Spotlight animators return to the series for its 63rd episode
Studio Pierrot and the staff working on the upcoming episode of Black Clover seem excited about… something. In the lead-up to tomorrow’s highly anticipated episode 63, set to feature one of the biggest moments of the manga, many of those involved in the episodes production have been tweeting images, gifs, and production snippets of the new and improved Asta along with the hashtag #63. Many of them are either staff returning from Black Clover's biggest fights or other spectacular anime from this year.
The official studio Pierrot account to kick things off with a finished frame of the episode's big subject.
Follow by Black Clover’s series director Tatsuya Yoshihara with the original illustration.
ブラッククローバー♯63— gosso.blend (@gosso_blend) December 16, 2018
Shota Goshozono with a sick GIF. He's been a key animator for The Seven Deadly Sins and Fate/Apocrypha, who looks like he'll be returning to Black Clover for this episode after his last stint during episode 35, which you might remember as the series biggest animation pop-off during the Yami/Licht fight. Also Yuno’s surprisingly gorgeous dumpstering of some unnamed bandits.
Gem, with an intimidating silhouette. They've already animated a bit of Asta showing his dark side from the most recent Black Clover OP and contributed to Vanessa and Finral’s pinballing Asta portion of the battle against Vetto.
Yusuke Kawakami with what looks like some production work on some fire effects along with a hint of Asta. He's been busy this year doing key animation for Hanebado!, DARLING in the FRANXX, SSSS.GRIDMAN, and is the man behind Asta’s bullet hell fight against Valtos!
ブラッククローバー ♯63— まきの (@makino_728) December 16, 2018
Episode 63 getting the Revue Starlight title card treatment from animator Makino, who previously worked on... Revue Starlight!
A mysterious blue Asta from key animator Tilfinning, who worked on one of the most gorgeous fights this year, Naruto and Sasuke’s tag team, and helped put together some of the best moments from the Asta vs Vetto fight here Asta last unleashed a bit of his inner demon.
Here's a very creepy Ladros key frame from Moa Ang. Fate/Apocrypha and Revue Starlight animator who seems to have been brought in for the newest episode.
Finishing things up is an intense, windswept Asta GIF from animator Isuta, who has been bouncing back and forth between Sword Art Online: Alicization and Black Clover. You can thank them for Yami’s gorgeous Dark Cloaked Dimension Slash.
It isn't very often when a big shonen anime has the production coming out in force to advertise their work, usually only happening during some of the legendary moments in the manga. My last personal recollection of this was during a certain event in Bleach which had the anime staff pulling the same move when Ichigo was about to undergo a similar change. With that in mind, I'll setting aside some time tomorrow to watch this episode the moment it comes out.
Peter Fobian is an Associate Features Editor for Crunchyroll, author of Monthly Mangaka Spotlight, writer for Anime Academy, and contributor at Anime Feminist. You can follow him on Twitter @PeterFobian.