Fall 2017

Black Clover Season 1

Black Clover Season 1

Studio Pierrot
170 episodes · TV Completed Black Clover, ブラッククローバー
8.05

Asta and Yuno were abandoned together at the same church and have been inseparable since. As children, they promised that they would compete against each other to see who would become the next Emperor Magus. Black Clover (ブラッククローバー)

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Black Clover Season 1

Black Clover Season 1

Before Watching Black Clover Season 1, Here is Everything You Need to Know:

Black Clover Season 1 Synopsis:

At the same church, Asta and Yuno were abandoned on the same day. Raised together as children, they came to know the “Wizard King” a title granted to the kingdom’s greatest magician and vowed that they would fight for the role of the next Wizard King against each other. However, the stark contrast between them became clear when they grew up. Although Yuno is able to use magic with incredible strength and energy, Asta is unable to use magic at all and through practicing physically, actively attempts to awaken his powers.

Yuno is bestowed with a spectacular Grimoire with a four-leaf clover as they reach the age of 15, while Asta gets none. Soon after, however, Yuno is assaulted by an individual called Lebuty, whose primary aim is to acquire the Grimoire of Yuno. Asta attempts to fight Lebuty, but he’s outdone. Though without hope and on the verge of failure, when he hears Yuno’s voice, he finds the courage to proceed. Unleashing his inner feelings in a fury, Asta receives a Grimoire five-leaf clover.

An orphan lad with no specialties except hard work thrives to achieve his goal. Neither his dead father is a hero nor he has support from powerful people. The only person that acknowledges him is his childhood friend and rival with very special abilities.

Black Clover Season 1 Running time: 23 minutes per episode
Black Clover Season 1 Number of episodes: 170
Black Clover Season 1Genres: action, comedy, fantasy, magic, shounen

Opening Theme in Black Clover Season 1:

#1: “Haruka Mirai” (Distant Future) by Kankaku Piero
#2: “PAiNT it BLACK” by BiSH (eps 14-27)
#3: “Black Rover” by Vickeblanka (eps 28-39)
#4: “Guess Who Is Back” by Kumi Koda (eps 40-51)
#5: “Gamushara” by Miyuna (eps 52-)
#6: “Rakugaki Page” (Scribble Page) by Kankaku Piero
#7: “JUSTadICE” by Seiko Oomori
#8: “sky & blue” by GIRLFRIEND
#9: “RIGHT NOW” by EMPiRE
#10: “Black Catcher” by Vickeblanka
#11: “Stories” by Snow Man
#12: “Eien ni Hikare” by TOMORROW X TOGETHER (eps 141-157)
#13: “Grandeur” by Snow Man

Ending Theme in Black Clover Season 1:

#1: “Aoi Honō” (Blue Flame) by Itowokashi
#2: “Amazing Dreams” by SWANKY DANK (eps 14-27)
#3: “Black to the dreamlight” by EMPiRE (eps 28-39)
#4: “four” by FAKY (eps 40-51)
#5: “Tenjou Tenge” by Miyuna (eps 52-)
#6: “My Song My Days” by SOLIDEMO with Sakura-men (eps 65-76)
#7: “Hana ga Saku Michi” by THE CHARM PARK
#8: “against all gods” by m-flo
#9: “Jinsei wa Senjou da” by Kalen Anzai
#10: “New Page” by INTERSECTION
#11: “Answer” by Kaf
#12: “A Walk” by Gakuto Kajiwara (eps 141-157)
#13: “BEAUTIFUL” by TREASURE

Insert song in Black Clover Season 1:

“Haruka Mirai last page ver.” by Kankakupiero (ep 170)
“Haruka Mirai” (Distant Future) by Kankaku Piero (Ep 119)
“Haruka Mirai” (Distant Future) by Kankaku Piero (Ep 49)
“Haruka Mirai” (Distant Future) by Kankakupiero (ep 49, ep 100, ep 119)

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Black Clover Season 1 Characters:

Black Clover Season 1 Main Characters:

  • Asta (アスタAsuta)

is the main protagonist of Black Clover. He is an orphan who was left under the care of a church by his mother during his infancy. He has high aspirations of becoming the next Wizard King.

