Black Clover vol. 2 by Yuki Tabata (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)
October 22, 2016 by Dennis Amith
If you love action, humor and a manga series that features a good number of characters (similar to “Shonen Jump” titles such as “Bleach”, “Naruto”, “Dragon Ball Z” and “One Piece”), Yuki Tabata’s “Black Clover” is highly recommended! Featuring an action-packed second volume as Asta and Yuno must take on each other with their new teams in a dungeon competition.
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MANGA TITLE: Black Clover vol. 2
STORY AND ART BY: Yuki Tabata
FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Shueisha
PUBLISHED IN USA BY: Shonen Jump
RATED: T for Teen
Available on August 2, 2016
On the orders of the Wizard King, Asta and his allies head to a mysterious dungeon to retrieve a powerful relic. However, when mages from a rival country show up, this mission turns into an all-out battle. Can Asta lead his team to victory?
After their first mission complete, a new dungeon has been found and the Wizard King has invited the Black Bulls and the Golden Dawn team to take part in a competition of who can obtain the treasure of the dungeon.
This time, Asta and Noelle must team up with battle maniac Luck Voltia to take on Golden Dawn’s Klaus Lunettes, Astra’s friend and rival Yuno and Noelle’s rival, Mimosa Vermillion.
But also after the treasure is a team from the Diamond Kingdom.
Who will become victorious? Find out in vol. 2 of Yuki Tabata’s “Black Clover”!
What is “Black Clover” about?
In 2015, Yuki Tabata made his debut with the manga series “Black Clover”.
Serialized in Shueisha’s “Weekly Shonen Jump”, with a total of seven volumes published in Japan (as of August 2016), the first volume is available in the US courtesy of Viz Media.
“Black Clover” revolves around two orphans, Asta and Yuno.
Yuno is the wielder of the four-leaf grimoire and has the power of wind-based magic and has great potential.
Meanwhile, no one sees Asta as one with potential as he has no magic powers at all and he talks about one day becoming the Wizard King, which makes many people laugh.
But Asta uses his fighting prowess and physical strength in order to make him stronger and he is determined. One day, a grimoire shows up for Asta during a battle and he immediately becomes the wielder of the five-leaf clover grimoire.
But because he is not a magic wielder, he is seen as the lowest of the magic knights.
As Yuno becomes a member of the Golden Dawn Squad, Asta is assigned to Yami Sukehiro’s Black Bull Squad, known as the worst squad of the Magic Knights.
How will Asta do on missions with his team of misfits?
In vol. 2, Asta must take part in his first dungeon competition as a Black Bull member and he must take on Yuno’s team, the Golden Dawn. But what becomes a friendly competition ends up to be a bit deadly as the two teams must confront powerful members from the Diamond Kingdom.
While reading “Black Clover”, you can’t help but make comparisons to Masashi Kishimoto’s “Naruto”.
As “Naruto” revolves around ninja, Black Clover revolves around magicians and its main character, an orphan named Asta who is a hot-headed individual, who doesn’t have any magical powers, but is determined to show people that he will one day become the “Magic Wizard”.
While everyone looks down on Asta, only his good friend Yuno knows his true potential and Yuno wants Asta to succeed and because they push each other to become better.
While Yuno and Asta are not assigned on the same team, Asta is put in a team of misfits known as the Black Bull Squad and we get to meet each of the members such as the cold captain, Yami Sukehiro who treats his team like trash but tries to motivate them to become better.
We see Asta teaming up with the other hot head, the fire-based magic wielder named Magna Swing who embraces Asta on the team and also teammate, Noelle Silva, who is the second daughter of the Clover Kingdom’s royal family but is looked down upon because she is unable to control her water-based magic. So, she’s a person that’s closed off because she is royalty and is always wanting to learn how to do better in wielding her power, and she is welcomed with open arms by Asta.
With this second volume, we see how Asta’s battles shock his rivals because he’s a human with no major power and yet, he manages to get stronger and wiser with each battle. With a successful mission, Asta must take on his first dungeon competition, but must team up with a battle maniac named Luck Voltia. But also must contend with an unknown enemy from the neighboring Diamond Kingdom.
But this is only the second volume so far and I look forward to seeing how Yuki Tabata takes this manga series. As far as Tabata’s character designs and artwork, he has a pretty cool style of character designs and I found his art style unique, fresh and great to see. He definitely manages to fit a lot into a panel. And the fact that the art is by him and he writes the stories, it’s going to be interesting to see how far he’ll take this series. Definitely a mangaka with plenty of potential and a series that can really become a long-lasting manga series.
Overall, if you love action, humor and a manga series that features a good number of characters (similar to “Shonen Jump” titles such as “Bleach”, “Naruto”, “Dragon Ball Z” and “One Piece”), Yuki Tabata’s “Black Clover” is highly recommended!
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