Black Clover

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Black Clover
(Burakku Kurōbā)
GenreAdventure, fantasy[1]
Written byYūki Tabata
Published byShueisha
English publisher
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine
Original runFebruary 16, 2015 – present
Volumes19 (List of volumes)
Original video animation
Directed byTakashi Noto
Written byTakamitsu Kōno
Music byYūya Mori
ReleasedMay 2, 2017
Runtime27 minutes
Anime television series
Directed byTatsuya Yoshihara
Written byKazuyuki Fudeyasu
Music byMinako Seki
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo
English network
Original run October 3, 2017 – present
Episodes154[2] (List of episodes)
Asta's Journey to Wizard King
Written byYūki Tabata
Illustrated bySetta Kobayashi
Published byShueisha
MagazineSaikyō Jump
Original runFebruary 2, 2018 – present
Black Clover: Quartet Knights
PublisherBandai Namco Entertainment
PlatformPlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
  • JP: September 13, 2018

Black Clover (Japanese: ブラッククローバー Hepburn: Burakku Kurōbā) is a Japanese fantasy shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Yūki Tabata. The series is published in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine in Japan, and Viz Media is publishing it in their Weekly Shonen Jump digital anthology magazine in the United States. The story centers around a young boy named Asta, seemingly born without any magic power, something that is unknown in the world he lives in. With his ambition, newfound abilities, and friends, he aims to be the Wizard king. An original video animation produced by Xebec had its first trailer released on November 27, 2016, while an anime television series adaptation by Pierrot premiered on October 3, 2017.

Plot[change | change source]

Asta and Yuno are orphans who were raised together from birth after being abandoned at a church orphanage on the outskirts of the Clover Kingdom at the same time. In a world where everyone has the natural ability to perform a kind of magic, or a Magical Power (魔力 Maryoku), Asta is the only person born without any, leading him to train physically as compensation. Conversely, Yuno was born as a prodigy with immense magical power and the talent to control it. When they are 15, Asta and Yuno are granted the ability to become wizards known as Magic Knights by receiving grimoires, with which all magical power is channeled. Yuno is granted a wind-based grimoire held by the kingdom's first Wizard King, while Asta does not receive one. However, when a thief incapacitates Yuno to try and sell his grimoire on the black market, Asta summons his own grimoire, which contains the rare and mysterious Anti-Magic (enabling him to cancel out all magical effects), to defeat him. The story then follows the two boys in their time within separate squads in the Magic Knights, as they build a friendly rivalry to try and become the Wizard King themselves.

Anime[change | change source]

An original video animation produced by Xebec that is based on the series was shown at the 2016 Jump Festa between November 27 and December 18, 2016. It was bundled with the 11th volume of the manga, which was released on May 2, 2017.

At the Black Clover Jump Festa event on December 18, 2016, an anime television series adaptation by Pierrot was announced. It is directed by Tatsuya Yoshihara, with Kazuyuki Fudeyasu writing scripts, Itsuko Takeda doing character designs, and Minako Seki composing the music. The anime premiered on October 3, 2017. Kankaku Piero is performing the opening theme, ”Haruka Mirai” (Distant Future), while the ending theme is "Aoi Honō" (Blue Flame) by Itowokashi. The series was initially running for 13 episodes, but later expanded to 51 episodes. Crunchyroll is streaming the series. Funimation have licensed the series and streamed the English dub.

No. Title Original air date
1 "Asta and Yuno"

"Asuta to Yuno" (アスタとユノ) 

October 3, 2017
2 "The Boys' Promise"

"Shōnen no Chikai" (少年の誓い) 

October 10, 2017
3 "To the Royal Capital of the Clover Kingdom!"

"Kurōbā Ōkoku, ōto e!" (クローバー王国、王都へ!) 

October 17, 2017
4 "The Magic Knights Entrance Exam"

"Mahō kishi dan nyūdan shiken" (魔法騎士団入団試験) 

October 24, 2017
5 "The Path to the Wizard King"

"Mahō tei e no michi" (魔法帝への道) 

October 31, 2017
6 "The Black Bulls"

"Kuro no Bōgyū" (黒の暴牛) 

November 7, 2017
7 "The Other New Recruit"

"Mō ichi nin no shin nyūdan in" (もう一人の新入団員) 

November 14, 2017
8 "Go! Go! First Mission"

"Gōgō hatsu ninmu" (ゴーゴー初任務) 

Featured Quote[change | change source]

Featured Quote
People look to the Magic Knights for one thing... the peace of the Kingdom. In order to preserve that, we'll keep fighting with everything we have.
— Julius Nova Chrono in Light

Anime[change | change source]

An anime adaptation has been licensed to Pierrot, Inc. 「株式会社ぴえろ Kabushiki Gaisha Piero」. It began airing on October 3, 2017. An English-dubbed version has been licensed to Funimation and began airing on October 29, 2017.

An original animation video was produced by Xebec, Inc. 「株式会社ジーベック Kabushiki Gaisha Jībekku」 and played at 2016 Jump Festa. Copies were bundled with Volume 11.

Light Novel[change | change source]

A series of light novels was published by JUMP j-BOOKS 「ジャンプ ツェイ ブックス Janpu Jei Bukkusu」.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Official Website for Black Clover". Viz Media. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  2. ブラッククローバー Chapter XV*Blu-ray. Amazon (in Japanese). Retrieved March 31, 2020.