"Surpass your limits!"
In a world where everyone has magic, Asta stands alone as the black sheep because of his lack of magic. He fights with willpower and sheer physical strength. Obviously, he doesn't stand a chance of attaining his goal of becoming the Wizard King, or so everyone thought. Black Clover is not my favorite shonen anime but it's still a very good one. Featuring a great cast of characters known as the Black Bulls, who come to accept Asta into their ranks. Luck, Noelle, Charmy, Vanessa, and of course Captain Yami are all stand outs for me who can get as much screen time as they want. When the Black Bulls are all together it reminds me of One Piece's pirate crew - it's always a great time. However, this is Black Clover's focus. So when it takes time to highlight other characters outside of the Black Bull's it's just not as satisfying. Even Yuno as a main character just isn't well written or interesting. There's a few exceptions like Wizard King Julius but for the most part outside characters are not likeable. This range of quality is also noticeable in the animation. I was completely bewildered by the fight BIG fight in this show. It featured jaw-dropping action and visuals, but at the same time had moments that looked like an export from Microsoft Paint. Sadly, the budget just can't keep up with this shows pace. However, by the end that pain is eliminated. The last 12 episodes looked amazing. In a lot of ways this anime seems to be improving itself overall. Even the story took a fantastic turn towards the end and I'm genuinely excited for the canon movie releasing in 2023. Black Clover shouldn't be at the top of your list, but it should definitely be on there. This one's only going to get better.
I watched more anime than live action entertainment in 2021. So it's only right that I start keeping record of my thoughts on them all.