Weekend Otaku and I continue our coverage of Black Clover. Both Asta and Yuno have finally made it to their new teams though blink and you’ll miss Yuno’s appearance this week. If you haven’t been following along you can check out our previous posts here.
It has been a very long time since I had such a mixed reaction to an episode. I really think I could draw a line down a page and write all the things I enjoyed on one side and all the things I hated on the other and the list would end up pretty evenly split. Basically, every new character we met (pretty much the Black Bulls) have all been introduced as one-note comic relief characters and to be honest their one note didn’t even manage to make it part of this episode before I was pretty much over it. And the only scene we get with Yuno… Yep, he’s already being looked down on for being a peasant from the boonies. Big surprise. And can these characters please get some new words in their vocabularies soon? At least be creative when you look down your nose at someone.
But, I also enjoyed Asta’s genuine joy at having made this first step toward his dream. I enjoyed the other characters finally telling him to dial down the yelling. I really enjoyed the moment when he realised he was going to die and then his genuine shock when he didn’t. There were these fun and great moments sprinkled throughout what was a really ordinary group introduction episode. My biggest issue is that next week I may have to put up with the newly introduced characters and unless they flesh them out fast, that’s going to hurt. I’d hope to see more of Yuno but despite him being set up as the rival this show is doing a great job of benching him at every opportunity so I’m not overly optimistic there.
Weekend Otaku’s Review:
Karandi pointed out what we would like to see from this show (more in depth look at Yuno, less Asta yelling) but I think it’s a longshot at this point. Black Clover seems content for the moment to continue down Asta’s loud and unusual path toward making a name for himself, but this episode has sort of shaped what kind of series it plans to be.
Keeping Yuno on the sidelines for now reinforces the show’s focus on the underdog. The Black Bulls as a whole emphasize this further, with the late reveal that Magna is from “way on in the sticks” as well. Asta as a misfit in a whole squad of misfits, all of whom probably possess some special quality that others overlook. This seems to be the predominant theme of this introductory arc, if not the entire series. Like Asta’s simple desire to become the Wizard King, I wouldn’t be surprised if the show kept its ‘message’ so straightforward.
The class divide that I had hoped to be an interesting facet of the world has turned into the same repeated gag that Asta’s lack of magic did. It does bear some resemblance to how predominantly nobles could wield allomancy in Bandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series though. In that respect I would like to see some interesting reason as to why magic tends more strongly toward them. Next week promises to feature the noble girl who got talked down to by her brother in the first exam episode, so we may see something regarding this soon; but let’s not get our hopes up. This is Black Clover, so it might just be an entire episode of her making fun of Asta and the boonies.
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