Blue Lock (2022) s01e02 Episode Script


I am a striker!
Someone once said:
"In the world of soccer,"
"you can train first-rate goalkeepers,
defenders, and midfielders,"
"but strikers are different."
"A first-rate striker will find
where the soccer is most intense"
"and suddenly appear there."
Episode 2
Bitter Disappointment
\h\h\hA Place in the Quarters
Slips From Their Grasp
\h\h\hA Place in the Quarters
Slips From Their Grasp
\h\h\hA Place in the Quarters
Slips From Their Grasp
\h\h\hA Place in the Quarters
Slips From Their Grasp
Let me be blunt.
If things carry on the way they are,
Japan will never win the
World Cup. Not in a million years.
Japan Football Union
New Member of the
Japan Football Union
Special Adviser
We're making plenty of dough, so what do
we care? After all, soccer's a business.
Anri-chan, surely you don't really believe
Japan has a chance of winning the World Cup?
Of course I do, you money-grubbing rodent.
It's my goddamn dream!
"If we just play our soccer, we can win"?
"Japan's possession soccer is
good enough for the world stage"?
That kind of thinking is exactly why
we never make it past the last 16!
Well, you came up with this idea,
laid the groundwork, and put it all in motion.
So if it doesn't work out,
I know whose head will roll.
I truly believe the only person
who can break down Japanese soccer
and forge a player who can lead
this country to a World Cup win
is this man right here!
Ego Jinpachi.
What are you doing?
Wait, what is this? What just happened?
I'm sorry. It's just
The ball came at me out of nowhere and
Huh? Don't give me—
Diamonds in the rough,
only results matter here.
Losers lock off.
Kira Ryosuke, you are disqualified.
This is bullshit.
How is it possible for
my future career to lie in tatters
all because of some stupid game?!
I'm Japanese soccer's jewel in the crown!
You telling me Igaguri and Isagi-kun
are more talented than me?! Huh?!
Why does this silly game
of tag even matter?!
What does it have to do with soccer?!
In Blue Lock, everything has
something to do with soccer.
Look around you, Mr. Mediocre Elite.
The room you are in
is the same size as the penalty area.
Roughly 75% of all goals are
born within these confines.
If you can't do your work in this space,
you have no talent as a striker.
S-So So what?
Tag is nothing like soccer!
If you're the one running away,
you need a keen sense of interpersonal
space, tactics, and positioning.
If you're the one doing the chasing,
your dribbling and aim must be precise,
and the quality of your kicks must be high.
That makes it an excellent
soccer training drill, wimp.
Even so, how can you know anything
about me in just two minutes?
A soccer match is 90 minutes!
On average, the total amount of time any
player spends on the ball in a 90-minute game
is about 136 seconds.
You wasted the chance that was
afforded to all of you equally.
B-But nothing could be done
in those last ten seconds—
Would you say the same
thing if this was a match?
When the ball hit you, there was
still one second left on the clock.
You could've survived if you'd blasted it at
the immobile Igaguri. But you didn't see it.
In a way, it was the last play
right before the final whistle.
The moment your teammate's shot hit you,
you gave up and accepted defeat.
That's why you didn't see it.
You missed your chance at victory
by not taking that extra step.
Whoever is "it" in this game of tag might be the
loser if he holds onto the ball for too long.
But he might also be the winner, as only
he has the power to choose who is hit next.
A striker shoulders that responsibility
and fights until the very last second.
Isagi Yoichi targeted someone ranked
higher than him, not the fallen Igaguri.
Bachira Meguru stole the ball off him
and went after the strongest guy.
That's a selfish obsession with victory that
isn't affected by the group's common sense.
That's the egoism of the
striker that I'm looking for.
You lost because you ran away from it.
Kira Ryosuke, lock off.
But B-But he came at me
Bachira came outta nowhere
Bachira came at me outta nowhere!
This isn't right.
It can't be.
Why did I kick it? Did I just
end Kira-kun's soccer career?
Then why
Why am I so pumped up?
That guy
Why did you pass it to me?
If I hadn't kicked it, you would've lost.
Hm? Because I knew you'd kick it.
It was written on your face.
"Only results matter here," right?
So I believed in you, and I won, right?
This guy's totally crazy.
Is this ridiculousness going to continue?
You're right. That's the world of "win or lose."
Those world-class strikers
you so casually adore
put their lives on the line
like this every day.
How does it feel to fight for
your career for the first time?
