A Striker’s Awakening – Blue Lock Ep 9 Review

Bachira single handedly creates a chain reaction of egoist awakenings on Team Z. Reo ponders defeat and begins to doubt Team V’s ability to win the match.

Bachira, Chigiri, Kunigami, and Isagi all have egoist awakenings! This Team Z vs Team V match is insane!

Read Last Week’s Episode Review.

Wow! This was another fantastic episode!

Formula for the Perfect Strike

I am really enjoying the match between Team Z and Team V. At first, I thought I would be rooting for Team V more due to their skills, but Team Z has knocked it out of the park with their special ability awakenings!

Zantetsu needs to be in a certain position on the field to take any shots during the Team Z vs Team V match
Zantetsu needs to be in a certain position on the field to take any shots during the Team Z vs Team V match

Kunigami realized that if he hits the ball in a certain sweet spot, he can increase his range and potentially score a goal from mid-field.

Bachira unleashed the monster inside and realized that his dribbling can be flashy and still score him a solid goal.

Chigiri took off his glass slippers, switches them for Hermes the Messenger God’s boots, and realized the limits and depth of his sprinting ability.

Igarashi hasn’t done anything particularly interesting yet but he did give it his all in defending the ball – even if it meant with his face.

Gagamaru all but did a swan dive on the field in his efforts to score and would have if not blocked by Zantetsu.

Everybody on Team Z (minus that traitor Kuon) is putting in work and having fun if this is going to be their last game. Isagi even realized his weakness is hesitation, and that by trusting his instincts and being in the right place at the right time – he can score a goal.

An Awakening Needs Evolution

I didn’t know how Team Z would overcome Team V, and it seems Ego had this match planned all along.

The madman himself Ego Jinpachi holds in his hands the formula for scoring the perfect goal
The madman himself Ego Jinpachi holds in his hands the formula for scoring the perfect goal

By driving both teams to their breaking point, Ego wanted to see which team would be forced to “re-write their ego” and evolve as a player. Had Bachira not listened to his monster, Team Z would have been too demoralized to continue the match.

Since Bachira was fired up, everybody was inspired to go out in a blaze of glory.

Because Team Z has risen to the occasion, they are completely able to analyze and breakdown Team V’s mannerisms, playstyle, and disorient their ranks.

Raichi noticed Reo looks for Nagi before setting up a play, Chigiri realized Zantetsu needs to be in a certain position to take action, and Isagi realized Nagi only does what Reo tells him to do.

Once the core trio is broken up, defeating the rest of Team Z should be a piece of cake.

Since their strategy has worked for so long, Team V didn’t even take into account that they might actually lose. Zantetsu was too focused on being insulted by Chigiri on the field and when Reo insisted to Nagi that they wouldn’t lose, Nagi didn’t seem too convinced.

Either way, I’m going to leave this one here.

Raichi, Chigiri, Igarashi and many other players awakened and upped their skills on Team Z this episode
Raichi, Chigiri, Igarashi and many other players awakened and upped their skills on Team Z this episode

But, tell me your thoughts.

Will Team V lose to Team Z because they refuse to evolve?

Can Isagi get a goal in before the clock runs out?

Will Lemon ever get a chance away from goalie and play on the field?

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