Global anime brand Crunchyroll is teaming up with soccer culture leader Saturdays Football and the LA Galaxy soccer club to host a soccer tournament in Dallas on Saturday, April 8, 2023, at 8:00 PM CDT, in support of this weekend’s English dub season finale of the adrenaline-pumping anime series BLUELOCK. Actors who voice many of the main characters in the English dub will also be in attendance.
The BLUELOCK tournament will be held at Crossbar in Richardson, TX, just north of Dallas. Players will engage in a 3 vs. 3 “King of the Court” format across multiple fields that will take place over the course of 90 minutes of play. At the end of the 90 minutes, the two teams on the top court will play against each other in a grand final to determine the winner.
Everyone is welcome to play. Entry into the BLUELOCK tournament in Dallas is free and those interested in participating must RSVP through EventBrite.
The winning team will receive a BLUELOCK prize pack that will include various exclusive swag. All participants will receive a Crunchyroll free trial code to watch BLUELOCK.
The English dub cast of BLUELOCK expected to attend the event will include:
Ricco Fajardo (English voice of Isagi)
Drew Breedlove (English voice of Bachira)
Bryson Baugus (English voice of Nagi)
Alex Hom (English voice of Kunigami)
Matthew Elkins (English voice of Zantetsu)
The first BLUELOCK tournament was held on March 25 at the new Galaxy Park complex at the Dignity Health Sports Park campus in Carson, CA, just south of Los Angeles.
Based on the award-winning manga of the same name, written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Yusuke Nomura, and serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine with over 20 million copies in circulation, the story follows the dreams of 300 high school students who aim to become an absolute ace striker in order to join Japan’s Men’s National Team to help win the next World Cup tournament, however, if they are eliminated from the BLUELOCK training program they will never be able to play for the national team and their career is finished. Only one whose ego and skill triumphs over all will emerge on top.
Crunchyroll describes BLUELOCK as follows:
Japan’s desire for World Cup glory leads the Japanese Football Association to launch a new rigorous training program to find the national team’s next striker. Three hundred high school players are pitted against each other for the position, but only one will come out on top. Who among them will be the striker to usher in a new era of Japanese soccer?