After all the blood, sweat and tears on “Blue Lock” grounds, one side of boys have to face defeat due to the most unpredictable factors of all – luck. Hard-work and instant ‘chemical reactions’ between players are great, but bending fortune in one’s favour cannot be done through strategy. The most anticipated game in anime series finally sees its conclusion – one team clears the third selection stage. Is it Isagi Yoichi’s squad or the re-awakened Bachira and boys?
(Read ‘Blue Lock’ Episode 1 Review if you have no idea what the show is about)
Titled “Luck”, episode 23 was entertaining as hell and the “4 versus 4” match concluded on a high point. Either way, viewers knew both sides were capable of winning, so no matter the outcome, it was going to be an exciting end. “Blue Lock” mastermind Ego welcomes the winning team and gives them a slightly dramatic pep-talk on what “Luck” means and how winners and losers differently perceive the arbitrary phenomena.
One of the things I loved about this episode was how it signaled a new chapter in the friendship between Isagi and Bachira. I can’t help but mention, for the umpteenth time, how much I adore Meguro Bachira – he’s my favorite character (and I won’t stop saying it anytime soon!). Seeing his evolution in this dystopian soccer series has been an absolute blast so far.
“Luck” offers a little bit of everything: soccer play, comic relief, exaggerated dialogue, and fun interactions between the strikers. The best part is that it sets the stage for an incredibly exciting match, as those who made it past the last selection stage get to face off against some of the world’s best players!
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