Manga Review: Black Clover V 4 by Yuki Tabata @shonenjump

May Contain Spoilers

With the awards ceremony, and the rude reception by the other Magic Knights, abruptly interrupted by an attack on the capital, the warriors get down to the business of repelling the attack. Zombies have descended on the populace, animated by disgraced Magic Knight Rades. He has a huge grudge against his former companions, so he’s up and joined forces with a group intent on destroying the Clover Kingdom.

Lots and lots of action in this volume – I loved it! Asta is injured trying to save a little girl from the animated corpses threatening to rip her apart, and he manages to go toe-to-toe with Rades. That is, until Fuegoleon, captain of the Crimson Lion Kings shows up and gives Asta a lecture and a new rival at the same time. Fuegoleon is impressed with how hard Asta has trained and with his never say die attitude. He is also intent on becoming the next Wizard King, so he and Asta are rivals.

Fuegoleon is more my idea of what a Magic Knight should be like. He sternly tells Asta he needs to slow down and think before jumping into a conflict, and that way he will never be defeated. He also chastises Rades for not having any heart. People like him have no place in the Magic Knights – but wait! Just a volume ago, the Magic Knights at the awards ceremony showed how little class and how little heart they possessed by mocking Asta and Yuno because they were mere peasants. So maybe Fuegoleon is cut from much better cloth. I hope we get to find out in the near future, and that he isn’t dead, because boy oh boy, things did not look good for him.

Yuno gets a brief appearance, where he battles a creepy old woman who sucks the life mana from others. He gets things started by calling her an old woman, which she really did not appreciate. During the battle, Yuno finally begins to understand the treasure he was given from the dungeon. Yay! That looks like some powerful sh!t! Sadly, he doesn’t get to hog the spotlight for too long, and most of the action takes place in Asta’s section of the city.

This volume ends on a cliffhanger, so I suggest you have the next volume handy and within reach. While this volume was basically just a bunch of bashing spells and Asta swinging his sword, we get some clarification for the bigger picture, and heck, it was just good old plain fun.

Grade: 4.25 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

In a world of magic, Asta, a boy with anti-magic powers, will do whatever it takes to become the Wizard King!
Asta is a young boy who dreams of becoming the greatest mage in the kingdom. Only one problem—he can’t use any magic! Luckily for Asta, he receives the incredibly rare five-leaf clover grimoire that gives him the power of anti-magic. Can someone who can’t use magic really become the Wizard King? One thing’s for sure—Asta will never give up!
The Clover Kingdom is under attack by a mysterious mage who can control zombies! The greatest Magic Knights have come together to protect the kingdom and Asta’s caught in the middle of the ferocious battle!

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