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The 5 Best and Most Interesting Moments from Black Clover Manga Volume 3

5. Asta verses Mars

Asta and Mars fight. Mars uses Mineral Creation Magic: Talos Doll Swarm to create clones. He views Asta as “weak,” and targets him. Mars has the view that the “weak shouldn’t exist on the battlefield.” Asta for his part isn’t afraid. He dares Mars to “try breaking him.” Asta’s negation magic predictably counters Mars abilities well. It’s Asta’s physical prowess that shocks Klaus. Asta body type is unique for a typical Shonen character. Yes, Goku and all the Z fighters are bulky, as are other Shonen characters, however, Asta is buff for a 15-year-old. I’ll be curious to see how much his build will help him in battles. So far it seems to have some effect.

4. More on the power system

In chapter 18, Black Clover focuses more on the magic system. Like most series with magic, the typical “four classic elements” are present (Earth, Fire, Wind and Water). Each Mage has an affinity for one of these elements and can only use “magic from their own mana or from a single attribute derived from it.” However, while Black Clover is explaining this, Mars proves that there are ways to undermine this rule. Most anime series will introduce more advance magic or abilities later in the series. Black Clover establishes this early. A power system can get rigid and boring if it doesn’t become more dynamic.

3. Yuno and Asta get new powers

Despite Yuno’s advance abilities, he takes a back seat to Asta. He finds a mysterious scroll with language that he can’t read and upon touching it; the writing disappears. This was an entry by Sylph. She is a wind spirit that uses her power to help Yuno when he’s desperate to save Asta. She appears to stop time and using her wind magic, KO’s Mars. Yuno shows this spell to Julius Novachrono. He tells Yuno that Sylph has chosen him and he should “treat her well.” Asta gained a new sword in the dungeon. It’s another anti-magic sword that allowed him to deflect some of Mars attacks. Unlike Yuno’s grimoire, Asta’s is illegible to the Wizard King. The sword itself is heavy and absorbs magic, meaning it’s useless for everyone except Asta.

2. It’s Merit

Yuno and Asta ask the Julius, “how does one get to be Wizard King?” He responds it requires “Merit.” They need to build a reputation by protecting people. With achievements that prove they’re the strongest can become Wizard King. It’s a little vague. Surely many mages would fit the bill for Wizard King, right? Naruto’s hokage system was similarly unclear. Basically, the strongest ninja would become Hokage. However, there was more to it. There was a council of elders and trusted ninja that collectively choose the Hokage from several candidates. Is suspect that Black Clover is similar.

1. The Distinguished and the Snobby

There are five ranks in the Magic Knights, beginning with Junior Magic Knight, Intermediate Magic Knight, Senior Magic Knight, Grand Magic Knight, and the Wizard King. Asta, Yuno, and Noelle are invited to attend the Distinguished Service Ceremony. Julius Novachrono awards Leopold Vermillion, promoting him to 2nd class Intermediate Magic Knight. He then gives Sol Marron a promotion to 3rd class Intermediate Magic Knights, Nebra and Solid Silva are promoted to 5th class Senior Magic Knight and 3rd class Intermediate Magic Knight. Finally, 3 members of the Golden Dawn, Alecdora Sandler, Siren Tium, and Hamon Caseus all receive 4th, 1st, and 2nd Magic Knight status. Black Clover has always presented a classism perpetrated by the Royals. It’s typical if you ever watched anything with royalty.

Asta’s lack of awareness and manners was going to be a culture clash. He’s quickly called “lowborn scum, little rat, and a misfit.” Asta couldn’t careless. He actually thinks it’s kinda funny. However, when Klaus, Yuno, Mimosa, and Noelle are attacked, Asta loses it. Insult him all you want, but he won’t tolerate attacks against his friends. The Silvas attack their own sister was hard to watch. Asta announces that he’s going to become Wizard King, as he prepares to take on the Magic Knights. Elsewhere, a new villain prepares to attack the Clover Kingdom.

