Weekend Otaku and I continue our thoughts on Black Clover as Yuno and Asta take the exam to become magic knights. If you missed them, please check out our previous posts.
Asta’s presence was somewhat diluted this week through the addition of other candidates for the magic knights and the captains. That, and Asta didn’t shriek every single line of dialogue. He actually had conversations with people and when he is speaking his voice is actually tolerable. So, with my ears momentarily spared, what did I actually think of the episode?
Pretty standard entrance exam stuff to be honest. I felt there was a wasted opportunity here as they focused so much on Asta without giving us much more of Yuno. They keep telling us Yuno is talented but other than showing him flying on a broom standing up (something we saw in the opening credits) he doesn’t really get seen at all during this exam. They might address this next week, but it feels like they could have done more with this than just showing Asta failing over and over again.
What they did get right was Asta’s opponent for the fight at the end. It wasn’t a surprise the guy was playing Asta the whole time, and they really made you enjoy it when Asta finally got to fight him.
Weekend Otaku’s Review:
Black Clover has something of a running trend of trying to find new ways to say Asta has no magical talent. Whereas these “entrance exam” type episodes in other shounen series are a good opportunity to showcase some of the other new and interesting characters, this one basically neglected even Yuno to focus on Asta’s shortcomings. From the anti-birds swarming him to every magical test except the last one, the same gag that has persisted through three episodes takes up the bulk of this one as well. Asta can’t do magic. We get it.
From a story framing perspective though, this episode is a bit better than the others so far. Making the audience care about Asta isnt’ the easiest thing at this point, but it was satisfying to see him basically ace the combat test against a guy who rivaled his level of annoyance with that dumb laugh. The introduction of the Black Bull captain (and the explanation about how his squad doesn’t have a single decent mage) is a huge giveaway as to Asta’s destination though. Rather than wonder about his passing the exam, the show will need to find tension elsewhere next week.
With some more world building going on and a small view into how the nobles view the rest of the country, this show may yet have some interesting directions it can go.
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6 thoughts on “200 Word Anime: Black Clover Episode 4”
I haven’t been liked this show all that much yet, but someone pointed out it is very much like a fast-paced Naruto. Though I imagine everyone is coming to that conclusion based on how transparent they are about it.
i agree that this is some standard entrance exam stuff. too much of this show is cookie cutter. and to weekendotaku’s point, i had the exact same thought when the black bulls were introduced as the team with no mages. they literally couldnt have telegraphed more that asta was going to be joining that team. they’re also the only team that got more than a one-line introduction. it actually pisses me off a bit, but i guess this show is for kids…
Actually this was the first episode that I enjoyed. There were even a few jokes that I laughed at like Asta saying how that guy can see with that hair in front of him. I still don;t like Asta though….his shouting is still as irritating as ever, even though luckily this week it was a little bit less. Honestly though this so far has been the best episode and will be interesting to see if the series can now progress into something even better 😀
It is definitely showing signs of improvement, which it kind of needed, so I guess we’ll find out if the trend continues next week.