As seen in episode 11 of the Blue lock, by scoring a goal against Team V, Team Z managed to qualify for the second selection. However, the terrifying presence of a new character, Itoshi Rin, who stepped in first for the second selection, overshadowed the initial excitement. Rin is the younger brother of Itoshi Sae, the renowned midfielder.
With episode 12, the anime will enter the third arc of Blue lock manga series, Second choice: Rivalry match. Blue lock has revealed a new key image to commemorate the series’ final arc, which featured the newly introduced character, Itoshi Rin, and the main character of the series, Yoichi Isagi.
Disclaimer: This article contains major anime and manga spoilers for Blue Lock.
Blue lock‘s Second Selection arc will begin the rivalry between Isagi and Rin
Paris X Gen’s lost striker, Itoshi Rin, popularly known as “Puppeteer”, is one of two players in Blue lock which has top stats. He is primarily known for his highly calculated kicks, which are considered to be almost perfect. From a young age, Rin wanted to become an excellent and robust player like his older brother. Rin has a lot of pride as a striker and dreams of becoming the best in the world.
His ambition borders on arrogance, which is why, instead of friends, he has gained countless rivals. Rin has a habit of looking down on other players by calling them “lukewarm” or “mediocre”. In contrast, Isagi is a sociable and friendly person who also sailed on the boat to become the world’s best striker.
Rin and Isagi will probably face each other in the first stage of the second selection. In the first phase, an individual striker from the qualified team must score 100 goals in 90 minutes. The hologram goalkeeper Blue lock Human difficulty will increase after 30 goals are scored. After 60 goals, additional holograms will be deployed to make the situation even more stressful for the players.
It’s not just the first round though, as Rin and Isagi will likely go into battle in the second, third and fourth/final round. This new rivalry will eventually make the upcoming episodes of Blue lock even more exciting.
Blue lockits synopsis and about the manga series
This is how Kodansha describes the series:
“After a disastrous defeat in the 2018 World Cup, Japan’s team is struggling to regroup. But what is missing? An absolute ace striker, who can guide them to victory. The Japan Football Association is intent on creating a striker who is hungry for goals and thirsty for victory , and who can be the decisive instrument to turn around a lost game..”
“…and to do that, they’ve assembled 300 of Japan’s best and brightest youth players. Who will emerge to lead the team…and will they be able to out-muscle and out-ego anyone standing in their way?”
Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yusuke Nomura Blue lock the manga series was serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine on 1 August 2018. As of 16 December 2022, the chapters i Blue lock has been collected in 22 tankobon volumes. The manga series has over 10 million copies in circulation worldwide as of August 2022.