Manga Review: Black Clover V 8 by Yuki Tabata @shonenjump

May Contain Spoilers

The battle in the underwater temple rages on! The Eye of Midnight Sun appeared abruptly on the scene, in the form of Vetto. Part of a group of powerful magic users known as the Third Eye, this guy is Trouble!  Can any of our intrepid heroes stand against him?!

And the answer to that is – it doesn’t look like it! This entire volume is one big fight scene. The art for the battle sequences is a bit sloppy, and I had to give extra attention to some panels in order to understand what the heck was going on.  There are so many speed lines, and explosive effects, and screen tone in general that the panels are cluttered and difficult to understand. This is the first time in the series that I’ve really felt out of my depth, and therefore distanced from the action.

Getting back to the story, I really enjoyed it. Most of the Black Bulls who traveled to the temple, as well as their new temple priest buddies, are drawn into this impossible fight. Yami and the high priest are trapped by the high priest’s spatial magic, and can’t leave until the contest is over. Oh, noes!! How can the Black Bulls emerge victorious with their strongest fighter, as well as their mentor and leader, trapped outside of the battle?

Things look really, really grim, as one by one, the Black Bulls are defeated. Then Asta, Noelle, Kahono, Vanessa, and Finral make their last stand. And it’s a doozy.  Asta’s never say die attitude rallies the troops, but for how long? I was excited to see Noelle’s powers on display, as desperation makes her let loose – finally!  Will they beat Vetto? I don’t know for sure, but make sure that you have volume 9 near at hand to find out!

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!
As Asta and the Black Bulls continue their search for the magic stone in the Underwater temple, they are blindsided by Vetto of the Eye of the Midnight Sun. Can the rowdy Black Bulls work together to take down this fearsome foe?