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8 Anime like Blue Lock you must see

January 2, 2023

When it comes to football anime, no series can match Blue Lock’s popularity. Based on the million-selling Japanese manga of the same name by Muneyuki Kaneshiro, the series follows Yoichi Isagi, a teenager who aspires to one day play for his country. After losing a crucial game that could have propelled his team into the national team, he is randomly selected as one of three hundred U-18 players for a project called Blue Lock. The controversial procedure is said to give the Japan national team selfish strikers to carry the country’s hopes of winning a World Cup after a string of disappointing performances in recent years.

Jinpachi Ego, Blue Lock’s trainer and director, conceived the entire project, putting aside all ethical considerations and pitting the hopeful players against each other to get the best out of them. The series is arguably one of the best sports anime of all time, so viewers who have watched it naturally want to see more similar series. If you’re also looking for some recommendations, then we’ve got something for you. You can watch most of these anime that are similar to Blue Lock on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Crunchyroll or Funimation.

8. Haikyu!!! (2014 – 2020)

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Despite his disappointing debut, Shouyou Hinata still aspires to one day make his mark on the sport of volleyball. Unfortunately, he is not gifted in any way, so his chances of success depend solely on his perseverance and determination. Upon entering Karasuno High School, Hinata faces the towering Tobio Kageyama, who previously humiliated his team in a tournament.

If he’s serious about achieving something, he knows he has to put aside his differences with Kageyama and play with the other players as a team. But will Hinata be able to achieve his ambitious goals? Although the anime has little in common with Blue Lock, people who want to see another great sports anime should definitely check out Haikyu!!! look at.

7. Inazuma Eleven (2008 – 2011)

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Inazuma Eleven is Raimon Middle School’s football club that is going through an existential crisis and faces the dreaded dissolution. Mamoru Endou, the grandson of the club’s first-generation goalkeeper, is determined to turn the tide and restore the side to its former glory. He begins by recruiting talented players for the long-neglected team and measuring himself against other schools that have become very strong over the years. Inazuma Eleven is the series for Blue Lock fans who want to see a soccer anime where the characters compete against all odds to become the best.

6. One Outs (2008 – 2009)

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One-Outs is a one-on-one match between a pitcher and a batter in which the supreme Toua Tokuchi made his name by winning 499 straight games. When Saikyou Saitama Lycaons’ Hiromichi Kojima witnessed Tokuchi’s talent, he immediately felt that he could break his team’s performance spiral.

Unfortunately, Tokuchi is unhappy with the Lycaons’ money offer, so the team’s owners offer him a special contract that involves a great deal of risk. Even though One Outs isn’t a football anime, it’s a sports series that tells the story of selfish and self-serving gamers who are willing to do anything for their personal advancement, just like Blue Lock.

5. The Knight in the Area (2012)

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While Suguru rises successfully and establishes himself as a future talent in Japanese youth football, his brother Kakeru fails to replicate his success. Though he then moves to a managerial position, Kakeru eventually reconsiders his decision in hopes of one day making the country’s World Cup team. The road to greatness proves far more complicated than he imagined, but the determined footballer relentlessly pursues the goal of creating an unforgettable legacy.

As you can imagine, Blue Lock fans looking for another soccer anime centered on the protagonist’s dream of participating in the World Cup or becoming the best will definitely want to check out The Knight in enjoy the Area as it revolves around a similar theme and premise.

4 Days (2016)

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Tsukushi Tsukamoto is a shy and frail teenager who enrolls at Seiseki High School because there he can be close to his childhood friend Sayuri. One day, when he is relentlessly bullied, a boy named Jin Kazama saves Tsukushi. He even asks him to join his team for a futsal match that same evening. Although Tsukushi is not a good player, he keeps his word and gets to the court on time despite losing a shoe and running over ten miles in the rain. He then plays his way into the game and manages to score a crucial goal despite having no real knowledge of football on the pitch.

When Jin reveals that he too will be joining Seiseki, the two new friends end up at the school’s soccer club, unaware that it’s one of the most prestigious in the country. Days follows the inspirational journey of an underdog, much like Blue Lock’s Isagi, who is a poorly placed player at the titular establishment as he arrives there to become the best forward in the world. So the first part is a great sports anime that you should check out if you like Blue Lock.

3. Ao Ashi (2022 -)

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Ashito Aoi is the star of his local junior high school’s soccer team and is expected to play a crucial role in the high school’s preliminary tournament. His unorthodox style of play is key to his success and he’s doing well in the early games of the tournament. Unfortunately, Ashito and his team’s progression comes to an unexpected end when he is disqualified from the entire competition after violent behavior on the field. But Tatsuya Fukuda, a youth team coach, has already recognized his talent and invites him to Tokyo for a trial.

It gives the young footballer a unique chance to profile himself and prove that he deserves more recognition. Both Ao Ashi and Blue Lock follow talented young footballers who follow their hearts to become the best of the best. So if you liked the second film, you should also put the first one on your watch list.

2. Captain Tsubasa (2018 – 2019)

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‘Captain Tsubasa’ follows the journey of the talented protagonist who develops an obsession with soccer from a young age that doesn’t fade with age. In order to compete with the best, he moves to the city of Nankatsu, but soon finds that he is now competing against the best talent in the country. But the challenge doesn’t deter him in the least from his goal of being the best, and Tsubasa keeps pushing himself to become the best footballer he can be, eventually playing for Japan at the FIFA World Cup .

Like Isagi, Tsubasa is an incredibly talented footballer who plays alongside the most talented footballers of his age in Japan, hoping to one day represent his country on the biggest stage. The obvious similarities between the two series make Captain Tsubasa a must-read for Blue Lock fans.

1. Giant Killing (2010)

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Japan’s top football league is highly competitive and East Tokyo United have been struggling to survive for quite some time. In the new season they have lost five games in a row and the team is naturally falling apart. At this low point, even the fans have started leaving the team and East Tokyo United’s future looks bleak. Kousei Gotou, the team’s manager, decides to take a risk to save the club and brings the eccentric Takeshi Tatsumi on board as the new coach. Tatsumi, who was very talented in his youth, had failed East Tokyo United in the past.

But as a coach he has had some success in England. Unfortunately, many people still see him as a traitor, but Tatsumi is confident that East Tokyo United will become a top team. The selfish manager of the Blue Lock facility was also tasked with the difficult task of helping Japan finally win the World Cup after a series of disappointments. His challenges are very similar to those of the eccentric Takeshi Tatsumi at East Tokyo United. If you enjoyed seeing Jinpachi’s genius in Blue Lock, then you should definitely see Tatsumi and his tactics at work in Giant Killing.