If you’re not in the know (though you probably are), Black Clover is one of the more recent additions to the Shonen Jump line-up. But, long enough for its popularity to have become clear, and for it to be getting an obligatory anime series from Studio Pierrot. It’ll be aired on Crunchyroll too!
Some more of the cast have also been revealed. William Vangeance, the Golden Dawn’s Captain, will be voiced by Daisuke Ono (Jotaro Kujo, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure; Sebastein, Black Butler); Mimosa Vermilion, a Golden Dawn member and plant magic user will be voiced by Asuka Nishi (Anya Flomer, DanMachi); and Klaus Lunette, another Golden Dawn member who uses steel magic, will be voiced by Takuma Terashima (Shiroe, Log Horizon).
In a world where magic is everything, Asta and Yuno are both found abandoned at a church on the same day. While Yuno is gifted with exceptional magical powers, Asta is the only one in this world without any. At the age of fifteen, both receive grimoires, magic books that amplify their holder’s magic. Asta’s is a rare Grimoire of Anti-Magic that negates and repels his opponent’s spell. Being opposite but good rivals, Yuno and Asta are ready for the hardest of challenges to achieve their common dream: to be the Wizard King. Giving up is never an option!
Black Clover is very stereotypically shonen, and is pretty obviously inspired by some of the biggest shonen works before it. In fact, the manga feels very old school, which sort of isn’t something that many current stuff is doing. It’s been compared most closely to Naruto, but it definitely has shades of some other big hitters like Dragon Ball and Bleach too. But, it usually tries to add its own twists too.
We’ll have to wait and see whether the Black Clover anime can help it reach new heights, but the trailer is looking pretty solid. If you’re not into shonen, though, it’s unlikely this anime adaptation will change your mind. But we’ll see.
Black Clover begins airing in Japan 3rd October 2017, and should go up on Crunchyroll at around the same time.