Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Manga Review: Black Clover, Volume 10, by Yuki Tabata

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: February 2018
Volumes: 14+
Spoilers?: Light.
Volume: 1. 9. 11.

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!

In order to heal his badly injured arms, Asta and his friends head to Vanessa’s homeland, the Forest of Witches. The Witch Queen who lives there may have the power to fix Asta’s arm, but can he pay the price she demands…?


Given the ending of the last volume, I didn't think Asta getting his hand fixed would be so anticlimactic. But it really is, and then we move onto the next big fight.
This time the group is kind-of helping a secret female-only witch village. They hate outsiders, they hate men, and their witch in charge is extremely strict about witches leaving. This also turns more of a focus on Fanzell, a wizard we've met before, who is in hiding from the group attacking the witches.
During this volume, I had to actively not pay attention to the sexist comments and themes. They were definitely there, but I didn't want to look at them too deeply. I didn't want to get upset by analyzing them.
This series is relatively easy to read, but it's not great. I don't particularly care for any of the characters, and the constant battles grow a bit boring after a while. Just meh for me.

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

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