Naruto Fans Call Out Black Clover For Copying the Sharingan
Naruto and Black Clover are two of the most popular anime and manga series in the world. While the Naruto manga is long overdue, Black Clover is still going strong and doesn’t seem to have been immune to controversy.
Black Clover author Yuki Tabata has been accused of drawing too much inspiration from Naruto for several years. Some fans have pointed out similarities between the two series, such as Captain Yami’s story being similar to Itachi Uchiha’s story from Naruto.
A new chapter of Black Clover was released recently and Yuki Tabata is back in the spotlight. Without giving too much away and spoiling the manga just for anime fans, a certain character in the series has awakened a new force that looks suspiciously similar to the signature Uchiha Sharingan and Otsutsuki Hagoromo combo.
Once the new chapter’s spoiler footage was leaked online, fans were quick to notice the similarities and took to social media to express their disbelief. Many fans have flooded Twitter with Black Clover memes copying Naruto while others still refuse to acknowledge the similarities. Whatever side of the argument they take, however, it’s clear that the latest iteration of Yuki Tabata has reignited controversy over his alleged plagiarism of Naruto. Only time will tell if this hurts the popularity of the Black Clover series.
Did Black Clover Really Copy Naruto?
It should be noted that Kishimoto did not invent the symbol used in Sasuke’s Sharingan as Tomoe actually comes from Japanese mythology and has been present in the culture for thousands of years. A few Black Clover fans have used it to defend Tabata, with one showing a board of various Tomoe symbols and noting that Sasuke is “literally Kurapika,” a Hunter X Hunter character with a similar background and motivations.
Yuki Tabata’s Black Clover manga was published in Weekly Shonen Jump in February 2015 and became a huge hit with the publication’s readers. As of November 2022, over 18 million copies of the 33 collected volumes in the series had circulated worldwide. Pierrot’s popular anime adaptation debuted in October 2017 and ran for 170 episodes until its conclusion in March 2021. The first feature film in the franchise, titled Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King, is currently in production but its original release date has been pushed back three months to June 16 due to issues caused by the coronavirus outbreak.