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Black Clover #305 Manga Review

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Black Clover is a fun property and while I'm sure long-time readers will get more out of this chapter than me, it's the type that does draw me back into it overall.
BLACK CLOVER © 2015 by Yuki Tabata/SHUEISHA Inc.

“The Vice-Captain of the Golden Dawn”

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Yuki Tabata
Translation: Taylor Engel

What They Say
In a world of magic, Asta, a boy with anti-magic powers, will do whatever it takes to become the Wizard King!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Having not seen any Black Clover anime for a while, I figured I’d take a random jaunt through the manga since new chapters come out pretty regularly through Shonen Jump. The manga from Yuki Tabata began back in 2015 and is still ongoing with twenty-nine volumes out so far and over three hundred chapters of material. It continues to be quite popular and we’re just waiting until a new round of anime comes back with more silly adventures and serious arcs. I liked the show well enough but it was one that I thought was interesting as it felt more in line with Fairy Tail to me than a lot of other Shonen Jump works because of its blend. A lot of works in the magazine don’t have this kind of see-saw effect in terms of its structure so I was drawn to that because it’s a very accessible property no matter where you start once you get the basics down.

Dropping into this chapter (and admittedly a bit after its release), we’re in the midst of a fight between Langris and Yuno against Zenon. Names are lightly used and Yuno doesn’t look like I remember him too much, with time and distance since my last involvement, but we get a pretty solid fight set up here as Langris and Zenon primarily present themselves to each other as the fight intensity starts to ramp up. Amid this, Yano is trying to restore his mana and that has Langris having to hold the fort, so to speak, so that Yuno can use one of his superior techniques to take down Zenon. And that has Langris working some pretty solid dialogue at the same time in order to try and throw Zenon off-balance a bit, though Zenon to his credit isn’t phased all that much because he’s in that confident position of how he feels his chances are in this fight.

What makes this fun, and reminds me of Bleach in a way, is that Zenon has set the stage with the area that he’s created, but we get Langris using his Mana Zone in order to create a space to operate within here. This gives them an advantage and seeing the way the two circle each other, and the confidence that Langris has, really works well. Because once we hit that moment where Yuno pulls out his Spirit of Euros bit and stands firmly in front of Zenon, you can see just how well the tide has changed. Because of the style of illustration and just the way Zenon expresses himself, I’m hard-pressed to say that his reaction is one of surprise or admiration at what’s happening, but it doesn’t look like panic so it’s clearly going to just ramp up the whole situation even more.

In Summary:
While I won’t say Black Clover is Bleach, there are certainly moments where it feels it when it comes to the fight sequences that go on for a few chapters and play with power levels/zones and stuff like that as it does here. Or, at least, it touches that mental space for me since that’s the series that I read the longest that really played in that arena. Not that it’s a bad thing; Tabata has some really good panels here with interesting details and designs within the layouts. We also get some solid internal dialogue that shows well for Langris as he has to deal with a number of things in facing off against Zenon. It’s a solid chapter that’s easy to drop into overall with a bit of knowledge (though not about Zenon) and to just move forward with if one wants to. Black Clover is a fun property and while I’m sure long-time readers will get more out of this chapter than me, it’s the type that does draw me back into it overall.

Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: B

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Shonen Jump
Release Date: September 12th, 2021

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