The Japanese national football squad is infused with the magic of anime. In the 2022 FIFA World Cup Group Stage, Team Japan, sometimes known as Samurai Blue, has been a formidable force, defeating football superpowers Spain and Germany. They both qualified for the Knockout Stage because to their recent 2-1 victory against Spain, which also eliminated Germany and Costa Rica from the international tournament. Anime fans flocked in droves to celebrate the decisive victories as the JPN footballers wore blue jerseys that were inspired by well-known football manga. Blue Lock
Blue lock uniform gives strength to the Japanese team
Designer Adidas jersey To advertise the Samurai Blue uniform, Japan worked with artists Yusuke Nomura of Blue Lock and Masaya Tsunamoto of Giant Killing. The official shirt was worn by the two characters in sketches that were shared online.
Adidas used the idea of origami into the design, using white crossing lines on the blue uniform to resemble paper cranes.
The Blue Lock anime has been causing a stir in the sports field since its premiere in October. The show centers on Yoichi Isagi, a young football prospect who takes part in Ego Jinpachi's rigorous Blue Lock training program. To produce a top-tier striker for the national team is Ego's objective.
Nomura has kept a close eye on the World Cup competition and occasionally posts Blue Lock sketches on Twitter whenever the team emerges victorious.
Continuing their anime-inspired World Cup run, Japan will now face Croatia on December 5 at 11 p.m. GMT+8.
More than just Blue Lock memes. Blue Lock - Japan
Japan’s victories in the World Cup have also gathered the attention of other gaming and anime fans. Besides "Blue Lock", the internet produced memes that referenced the popular action role-playing game "Genshin Impact".
In-game locales Inazuma and Mondstadt, which were modeled after Japan and Germany, respectively, have been alluded to. For example, in the post below, characters from Inazuma were photo-shopped over members of the Japanese football team.