‘Black Clover’ Season 2 Release Date: Anime Confirmed For 51 Episodes In 2018 – Can The Manga Keep Up?

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Dec. 9 2017, Updated 11:58 p.m. ET

Talking about the Black Clover Season 2 release date may seem like putting the magical cart before the flying horse at this point in the anime’s history, but some fans of the Black Clover manga are concerned whether or not Studio Pierrot will faithfully follow the source material. The good news is that everyone is planning for the long haul, so somebody better buy Gakuto Kajiwara, Asta’s voice actor, stock in a throat lozenge company.

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Early on, Funimation initially listed the first season as only having 13 episodes, but that disappointment was corrected quickly by the official website for the anime series. There will be five Blu-ray Disc and DVD box sets released in 2018 and 2019, with each box coming with 9 to 12 episodes each. The first edition box set promises to include extras that will be revealed in Weekly Shonen Jump on December 4, 2017.

Here are the release dates for the Black Clover Blu-Ray/DVD box sets.

  • Black Clover Chapter I (Volume I): February 23, 2018
  • Black Clover Chapter II (Volume 2): May 25, 2018
  • Black Clover Chapter III (Volume 3): July 27, 2018
  • Black Clover Chapter IV (Volume 4): October 26, 2018
  • Black Clover Chapter V (Volume 5): January 25, 2019

The announcement means the Black Clover anime will be at least 51 episodes by the end of 2018. The first season is being divided up into four cours, with each cour receiving its own opening and ending video. No major breaks between the cours have been announced. It’s expected that the season finale episode will air at the end of the summer 2018 anime season. Some fans predict that the season will actually be 50 episodes and that episode 51 will be a Black Clover OVA episode, but that rumor has yet to be confirmed.

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Black Clover Manga Currently Enough For Second 2 And 3

Fans are hoping that the Black Clover anime does not diverge dramatically from the story of the manga, which is what happened with Twin Star Exorcists. That anime ended this past summer with 50 episodes and it was produced by TV Tokyo and Studio Pierrot, the same companies producing the Black Clover anime. Fortunately, that’s an apples-to-oranges comparison since the Twin Star Exorcists manga had much less base material available when the anime first started being produced.

The story of Yuki Tabata’s Black Clover manga began releasing in 2015 and immediately became popular with Japanese manga readers. As of the October of 2017, the manga series is up to Chapter 120 as of Volume 12. However, the manga series is up to Chapter 133 in Weekly Shonen Jump, which provides plenty of base material for the anime adaptation.

VIZ Media has already published the English translation of the Black Clover manga up through the ninth volume and they also provide free chapters on the official website. VIZ Media is scheduled to release Black Clover Volume 10 on February 6, 2018, Volume 11 on May 1, 2018, and Volume 12 on August 7, 2018. That means the English manga will be way ahead of the story of Black Clover Season 2 even before it airs in Japan.

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Warning: Minor spoilers in this section of the article.

The first season of the anime will probably end somewhere around Chapter 37 of the manga, which is contained in the first half of Volume 5. It’s a logical stopping point since the story concludes with many dramatic events, including an assault by the walking dead in Clover Kingdom’s royal capital, an assassination, and a Magic Knights promotion for Asta. (This article will be updated once the first season’s finale is released.)

How can Studio Pierrot turn 37 chapters into 51 episodes? They have already begun to produce filler episodes for the anime. For example, the third episode was mostly filler and episode 7 was based on events which took place in chapter 5. Assuming the anime’s pacing and filler percentage remain the same, there is currently enough manga chapters for Black Clover Season 3, never mind just the second season.

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