Asta Turning Into A Demon? Yuno’s Actually The Real Hero In Black Clover? A Twist To The Generic Shōnen Trope
So I recently just watched the latest episode of Black Clover and despite people disliking the anime, I’ve grown fond of it. It’s the embodiment of everything that makes up a Shonen and more. But what if that’s what they want you to believe. What if Asta, one the main protagonist of the anime is been set up to become a demon, and it’s Yuno who’s really going to become the Wizard King by slaying his own brother. That’s the discussion for today.
Please note, I have NOT read the manga. I am a strict anime viewer at the time of this written blog.
So as you may or may not know, the lore of Black Clover is simple, long ago a demon showed up and basically wrecked havoc across the land until a brave wizard stepped forward to put a stop to its carnage and was declared the Wizard King. As the story progresses, we’ll probaly learn more about that event but for now that’s all we got.
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.
It’s the typical main character is the underdog, rivals OP and he has to overcome obstacle to achieve his dreams trope that we’ve come to expect in Shonen anime.
Now this is where things gets interesting. Like I stated before, the demon came out of nowhere and started attacking people. Asta finds a grimoire that gave him the ability to negate magic, and upon first accepting it, displayed a demon-shaped shadow from his own shadow. Coincidence, I THINK NOT!
I’m sure by now you’re seeing where I’m going with this. Asta has a black five-clover grimoire that not even the elite wizards are familiar with, it deflects and counters any magic, like anti-magic or something and it has a weird dark aura around it. The story depicts Asta as the lucky-go, high spirited guy, while Yuno is currently been depicted as someone who may fall into darkness. But that could all be a ruse.
In that very first episode when Asta accepted the grimoire, it was hinted that there’s a demon within that grimoire. Of course many shonen characters have had demon-like powers or demons within them in the past and who’s to say Asta will be any different, but having the fans believe that very notion could be what the writer wants us to believe.
This is all just a theory of course and everything I’ve said may never come true but just thinking about gets me a bit intrigued. That and with how Funimation have been pushing Black Clover as the next Naruto so soon leads me to believe that they may know something that we the fans don’t. And having Yuno be the one who kills Asta and becomes the Wizard King would phenomenal twist to this shone trope.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.