Hey all, Dani here.
Well, it’s Monday again, which means I must be talking about manga again. It has been actually a joy these past couple years to dive back into this reading format. Actually I was reading a manga at work recently and my co-worker asked me if I was reading the book backwards, and I had to explain how manga follows the Japanese style for layout and printing, so it seems backwards to some Americans, but it’s really not. Honestly I don’t even think about it anymore, most of the time. I just read because I’ve become accustomed to the style and format.
All right, well let’s jump into the next volume of Black Clover that I need to talk about (I just read Volume 19, so I’m almost caught up on this series’ reviews. I just need a few more months.)
Story & Art by: Yuki Tabata
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
ISBN: 1974701042 (ISBN13: 9781974701049)
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 form a new powerful team to take down the nefarious Eye of the Midnight Sun, the Clover Kingdom commences the Royal Knights exam. But mages will need to compete as teams and Asta’s been assigned a teammate who seems impossible to work with!
Rating: 5 stars
This is one of many volumes of manga that I read during Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon in October 2019. I knew that I didn’t have a whole lot of time to dedicate to reading, so I participated by reading a small stack of manga volumes instead, which yielding a nice number of books/pages completed during the 24 hours of reading.
For this volume we’re kind of starting a whole new story arc, focused on the Royal Knights exam, and all of the magic trials to determine which Magic Knights will be on this new special team.
Honestly these trials bring out some really fascinating team-ups and magic usage, which I love seeing. But this volume also introduces us to a new character, called Xerx, and his trap magic is rather fascinating. And okay, he’s not exactly the greatest team player, but I have a feeling Asta–and perhaps the rest of the Black Bulls–will turn him around eventually.
Okay, yeah, let’s be honest, I read 5 or 6 volumes of Black Clover in one day during this readathon, so it’s hard for me to break down what happened in each volume, but I can say that these magic battles for this story arc were fascinating to read, and then even more entertaining to watch with the anime. I really enjoyed seeing everyone push themselves to use their magic in interesting ways and to do co-operative magic that helped to benefit their team.
Overall it was just really cool to see, and it makes me excited to see where all of these characters will go from here.
Where to Get a Copy
You can also check with your local library.