School Soccer Tournament, featuring seven famous soccer manga and anime characters.
National High School Soccer Tournament
100th tournament official logo decided
District tournament posters are famous soccer cartoons of all time
Seven characters gathered
Captain Tsubasa offside shoot!
#大空翼 Athletes are special #高校サッカー選抜
#高校サッカーEnglish Translation, Twitter Translate
The poster includes classic characters such as Captain Tsubasa, Offside, Shoot!, Fantasista, BE BLUES!, DAYS, and even new ones like Blue Lock.
Additionally, the official logos were also revealed created by Naoyuki Koshiba, the art director for design since the 85th competition. The logos have a gold finish with a golden wreath surrounding a player kicking high up.
Many of the artists have commented their pleasure in drawing the illustration for the tournament and expressed great honor in being a part of the 100th tournament of the championship.
Furthermore, mangaka Yoichi Takahashi, creator of the Captain Tsubasa series, has encouraged high school students to enjoy soccer without losing to COVID-19.
I drew illustrations of Tsubasa Oozora, Taro Misaki, and Kojiro Hyuga for the All Japan High School Soccer Tournament poster. It is a great honor to be involved in the memorable 100th tournament of the championship that has contributed to the spread and development of Japanese soccer. I would like all high school students to enjoy soccer without losing to Corona.English Translation, Twitter Translate
The collaboration is sure to bring in the fans of the series to watch the tournaments and encourage young minds to take up the fascinating sports. The broadcast will start on 17th July exclusively on Nippon TV.
So if you are a soccer fan, try to catch the broadcast and enjoy it!
About Blue Lock
Blue Lock is a Japanese manga series written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Yusuke Nomura. It has been serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine since August 2018. Blue Lock won the 45th Kodansha Manga Award in the shōnen category in 2021.
The story begins with Japan’s elimination from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which prompts the Japanese Football Union to start a program scouting high school players who will begin training in preparation for the 2022 Cup.
Isagi Youichi, a forward, receives an invitation to this program soon after his team loses the chance to go to Nationals because he passed to his less-skilled teammate.
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”.
Source: Nippon TV official Website