The blockbuster announcement that the popular TV anime series, Black Clover, would be made into a movie was revealed on the cover of this week’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 17 released in Japan on Monday, March 29.
The announcement was coupled with a new 70-second short video on YouTube. Although the video is in Japanese, there is a hint, 40 seconds into the video, that an English version may be in the works.
What is Black Clover?
Black Clover, a popular manga by Yuki Tabata that sold a total of more than 12 million copies to date, was originally animated in October 2017. 170 episodes have been broadcast in Japan.
Crunchyroll, a major overseas platform, has distributed the translations in 87 countries and regions around the world– making Black Clover a worldwide sensation.
What is the gist of the story?
The main character, a boy named Asta, and his rival Yuno- who cannot use magic- frequently go head-to-head in this creative, magical fantasy blockbuster. Their mutual goal is to become the highest-ranking wizard.
Details of how the story of Black Clover, which is commonly abbreviated in Japanese as Bula Kuro (ブラクロ), will twist and turn as Asta is challenged in the movie have yet to be announced.
Who is the author?
The author of Black Clover, Yuki Tabata, 36, is a manga artist from Fukuoka, Japan.
He turned pro in 2001 after winning the coveted Manga Tenka Ichi Prize (天下一漫画賞) which is awarded each year to the most promising up-and-coming manga artist. Tabata is also known for drawing 24 issues of the manga, Hungry Joker.
The final episode just aired in Japan
On Tuesday, March 30, TV Tokyo aired the show’s final episode in Japan.
For years, fans have been clamoring for a big-screen adaptation of the anime series. Their wish will soon be granted.
Kana Suzuki, a big fan with 30,000+ followers on Twitter, tweeted on Monday,
“I bought Jump and shouted for joy last night! Congratulations on the 6th anniversary of the anime serialization and the decision to make it into a movie. I am really happy with this wonderful news. Tomorrow is the final episode of the anime, but Black Clover will continue!”
The photo shows the cover of this week’s Jump magazine.
Matona was so happy that she drew her own poster to commemorate the announcement. She tweeted,
“I drew an illustration to support the final episode of the anime and the decision to make it into a movie. I have enjoyed watching the anime and reading the manga every week! Now I am looking forward to the future activities of Asta and his friends!”
The text in Japanese says, “Congratulations on the design (pending) to make Black Clover into a movie!”
Fellow fan Yukinko tweeted,
“Congratulations on the decision to make Black Clover into a movie. I became attracted to this series when I saw Black Clover through Snow Man. The story is so interesting. I am really looking forward to seeing Asta’s activities at a movie theater.”
After watching the last episode of the anime series on TV, Masato tweeted,
“It has been decided to make Black Clover into a movie! Congratulations! I want to go see it. Asta’s devil is cute!”
ブラッククローバー映画化決定おめでとう😭見に行きたい😭アスタの悪魔可愛かったあああ！！！！— ▷ み さ と ◁ (@0sk___) March 30, 2021
We’ll keep you posted on more information about the highly anticipated movie release soon.
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Now a self-declared "lifer" foreigner in Japan, Mark is the founder of the Real Gaijin Substack (https://realgaijin.substack.com/welcome). Now based in Oita Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan, Mark is currently self-employed as an independent contractor focused on management and marketing consulting in the healthcare field. He had a long career at an American medical device manufacturer based in Chicago. Mark helped to found and ultimately run its wholly owned subsidiary in Tokyo. He completed a year-long Fulbright grant at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. Mark is also a 1990 graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, U.S.A. where he earned a BA in both History and the Japanese language. During college Mark was an exchange student at both Waseda University and Nichibeikaiwagakuin in Tokyo where he studied intensive Japanese. Mark speaks business level Japanese and intends to remain in Japan indefinitely where he has lived for a total of more than 20 years. He likes to write about his experiences and has been a frequent contributor to the on-line media resource Japan Insider (https://japaninsider.com/) for which he typically writes about business-related issues, the unique culture of Japan, and travel. Mark likes the outdoors and is passionate about hiking, bicycle touring and marine sports—particularly sailing and windsurfing.