On October 6, 2022, the official website for the anime adaptation of Yuuki Tabata’s Black Clover adventure, fantasy manga announced the upcoming film is titled Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King (Black Clover: Mahou Mikado no Ken), and will debut worldwide on Netflix, and open in theaters in Japan on March 31, 2023.
A new trailer with English subtitles has also been released and can be watched on Netflix’s official YouTube channel here:
The trailer teases that the plot of the upcoming movie will be an original story centering on the Wizard King Conrad Leto. In the trailer, we also get our first look at the Wizard King Conrad Leto, who states, “This is the day I will change this kingdom!”
We also get to see Conrad’s sword, which looks a lot like Asta’s but appears to be covered in ice or diamond. If Conrad’s sword is like Asta’s does that mean it is possessed by a devil or has anti-magic or magic-absorbing abilities?
Another possibility is that Conrad’s sword is in fact Asta’s sword, but from the past and in its previous appearance and condition before it was damaged. Asta’s sword has been called “an old, rusty sword” before. Therefore, Sword of the Wizard King could possibly also be titled Asta’s Sword: An Origin Story.
In another scene we see Conrad summon several gold keys, which begin to hover in mid-air. Conrad appears to be about to “unlock” something, but what? A portal to the devil dimension, perhaps? Does Conrad plan to flood the Clover Kingdom with devils? But, why? For revenge? On who? Whatever Conrad’s intentions truly are they don’t appear to be benevolent, which means Asta and the others will most likely be forced to stop his schemes.
Who is Conrad Leto?
Conrad Leto (also known as Konrad Leto) is the 27th Wizard King of the Clover Kingdom’s magic kingdom. He was the strongest Magic Knight of the Clover Kingdom during his time, and allegedly possessed an immense amount of magical power.
Yuuki Tabata drew the character design for Conrad, which was also unveiled, and can be seen here:
The Wizard King Conrad Leto will be played by voice actor Toshihiko Seki.
Conrad is a tall man with unruly black hair with a wild lock of green hair. He is depicted as wearing a high-collared, lined shirt beneath a dark gray kimono-style jacket that is lined with screen scrollwork. He holds the jacket closed with a red sash belt. Wrapped around his chest and waist are five gold strands of keys (what do these keys unlock?). Conrad also sports a pair of dark gray pants and shiny black boots that are trimmed with red and have four gold, diamond-shaped ornaments on the shins. To complete his regal look he wears a long, dark gray cape trimmed with white fur and a fluffy fur shawl with red tassels.
The diamond-shaped ornaments are worth taking note of since they may hint at Conrad’s connection to the Diamond Kingdom.
Conrad also bears a resemblance to Yuno, which may mean they are related in some way.
Who are the production team members?
Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King production team members include:
- Director – Ayataka Tanemura
- Animation – Studio Pierrot
- Scriptwriters – Johnny Otoda, Ai Orrii
- Music composer – Minako Seki
- Chief Supervisor and Original Character Designer – Yuuki Tabata
- Character Designer – Itsuko Takeda
What is the plot of Black Clover?
Black Clover is a fantasy Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Tabata. In February 2015, Yuuki Tabata launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Jump. The manga’s English print and digital versions have been licensed by Viz Media. The story’s hero is a young boy named Asta, who was born without any magic power, which is an oddity in the world he lives in where everyone possesses at least some magical power. Despite his limitations, Asta dreams of one day becoming the Wizard King.
In 2017, the first OVA adaptation produced by Xebec Zwei was released. From October 2017 to March 2021 an anime TV series adaptation produced by Pierrot aired in Japan on TV Tokyo. Crunchyroll streamed the series in Japanese with English subtitles and the show’s English dub was streamed by Funimation.
The new Black Clover film is set to premiere on March 31, 2022! It was revealed in the Blu-ray release of the Black Clover TV series that Ayataka Tanemura would direct the film. Crunchyroll and Funimation have licensed the anime series.
Asta was a young orphan mysteriously left to be raised in an orphanage alongside a fellow orphan, Yuno. While his friend Yuno is able to utilize mana in the form of magical power, Asta cannot and decides to focus on increasing his physical strength with muscle training. Yuno is a prodigy gifted with immense magical power and the talent to control wind magic.
Both Asta and Yuno have the same goal – to become the Wizard King (who has power only second to the king of Clover Kingdom) and form a rivalry that pushes them both to improve their respective skills. During a special ceremony, Yuno obtains a legendary four-leaf grimoire (magic book) that is known for only appearing to the most powerful mages.
Despite Asta’s lack of magic a grimoire also appears to him. However, Asta’s grimoire is a black five-leaf book that contains elf swords and a Devil that uses rare anti-magic. After the ceremony, Asta and Yuno each join a Magic Knight squad that will aid them on their path to becoming the Wizard King.
Asta is chosen to join the Black Bulls under their leader Yami Sukehiro and alongside Asta’s love interest, Noelle Silva. The Black Bulls are looked down upon by the other squads and filled with powerful yet eccentric and often misunderstood individuals. Yuno gets to join the squad that is the most powerful and popular known as the Golden Dawn. Golden Dawn is filled with talented and courageous individuals.
Asta and Yuno embark on various adventures while having to go up against an extremist group called the Eye of the Midnight Sun, whose leadership is manipulated by a Devil in avenging an injustice committed against the Elves by the Clover Kingdom at the time of its founding.
Are you looking forward to the film Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King? What do you think Conrad Leto is after? Do you think his sword is actually Asta’s sword but from the past? Let us know in the comment section below!