Monday, August 8, 2016

Manga Review: Black Clover, Volume 1, by Yuki Tabata

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Volumes: 7+
Spoilers?: Light.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Asta is a young boy who dreams of becoming the greatest mage in the kingdom. Only one problem-he can't use any magic! Luckily for Asta, he receives the incredibly rare five-leaf clover grimoire that gives him the power of anti-magic. Can someone who can't use magic really become the Wizard King? One thing's for sure-Asta will never give up!

Young Asta was born with no magic ability in a world where magic is everything. In order to prove his strength and keep a promise with his friend, Asta dreams of becoming the greatest mage in the land, the Wizard King!


I was intrigued by this series, and the setup reminds me of Shaman King, which I enjoyed.
Asta wants to be the Wizard King, he’s more determined than anyone else, only he has absolutely no magic. His best friend and rival, Yuno, on the other hand, is more gifted in magic than anyone else they know. They both try out for the magic knights, and set off on their journey toward becoming the wizard king.
Asta is a bit annoying. He’s extremely determined and loud, never giving up even when he’s clearly losing. He’s in love with a nun, for instance, and wants her to marry him, even when she repeatedly declines. Yuno, though, is quiet and studious, but just as determined in his silent way. Yuno is a shark, where Asta is a loud kid. We meet the gang that Asta becomes a part of, a unique mix of misfits. I’m hoping we get to see what Yuno is doing with his own group as well.
This was an interesting volume, though Asta is a bit annoying at times. It was well-done, though, and the artwork is nice. I’m particularly interested in the idea behind it, and what exactly is going to happen with Asta’s powers.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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