Blue Lock, a relatively new sports manga, has gained popularity amongst fans of the genre in recent months. The anime adaptation of the manga began airing in April 2021, and since then, fans have been captivated by the series’ character designs and the action portrayed in the anime. The success of the anime has led many fans to pick up the manga, which has resulted in comparisons between Blue Lock and the well-established sports manga, Haikyuu!!
Haikyuu!! has been a fan-favorite sports manga for almost a decade. The manga series, which first began serialization on February 20, 2012, has since revolutionized the sports manga industry by introducing fans to a unique story centered around teamwork and interpersonal relationships. The characters in Haikyuu!! are all driven by a common goal of reaching the Nationals, which leads them to work together and form strong bonds with one another. This focus on teamwork and relationships has made the series extremely popular among fans of the genre, and it has become one of the most beloved sports manga of all time.
While Haikyuu!! is yet to be dethroned as the better sports manga among the two, many fans believe that Blue Lock has the potential to become the next big sports manga. The Blue Lock manga follows a different formula for its story, which can be compared to another popular sports anime, Kuroko no Basuke. The anime focused on the deuteragonist’s attempts to outperform the protagonist’s former teammates to become Japan’s number one high school basketball player. Similarly, Blue Lock follows an experimental project called the Blue Lock Project, which pits the best 300 youth strikers in the country against each other in a competition that may end their career as a footballer.
Jinpachi Ego, the creator of the Blue Lock Project, aims to create the most egoistic striker in the world, who could help Japan win the World Cup. According to his ideology, a striker cannot sustain without ego, and his project helps players create football from scratch and become the best striker in the world. The manga has several references to real-life players and situations, and it has realistic gameplay with a pinch of dramatization to help fans become attached to the series. Along with this, the manga series has a fantastic art style illustrated by Yusuke Nomura, which helps set the scene of a situation.
The success of the Blue Lock anime and manga series has sparked a debate amongst fans about whether it can surpass the popularity of Haikyuu!! and become the better sports manga of the two. While it is yet to reach the level of popularity that Haikyuu!! has achieved, many fans believe that it has the potential to become the next big sports manga. Only time will tell if Blue Lock can live up to its potential and become a fan-favorite sports manga.
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