Who doesn’t love a good sports romance? Tension, intensity, banter and competitiveness form a complete package. Blue Box is one of those manga sports comedy dramas. Add a dash of romance, and the perfect comic strip is ready.
Kōji Miura is the man behind this manga, who wrote and illustrated it. Blue Box debuted on April 12, 2021, in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine, the top-selling manga magazine. The book’s chapters were compiled and published in Shueisha’s Shōnen manga in tankōbon volumes. The first of these volumes was released on August 4, 2021. With the success of the volume, six volumes have been released, as recorded on August 4, 2022. A huge feat to be achieved in the space of a year.
Nationwide Bookstore Employees’ Recommended Comics of 2022 ranked Blue Box fourth. It was also nominated for the Next Manga Award.
Blue Box manga storyline and synopsis
The series follows the protagonists from two different sporting backgrounds. Blue Box is created on the premises of an integrated school – Eimei Junior and Senior High. Taiki Inomata (third-year middle school student) is on the boys’ badminton team, while Chinatsu Kano (first-year high school student) is on the girls’ basketball team.
Being poles apart, their differences couldn’t be starker. While Chinatsu is an excellent basketball player, nicknamed “the rising star”, Taiki is far from being in this field. He plays badminton, but his skills aren’t up to snuff, at least not up to the level of Chinatsu’s.
Her attempts to get to the gym are always thwarted by Chinatsu, who is always the first to get there. Taiki is not insensitive to her beauty and charm and thus ends up developing a huge crush on her. But Chinatsu has no idea.
By a stroke of luck (but not for Chinatsu), Chinatsu’s parents had to leave Japan to work overseas, and so she ends up living with Taiki in her house. As their relationship blossoms, the pressure of the upcoming national championships weighs on both of them. Taiki trains harder than ever to impress his love and win the national championships.
When her little sister asks Karen Moriya, Chinatsu’s best friend, if there’s anyone in Chinatsu’s eyes or someone she’s cheering for, Karen describes a hypothetical boy, a tall boy older than she, good at basketball, currently studying abroad. For now, Ayame’s curiosity is satisfied.
However, things take a turn for the worse when a new boy, Kazuma, returns from studying abroad. According to Ayame, he fulfills all the requirements, leading her to believe that he is Chinatsu’s lover.
On the other hand, Hina, a rhythmic gymnast, has a crush on Taiki. As she glares at him and gloats over his attention, Ayame takes note of her expressions and later confronts Hina about her crush. Hina confirms and says that she already told Taiki her feelings, but he hasn’t responded yet.
As the chapter draws to a close, the reader finally sees the interaction between Taiki and Chinatsu, the main love interest. On the way home, she calls him by a new nickname, “Inota”, which makes Taiki all hot and annoyed. In response, he asks her if she would like him to call her “Chii”. Surprise, surprise! Chinatsu says she doesn’t mind. Is this the start of their budding romance?
Blue Box Chapter 70 Recap
Recently released, Chapter 70 opens with a note in Chinatsu’s hand on how to take care of the cactus mentioned in the previous chapter.
The scene then cuts to the locker room, where Ayame overhears two people discussing the upcoming fall training camp where students from the three clubs – Badminton, Basketball and Rhythmic Gymnastics – will be heading to honor the anniversary of the founding of the club. ‘school.
Ayame tries to play matchmaker and wants this to be the perfect opportunity for Chinatsu, Matsuoka, Hina, and Taiki to pair up.
Passing through the hallway, she has a front row seat to see Taiki practicing and complimenting him on his progress. Badminton team captain Nishida agrees that he is the best freshman they have. As she catches up with Taiki after her practice, she slips between conversations, chasing someone who has a crush on her rather than waiting for someone Taiki has a crush on. Indirectly implying that he should date Hina. Go Cupid Ayame!
In the last section of the chapter, the girls’ basketball team can be seen surrounding a bonfire discussing the legend.
“If two people invite each other to go out in front of the fire, the fire of their love will burst and they will live happily ever after.”
It ends with Chinatsu having a pensive look on her face. Is she thinking of taking a step towards someone special? Will this side bring Chinatsu and Taiki closer together or pull them apart as matchmaker Ayame comes into play?
Blue Box Chapter 71 Release Date
Blue Box Chapter 71 is scheduled to release on Sunday, October 2. Each chapter of the series is released once a week. It can be read on Shueisha’s Manga Plus app for the original Japanese version and on Viz Media for the English version.