He possesses no magical power, but he overcame his weakness by increasing his physical strength, which allowed him to join the Magic Knight Squad known as the Black Bulls after acquiring a five-leaf clover grimoire where the Anti-Magic devil Liebe resides. The grimoire allows him to use Anti-Magic effectively due to his lack of mana, later honing his senses to predict an opponent’s attack by sensing their ki.

Asta originally used the magic-nullifying Demon-Slayer Sword and the magic-siphoning Demon-Dweller Sword he acquired at a dungeon, later acquiring the Demon-Destroyer Sword at the Eye of the Midnight Sun’s hideout that allows him to destroy magic’s actual effects, even after the spell has been cast. This allows him to exorcise the elf spirits, should he inflict enough damage to their host bodies using it.

Asta later learns his weapons and grimoire once belonged to Elf Race’s leader Licht, the book itself revealed to have demonic origins as its creation was engineered by the devil Zagred with another devil sealed within it. After the Witch Queen used her magic to increase the Anti-Magic flow in Asta’s body, he gained the ability to transform into a form called “Black Asta” by tapping into the power of the devil within his grimoire.

However, Asta later learns his power subjects him to a curse mark known as Weg that makes him a target for the Magic Parliament, who see him as a monster that needs to be destroyed. At Julius’ request, he later travels to the Heart Kingdom, where he stays for six months to train and prepare for the fight against the Spade Kingdom.

During his fight with Dante, his right arm becomes permanently corrupted with his Devil’s power. With his new arm, he coats Yami’s katana with Anti Magic, and it becomes the Demon-Slasher Katana. He likes saying what Yami taught him if he’s in trouble in a fight.

 

  • Yuno (ユノYuno)

is an orphan who turns out to be a prince from the Spade Kingdom’s former royal family House Grinberryall. He was left under the care of a church during his infancy, acquiring a four-leaf clover grimoire, and became a member of the Golden Dawn. He uses Wind Magic and is the chosen partner of Sylph the Wind Spirit of the 4 great attributes. Sylph (nicknamed “Bell”) often tries to play around with Yuno, but due to his serious demeanor, he is often found complaining.

His serious attitude came about when Asta was injured defending him from bullies as a child. Yuno could only admire how Asta saved him, despite not having magic, and it made him feel ashamed. To make up for this, he trained himself to become Asta’s equal in a moral sense.

His “cool” demeanor is only broken when he is enjoying himself, usually when fighting someone strong or watching Asta prove his strength. He has proven himself to be a rising star among the ranks of Golden Dawn, capable of beating even the strongest mages with little to no effort. When he is physically changed into an Elf by Patry’s ritual (the soul is hinted to be that of Licht’s unborn son) Yuno’s magical might and willpower allowed him to retain his mind as he faced Patry and the demon manipulating him.

  • Noelle Silva (ノエル・シルヴァNoeru Shiruva)

is a silver-haired member of the Black Bulls and the fourth-born child of the Clover Kingdom’s royal family, House of Silva. While incredibly powerful as a royal, possessing a vast amount of mana, Noelle initially had trouble controlling her Water Magic with her older brother Nozel acting resentful to her as his way of protecting her from both harm and the truth behind the death of their mother Acier.

While Noelle used a wand as a means to cope with this magic, she learns that she has been unconsciously holding herself back out of fear of hurting anyone.

Eventually, her training and the positive feedback from her new friends in the Black Bulls allow her to overcome that flaw, displaying her full potential when fighting the elf Kevin and gains the ability to create water-based armor that increases her offense and defense. N

Black Clover Season 1 Side Characters:

  • Clover Kingdom Characters:

Wizard King Black Clover Season 1:

  • Lumiere Silvamillion Clover (ルミエル・シルヴァミリオン・クローバRumieru Shiruvamirion Kurōbā)
  • Julius Novachrono (ユリウス・ノヴァクロノYuriusu Novakurono)

Wizard King Advisors Black Clover Season 1:

  • Marx Francois (マルクス・フランソワMarukusu Furansowa)
  • Owen (オーヴェンŌven)

House of Kira Black Clover Season 1:

One of the three royal houses alongside Houses Vermilion and Silva, House Kira (キーラ家Kira-ke)’s lineage dates back to the foundation of the Clover Kingdom and genocide of the Elves.

