The television anime adaptation of Ysuke Nomura and Muneyuki Kaneshiro’s soccer manga Blue Lock will debut its English dub on Crunchyroll on Saturday, according to a Friday announcement.
The English cast consists of:
- Ricco Fajardo as Isagi
- Derick Snow as Ego
- Drew Breedlove as Bachira
- Alex Hom as Kunigami
- Aaron Dismuke as Chigiri
- Lee George as Gagamaru
- Alejandro Saab as Sae
- Matthew David Rudd as Baro
- Kasi Hollowell as Anri
- Kyle Igneczi as Igarashi
- Aaron Campbell as Raichi
- Mark Allen Jr. as Kuon
- Anthony DiMascio as Iemon
- Spencer Liles as Naruhaya
- Jesse Pinnick as Imamura
- David Matranga as Ikki
- Monty Thompson a Okawa
- Garrett Schenck as Buratsuta
- Bill Jenkins as Issei
- Katie Stone as Iyo
- Blake Shepard as Kira
- Cole Feuchter as Tada
Numerous other voices can be heard, including those of Dani Chambers, Erica Muse, Comona Lewin, Ethan Gallardo, Kelly Greenshield, Hannah Alyea, Lisette Diaz, Morgan Larabee, Nicholas Markgraf, John Gerhardt, Dalton Walker, Cory Phillips, Christian Thorsen, Scott Montano, Landon McDonald, Yussef Benelbar, and Lee George.
The first episode’s cast was also made public via Crunchyroll.
The ADR director is Jonathan Rigg, and Jordan Dash Cruz is his assistant.
ADR engineer Derric Benavides is assisted by Domonique French and Ben Tehrani. ADR preparation is also under French’s purview. The English script is being written by Clayton Browning and directed by Bonny Clinkenbeard. The mix engineer is Andrew Tipps.
The anime had its television debut on October 8 during the “NUMAnimation” time slot on TV Asahi and its affiliates.
As the show airs, Crunchyroll is streaming it.
From September 23 to October 6, the first two episodes were shown in 10 Japanese cinemas.
At 8-Bit, the animation is being directed by Tetsuaki Watanabe (Powerful Pro Yaky, Powerful Kk-hen), with Shunsuke Ishikawa serving as assistant.
The manga’s Kaneshiro is overseeing the narrative while Taku Kishimoto (Haikyu!, Silver Spoon, 2019 Fruits Basket) is writing and managing the series scripts.
The idea adviser is Yutaka Uemura, who directed Saga of Tanya the Evil.
The main character designer and director of animation is Masaru Shind (Fruits Basket, Macross Delta, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU), together with Kenji Tanabe and Kento Toya.
The soundtrack is being composed by Jun Murayama.
The anime’s “Winner” theme song is performed by Shugo Nakamura.
The manga is available in print and digital form from Kodansha Comics, which provides the following plot summary:
Japan’s team finds it difficult to reorganize after a catastrophic loss at the 2018 World Cup. Yet what is lacking? A true Ace Striker who can lead them to victory. The Japan Football Union has assembled 300 of Japan’s finest and brightest young players in order to create a striker who is hell-bent on scoring goals, thirsty for win, and who can be the pivotal player in turning around a losing match. Who will take the reins as team leader, and will they have the strength and ego to overcome any obstacles?
The continuing manga was first published in Weekly Shnen Magazine in August 2018 by Kaneshiro and Nomura. The manga was named Best Shnen Manga at the 45th Kodansha Manga Awards last year.