The official website for the Blue Lock television anime adaptation revealed exciting additions to the cast on Friday. The hit sports manga from author Muneyuki Kaneshiro and artist Yusuke Nomura is set to add some big-name voice actors featured in hit series like Demon Slayer and My Hero Academia.
Kouki Uchiyama, best known as My Hero Academia’s Tomura Shigaraki, and Katsuyuki Konishi, best known as Demon Slayer’s Tengen Uzui, will be joining the Blue Lock anime as Rin Itoshi and Jyubei Aryu, respectively. Shinnosuke Tachibana, best known as Tokyo Ghoul’s Seidou Takizawa, is also set to join the series as the voice of Aoshi Tokimitsu.
Follow along as this article fully breaks down the latest report, as well as additional known info on the upcoming Blue Lock anime adaptation.
Blue Lock anime adaptation continues to build powerhouse cast with latest additions
Fans will get to watch the voices of Shigaraki, Uzui, and Takizawa all take on their new roles in Blue Lock beginning on October 8. Domestic Japanese viewers can catch the premiere on TV Asahi and its affiliates in the "NUMAnimation" programming block. International viewers, meanwhile, can stream the series from Crunchyroll.
Also cast in the series is Yuki Ono as Rensuke Kunigami, best known otherwise as Kuroko’s Basket’s Kagami Taigi and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s Josuke Higashikata. Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is also cast as Jingo Raichi, best otherwise known for his work as Sword Art Online’s Kirito.
In addition to the abovementioned castings, the anime is set to star the following:
- Tasuku Kaito as Meguru Bachira
- Kazuki Ura as Yoichi Isagi
- Soma Saito as Hyoma Chigiri
- Masatomo Nakazawa as Wataru Kuon
- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Jingo Raichi
- Shoya Chiba as Yudai Imamaru
- Shugo Nakamura as Gin Gagamaru
- Daishi Kajita as Asahi Naruhaya
- Ryunosuke Watanuki as Okuhito Iemon
- Aoi Ichikawa as Gurimu Igarashi
- Kenichi Suzumura as Ryosuke Kira
- Hiroshi Kamiya as Jinpachi Ego
- Eri Yukimura as Anri Teieri
- Junichi Suwabe as Shouei Barou
- Kazuyuki Okitsu as Zantetsu Tsurugi
- Natsuki Hanae as Ikki Niko
- Ryota Suzuki as Junichi Wanima and Keisuke Wanima
- Takahiro Sakurai as Sae Itoshi
As for the series’ staff, Tetsuaki Watanabe will direct the series at Eight Bit (8bit) studios, with Shunsuke Ishikawa as assistant director. Taku Kishimoto supervises and writes scripts, with the manga’s Kaneshiro supervising the anime’s story. Yutaka Uemura serves as concept adviser, while Masaru Shindo is the main character designer and chief animation director.
Kenji Tanabe and Kento Toya are also character designers and chief animation directors, suggesting a lead-by-committee for the series’ animation. Jun Murayama is composing the music, while Shuga Nakamura is set to perform the anime’s ending theme song, Winner.
With such a star-studded cast and a recognizable and reliable staff, Blue Lock manga fans are hopeful for the anime to live up to the source material. This is certainly a high standard to hold, with Kaneshiro and Nomura’s series winning the Best Shonen Manga award at Kodansha’s 45th annual Manga Awards last year. Fans are certainly optimistic that the adaptation will at least live up to it.