BC 28: The Dating Game

Black Clover episode 28 review

BC 28

Black Clover turns into The Dating Game in this episode. Three girls are matched up with Asta, Luck, and that other Black Bull guy. I was hoping this would be funnier than it was. The problem is that the girl matched up with Asta pretty much falls in love with him within a couple minutes. I know it’s not supposed to be realistic, but this is ridiculous.

Luck and the other Black Bull guy get rejected pretty quickly, but Asta’s new love interest not only makes a confession to him, but also decides that she’s not giving up even when Asta admits he’s got his heart set on “someone from my…” Noelle, of course, is creeping up to listen, and she figures that it’s her. As a result, Noelle goes full tsundere.

As cliche as it is, I do like the Asta-Noelle romance. I know, I know, it’s about as predictable as it gets, but I do like them together. It’s made better by the fact that Asta is still obsessed with Sister Lily. Now if they could be given a better show around them, that would be nice.

Character of the episode: Luck

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

BC 27: Rock and Roller Clover Wars

Black Clover episode 27 review

BC 27

It’s a nice, happy episode for much of this one, with general friendliness being shown amongst the characters. However, there’s also a war brewing, off in the background. Personally, I don’t care either way. While this wasn’t necessarily a bad episode, the preceding episodes have sterilized me so much to this series that I don’t have any horse in the race. I guess we’re rooting for the Clover Kingdom, right?

There was some stuff with Charmy, other stuff with Asta’s “rival,” and then stuff with Asta’s real rival Yuno. None of this really leads anywhere. Hopefully Black Clover can get me hooked again, but right now it looks as if this series is too far gone.

Episode rating (out of four stars): **

BC 25: Shortcake

Black Clover episode 25 review

Charmy

This episode is all about Charmy, who is given the adorable nickname of “Shortcake.” She likes to eat, and nothing gets in her way of eating, not even the entire capital being under attack. Then she runs into Yuno, who literally passes out on her. Charmy’s cute antics made this episode a worthwhile watch.

I didn’t care too much for the efforts to save Fuegoleon’s life, but that’s at least something to build off for next episode. Overall, this was a fairly good episode, even if it didn’t make my top three for the week.

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

BC 23: Generic

Black Clover episode 23 review

BC 23

I’ve noticed site traffic is way down in the last few weeks. Have I not been controversial enough? I can always say something stupid to get people going, right? Maybe I can make the claim that Black Clover is a genius anime…

… but it’s not. Black Clover is so generic. In some cases, this isn’t bad. For example, I drink lots of orange pop. (We don’t use the word “soda” around here.) Orange pop comes from many different companies, and the generic stuff doesn’t taste all that different from the brand-name stuff. So generic sometimes can be good.

… but there’s something psychological about generic stuff. You get it stuck in your mind, “This isn’t as good because it costs less.” And orange pop may all taste the same, but let me tell you that I always go for Orange Crush over Orange Plunge or Faygo Orange.

So Black Clover is just a generic shounen anime. That doesn’t mean it’s bad, it just means that there’s nothing special about it. It’s the same old stuff every week. I don’t really get any pleasure from watching it, but at the same time I don’t get angry at it like I do with Jojo or Hunter x Hunter. It’s just… there.

And this was a generic episode. Nothing special happened. It wasn’t that not much happened, like we say around here, it’s just that it was the same old stuff. And because of that, I’m losing interest when watching this show.

Did I mention that Asta now has a third rival? Yeah, now we’re going overboard.

Character of the episode: Asta

Episode rating (out of four stars): **