Itoshi and his teammates of Team Z must survive a round robin tournament in the 5th group of Blue Lock. In their first game, Itoshi chose to be the center forward, but too many of his teammates stole the ball from each other in order to be the highest scorer and potentially save themselves from being totally eliminated in the tournament. This style of play earned them a loss, but it showed them that each of them have a “weapon” they can use on the field to help them win. The team sets out to practice a new strategy where each team member gets ten minutes of the game to use their special skills while the rest of the team supports them from the various other positions. If they lose their second game, they’re out for good, some Team Z bets everything on their new strategy in order to keep their soccer dreams alive.
This volume continues with the intensity laid down in volume one, even though most readers can probably surmise how the team will overall fair from the tournament. Kaneshiro manages to keep the suspense up despite the obvious. I really appreciated how the team had to come together and work together despite Ego continuously saying they need to stop that sort of cooperation in order to succeed. There is some suspension of disbelief needed though when the other teams reveal their strategies, and most of them have decided to push one person over the other ten, something that Ego sort of made it seem would get them eliminated. This is a great high-intensity sports manga that will keep readers flying through the pages.
The paperback edition of this volume is expected to be published August 23, 2022.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1
Publication Date: April 20, 2021
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Sports, Action Adventure, Survival, Kodansha
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