Blue Lock manga of Yusuke Nomura is one of the favorite sports manga in Japan, first released in 2018.
In the story, after the Japanese team lost to Belgium, many people believe that what Japanese football needs is the egos of the strikers. They need footballers who are hungry for goals and care about the old football ideals.
A new coach is hired to coach talented young players in a prison-like facility called Blue Lock.
After Asano scored against Germany, this manga’s Twitter account posted: “Great! Ego!”.
Many spectators said they saw the spirit of Blue Lock in Asano’s goal.
Following the traditional play and the previous Japanese football philosophy, Asano is expected to pass the ball to his teammates.
That is also what the young players in Blue Lock books are taught. Teamwork does not help in many situations; strikers need to seize decisive moments.
The connection between Blue Lock and the Japanese team began before the 2022 World Cup.
In August, “Blue Samurai” unveiled its Qatar World Cup jersey, incorporating elements of Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, as a symbol of happiness.
The uniform reveal was made in collaboration with the makers of Blue Lock manga and Giant Killing. The characters in the story wore new Japanese jerseys at the premiere. This image is a collaboration of manga illustrators Yusuke Nomura and Tsujitomo.