BC 4: Shonen manga

Black Clover episode 4 review

BC 4

Look, guys, I don’t want to say Black Clover is bad. But let’s face it, this has pretty much every cliche from every shonen ever. Asta wants to be the Wizard King, or the King of the Pirates from One Piece or the next Hokage from Naruto. Asta now has to go through an exam, like Hunter x Hunter or Naruto again. He’s got a big freaking sword, like InuYasha or Bleach. And he’s got himself a rival, like any shonen you want to pick.

All these cliches add up to a mixed bag. In some ways, I like the show, but I feel like I’ve already seen it 10 times. When Black Clover finally decides to differentiate itself from other anime – no integrals, please – then I’ll start treating it seriously. For now, however, it’s just so generic that there’s no reason to seriously review it.

Character of the episode: Asta

Episode rating (out of four stars): **

E21 67-68: Quick-and-Fire

Eyeshield 21 episodes 67-68 review

E21 67

In episode 67, Riku, also known as Rikky, the Seibu Wild Gunmen’s star running back, meets up with Sena and Mamori. Then we get a flashback about how they used to hang out together. Eventually Riku figures out that Sena is Eyeshield 21, and all of a sudden Sena has a new rival.

Seibu runs an offense called the “Quick-and-Fire.” Astute football fans would translate that as the “Run-and-Shoot,” an offensive style run by the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons around the early 90s. On the first play of their game that starts in episode 68, Riku takes the opening kickoff back for a touchdown. Then Sena takes back the next kickoff for a touchdown! Clearly this is going to be some game. Can’t wait to see how this one ends. Oh, and Deimon? If you can’t kick an extra point, then go for two. It’s perfectly legal.

Episode 67 rating (out of four stars): **

Episode 68 rating (out of four stars): ***1/2