Shonen Jump’s ‘Black Clover’ Vol 1 Review

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Asta and Yuno are orphans who were raised together from birth in a church on the outskirts of the Clover Kingdom. In a world where everyone has Magical Power, Asta was born without any. Unlike him, Yuno was born as a prodigy with immense magical power and the talent to control it. The story follows the two foster brothers as they compete to see which one will become the Wizard King, Clover Kingdom’s strongest Magic Knight: Asta with his rare anti-magic and physical strength, or Yuno with his wind magic and magical prowess.

BlackClover-GN01-3The inevitable comparisons between Black Clover and Naruto come to mind. Asta and Yuno are Naruto and Sasuke in many respects. The world of Black Clover centers around magic and grimoire’s. You could almost look at it as a Brothers Grimm style world that they live in. While you could almost take every element of the first volume and match it to Naruto in some way, the story is interesting. I found myself quickly making it to the end and wanting more.

The characters are interesting enough to want to learn more. Asta, Yuno and Finral are the most interesting. Honestly I feel like Asta and Yuno are more of a Grey and Natsu pair then the other mentioned comparison. Unlike his comparisons to other characters, Asta has skill that manifests itself almost immediately in the first volume. That gets rid of a bunch of filler.

I wouldn’t call Asta whinny either. You know, the one that is constantly giving up or crying about how unfair everything is. He continues to push on no matter what anybody tells him. He trains his body and the results are evident in the final chapter. Yes he does get upset about failing all the time but his inner monologues are short and he ramps himself back up quickly. There is some much needed comedic levity as well in the story which helps make you interested in whats going to happen.

If you enjoy the world of magic like Fairy Tail, Black Clover may be a great new series for you to get into. The first volume dropped in english on Jun 7th and can be found on Shonen Jump continues to publish chapters with 6 volumes published already. Vol 2 in english is set to drop August 2nd.

Robert Prentice