Okay, I am arriving late at the party, but I finally decided to read Yûki Tabata’s Black Clover Manga Series. Please keep in mind that I have heard about the series (both anime and manga) but kept away from it due to a lack of appeal. A few days ago, I decided to give it a shot, and I was a fool to skip this series.
Our story begins with a young boy named Asta. Asta was born without magical abilities in a world where magic is everything. (Wait, did I review a story already with a similar premise?) to prove his strength and promise to his friend, Asta dreams of becoming the greatest mage in the land, the Wizard King! I am immediately intrigued by the world’s current setting. It is reminiscent of 18th or 19th Century Europe, the people in this world possess magical abilities, and the strongest of mages are given a knighthood to defend their kingdom. Two young orphans from an outskirt village make a vow to not only join the ranks of the knights but to become the Wizard King.
While the two orphans are friends, they consider each other a rival. Our protagonist is short and has blond hair, very loud and energetic. While the other is tall and slender, quiet and thoughtful. Both orphans endured magical training and were picked by different mages/knights to unlock their potential. As was mentioned previously, Asta was born without Magical Abilities, so he had to work harder, while Yuno is a magical prodigy. (The Basic Formula in any Shonen Manga from what it seems to be, trend-wise.)
The Story is fast-paced, packed with action, and great humor with a great supporting cast. Each character is designed uniquely and helps the story stand out. Speaking of characters, I do enjoy the Black Bull’s perspective on things, they may be considered to be one of the most destructive and worst squads of the organization but they seem to be the most human in the organization.
As for the art, it stands out, with great detail to action and emotional expression. I like the anime series, but the manga has something more to offer, which I know sounds crazy to say in an age where everything gets a live-action adaption or animation order. Tabata has a unique way of telling a story, their previous work called Hungry Joker was more of a scientific type of shonen title, but there are subtle nods to it in Black Clover.
Overall, I am enjoying this series so far. It’s a great fantasy title and has promise. I’m looking forward to reading and watching more of this series. And as always, Black Clover Chapters are available to read on Viz Media’s Shonen Jump app and Shueisha’s Manga Plus App. (It is also part of the First Read Free Campaign.)
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