Monday, December 26, 2016

Manga Review: Black Clover, Volume 4, by Yuki Tabata

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Volumes: 9+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3. 5.

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!

The Clover Kingdom is under attack by a mysterious mage who can control zombies! The greatest Magic Knights have come together to protect the kingdom and Asta's caught in the middle of the ferocious battle!


The big fight in the middle of town continues through this volume. Everyone is split up and fighting someone else somewhere else in town. At one point several of the good guys (supposedly) get transported outside of town. Asta is trying to protect a little girl, and continues to surprise people with his anti-magic power.
There's a nice point where we see development in Yuno's power. We're only getting real glimpses of him in comparison to Asta, but I like Yuno. Those two are similar in odd ways. There's also a scene between Yuno and Charmy, the “little” girl who is obsessed with food. It was a fantastic scene, too.
And then we end on a cliffhanger.
I am enjoying this series, oddly enough. It's pretty typical shonen, nothing new or surprising, and it could use some work at times. But the pace and the characters are getting better as the series goes. It's fun to read.

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

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