Manga Review: Black Clover V 5 by Yuki Tabata @shonenjump

May Contain Spoilers

Asta’s rescue from the terror group Eye of the Midnight Sun is anti-climatic. I was kind of bummed. The Wizard King swoops in and BOOM! That was the end of that. All but one of the terrorists escapes, and now Julius Novachrono, the Wizard King, has a another mystery to solve. What is that jewel-encrusted slab in the terrorists’ possession?

Asta was injured during the attack on the capital, so he’s put on leave. He ends up in Nean, where he is visiting a friend. He’s attacked by Gauche when the Magic Knight with a sister-complex catches Asta playing with a group of orphans, including Gauche’s sister Marie. Gauche is creepy, creepy, creepy. He attacks Asta with his mirror magic, but has to call off the fun when it’s discovered that all of the children have been stolen away.

Asta, ever the hero, races off the save the kiddos. Gauche in only interested in saving Marie, and the rest of the kids are on their own, as far as he’s concerned. Gauche is one of the most unlikeable characters in the series. What a complete jerk. He could care less about his comrade in arms, an elderly nun, or a bunch of helpless kids. Noble this guy ain’t. I don’t think he can redeem himself, but your mileage may vary.

The battle between the evil child snatchers and Asta is pretty one-sided, until the bad guys get a little help from the Eye of the Midnight Sun. Now maybe Asta’s ticket is up. He’s attacked by a kooky chick with an insatiable curiosity. She wants to know what Asta is. A disgusting lick here and a painful bite there, and she’s no closer to an answer. All I want to know is WHAT? How scientific is it to bite your research subject to pinpoint what he is. Yuck! Just yuck. GERMS! I’m kind of looking forward to her getting the stuffing knocked out of her in the next volume. Oh, how I hope that happens!

Grade: 4 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!
With Asta captured and Fuegoleon defeated, the Clover Kingdom tries to recover from the attack by the Eye of the Midnight Sun. Meanwhile, the greatest mage in the kingdom launches his own counterattack. Can the Wizard King take these terrorists out before they do any more harm?