Every year there is that anime with all the hype surrounding it. “Attack on Titan” gets this claim to fame whenever the creators deem that they will grace us peons and make a new season. Sometimes the waiting can be brutal and then in the end the anime is just not worth it (Don’t get me wrong I love AoT).
This fall “Black Clover” has been getting all the ads and the hype. The trailers looked promising and the manga readers, “Read the manga or you’re not a real fan” (I don’t care if you read the manga or watch the anime do what makes you happy. Seriously) came out of the woodwork and then rejoiced at their beloved manga getting a show.
Maybe I will have to check out the manga because the first episodes were disappointing. It is the curse of the hype. We expect such amazing things and then it isn’t delivered. I am sticking with it and I was very pleased with the ending of the 4th episode and I’m hoping that it will get into a nice grove.
The first few episodes are very rushed and you can tell they want to get the plot moving. Things seemed jammed and are disjointed. Okay here’s a random villain, Okay there are special clover grimoires, okay he likes a nun, no magic, super magic, wizard kings, magic knights, orphans, discrimination, tatoes, and yelling oh my! It is a lot to take in and with the annoying yelling voice of the main character and the bland personality of the rival, one just wants to give up.
I like to give anime a 3 episode try and I gave this one 4 and I think I will keep watching it. I do hope that the yelling tones down because that is annoying and I really hope the pace slows down and they stop adding in info dumps to the exposition. I get it that some don’t like anime with slow starts, but if you dunk us under a waterfall and tell us to drink, the world won’t make sense and we won’t like it.
In the end there are other fall animes that are first on my list this year. I’ve enjoyed them more than “Black Clover” however, I will continue to watch and hope that it will live up to its hype. “Not giving up is my superpower!” (when it comes to anime haha)