Filling the void 'Fairy Tail,' 'Naruto' and 'Bleach' left behind.
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5 Sep 2017 - 12:59 PM  UPDATED 5 Sep 2017 - 1:06 PM

Following an OVA by Xebec earlier in the year, Studio Pierrot will produce an anime adaptation of Yuki Tabata’s shonen fantasy manga, Black Clover

In a world where everyone possesses magical abilities, Black Clover follows Asta, a young orphan boy born without magical power. Asta and Yuno have been inseparable since they were first abandoned at the same church, vowing to become the Wizard King. When his friend is in danger, Asta awakens a powerful four-leaf clover grimoire of anti-magic properties, making him the first anti-magic user in the world.

Fans of other Shonen series have criticised manga creator Yuki Tabata for allegedly copying ideas from other popular series. Fans of Fairy Tail and Seven Deadly Sins will appreciate a similar fantasy world with magic, knights and demons; a story about friendship and never giving up is reminiscent of Naruto’s journey, and a brotherly rivalry between friends since childhood is a conventional genre trope seen in various manga. Following the end of Naruto, Bleach and Fairy Tail over the last few years, this adaption looks to fill the void they left with a tale of epic large-scaled fantasy and action.

Black Clover is directed by Tatsuya Yoshihara (Monster Musume, Yatterman Night, Hunter x Hunter: The Last Mission), character designed by Itsuko Takeda (Level E) and Kumiko Tokunaga (Kingdom season two), and prop designed by Food Wars! Shokugeki no Souma's key animator Kosei Takahashi. The soundtrack is composed by Minako Seki (Kingdom, The Silver Guardian), with new voice actor Gakuto Kajiwara and Nobunaga Shimazaki (Free!, Parasyte: The Maxim, My Love Story!) playing Asta and Yuno respectively.

Studio Pierrot are best known for producing anime adaptations of Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto, Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul and Tite Kubo’s Bleach. The team more recently produced this season’s Boruto: Naruto Next Generations and Konbini Kareshi, as well as last year’s comedy series about six identical twin brothers, Osomatsu-San.

Black Clover is published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, alongside My Hero Academia, Haikyu!! and One Piece. The first volume released in the West in June last year. The series will debut in October during the Autumn anime season and will be available to simulcast on Crunchyroll.

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