BC 1: Unrivaled

Black Clover episode 1 review

BC 1

Bet you thought I wasn’t going to review Black Clover here! This first episode did all I asked it to: keep me entertained for 30 minutes. Sadly there are shows like Iron Blooded Orphans that can’t perform that simple task. (Heck, IBO doesn’t entertain me for 30 seconds!)

Asta and Yuno are brothers, one of whom has tons of magic powers, the other whom is completely powerless. The episode hammers home the fact that Asta has no powers for 29 1/2 minutes. Then in the final minute, Asta finally gets his powers, and they’re more powerful than everyone else. I said it was entertaining; I didn’t say it wasn’t predictable.

This episode was all about Asta, so it’s hard to make a judgment on it yet. It looks to be heavily male-biased, which ought to make it very popular for cosplaying for the girls. It didn’t spend too much time developing anyone besides Asta, so there’s no way of knowing if any of these characters are going to be good or not. And it employs all-new voice actors for all but Yuno’s role. Either these voice actors are going to blow us away, or they’re going to make us wish for Vic Mignogna. It’s sink or swim here.

Overall, not a bad start. Hopefully it won’t end up falling into every single cliche or trope that this first episode did, but otherwise I was happy with it.

Character of the episode: Asta (not much of a choice here)

Episode rating (out of four stars): ***