  • Augustus Kira Clover XIII (アウグストゥス・キーラ・クローバー13世Augusutusu Kīra Kurōbā 13-sei)
  • Damnatio Kira (ダムナティオ・キーラ)

Black Bull Squad Black Clover Season 1:

  • Yami Sukehiro (ヤミ・スケヒロYami Sukehiro)
  • Finral Roulacase (フィンラル・ルーラケイスFinraru Rūrakeisu)
  • Magna Swing (マグナ・スウィングMaguna Suwingu)
  • Luck Voltia (ラック・ボルティアRakku Borutia)
  • Gauche Adlai (ゴーシュ・アドレイGōshu Adorei)
  • Charmy Pappitson (チャーミー・パピットソンChāmī Papittoson)
  • Vanessa Enoteca (バネッサ・エノテーカBanessa Enotēka)
  • Grey (グレイGurei)
  • Gordon Agrippa (ゴードン・アグリッパGōdon Agurippa)
  • Zora Ideale (ゾラ・イデアーレZora Ideāre)
  • Henry Legolant (ヘンリー・レゴラントHenrī Regoranto)
  • Secre Swallowtail (セクレ・スワロティルSekure Suwarotiru)
  • Nacht Faust (ナハト・ファウストNahato Fausuto)

Golden Dawn Squad Black Clover Season 1:

The Golden Dawn (金色の夜明けKonjiki no Yoake) are the strongest order of Magic Knights, at least according to Wizard King Julius’ “Star” System of rankings. The selection of most of its members is later revealed to have been part of Patry’s plan as the majority of them are reincarnated elves.

  • William Vangeance (ウィリアム・ヴァンジャンスWiriamu Vanjansu)
  • Langris Vaude (ランギルス・ヴォードRangirusu Vōdo)
  • Klaus Lunettes (クラウス・リュネットKurausu Ryunettos)
  • Mimosa Vermillion (ミモザ・ヴァーミリオンMimoza Vāmirion)
  • Alecdora Sandler (アレクドラ・サンドラーArekudora Sandorā)
  • Hamon Caseus (ハモン・カーセウスHamon Kāseusu)

Crimson Lion Kings Squad Black Clover Season 1:

The Crimson Lion (紅蓮の獅子王Guren no Shinshio) are a Magic Knight Squad with close ties to House Vermillion (ヴァーミリオン家Vāmirion-ke), whose lineage dates back to the foundation of the Clover Kingdom and genocide of the Elves. One branch of the family’s siblings is known for their red hair, desire for strength, and skill in Fire Magic. The other branch is known for its orange hair, conflicting personalities, and skill in nature-based magic.

  • Fuegoleon Vermillion (フエゴレオン・ヴァーミリオンFuegoreon Vāmirion)
  • Leopold Vermillion (レオポルド・ヴァーミリオンReoporudo Vāmirion)
  • Mereoleona Vermillion (メレオレオナ・ヴァーミリオンMereoreona Vāmirion)

Silver Eagles Squad Black Clover Season 1:

The Silver Eagles (銀翼の大鷲Gin’yoku no Ōwashi) are a Magic Knight Squad with close ties to House Silva (シルヴァ家Shiruva-ke), whose lineage dates back to the foundation of the Clover Kingdom and genocide of the Elves. The family is known for their silver hair, often arrogant personalities, and skill in water-based magic and steel-based magic.

  • Nozel Silva (ノゼル・シルヴァNozeru Shiruva)
  • Nebra Silva (ネブラ・シルヴァNebura Shiruva)
  • Solid Silva (ソリド・シルヴァSorido Shiruva)

Green Praying Mantises Squad Black Clover Season 1:

  • Jack the Ripper (ジャック・ザ・リッパーJakku Za Rippā)
  • Sekke Bronzazza (セッケ・ブロンザッザSekke Buronzazza)
  • En Ringard (エン・リンガードEn Ringādo)

Blue Rose Knights Squad Black Clover Season 1:

An all-female squad built on the principle that women are superior to men in power.

