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Blue Lock Comes to Print in 2022

Fan-favorite Series Sees Print Release Same Year as Anime Debuts

In celebration of the anime coming in 2022, Kodansha USA is excited to announce the print license acquisition of the fan-favorite manga series Blue Lock. Written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro (As the Gods Will), and illustrated by Yūsuke Nomura (Dolly Kill Kill), Blue Lock is the heart-pounding soccer saga of a nation-wide competition to find the ace striker who will lead Japan to a World Cup victory. The first volume of Blue Lock in print is scheduled for Summer 2022, and will be distributed by Penguin Random House.

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 Football Association 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 … 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?

Winner of the 45th Kodansha Manga Award in the shonen category in 2021, Blue Lock is currently available digitally in English, and can be read across a number of platforms including BookWalker, Comixology, Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play, Nook, Kobo, izneo, MyAnimeList and more.

A long-awaited anime for Blue Lock was announced in August of 2021 from Eight Bit Animation Studio – the team responsible for the development of the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime. The first season of the Blue Lock anime is set to debut later in 2022.

A free first chapter of Blue Lock is available to read right now at Kodansha.us.

About Kodansha USA Publishing, LLC
A subsidiary of Kodansha, Japan's largest publisher, Kodansha USA Publishing is the English-language publisher of some of the world's most recognizable manga properties, including Katsuhiro Ōtomo's AKIRA and Naoko Takeuchi's Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, along with a robust catalog of English-language Japanese novels, cookbooks, craft guides, historical and cultural literature, and more. Today, thanks to recent fan-favorite and critically acclaimed hits like Attack on Titan, Battle Angel Alita, Witch Hat Atelier, and the popular Monogatari Novels, Kodansha USA Publishing is one of the best-selling manga publishers in the United States. Kodansha USA Publishing's print offerings are distributed by Penguin Random House Publisher Services, and their digital manga and select digital books are available across a number of digital comics, manga, and book vendors. For more information visit Kodansha.us.

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