Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Manga Review: Black Clover, Volume 9, by Yuki Tabata

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: November 2017
Volumes: 14+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 8. 10.

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!

With the battle for the water temple finally over, the Black Bulls return home to the Clover Kingdom as heroes. But more trouble is on the horizon as the Diamond Kingdom launches an invasion! Can Yuno and the Golden Dawn repel the invading mages?


We get to see the conclusion of the fight with Vetto in this volume. It's violent and bad, but also ends rather easily with another person's help.
The end of that fight brings something new for the Black Bulls, though: praise. Now they're being cheered and commended and thanked for saving people and helping out. It's something most of them never thought they'd get.
While still recovering, a group of them goes to see the Wizard King, and end up called in to help with another invasion in a nearby town. Mostly they help out the civilians, though some rivalries are called up during it. Good and bad, really.
Near the end of the volume, Asta gets some news regarding his injuries, and of course it only brings him down for a short while before he decides to overcome it. Looks like he's going to have some more problems to conquer in his road to become king—no surprise there.
Meh; I don't mind this series—I don't love it and I don't dislike it. It's an okay shonen series.

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

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