  • Charlotte Roselei (シャルロット・ローズレイSharurotto Rōzurei)
  • Sol Marron (ソル・マロンSoru Maron)

Purple Orcas Squad Black Clover Season 1:

  • Gueldre Poizot (ゲルドル・ポイゾットGerudoru Poizotto)
  • Kaiser Granvorka (カイゼル・グランボルカKaizeru Guranboruka)
  • Revchi Salik (レブチ・サリークRebuchi Sarīku)
  • Xerx Lugner (ザクス・リューグナーZakusu Ryūgunā)

Aqua Deer Squad Black Clover Season 1:

  • Rill Boismortier (リル・ボワモルティエRiru Bowamorutie)
  • Dorothy Unsworth (ドロシー・アンズワースDoroshī Anzuwāsu)
  • Kirsch Vermillion (キルシュ・ヴァーミリオンKirushu Vāmirion)

The Underwater Temple Black Clover Season 1:

The Underwater Temple is an area under the ocean, in a strong magic region, where the mana force fields are so strong, that the currents prevent even upper-class mages from entering. As such, not many people visit the area, and the people there are very excited to see people from above water. The inhabitants have an alternate appearance as sea creatures. The temple is said to hold one of the magic stones, which are being collected by the Eye of the Midnight Sun, and the Wizard King sends the Black Bulls to retrieve it.

  • The temple’s High Priest, Gifso (ジフソJifuso)
  • Son of the High Priest, Gio (ジオJio)
  • Grandson of the High Priest and Kahono’s older brother. Kiato (キアトKiato)
  • Kahono (カホノKahono)

Forest of Witches Black Clover Season 1:

A neutral zone between the Diamond Kingdom and the Clover Kingdom, the Forest of Witches (魔女の森Majo no Mori) is home to an all-female population who use special magic like curses and familiars. Witches are allowed to visit the other kingdoms, but must only live in the forest, or they become criminals. Vanessa Enoteca, Dominante Code, Dorothy Unsworth, and Catherine are from the forest before they fled from the country as fugitives.

  • The Witch Queen (魔女王Majo-ō)

Heart Kingdom Black Clover Season 1:

The Heart Kingdom (ハート王国Hāto Ōkoku) is a nation south of the Clover Kingdom whose people adapted to the country’s strong natural mana to create unique magic and use a ranking system with Stage Zero at the top.

  • Lolopechka (ロロペチカRoropechika) is the current Queen of the Heart Kingdom.
  • Gadjah (ガジャGaja) is one of the Heart Kingdoms Spirit Guardians.

Antagonists Black Clover Season 1:

  • The Eye of the Midnight Sun (白夜の魔眼Byakuya no Magan)
  • Patry (パトリPatori)
  • Heath Grice (ヒース・グライスHīsu Guraisu)
  • Valtos (ヴァルトスVarutosu)
  • Rades Spirito (ラデス・スピーリトRadesu Supīrito)
  • Sally (サリーSarī)
  • Catherine (キャサリンスKyasarin)

Third Eye Black Clover Season 1:

While initially presented as the Midnight Sun’s strongest members, they are revealed to be humans possessed by three members of the Apostles of Sephira.

  • Rhya (ライアRaia)
  • Vetto (ヴェットVetto)
  • Fana (ファナFana)

Diamond Kingdom Black Clover Season 1:

A rival kingdom, the Diamond Kingdom (ダイヤモンド王国Daiyamondo Ōkoku) is a land ruled by a despotic Magic Scholar named Morris, who controls the king and conduct experiments on children like Mars to create soldiers and bolster his country’s military might.

  • Morris Libardirt (モリス・リバルダートMorisu Ribarudāto)
  • Lotus Whomalt (ロータス・フーモルトRōtasu Fūmoruto)
  • Mars (マルスMarusu)
  • Ladros (ラドロスRadorosu)
  • Broccos (ブロッコスBurokkosu)
  • Ragus (ラガスRagusu)
  • Yagos (ヤーゴスYāgosu)

Spade Kingdom Black Clover Season 1:

A kingdom located west of the Clover Kingdom, the Spade Kingdom (スペード王国Supēdo Ōkoku) is a wintry country whose mages derive their magic from the demons.

