Black Clover

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Black Clover
Black Clover, volume 1.jpg
The cover of the first volume of Black Clover
ブラッククローバー
(Burakku Kurōbā)
GenreAdventure, fantasy[1]
Manga
Written byYūki Tabata
Published byShueisha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine
Original runFebruary 16, 2015 – present
Volumes22 (List of volumes)
Original video animation
Directed byTakashi Noto
Written byTakamitsu Kōno
Music byYūya Mori
StudioXebec
ReleasedMay 2, 2017
Runtime27 minutes
Anime television series
Directed byTatsuya Yoshihara
Written byKazuyuki Fudeyasu
Music byMinako Seki
StudioPierrot
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo
English network
Original run October 3, 2017 – present
Episodes106 (List of episodes)
Manga
Asta's Journey to Wizard King
Written byYūki Tabata
Illustrated bySetta Kobayashi
Published byShueisha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineSaikyō Jump
Original runFebruary 2, 2018 – present
Volumes1
Game
Black Clover: Quartet Knights
PublisherBandai Namco Entertainment
PlatformPlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
Released
  • JP: September 13, 2018
Manga
Black Clover Gaiden: Quartet Knights
Written byYūki Tabata
Illustrated byYumiya Tashiro
Published byShueisha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineShonen Jump+
Original runOctober 7, 2018 – present
Volumes3
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Black Clover (Japanese: ブラッククローバー, Hepburn: Burakku Kurōbā) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yūki Tabata. It has been serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since February 16, 2015, and has been collected into 22 tankōbon volumes. The story centers around Asta, a young boy seemingly born without any magic power, something that is unknown in the world he lives in. With his fellow mages from the Black Bulls, Asta plans to become the next Wizard King.

The manga has been adapted into an original video animation produced by Xebec, which was released in 2017, as well an anime television series produced by Pierrot, which also premiered in Japan in 2017.[2] The manga series was licensed for an English language release in North America by Viz Media, while the anime series is licensed by Crunchyroll and Funimation.

Plot[edit]

The series focuses on Asta, a young orphan who was raised from birth after being abandoned at an orphanage along with his fellow orphan, Yuno. While everyone is born with the ability to utilize Mana in the form of Magical Power (魔力, Maryoku), Asta is the only exception. He tries to achieve magic through physical training. Conversely, Yuno was born as a prodigy with immense magical power and the talent to control wind magic. Motivated by a desire to become the next Wizard King, an authority figure second to the king of Clover Kingdom, the two youths developed a friendly rivalry. Yuno obtains a legendary four-leaf grimoire held by the kingdom's first Wizard King. Asta, despite his lack of magic, obtained the mysterious five-leaf grimoire (which can't be clearly identified by others because its worn out), which contains mysterious elf swords and rare anti-magic. Afterward, he and Yuno each join a Magic Knight squad as the first step to fulfill their ambitions.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Written and illustrated by Yūki Tabata, Black Clover has been serialized in Shueisha's manga anthology Weekly Shōnen Jump since February 16, 2015.[3] The manga is Tabata's second series in Weekly Shōnen Jump: his first series, Hungry Joker (ハングリー ジョーカー, Hangurī Jōkā), was launched in the magazine on November 12, 2012, where it ran for 24 chapters before being cancelled in 2013.[4][5] The chapters have been collected into tankōbon volumes by Shueisha since June 4, 2015.[6] In total, there are 217 chapters and 22 tankōbon volumes.[7]

On February 9, 2015, Viz Media announced that they would publish the first three chapters of the series in their Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine as part of their "Jump Start" program in North America.[8] On March 30, 2015, they announced that the series would join their weekly lineup, beginning with chapter 4 on April 6, and publishing at an accelerated rate until the chapters were current with Japan.[9][10] Plans to release the series in print were announced in during their panel at New York Comic Con on October 9, 2015.[11] Shueisha began to simulpublish the series in English on the app and website Manga plus in February 2019.[12]

On February 2, 2018, a gag manga spinoff illustrated by Setta Kobayashi titled Asta's Journey to Wizard King (アスタくん魔法帝への道, Asta-kun Mahōtei e no Michi) launched in Shueisha's Saikyō Jump.[13] The manga has been collected in one tankōbon volume.[14] On September 30, 2018, a manga based on the video game Black Clover: Quartet Knights launched on October 7, 2018.[15] As of October 4, 2019 it has been collected in three tankōbon volumes.[16]

Anime[edit]

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.[17][18][19] It was bundled with the 11th volume of the manga, which was released on May 2, 2017.[20] A second original video animation was shown at the 2018 Jump Festa.[21]

At the Black Clover Jump Festa event on December 18, 2016, an anime television series adaptation by Pierrot was announced.[20] It is directed by Tatsuya Yoshihara, with Kazuyuki Fudeyasu writing scripts, Itsuko Takeda doing character designs, and Minako Seki composing the music.[22] The series premiered on October 3, 2017[23][2] with the first two seasons each consisted of 51 episodes.[24][25] Season 3 has been confirmed by the production company in a tweet.[26]

Crunchyroll is simulcasting the series,[27] while Funimation is producing an English dub as it airs.[28][29] Adult Swim's Toonami programming block premiered the English dub on December 2, 2017.[30] Sony Pictures UK and Funimation released the first part of the series on home video in the United Kingdom and Ireland,[31] with subsequent parts released by Manga Entertainment.[32] Universal Sony classified the first part of the series for release in Australia and New Zealand, on behalf of Funimation,[33] with Madman Entertainment releasing subsequent parts.[34]

Video games[edit]

At Jump Festa 2017, a video game, titled Black Clover: Quartet Knights, was announced for a 2018 release on PlayStation 4 and PC.[35] It was released in Japan on September 13, 2018,[36] while the western release was on September 14, 2018.[37] A mobile game called Black Clover: Dream Knights (ブラッククローバー 夢幻の騎士団, Burakku Kurōbā: Mugen no Kishidan) has been announced.[38] It was released in Japan on November 14, 2018.[39]

Asta is featured as a playable character in the Weekly Shōnen Jump crossover game Jump Force.[40]

Reception[edit]

Volume 1 reached 23rd place on the weekly Oricon manga charts, with 38,128 copies sold;[41] volume 2 reached 17th place, with 61,918 copies;[42] volume 3 also reached 17th place, with 80,462 copies;[43][44] volume 4 reached 13th place, with 93,866 copies;[45][46] volume 5 reached 15th place, with 108,503 copies;[47][48] and volume 6 reached 11th place, with 118,783 copies.[49][50] As of January 2019, the manga has 7 million copies in print.[51]

Reviewing the series for ComicsAlliance, Tom Speelman described the premise as "what if Harry Potter was a knight and also kinda dumb?" He recommended it for fans of Naruto and Fairy Tail, noting its similarities to the former series as well as to Bleach. He praised the author's ability to invigorate stock characters.[4] Henry Ma of Ka Leo O Hawaii praised the series' humor and art, noting that the latter was "very nice" and was similar to Fairy Tail.[52] However, not all critics were positive, with a board of comic book writers at San Diego Comic-Con listing the manga as one of the worst from 2016.[53]

References[edit]

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