More than half the players have been eliminated from the crazy strict soccer training program called ‘Blue Lock’ in the latest episode of the anime series and things are only getting tougher for the boys.

(Read ‘Blue Lock’ Episode 1 Review if you have no idea what the show is about)

Titled ‘The Second Selection’, episode 12 has a creepy but intriguing start. After springing a nasty surprise on them after round one, Ego re-asserts becoming Japan’s best striker is not going to be easy. True to the slightly dystopian nature of the series, viewers get some impressive hi-tech training modules in the second round. The surviving players are expected to go through a grueling challenge all alone at first and are pitted against machines.

A whole bunch of new characters make their way into the episode, players who were on other teams and never faced Isagi Yoichi and gang. It was slightly annoying to notice that the player rankings weren’t refreshed in the first half of the episode. Isago still had an absurdly low number on his sleeve, but eventually the ranks are updated and turns out, the monstrous trio from team V – Reo Mikage, Nagi Seishiro and Zantetsu Tsurugi – aren’t the top three players of ‘Blue Lock’!

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