Dark Triad

  • Dante Zogratis (ダ ン テ・ゾグラティスDante Zoguratisu)
  • Zenon Zogratis (ゼノン・ゾグラティスZenon Zoguratisu)
  • Vanica Zogratis (ヴ ァ ニ カ・ゾグラティスVanika Zoguratisu)

Dark Disciples

  • Gaderois Godroc (ガデロア・ゴドロックGaderoa Godorokku)
  • Foyal Migusteau (フォヤル・ミグストーFoyaru Migusutō)
  • Svenkin Gatard (スヴェンキン・ガタードSuvenkin Gatādo)
  • Sivoir Snyle (シーヴワル・スナイルShīvuwaru Sunairu)
  • Halbet Chevour (ハールベート・シュヴールHārubēto Shuvūru)
  • Hischer Ongg (ヒッシャー・オングHisshā Ongu)
  • Robero Ringert (ロベロ・リンゲルトRobero Ringeruto)

Devils

  • Liebe (リーベRībe)
  • Zagred (ザグレドZaguredo)
  • Megicula (メギキュラMegikyura)
  • Lucifero (ルチフェロRuchifero)
  • Beelzebub (ベルゼブブBeruzebubu)
  • Lilith (リリスRirisu) and Naamah (ナハマーNahamā)
  • Gimodelo (ギモデロGimodero), Slotos (スロトスSurotosu), Plumede (プルメデPurumede) and Walgner (ワルグナWaruguna)

Black Clover Season 1 Review:

Mar 30, 2021
Marinate1016 (All reviews)

No long-running show and fanbase have got as much disrespect as Black Clover(ok, Boruto probably has got more). Yet, the fans have stuck by it for years and as Black Clover’s story continues to surpass its limits, their loyalty is finally paying off.

Black Clover is a show that is in many ways the literal embodiment of its protagonist’s struggle. Asta goes from being the laughingstock of town to the literal savior of the kingdom. During that internal journey, we also watched the anime gradually evolve and get better as time went on. Production qualities seemingly increased as the popularity increased as well.

Asta’s journey is extremely satisfying and well written. It’s done so well in fact, that it feels like we’ve been on this journey right with Asta. Everyone loves a feel-good underdog story. There’s been no bigger underdog than Black Clover.

For me, the mark of a well-written series is how well you’re able to immerse yourself and truly feel a part of the story. When I first got into Black Clover a couple of years ago, I was easily able to binge the first 99 episodes which were out up to that point in the span of a few days. Episodes went by in what felt like a breeze.

I found myself in awe at the quality of writing and the magical concepts used. For the life of me, I couldn’t understand why so many people shit on the series or rated it lowly.

I’ve said numerous times that if Black Clover went seasonal, it would be one of the highest-rated Jump Series. The story is better than MHA and JJK. What has unfortunately been the big bump in the road for BC is the inconsistent production quality throughout. At points, Pierrot has literally had to beg on Twitter for people to help out with episodes.

Fortunately, the series is going on hiatus due to how close it’s getting to the manga, and I really hope Pierrot uses this opportunity to make it a seasonal show after the movie. The long-running anime model is dead and doesn’t give animation staff the time they need to make high-quality episodes.

If you’re on the fence about watching Black Clover, do it. Yes, it has some inconsistent animation at times, but the story is genuinely the best in shonen. Loveable characters, an immersive world, and amazing action sequences make Black Clover one of the only ongoing shonen that I enjoy. Black Clover gets 10 grimoires out of 10.

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Black Clover Season 2

Black Clover Season 2

Studio Pierrot
170 episodes · TV Completed Black Clover, ブラッククローバー
8.09

Asta and Yuno were abandoned at the same church on the same day. Raised together as children, they came to know of the “Wizard King”—a title given to the strongest mage in the kingdom—and promised that they would compete against each other for the position of the next Wizard King. Black Clover Season 2 Watch For Free Exclusively on Anime1st.com

Black Clover Season 2 Synopsis

Asta and Yuno were abandoned at the same church on the same day. Raised together as children, they came to know of the “Wizard King”—a title given to the strongest mage in the kingdom—and promised that they would compete against each other for the position of the next Wizard King.

However, as they grew up, the stark difference between them became evident. While Yuno is able to wield magic with amazing power and control, Asta cannot use magic at all and desperately tries to awaken his powers by training physically.

When they reach the age of 15, Yuno is bestowed a spectacular Grimoire with a four-leaf clover, while Asta receives nothing. However, soon after, Yuno is attacked by a person named Lebuty, whose main purpose is to obtain Yuno’s Grimoire. Asta tries to fight Lebuty, but he is outmatched. Though without hope and on the brink of defeat, he finds the strength to continue when he hears Yuno’s voice.