Does it scare you? Does it excite you?
This is normal in Blue Lock.
Are you shaken up? Did it make
you go, "All right! I survived!"?
That's what victory feels like.
Etch that into your brain.
Every time you get a taste of that
pleasant sensation, your ego grows.
And that will elevate you to the
height of world's greatest striker.
Congratulations. You have passed the
admission exam for the Blue Lock dorm.
All right!
There are eleven of you in this room.
You eleven will be living together.
At times, you'll work together.
Other times, you'll betray each other.
You will be rivals who
wreck each other's dreams.
Blue Lock
Team Z.
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Day 3
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Running Test
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Isagi! Igaguri!
How can you talk about becoming the
world's greatest striker looking like that?!
Running at
You mere mortals should
go home before I make you cry!
Running at
Running at
Shut up—
Don't mind him.
Isagi-kun, do you want some water?
Thanks, Kuon.
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Jumping Test
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Ready, go!
Aw, hell, this guy's super athletic, too.
Isagi-kun, are you not at your best today?
Oh, well, you know
That was actually my max.
Talk about crushing your spirit.
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Building 5
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At the cafeteria, you get rice and miso soup,
but your side dish changes
depending on your ranking.
Huh, natto. Must be nice.
All I've been getting is pickled radish.
Chin up, Igaguri.
I'm jealous of the higher-ranked guys.
I mean, just look.
Seriously? Man, that looks tasty.
Is he a caveman?
I'm stealing your dumpling!
Hey, pipsqueak. Give that back.
Sorry, it's already in my belly! So good!
You won't get away.
Isagi, hide your food!
Nah, they wouldn't want ours.
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Team Z
Sleeping Chamber
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I haven't got time for sleep!
If I don't do something,
I'm sure to get "locked off."
Everyone's better than me.
I don't see how I can beat them.
Training alone?
Huh? Uh, yeah
Then, want me to train with you?
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Team Z
Training Field
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Hey, Bachira.
When we played tag,
you passed the ball to me.
Why did you think I'd aim for Kira-kun?
Well I guess it's because
There's a monster inside of me.
National High School Soccer Championship
Arashi Technical High
So slow.
No, the monster would
Pass it!
You can't beat the monster like that.
Hey, what are you doing?
You held onto it too long!
Stop ball-hogging!
A "monster"?
What do you mean?
When I'm playing soccer,
the monster comes out and talks to me.
"Score a goal."
"Weave about more."
But in that moment, the monster
said to me: "Pass the ball to Isagi."
"There's a monster inside him too," it said.
A monster?
When I play, I listen to its voice.
That's all there is to it.
You hear it too, right?
The monster's voice.
What the heck is he talking about?
Though, when I kicked the ball
In that moment, I didn't recognize myself.
I want to know what this
"monster" inside me is.
Maybe finding that out will give me
a clue on how to survive Blue Lock.
Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Noel Noa
All amazing players have
monsters inside of them.
It must be what proves you're a striker.
That's what I believe.
So Isagi
I'm glad I came here
because I got to meet you.
'Kay, let's try it again.
What's wrong with this guy?
He's talking nonsense.
Come at me.
He gives me
Yeah, that's it! That's how
your eyes looked at the time.
I'm going to survive this.
The results of the fitness
tests have been assessed.
Please return to your rooms
and confirm the latest rankings.
Hey, Gagamaru.
What rank are you? Tell me!
Hey, Isagi.
Look at this.
I shot way up from my old rank of 300.
See? I'm at 275 now.
What? That's amazing.
Oh, you did, too. Look.
You're still one above me?
You're my rival, huh?
Well, well.
Hello there, diamonds in the rough.
How are you enjoying life at Blue Lock?
Cut the crap!
Do you really expect us to improve
in this crummy environment?!
Yeah, what he said. I want better food.
The environment's crummy because
your soccer skills are crummy, duh. Idiots.
Let's talk a little bit about Blue Lock.
In this facility, a total of
25 teams from B down to Z
are split into five groups, one per building.
Oh, and by the way
Each team lost one person after the
game of tag, so there are 275 players left.
What? So I'm still dead last?
I was happy for nothing!
Your rank decides your team.
Ranks 1 through 11 are in Team B,
ranks 12 through 22 are in C
In short, you Team Z guys are
the lowest-ranked in Building 5.
These guys are in the lowest group?
Tsk. Don't lump me in with these losers.
Who you callin' "losers"?
Hey now, let's calm down.
