Yūgo Kobayashi’s manga about a high school soccer star’s comeback after failing launched in 2015
Shogakukan revealed on Friday that Yugo Kobayashi’s Aoashi manga is getting a television anime adaptation that will premiere in spring 2022.
The manga revolves around third-year high school student Ashito Aoi, who lives in Ehime Prefecture. Ashito is very gifted in football, but he tries to hide it. Due to his very outspoken personality, he caused a disaster and considered it a huge step backwards. Then, Tatsuya Fukuya – a veteran of the strongest J-Club team Tokyo City Esperion and coach of the club’s youth team – appeared in front of Ashito. Tatsuya sees through Ashito and sees his talent, and invites him to try out for the youth team in Tokyo.
Kobayashi launched the manga in Shogakukan, Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine in January 2015. Shogakukan published the 23rd compiled volume on the 26th. The manga is based on a story concept originally written by Naohiko Ueno. The manga was nominated for the 10th Manga Taisho Awards in 2017. The manga won the Best General Manga award during the 65th Shogakukan Manga Awards in 2020.