Unleashing his inner emotions in a rage, Asta receives a five-leaf clover Grimoire, a “Black Clover” giving him enough power to defeat Lebuty. A few days later, the two friends head out into the world, both seeking the same goal—to become the Wizard King! Black Clover Season 2

Black Clover Season 2

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Background Black Clover Season 2

The series’ broadcast went on hiatus following the release of episode 132 on April 28, 2020. Beginning May 5, the series was rebroadcast from its first episode until further notice. The series continued its broadcast from episode 133 on July 7th, 2020. Black Clover Season 2

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Staff Black Clover Season 2

Yoshihara, Tatsuya
Yoshihara, Tatsuya

Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, In-Between Animation, Key Animation, Animation Director, 2nd Key Animation
Tanemura, Ayataka
Tanemura, Ayataka

Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director
Takakuwa, Hajime
Takakuwa, Hajime

Sound Director
Tsuda, Yoshizou
Tsuda, Yoshizou

Episode Director

Opening Theme Black Clover Season 2

1: “Haruka Mirai (ハルカミライ)” by Kankaku Piero (感覚ピエロ) (eps 1-13)
2: “PAiNT it BLACK” by BiSH (eps 14-27)
3: “Black Rover” by Vickeblanka (eps 28-39)
4: “Guess Who Is Back” by Kumi Koda (倖田來未) (eps 40-51)
5: “Gamushara (ガムシャラ)” by Miyuna (みゆな) (eps 52-64)
6: “Rakugaki Page (落書きペイジ)” by Kankaku Piero (感覚ピエロ) (eps 65-79)
7: “JUSTadICE” by Seiko Oomori (大森靖子) (eps 77-94)
8: “sky&blue” by GIRLFRIEND (eps 95-102)
9: “RiGHT NOW” by EMPiRE (eps 103-115)
10: “Black Catcher” by Vickeblanka (eps 116-128)

Ending Theme Black Clover Season 2

1: “Aoi Honoo (蒼い炎)” by Itowokashi (イトヲカシ) (eps 2-13)
2: “Amazing Dreams” by Swanky Dank (eps 14-27)
3: “Black to the Dreamlight” by EMPiRE (eps 28-39)
4: “four” by Faky (eps 40-51)
5: “Tenjou Tenge (天上天下)” by Miyuna (みゆな) (eps 52-64)
6: “My Song My Days” by Solidemo, Sakura men (桜men) (eps 65-76)
7: “Hana ga Saku Michi (花が咲く道)” by THE CHARM PARK (eps 77-89)
8: “against the gods” by m-flo (eps 90-102)
9: “Jinsei wa Senjou Da (人生は戦場だ)” by Anzai Karen (安斉かれん) (eps 103-115)
10: “New Page” by INTERSECTION (eps 116-128)

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Reviews of Black Clover Season 2

1.
Mar 30, 2021
Marinate1016 (All reviews)

No long running show and fanbase has got as much disrespect as Black Clover(ok, Boruto probably has got more). Yet, the fans have stuck by it for years and as Black Clover’s story continues to surpass its limits, their loyalty is finally paying off.

Black Clover is a show that is in many ways the literal embodiment of its protagonist’s struggle. Asta goes from being the laughingstock of town to the literal saviour of the kingdom. During that internal journey, we also watched the anime gradually evolve and get better as time went on. Production qualities seemingly increased as the popularity increased as well. Asta’s journey is extremely satisfying and well written. Black Clover Season 2

It’s done so well in fact, that it feels like we’ve been on this journey right with Asta. Everyone loves a feel-good underdog story. There’s been no bigger underdog than Black Clover Season 2.

For me, the mark of a well-written series is how well you’re able to immerse yourself and truly feel a part of the story. When I first got into Black Clover a couple of years ago, I was easily able to binge the first 99 episodes which were out up to that point in the span of a few days. Episodes went by in what felt like a breeze. I found myself in awe at the quality of writing and the magical concepts used. For the life of me, I couldn’t understand why so many people shit on the series or rated it lowly.

I’ve said numerous times that if Black Clover went seasonal, it would be one of the highest-rated Jump Series. The story is better than MHA and JJK. What has unfortunately been the big bump in the road for BC is the inconsistent production quality throughout. Black Clover Season 2

At points, Pierrot has literally had to beg on Twitter for people to help out with episodes. Fortunately, the series is going on hiatus due to how close it’s getting to the manga, and I really hope Pierrot uses this opportunity to make it a seasonal show after the movie. The long-running anime model is dead and doesn’t give animation staff the time they need to make high-quality episodes.

