Black Clover: Volume 5 manga review
By Leroy Douresseaux
Mar 7, 2017 - 19:44

Viz Media
Writer(s): Yuki Tabata, Satsuki Tamashita and Taylor Engel, HC Language Solutions, Inc.
Artist(s): Yuki Tabata
Letterer(s): Annaliese Christman
ISBN: 978-1-4215-9125-4
$9.99 U.S., $12.99 CAN, £6.99 UK, 200pp, B&W, paperback
Rating: T (Teen)

Black Clover Volume 5 cover image

Rated “T” for “Teen”

In the village of Hage (in the Clover Kingdom), there was a young boy named Asta, who, along with his friend, Yuno, was once found abandoned.  Asta dreamed of one day being the “Wizard King,” the greatest mage in the land.  He has one big problem; he can't use magic.  When he is 15-years-old, Asta receives the rare “five-leaf-clover grimoire” (a book of magic), which gives him the power of anti-magic.  Can Asta become the Wizard King without being able to use magic?  He won't give up, nor will his talented friend, Yuno.

Black Clover, Vol. 5 (Chapters 35 to 44; entitled Light) opens on the final stage of the invasion of the royal capital of the Clover Kingdom by Eye of the Midnight Sun.  This mysterious terrorist group is savoring victory when Lord Julius Novachrono, the current Wizard King, arrives.  Later, Asta is in the city of Nean where Marie, the sister of Magic Knight Gauche Adlai of the Black Bulls, resides at a church-run orphanage.  Gauche's obsession with his sister distracts from a plot to steal children, one that will reunite Asta with an enemy who is obsessed with him.

THE LOWDOWN:  The Black Clover manga has grown on me.  I think that I am at the point where I have to warn you, dear reader, that my reviews of this series may not be reliable because I love it so.  And yes, it still reminds me of the Harry Potter series.

Black Clover Volume 5 is the second best volume yet; I think Vol. 4 is still the best early in the series.  This is an entertaining battle manga with explosive battles that recall Bleach and yes, the Harry Potter films.  I'll say again:  let Black Clover be the four-leaf clover on your manga-reading list, with its excellent characters and superb magical mystery.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of everything from Naruto to Harry Potter will definitely want to open up the spell book that is Shonen Jump title, Black Clover.


Rating: A+/10

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