"Blue Lock," written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Yusuke Nomura, was first published in August 2018

The novel is set in an alternate universe in which the Japanese soccer team's poor performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup prompts the establishment of a massive programme to uncover the country's best young striker.

The manga has been extremely successful, receiving the Kodansha Manga Award in the shnen category in 2021. (Anime News Network).

Blue Lock Anime Episode 1 - Updates on Release Date, Cast, and Plot in 2022