If you’re on the fence about watching Black Clover, do it. Yes, it has some inconsistent animation at times, but the story is genuinely the best in shonen. Loveable characters, an immersive world, and amazing action sequences make Black Clover one of the only ongoing shonen that I enjoy. Black Clover gets 10 grimoires out of 10.

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Mar 30, 2021
KANLen09 (All reviews)

This is the first time that I’ll be reviewing a long-running series, so spare the pardon if there’s any for pleasantries. But without further ado…”Please marry me, Sister Lily! I won’t give up until I’ve hit my limits!”

“If you flip the 10, it becomes a 01!” – Some Jerk a.k.a remember how Black Clover was despised by everyone? Black Clover Season 2

Black Clover is one of the many myriads of Shonen shows that Weekly Shonen Jump has been banking on imitating the success Shueisha once had since the diminishing of the Big 3 (One Piece, Bleach, Naruto), alongside many other WSJ titles that have constantly received headlines for breaking sales and adaptations that make up the modern age of the anime landscape.

Unfortunately, at a time when the Big 3 were all but fizzled out of the community’s eyes, there was but one mangaka amongst the many other Shonen authors who were trying to get the attention of Weekly Shonen Jump to have their works publicized…his name is Yuki Tabata.
Being a sophomore into the manga industry, his first work of the short-lived and then canceled 3-volume long Hungry Joker was not received well, and if you know anything about the intense competition of Weekly Shonen Jump: “If your manga doesn’t sell well, we will take it off indefinitely without trial. Black Clover Season 2
We have more titles that we are ever ready to sink our time and resources into promoting new material and publicity to the large population who are always ever hungry for more.” OK, shame on you for the first try. But take a look at his second work…and yet it still doesn’t sell when this came out in early 2015 when it was serialized in WSJ. But Shueisha at least had a good idea that while this work started off being blatantly and averagely similar to the Big 3 in terms of the story and plot, and so they released the first volume thereafter in June of the same year.
And to say the rest is history is an understatement because even in the Oricon charts, Yuki Tabata just couldn’t do enough to maintain the growing popularity of his work, only selling within the Top 25 and not even cracking the Top 10, even after the anime adaptation came out (at least for the 1st year running).
It’s only through the sheer talent of director Tatsuya Yoshihara and his production team at Studio Pierrot that would propel this “then infamous, now famous” work into the greatest of great oblivion with the passing of time, that Yuki Tabata finally can breathe a heavy sigh and continue developing Black Clover into one of the many modern Shonen juggernauts that we know today, selling from the thousands to the millions. Black Clover Season 2

I’m not gonna say that what Yuki Tabata did here was plentiful, the story plot was rife of a roller-coaster ride of the usual Shonen tropes and cliches that quickly garnered attention as one of the worst series to be published and then through Studio Pierrot’s infamous low-budget visuals, another strike as one of the worst modern Shonen shows that aired back in 2017. Black Clover Season 2

Heck, I probably would not want to include what Black Clover is all about, you can refer to the MAL synopsis or even Wikipedia to read it. In a nutshell, think of the Big 3 and the main MC’s aspiration of “I want to be <fill in the blanks of the usual Shonen archetype>”, add in a fellow rival, and there you have it. Black Clover Season 2
It feels just as awful as any kind of minimalistic story from the start, and the usual shenanigans from some heavy power fantasy action to the occasional comedy that just doesn’t feel as cohesive, and that’s not to mention the immense boredom that quickly sets in if you’re not the type to stick around for just “one more chapter”.
Not gonna lie, the first thing that everyone will remember is the crudely annoying MC that is Asta, especially in particular towards newbie VA Gakuto Kajiwara at the time when he first debuted with Asta. Black Clover Season 2
Try to compare the criticisms from Day 1 of the anime to now, and most people will say: “I still remember the days when people hated his voice days after his debut on Black Clover. Although I also wasn’t very fond of it too, I found it very funny later, gotta love him and his voice acting now.” or “I used to think that he (Gakuto Kajiwara) did a bad job with Asta… Black Clover Season 2
I take back what I said. His voice matches Asta completely and it’s not bad at all, I’ve gotten used to it overtime.” We’ve come a long way, friends. To see a rookie VA on his first debut getting flamed for all the wrong reasons, to now seeing the light that no one can replace Gakuto Fujiwara for the long-term investment.

