Blue Lock fans countdown to penultimate episode and end of Second Selection Arc

What date and time will Blue Lock episode 23 ‘Luck’, the penultimate episode from season 1 of the anime, release around the world?

It seems like an age since Blue Lock was going viral in late-2022 as Japan continued to shock at the FIFA World Cup, with the anime series now set to release its penultimate season 1 episode this week.

Whilst fans are already asking questions about season 2 and various spin-off stories, there is still plenty of content left to look forward to as the Second Selection Arc comes to a close.

Here is everything that you need to know about Blue Lock episode 23, including the release date, time, and preview stills for ‘Luck’.

Blue Lock episode 23 release date, time, and preview stills

Blue Lock episode 23 is scheduled to release on Sunday, March 19 for domestic audiences in Japan and on Saturday, March 18 for the vast majority of international viewers.

The penultimate episode from season 1 will release for OTT streaming via Crunchyroll at the following times, adjusted for daylight savings in the US which pushed the premiere one hour later than usual:

  • Pacific Time – 12 PM
  • Eastern Time – 3 PM
  • British Time – 7 PM
  • European Time – 8 PM
  • India Time – 12:30 AM
  • Philippine Time – 3 AM
  • Australia Eastern Daylight Time – 6 AM

Blue Lock episode 23 will be titled ‘Luck’ with the official Japanese website sharing the following synopsis online, translated into English:

“Hachiraku finally “awakens” his ego by shaking off the “Kaibutsu” that had always existed as his ideal. Hachiraku, who had been seeking someone until now, pushed forward for his own goal, and what was waiting for him was Kiyoshi, who believed in Hachiraku’s “ego” and moved.
Jie succeeded in making a decisive cut, but the ball flying through the air went mercilessly and cruelly to the winner… The time finally comes for the eight egoists to settle the match with sparks flying. The team that makes it through to the second selection “Rivalry Battle” is…”

Will there be enough source material for season 2?

Yes, following the premiere of the Blue Lock season 1 finale next week, there will indeed be enough source material for a second TV season.

Season 1 is expected to conclude by adapting up until the end of manga volume 11 chapter 86, the good news for fans is that a total of 23 complete volumes have already been published in Japan.

This means that there should be enough source material to produce another 24-episode season straight away; although it’s more likely that the production team at Studio EightBit will take a well-earned rest before starting work again.

17 of those Blue Lock volumes are already available to read in English, with volume 18 set to release on March 21 through Kodansha. The latest issue will be available first as an e-book, available to stream via Amazon Kindle, Bookwalker, Google Play, Rakuten Kobo, MyAnimeList, and Nook.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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