Black Clover: 20 Episodes Later! Has The Anime Gotten Better?
It’s been a while since Black Clover debut on Funimation, October 2017 to be precise. It’s true that Black Clover has had a rocky start, but over time I feel like the anime has gotten substantially better. Makes me wonder why people still give it such a hard time?
To give you a quick synopsis of what this anime is about, cause that’s what I always do:
In a world where magic is everything, Asta and Yuno are both found abandoned at a church on the same day. While Yuno is gifted with exceptional magical powers, Asta is the only one in this world without any. At the age of fifteen, both receive grimoires, magic books that amplify their holder’s magic. Asta’s is a rare Grimoire of Anti-Magic that negates and repels his opponent’s spells. Being opposite but good rivals, Yuno and Asta are ready for the hardest of challenges to achieve their common dream: to be the Wizard King. Giving up is never an option!
I currently only watch the dubbed version of the anime and have no intentions of reading the manga. I know that the manga is pretty turned up with epic stuff right now but I decided to just watch the anime alone instead. To answer the question that posed in the title, yes, the anime has gotten significantly better since its debut.
If you read my first impression blog, Black Clover – First Impression! Don’t Let The Sub Deceive You!, then you’d know that I had a rocky start to the series. The subbed version damm near pushed me away from what was otherwise an great anime. Once I switched over to the dubbed version, the anime became a lot more enjoyable. The English voice actors have done an phenomenal job in bringing these vibrant casts to life and I appreciate them for that. Don’t let some subbed elitists shun you away from checking out any dubbed version of any anime. Consume anime anyway you like.
The story has gotten a lot more interesting too since it’s debut in October. Despite what people have said in the past about Black Clover, it’s a pretty great anime. As someone who’s watched and completed both Naruto and Fariy Tail, I will say that I can see the resemblance between those two and Black Clover, but in no way is it just a straight up copy. Black Clover manages to do its own thing well enough that it has created its own identity. I personally think people are too quick to judge the anime based on what others have said and haven’t sat down and just watched it for what it is, a shonen anime. Its got epic fights, great plot (no, I mean actual plot, get you heard outta the gutters) and awesome visuals and music to boost.
And seriously, anime have always since the dawned of time, taken inspirations from other anime and have been able to make something of their own. To give Black Clover grief for that makes no sense in my opinion.
Unlike Naruto’s village system or Fairy Tails Guilds, Black Clover sets itself apart with the Clover Kingdom’s Magic Knights. The Clover Kingdom’s Magic Knights is an organization where selected mages enter and become part of the Kingdom’s military as a Magic Knight. The organization has a noble duty as a protector of the Kingdom from various threats such as foreign countries invasion to local crimes within the Kingdom itself.
This creates on of the premises for the anime, the whole noble vs commoner gag. I personally find that to be very interesting aspect of Black Clover. Not every anime will appeal to everyone, that’s why there’s hundreds of them. You watch what interests you and Black Clover has a lot of quirks that draws me towards it. Honestly, if you call yourself a connoisseur of anime, then I’d really recommend checking it out with an open-mind. You never know, you might end up jamming to then intro/outro just like me.