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Black Summoner (Japanese: 黒の召喚士, Hepburn: Kuro no Shōkanshi) is a Japanese light novel series written by Doufu Mayoi. It began publication online on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō novel posting website in October 2014. Overlap began publishing the series with illustrations by Kurogin under their Overlap Bunko imprint in June 2016. A manga adaptation with illustrations by Gin Ammo began serialization in Overlap's Comic Gardo website in January 2018. An anime television series adaptation by Satelight aired from July to September 2022.
Waking up in a strange new place with no memory of his past life, Kelvin learns that he's bartered away those very memories in exchange for powerful new abilities during his recent transmigration. Heading out into a whole new world as a Summoner—with his first Follower being the very goddess who brought him over! Kelvin begins his new life as an adventurer, and it isn't long before he discovers his hidden disposition as a battle junkie. From the Black Knight of the Ancient Castle of Evil Spirits to the demon within the Hidden Cave of the Sage, he revels in the fight against one formidable foe after another.
Kelvin (ケルヴィン, Keruvin)
Voiced by: Koki Uchiyama (Japanese); Van Barr (English)
The main protagonist who is a reincarnated Summoner, the only S-rank summoner in the world. He bartered away his memories of his previous life to gain useful abilities. His current contracted servants are Clotho, Gerard, Melfina, and Sera.
Efil (エフィル, Efiru)
Voiced by: Manaka Iwami (Japanese); Bev Megato (English)
Originally a slave, she is a Half-Elf, bought by Kelvin and trained to be a formidable Archer. She had a curse to set anybody she touches on fire, until Kelvin came and broke it.
Melfina (メルフィーナ, Merufīna)
Voiced by: Reina Ueda (Japanese); Tia Ballard (English)
The Goddess of Reincarnation, she is the one responsible for giving Kelvin his powers in exchange for his memories. As she is a godess, she has a very high level, over 100. She is so strong that Kevin himself, an S-rank summoner, couldn't summon her when he entered the world. Her true form was hidden, appearing as an interactive game menu until creating an artificial body for herself which Kevlin can summon. In her artificial body, she is shown to look like an angel, with wings and a white dress.
Clotho (クロト, Kuroto)
Voiced by: Randhi (Japanese); Mary Morgan (English)
Clotho is a contracted Slime used by Kelvin. He is the first monster contracted by Kelvin, and is immediately put to use by him to kill another slime. He has since evolved into a Slime Gluttonia, a monster almost as strong as Demon Lords.
Gerard (ジェラール, Jerāru)
Voiced by: Yōsuke Akimoto (Japanese); Bruce Carey (English)
He is a Blackghost Knight, bound to earth by the pain and anger of losing his wife and kids. He is Kelvin's second contracted monster. As of episode 5, he has evolved into an Abyssal Knight Commander.
Voiced by: Minori Suzuki (Japanese); Alexis Tipton (English)
She is the daughter of the former Demon King Gustav, who was sealed away for her safety. She was taught to become an Arcane Pugilist and became Kelvin's third contracted servant
Ange (アンジェ, Anje)
Voiced by: Konomi Inagaki (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski (English)
Receptionist of the Adventurer's Guild in Parth.
Voiced by: Yume Miyamoto
A reincarnated Hero summoned by Kelvin.Media
Written by Doufu Mayoi, the series began publication online on Shōsetsuka ni Narō on October 6, 2014. The series was later acquired by Overlap, who began publishing the series with illustrations by Kurogin (and DaiXt as of volume 7) under their Overlap Bunko imprint on June 25, 2016. As of June 2022, seventeen volumes have been released. In July 2020, J-Novel Club announced they licensed the series for English publication.
A manga adaptation, illustrated by Gin Ammo, began serialization in Comic Gardo on January 11, 2018. As of June 2022, the individual chapters have been collected into thirteen tankōbon volumes. J-Novel Club is also publishing the manga in English.
An anime television series adaptation was announced on February 17, 2022. It is produced by Satelight and directed and scripted by Yoshimasa Hiraike, with Miwa Oshima designing the characters and Michiru and Yuria Miyazono composing the music. It aired from July 9 to September 24, 2022, on Tokyo MX. The opening theme song is "Ataman Chū Dead End" (頭ん中DEAD END) by RetBear (unknown Vo:10fu), while the ending theme song is "Wherever" by Minori Suzuki. Crunchyroll has licensed the series, and has also began streaming an English dub starting on July 23, 2022. Medialink has licensed the series in Asian region and streaming on their Youtube channel Ani-One Asia.
As of May 2021, the series has over one million copies in circulation.
Web novel at Shōsetsuka ni Narō (in Japanese)
Light novel official website (in Japanese)
Manga official website (in Japanese)
Anime official website (in Japanese)
Black Summoner (light novel) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
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