Episode 8 doesn’t have a lot of soccer, yet it gets over in a flash! This edition sheds some light on a whole bunch of new characters, especially the top scorers of the ‘Blue Lock’ program. They all seem to be impressive unbeatable beasts. While episode seven ended with a brief glimpse of the three best strikers in the facility, episode eight titled ‘Formula For Goals’ builds upon their characteristics.

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

The next match will seal the fates of protagonist Isagi Yoichi and fellow members of Team Z. The boys barely survived by managing to get a draw in their last game, how will they manage to take on a team that didn’t suffer a single defeat so far? Strategy, strength, spirit, solidarity… Team Z cannot just study their opponents, they will have to pool in all everything they have to survive in ‘Blue Lock’. And Ego suggests something that makes everything think – can their be a formula to win goals?

Reo Mikage and Nagi Seishiro from Team V really stand out, their contrasting personalities – is a rich egocentric bored brat who wants to win the world cup, while the other is a asocial gamer who just happens to be naturally talented at soccer – makes their friendship both bizarre and sweet. Zantetsu Tsurugi completes the power trio of team V, although, viewers don’t get any back-story on him, at least not yet. I really want to see a lot more of the impish Bachira in the show, he is whimsical, spirited and fun.

Despite being a tense episode that’s supposed to set ground for a ‘do or die’ match, the writers sneak in a few hilarious seconds where Team Z members unwind a little and play a silly game that has nothing to do with soccer. The final match kicks off in this very episode, which means fans are left with a nail-biting start, it’s not even a cliff-hanger, for the ‘Team Z Vs Team V’ match barely begins and the episode is over! Cannot wait to stream the next one.

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