Black Clover may have had a rough first impression, but fans are definitely warming up to the anime as it slowly introduces elements that will further separate it from every other shonen series out there.
The last few episodes have introduced many things to the series, including the next major villain. Thanks to promo art for the Black Clover: Grimoire Battle arcade game in Japan, fans now have a look at how the next villain will be portrayed in the anime.
Spotted by Reddit user asterisk_blue, the art for Grimoire Battle shows off key characters for the next arc, the "Dungeon Exploration" arc. The art shows Asta, Yuno, and previously introduced Golden Dawn knights, Klaus and Mimosa. Facing them are new characters Lotus and Mars, key members of the opposing Diamond Kingdom.
The "Dungeon Exploration" is the second official arc of the Black Clover manga and centers on a mystery dungeon that appears on the borders of the Clover and Diamond Kingdoms. Dungeons are highly sought after by the Magic Knights since when they do pop up they offer countless treasures and magical items, but are also incredibly dangerous. So it becomes the duty of the Magic Knights to journey into the mysterious dungeon in order to claim the magical artifacts before they land into the wrong hands. The villain Mars is actually the result of an experiment that embedded many magical stones into his body.
If you are unfamiliar with Black Clover, the series debuted in Shonen Jump back in 2015 from creator Yuki Tabata. The since popular series follows two young boys named Asta and Yuno who are growing up in a world where magic is everything. Asta, unfortunately, seems to have been born without magical powers while Yuno is a young prodigy whose magical powers rival that of the strongest magic users in the Clover Kingdom, the Magic Knights. The story then follows the two young boys as they strive to become the strongest wizard in the Clover Kingdom, The Wizard King.
Studio Pierrot's Black Clover adaptation premiered in Japan on October 3 and is currently slated for a hefty 51 episodes. You can currently find the Japanese language version with English subtitles on Crunchyroll, and the English language dub on FunimationNow and Saturday evenings on Adult Swim's Toonami block.