Hey all, Dani here.
Here we are at the start of another week. I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Thankfully I can say that I had a pretty relaxing couple of days, even if we were fairly busy on Saturday. It was nice to just relax and refresh with some geeky fun, so now I’m ready to jump into another week of work and reading and blogging and life. And right now that starts with the first of two manga reviews for Manga Monday. Oh, and hey, this week I’ll also have a bonus post on Wednesday, because it’s somehow already time for me to talk about my most anticipated spring releases. I’m looking forward to talking even more books with all of you.
All right, let’s jump into the review.
Story & Art by: Yuki Tabata
Publisher: VIZ Media, LLC
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
ISBN: 1974704548 (ISBN13: 9781974704545)
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!
As the Royal Knights selection test enters its final stage, a surprising team is still in contention! Can Asta or Yuno take the crown? And after the test is over, the real battle begins when the members of the Royal Knights are decided! What will be their first mission…?
Rating: 5 stars
I read this volume as part of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon in October 2019. This volume brings us to the end of the Royal Knights selection test and the start of their first mission. I’m actually honestly a little sad to see the end of the trials, because these magic battles have been really interesting, and I’ve really enjoyed watching the Magic Knights use and combine their particular magical skills in different ways. It has been fascinating.
But obviously, there is still other stuff going on in the background, hints at big battles to come in the near future, and there is a huge threat looming over the citizens of the Clover Kingdom, so we can’t just hide and focus on these magic battles instead. So many volumes of this series have been leading up to the fight/conflict with the Eye of the Midnight Sun/the reincarnated elves.
Frankly I’m feeling like I want to rewatch this whole Royal Knights arc in the anime again, because I really understand and grasp the combat of these stories better in anime than I do in manga. It just feels like combat in manga is just switching between intense stares and character analysis and determination and then moments of action/explosion, where it–to me, honestly–just feels like a chaotic mess that I have trouble following.
I don’t know if other people feel this way when reading manga fight sequences, but to me I only pull out the basics of what is going on. Otherwise it feels like I’m mostly skimming over it. Maybe it’s because in the manga we aren’t watching every movement of the characters because each frame is a frozen moment in the story. I understand enough to keep following and reading the story, but I really grasp what’s happening after I’ve read it and then moved on to watching it.
But I still think these magic trials and competitions are some of my favorite parts of stories like this. I love the Magic Games storyline in “Fairy Tail,” and I love this Royal Knights selection test in “Black Clover.” It’s just fun to watch the characters push their limits in a situation that doesn’t hinge on life and death.
Where to Get a Copy
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