Overtime, we get to see the extensive character cast of Black Clover, and I’m still going to rely on my gut feelings here: each and every one of them feels like cardboard cut-outs that are worth surmising to invoke the feelings of just blatantly plagiarizing from other Weekly Shonen Jump works, and that’s where Yuki Tabata can be faulted with trying to make do of the cliches and tropes of the Shonen genre that worked well at the time. Black Clover Season 2

The problem is with his way of execution of character traits that we’ve seen way too often to try lifting inspirations from one source to another, so much so that it becomes overbearing and full of cringe. Let’s say Asta’s rival Yuno. He’s a skilled Wind Magic-user, blessed by the gods to have magnificent power for OP prodigy powers, and as indicated by the magic books known as Grimoires: he’s the four-lead clover magic-user. Black Clover Season 2
Now tell me if any of those traits are lifted whether in and out of context of similar characters you might have seen throughout your read list of Shonen lookalikes. But as further evidenced, it’s with the passing of time that helps distinguish each and every character to their types and whatnot, giving us the audience enough time to digest about what makes them tick and work, and appreciate them for their presence to the different progressing story arcs of the main series. Black Clover Season 2

You know me, I’m very critical when it comes to studio productions, and Studio Pierrot to me, stands as one of the worst studios to ever exist, even if they adapt works that often lose out on the quality of the source materials that fans so desired to see on the small screen. Black Clover Season 2 Black Clover is no different with the stigma that Pierrot productions tend to have, and for 1001 good reasons.

But once again, like I’ve said at the beginning, it’s thanks to director Tatsuya Yoshihara for helming this long-running project that has seen its fair shares of highs and lows. Black Clover Season 2
Black Clover might’ve started on the wrong foot for being the similar case towards Studio Deen at being decades-old studios with variable quality, for the test of time stands between the production staff team to stand in the gap and make their efforts worth it, and the payoff was certainly worth it in the long-run that was only destined to run for the full length of a year, that subsequently got lengthened and amounted to 3.5 years worth of time that increased the hype with some episodes having the Asta trademark of “I will hit my limits!” that expressively shared the experience of sticking in the long-run.
AND BOY, DO THOSE EPISODES DELIVER with at best 9-turned-10/10 ratings that even trended on Twitter. YES, Black Clover IS BIG in both Japan and the West, and with Crunchyroll being the biggest benefactor that this show has garnered the No. 1 top spot in 80+ countries, you can’t certainly lie at where Black Clover is now with the insane popularity. To that I say, great job Pierrot for making me love a show that I now endear as one of the many Shonen long-running series that I can recommend.

Even the music can’t be understated. For as many as 13 sets of OSTs within the 3.5 year-long run of Black Clover, we’ve definitely heard some “diamond in the rough” gems that we’ve gotten used to overtime, with many songs that really stick out to be the series’ representatives when it comes to recognizing that it originated from Black Clover.

Sound director Hajime Takakuwa certainly did wonders at what he does best, but for this one I have to give props to the many artists that have contributed cult-classic songs, from the OPs: Kankaku Piero’s “Haruka Mirai” to Vickeblanca’s hit songs “Black Rover” and “Black Catcher”, and EDs: Itowokashi’s “Aoi Honoo” to Faky’s “four”. These are just some of my top favourite songs from Black Clover Season 2, but there’s just too many to list them, because most of them are bangers in their own right (with some just being decent at best).

Like what @Goober-fish has said: “Whatever the case may be, Black Clover is my ultimate guilty pleasure and I wave that 10 with pride.” And I reverse the words of some jerk that said the sentence at the beginning: “If you flip the 01, it becomes a 10!” Black Clover may have started with being a score of 01, but looking at it now, it’s definitely worthy of the 10 score in every possible way: the story that got better overtime with the characters, the insane Pierrot animation quality and right down to the fantastic OSTs that we are graced with to our pairs of eyes and ears.

Never have I thought that I will return from a hatred of a stigma to loving them for Shonen shows, and even if I or you have never watched the Big 3 before, Black Clover Season 2 is EASILY the best-recommended entry show for anyone wanting to dive into Shonen shows…that’s if you can last all 170 episodes in one go. Thanks Black Clover, now it’s no longer just a guilty pleasure, and I’m an addition to wearing that 10 with pride.

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