In the 38th issue of the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, Shueisha officially announced that Yuuki Tabata‘s Black Clover manga series will be moving to Jump GIGA magazine. The announcement was made at the end of Black Clover’s 368th chapter, which will be the final chapter run in Weekly Shonen Jump.
The next chapter of the manga will be released in the upcoming winter issue of Jump GIGA. It will be simultaneously published in English on Shueisha’s Manga Plus and Shonen Jump platforms. Jump GIGA is known for its quarterly release schedule and Shueisha usually publishes four issues of it every season of the year.
Tabata provided an official comment on the transfer, stating that the move was done for the benefit of his health and that he will do his best to bring the series to a successful conclusion. He also added that more details about the next chapter’s release will be revealed later on.
The Black Clover manga was on extended hiatus for three months, starting from late April 2022 so that Tabata could prepare for the series’ final story arc. The Weekly Shonen Jump editorial team also confirmed that the manga’s final arc was approaching its climax.
The anime series ran from 2017 to 2021 with Tatsuya Yoshihara (Chainsaw Man action director) directing the first half and serving as chief director for the second. An anime film titled Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King was released on Netflix and in Japanese theaters on June 16, 2023.
The manga series was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump under the Jump Comics label from February 16, 2015 to August 21, 2023. A total of 35 tankoubon volumes have been released as of June 2023. Viz Media releases the manga in English. The franchise has also inspired several spin-off manga, video games, and a light novel.
Crunchyroll is streaming the anime series and describes the story as:
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 spells. 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!
Source: Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #38, Anime News Network