Monday, November 21, 2016

Manga Review: Black Clover, Volume 3, by Yuki Tabata

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Volumes: 8+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 2. 4.

Goodreads Synopsis:

In a world of magic, Asta, a boy with anti-magic powers, will do whatever it takes to become the Wizard King!

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!

Asta and his teammates head deep into a magical dungeon in search of treasure. However, waiting below are mages from a rival kingdom! Can Asta summon the power to defeat an enemy even Yuno couldn't take down?!


Still in the midst of the battle scene, we get some history on Mars, and the connection between Mimosa and Noelle. While it is better in this volume than the previous, and it does work well, I can't help but feel that this is rushing a bit. We're getting a lot in a short time; some of it isn't as well written or paced as it could be—not to say that it's all badly done, though, and it is easy to read.
Aside from that fight, we see that Asta has made a girl fall in love with him, and then they get to meet the wizard king. Lastly, the volume ends on a new fight ensuing, this one from a wizard wreaking havoc on a city.
Mostly, though, I really want to see more of that tiny little fairy that Yuno summoned somehow with that book. I want to explore that some more, and I do hope we get to see what Yuno is doing on his own when he's away from Asta.
This is a straight-up shonen series, lots of fighting and competing and magic. I'm rather enjoying it so far, though. It's easy to like.

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

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