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Black Clover Manga Volume 2: Recap and Review

Cover of Black Clover Volume 2
Cover of Black Clover Volume 2

Volume #2: Those Who Protect

Volume 2 of Black Clover focuses on the first part of Asta’s first mission with the Black Bull Magic Knight. Chapter 8 – 9 concludes the battle between Asta, Noelle, and Magna Swing. Despite the short mission, Noelle learns to control her magic (at least when the magic stays in place) and Asta impresses Magna with his dedication. The trio work together to rescue the civilians and defeat Heath Grice and his men. However, unwilling to be captured, Heath and his subordinates commit suicide with Ice Magic: Ice Burial. After Heath’s death and Asta gaining a magic stone, several darkly shrouded magicians believes the “Black Bull” are no threat. They’re confident that the “resurrection” is still going to happen. We aren’t told who’s being resurrected, but it’s clear that this will become the enormous threat at some point.

They expand the world of Black Clover. The Magic Emperor awards the nine magic knight groups with stars. Vanessa Enoteca notes the collection of stars is about honor. The Golden Dawn group has the most with 70. After each mission, they also give the participants money. They spend their earnings at Kikka, a castle town. The market sells wands, magic items, fruit, health recovery herbs, and consumable magic items. They even have a black market that sells more dangerous items. Asta gets the attention of the Magic Emperor, Julius Novachrono, when he rescues the Emperor while he’s disguise as an old lady. Julius enjoys wandering around the castle in disguise, looking for new magic. While Julius rambles on about his love of magic, his handler informs him of an “abnormal situation.”

A Dungeon Appears

Elsewhere, a dungeon appears on the border of the Kingdom. Dungeons emerge without warning. They house countless treasures from powerful magic tools or ancient magic. Within these dungeons, the dense mana results in a space distortion. Inside, dungeons are larger than they appear on the outside. Many powerful mages attempt to secure the treasures to gain more power. Magic Emperor specifically requests Asta for exploring the dungeon. They send Luck Voltia and Noelle Silva with him. When they enter the dungeon, Luck and Asta trigger many of the traps inside. After sensing other powerful mages, Luck runs off to find the strongest one. Noelle and Asta get entangled with a vicious plant creature. Suddenly, Yuna saves Asta with Wind Creation Magic: Wind Blade Shower.

Yuna, along with Golden Dawn Klaus Lunettes and Mimosa Vermillion, aims to get the treasure before the Black Bulls. Elsewhere, the Wizard King is notified of the invasion by the mage troops from the Diamond Kingdom. Julius is confident that Asta and Yuno will succeed despite the powerful Diamond Mages. Luck defeats the subordinates of Lotus Whomalt easily. Lotus uses smoke magic. He initially attempts to escape Luck by fleeing. However, Luck is too fast and catches up to him. Lotus uses his smoke to avoid Luck’s attacks. He uses Weakening Smoke Magic: Garden of Plundering Smoke to weaken Luck overtime. Black Clover seems to have no limit on the type of magic and the effects it can have. It’s unnecessary to reinvent the wheel for power systems, but fans care about uniqueness and complexity. So far, the Black Clover magic system doesn’t have much complexity.

No match for Crystal Magic

While Asta and Noelle stumble through the dungeon, the Golden Dawn arrives at the door. They’re meet by Mars and his Crystal magic. Despite Luck being effected by Lotus’s smoke magic, the Bull is excited to fight. Luck has the manic violent energy that reminds me of Kenpachi from Bleach. He has a tragic backstory, having been told to “win, win, win” by his mother. He seems to have a one track mine, which is fine with me. Meanwhile, Mars and Klaus square off. Mars reminds me of early Gaara, cold and calculating. Klaus uses Steel Creation Magic: Full Metal Fortress against Mars Crystal Magic. The latter seems unphased by Klaus’s Magic. Yuno steps in to help Klaus, while Asta rescues Luck. Lotus faced with the trio of Noelle, Asta, and Luck takes the fight more seriously. He traps them in Smoke Creation Magic: Prison of the Fallen King. Despite Luck’s one track mind, he shows he can think strategically when needed.

Combined with Noelle suppressing her magic and Asta being undetectable (he has no magic), the trio plan is successful. Asta clobbers Lotus with his sword. Elsewhere, Klaus is shocked that Yuno isn’t making much inroads against Mars. Klaus explains that the Diamond Kingdom “artificially amplified magic” of their warriors. The Kingdom forces their warriors to kill each other after they enhance their powers. This obviously shows how terrible and brutal the Diamond Kingdom but also foolish. How strong would their army be if they didn’t kill each other? Anyway, Mars is the last survival. Klaus becomes outrage and uses Steel Creation Magic: Fierce Spiral Lance. It does nothing. Before Mars can cut down Yuno, Asta intervenes, cutting Mars mineral sword in half.