BC 12: Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix

Black Clover episode 12 review

BC 12

This episode continues the triviality of Black Clover. We seriously waste 2/3 of an episode chasing a guy who stole a woman’s purse. Sorry, but in the world of a Wizard King, I expect bigger problems than simply purse-chasing. (At least the “Ha Ha!” guy – similar to the tight end from Eyeshield 21 – is pretty humorous.)

Then we spend the rest of the episode seeing Yuno visit home. And that’s it. It seems like only yesterday he left home. Had this reunion come in episode 52, I could see this being a big moment, but he didn’t leave home all that long ago. There’s no reason to have him come back home so soon.

In short, this episode was pointless, save for a few scenes that were foreshadowing. I feel like there’s so much more that can be done here.

Character of the episode: The “Ha Ha!” Guy

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

BC 6: Meet the Mets

Black Clover episode 6 review

BC 6

In this episode, we get to meet all the “good people” that are part of the Black Bulls. That’s pretty much all there is to this episode, save for a little fight at the end of the episode between Asta and one of the top Black Bulls. The unfortunate thing is that I forgot all the Black Bulls’ names after the episode, so maybe it didn’t do a good enough job of introducing them.

In any case, Asta continues to scream like crazy, and he continues to win by sheer determination. I’m not sure if he’s ever going to turn into a normal-speaking character, or if he’s just going to scream the rest of the series. I’m also not sure whether he’s ever going to find out that sometimes sheer will can’t perform certain things.

Character of the episode: Asta

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

BC 2: I’ll have you marry me!

Black Clover episode 2 review

BC 2

The cliches continue as we enter the second episode of Black Clover. This time we find out that Asta is just a really, really persistent person who won’t give up on anything, and that’s the reason why he gets all this good luck. There’s nothing wrong with persistence, but I’ve seen this character so many times that I don’t know what to do with this one. Asta won’t give up on marrying Lily, which means of course they’re going to end up with each other.

This show also follows the Fullmetal Alchemist example of going to a flashback right after the first episode (or two-part episode in FMA’s case). So almost all of this episode is just a flashback to set up the fact that Asta and Yuno are rivals. Also, there’s all this talk about the Wizard King and how both of them are going to be the Wizard King. It’s hard at this point to judge Black Clover just based on two episodes, but so far it feels like it’s no different from Naruto or any other shounen series. The hope is that there’s some sort of twist that differentiates it.

Character of the episode: Asta

Episode rating (out of four stars): **½

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): ***