Higher-ranked players eat gourmet food
and get to train in better buildings.
In here, the best soccer player is king.
If you want a better environment,
win your way up.
All righty, then.
Let us begin the first selection.
Itoshi Sae-kun.
Nihei Shusaku
You were a genius midfielder in the academy
of one of the world's top clubs, Royale.
But regulations stopped you from playing
in the first team, so you returned to Japan.
Does this mean we'll get to see
you play in the domestic league?
Over my dead body.
If I have to play in a country like this,
I'd rather play with college kids in Germany.
New Generation
One of the World's 11 Heroes
So, uh
Do you have dreams of representing your
country at the international level in the future?
None whatsoever.
The national team of a weak country like this
one will never be the greatest in the world.
My dream is to win the Champions League.
There isn't a forward in this country
who's good enough for my passes.
I was born in the wrong country.
Gimme a break.
This won't do, Sae-chan!
The media's going to hate you.
So? This country doesn't matter to me.
I only came back 'cause my passport expired.
I know that, but
JFU Japan Football Union Press Conference
Oh yeah, I heard the JFU was
holding a press conference today.
So that's how we plan to train up a striker
who can lead Japan to a World Cup win.
JFU Japan Football Union Press Conference
Through this Blue Lock project.
Even if you do produce a top striker, how can
you guarantee Japan will win the World Cup?
Are you saying it's okay to ruin the lives
of 299 people just for one person's sake?
Didn't their parents object?
Well, uh, that's
We respect the opinions
of the players themselves.
And their parents have
signed consent forms
"Ruin the lives of"?
For Japanese soccer to move forward,
we need this crazy project!
Don't you all want to see it?
The moment this hero of
Japanese soccer is born.
The first selection will involve
the 55 of you in Building 5.
It's a kind of five-team round robin.
Only the top two teams will move on to the
second selection in this survival match.
So the eleven of us on Team Z
will play as a proper team?
We're all forwards though.
Why don't you be the goalie?
You have the face of one.
Don't. I can't say no when
people ask me to do something.
Then, I'll play center forward.
Huh? No, I will.
No, me.
No, me! I will!
Igaguri, you can be in defense.
A team made up of eleven
forwards? That's crazy talk.
Listen up.
Soccer was originally
a sport all about scoring.
You've been stupidly imprinted with
the notions of positioning and tactics,
but all of those roles
only evolved over time.
Soccer initially started out
with every player being a striker.
So play soccer as it was originally.
Create soccer from
zero with your brains.
"Create soccer from zero"?
Japanese soccer has improved at an
incredible rate in the last quarter-century,
even compared to the world standard.
Just one more step, and we'll be
on par with the world's top teams.
Soccer fans around the world
can see that happening.
That's how much Japan has improved.
But to take that extra step, it's time for current Japanese soccer to die.
The dream of simply playing in the
World Cup has served its purpose.
So now is the time to dream a
new dream for Japanese soccer.
Abandon what you've believed
to be common sense until now.
Shove new notions into your brains.
What we really need right now for
Japan to become the best in the world
isn't the teamwork of eleven players.
What we need is one hero.
Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar
Soccer can evolve endlessly
if a hero like that exists.
To stop him, new defensive
systems are created.
To top him, new tactics are born.
One person's play can change
a team, a country, even the world.
That's the kind of sport soccer is.
This is a new stage for Japanese soccer.
The main characters are not us adults,
who have forgotten how to dream,
but these youngsters,
who are still nobodies.
Do you have the courage to dream a
new dream of winning the World Cup?
Are you ready to fight?
It's all there
In Blue Lock!
In Blue Lock!
This press conference is over.
JFU Japan Football Union Press Conference
What bullshit!
Is this how you treat young talent?!
JFU's gone crazy!
Sae-chan, we'd better get going.
The flight back to Spain is—
Cancel it.
I want to see what kind of idiot's going to
be born in this country with my own eyes.
Here they come. Team X.
I'll be the one who survives!
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Lost in Prison
Lost in Prison
That's extra training done with.
Whew, I'm beat.
Wait, which one was our room again?
If we try every door,
we'll find it eventually.
No, that's the changing room
and bathroom, Bachira.
Blue Lock's so huge, it's like a maze.
The map says it's over here
It's this way, Bachira.
Well? Well? Well, well, well?
I told you that's the bathroom!
The monster inside me is saying,
"I can't hold it anymore."
Then just go already, idiot!
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