Hey, have you heard the news? Blue Lock, a manga about football, has become the best-selling manga of 2023 in Japan! That’s crazy, right? It beat other famous manga like One Piece and Jujutsu Kaisen, which have been dominating the charts for years. According to Oricon, which tracks the sales of different media in Japan, Blue Lock sold 10.52 million copies in 2023, while Jujutsu Kaisen sold 6.4 million copies and One Piece sold 5.6 million copies. This is the first time that a sports manga has topped the annual manga sales chart.
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What is Blue Lock Manga About and Why is it So Popular?
Blue Lock is a manga that started in 2018, and it has 25 volumes so far. It’s about Yoichi Isagi, a high school striker who is chosen to join a project called Blue Lock, which is a facility where 300 strikers are locked up and have to compete against each other to become the world’s greatest striker. The manga is super intense and realistic, and it also has a lot of drama and psychology. It’s like a survival game, but with football.
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Anime Boosted the Manga’s Popularity and Impressed Real Football Players
The manga also has an anime, which came out in 2022 and was made by Studio Eight Bit. The anime is cool and faithful to the manga, and it probably helped to make the manga more popular. The anime also got the attention of some real football players, like Takumi Minamino, who plays for Liverpool FC and Japan. He said he likes Blue Lock, and he even wore a T-shirt with the manga’s logo when he was training.
Blue Lock is a manga that has changed the game for sports manga, and it has inspired and entertained millions of people with its amazing story and characters. Unlike most sports manga/anime that focus on friendship and love, Blue Lock is all “I will do what I want.”
You can watch it on Netflix, which has exclusive streaming rights for the anime. You can watch it on other platforms, such as Crunchyroll and Funimation. It’s a manga you should check out, and it deserves to be the best-selling manga of 2023.
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What is Blue Lock about and why is it so popular?
Blue Lock is a manga that follows Yoichi Isagi, a high school striker who is selected to join a project that aims to create the world’s greatest striker. He has to compete with 300 other strikers in a survival game, where only one will win. The manga is popular because of its realistic and intense depiction of football, as well as its psychological and dramatic aspects.
Who are the creators of Blue Lock and where can I read it?
Blue Lock is written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Yusuke Nomura. It is serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine, and has 25 volumes published so far. You can read it online on Kodansha’s Manga Plus app or website, or buy the physical or digital copies from various platforms.
How did Blue Lock surpass One Piece and Jujutsu Kaisen in sales in 2023?
Blue Lock sold 10.52 million copies in 2023, while Jujutsu Kaisen sold 6.4 million copies and One Piece sold 5.6 million copies. This is partly because Blue Lock had an anime adaptation that premiered in October 2022, which boosted the popularity and exposure of the manga. It is also because it has a unique and innovative premise that appeals to a wide range of readers, especially sports fans.