Black Clover is an Autumn 2017 anime by Studio Pierrot based on the original manga by Yuuki Tabata. The plot follows a boy named Asta who, along with his rival Yuno, want to become Wizard King. The only problem is while Yuno is exceptionally gifted Asta couldn’t use magic at all, however he soon gains a rare grimoire of anti-magic aka the black clover. If you haven’t watched or read it go do it now, my posts are 100% spoilerrific.
It certainly started off rather loud with 2 kids (aka Asta and Yuno when they were younger) crying, it seems that unlike most stories where the main character has a rival thats different to them they were trying incredibly hard to cement the fact that they were opposites. Not a bad thing at all just a little strange. Although the setting were practically everyone knows and uses magic like it was nothing is interesting.
A mere two minutes in and we finally hear Asta’s voice and first impressions is that it is terrible, I guess they made it weird and annoying to fit the character especially considering another character aka Yuno actually calls them loud and obnoxious (he keeps trying to propose to a nun) among other things almost immediately. In fact all the other characters seem to find him annoying too. I guess I should hope its like Naruto where the character matures as the series goes on since I wouldn’t be able to take that for a long time (considering its an ongoing manga with over 100 chapters). At least he was shown to be hard working when it comes to training himself which is always a likeable point in a character.
The main point of this episode and the story as a whole is that both Asta and Yuno are 15 and are eligible to receive a grimoire. The interesting thing about it is from how its described its not something that has spells inside it but merely an amplifier for the magic the user already has. Yuno being a powerful magic user gets a special one only for Asta to, perhaps far too obviously, get a far more special one in the form of the titular black clover. Not immediately though, there’s the makings of a fight of sorts in the episode before that.
Speaking of that there was a weird 3D effects with the chains the bad guy used which was actually really annoying, I sure hope they don’t overuse it since in my opinion its one of those things thats done in an desperate attempt to make stuff look ‘cooler’ or something. There also wasn’t enough time to see if the story was the type that was fine with throwing characters lives away or something where they get beaten up and still survive.
In fact I was really disappointed how they handled the first episode, while cliffhangers can be good this seemed really awkward. He only just gets the Black Clover at the end of the episode and it give a the “5th leaf holds a demon” thing and then just ends. While it obviously is not a common practice it would’ve made more sense to do a double length episode like Re:Zero did so we could actually have the fight and see what Asta’s grimoire can do since merely not knowing something isn’t enough to keep people invested.
Overall its an ok episode but it could’ve been done better, I am not sure about the voice acting but since it fits the character I’ll ignore that problem for the time being. I will probably read the manga for now. Also the odd lack of any visuals during the credits music bugged me, gives the impression of an low budget despite how popular the manga supposedly is.
P.s. I will also be writing reviews for each chapter but now be making videos alongside them. I will also possibly delete and/or rework them into comparisons once the episodes come out unless the anime proves too annoying (but the story stays ok). Because of this it is likely they will be short-ish with no screenshots.
The episode only adapted the first chapter of the manga but while it was almost exactly the same I was shocked that not only did the manga show the power of Asta’s grimoire but he simply picked up the sword and slashed the guy like it was nothing (because it erased the guys magic plus its apparently heavy too) with only Yuno mentioning they compete to see who can become “Wizard King” first. In fact it was so little extra that I have worries that they may decide to stretch it out into an actual fight against the chain guy despite the fact that not that many episodes are going to be made.
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Being a new anime there is obviously no DVD’s though there are plenty of manga volumes for those that read them. Only buy what you are interested in!