Asta Battles, Battles, Revchi Battles

Asta vs Revchi



It’s time for Asta to step back into the spotlight. He’s quickly become one of the most well known and recognizable characters in anime. The guy never gives up and gets stronger with each arc. Revchi was the first ever villain Asta ever battled so there’s no way he can win. Revchi’s ability to seal away magic with his chains is formidable, but Asta can slice through such a weapon with ease. Nobody’s sealing away this kid. Asta wins.

Editorial

Why Black Clover is the best weekly manga/ongoing anime right now


It’s time to take a look at why Black Clover is the best weekly manga on the block and also why the anime is so amazing. Clover started out with humble beginnings. I only knew one person who was with it from the very start and recommended it quite highly. Initially there was a good amount of push back against the series as fans of the big titles of yesteryear feared its coming. Black Clover was mixing together a lot of ideas from older titles like Naruto and giving them a new spin. Make no mistake though, Black Clover had a great start right from the jump.

For the anime it was clear that it would be amazing from the first episode which looked spectacular and still holds up. The characters were engaging and the whole thing was interesting. The pacing and directing was on point so you were excited to see what would happen next. The world setup is excellent and the cast of characters have gotten better and better as time went on. The series isn’t literally perfect as it still loses out on best manga of all time to Megaman NT Warrior and then One Punch Man, but it is quickly cementing itself as one of the biggest titles. It’s certainly the best of the modern big 3 of Shounen Jump.

Quality rivalry

One area that really works out well in Black Clover is the rival dynamic between Yuno and Asta. Unlike some Shounen rivalries there aren’t any bitter feelings between the two. They both want to be the Wizard King and see each other as worthy rivals in this quest. Both of them continue to get more and more power ups as they rise through the charts to the point where I would consider both of them to be stronger than the Captains at this point in time. Given how powerful the latest villains are I see more power ups in the near future as well. It’s a great rivalry and both of them have gotten to save the other a few times at this point so it’s pretty balanced. For the record, I’d pick Asta to beat Yuno right now if they were to fight.

A Powerful Heroine

Next up, a strong point in the series is how Noelle has remained relevant. In a lot of these big action titles the heroine is quickly left in the dust when it comes to power levels. Sakura Haruno in Naruto was left in the dust as early as the Zabuza arc where she was unable to do anything against Haku while the other two put up pretty big fights. Her first real big fight wouldn’t be until her match-up with Sasori but even there she had a ton of help. Fiddletwix of Anime Madhouse recently wrote a great article depicting what I mean with this. Then in the final battle of the series with the trio fighting once more she did put up a reasonable fight but you never really got the feeling that she caught the others. I’ll give her some props regardless, but that’s 72 volumes in.

Then you have Nami in One Piece who isn’t really meant to be a fighter. That doesn’t take away from the fact that she is significantly weaker than Zoro and Luffy. Finally you have Bleach which is an amazing title but you have to admit that Orihime doesn’t fight much. You could make the case that Rukia should be counted in which case she does put up a better effort. Kubo gave her a fair shake as she had her own share of battles and even took down an Espada. That series is the closest to Clover in this regard. Clover still stands on its own though by giving Noelle quite a few super forms keeping her in league with Yuno and Asta. While she may not be quite as powerful as those two, she has handled her share of battles flawlessly and even saved Asta on occasion. In her Valkyrie armor we don’t yet know how powerful she is, but she can hold her own in a fight. Right now if she were to team up with Asta and Yuno she could do so proudly and fight as an equal.

Humor is on point

While you’re likely here for the fight scenes humor is also very important in any series. You want the humor to be on point so you can laugh along with the characters and I’m happy to report that Black Clover pulls this off as well. The “Haha” character is great and Asta is always the best character for comic relief scenes. I like the way he is drawn with stars for eyes in various scenes and a lot of his humor comes from the fact that he never lets things to get to him and can be a bit oblivious. He just wants to keep on training through everything and even uses these moves to get villains to submit to him. This is easily one of the funniest titles out there which works as a great contrast to the epic action scenes as well. I guess what I’m getting at here is that Black Clover is a very versatile series and one that succeeds at everything it does. It’s an easy 9/10 series.

Now, does Black Clover have any weaknesses? Sure, no series is completely perfect right? In the most literal sense nothing can ever be perfect because if you look hard enough everything has flaws. For Clover, I’m not a fan of quite a few of the Black Bulls. I don’t really care for Charmy, Gordon, Grey, or Finral. Finral has gotten a little better as the series has gone on, but the others haven’t really worked for me. That being said, all of the latest members of the Bulls have been quite solid and each new addition makes the team that much better. Maybe those other characters will rise up for me soon and even if they don’t we have enough great characters to hold things up rather well.

So if you haven’t started Black Clover yet then you really need to change that. Whether you pick up the manga or the anime you’re in for a blast. It’s quite impressive how far the series has come and I’m ready to say that it is one of the best Shounen Jump titles out there. The action scenes are incredible both in the manga in the anime. A standout for sure is the Yuna and Asta vs Licht battle which goes all out. The animators in the series aren’t afraid to go all out and be a bit experimental with the battles as well. While Asta vs Ladros is the only one that didn’t work for me as it got too experimental, it’s still cool how the series is able to change styles so readily. Different episodes look like they’re done by completely different studios which takes a lot of talent. At its best this is one of the best animated titles out there. Things can only continue to go up from here. I could keep on gushing about how awesome Black Clover is, but you get the idea. It’s a series that you have to experience first hand.

Manga

Black Clover Gaiden: Quartet Knights


Looks like Black Clover’s finally got a solid spinoff to expand the franchise. I played the video game that this manga is based off of and it was definitely a lot of fun. The manga looks to be adapting the material pretty well and I’ll have a review for the series up when I’ve finished it.

Overall 8/10

Asta Battles, Battles, Flash Gordon Battles

Flash Gordon vs Asta




Flash is definitely very strong, but he is nowhere near a match for Asta. The kid has a lot of incredible abilities and has been getting steadily stronger with each arc. Flash cannot hope to keep up with this lead’s growth and I wouldn’t be surprised if Asta could beat him with a single blow at this point. At the end of the day Asta is barely human anymore while Flash is certainly mortal. Asta wins.

Asta Battles, Battles, Touma Battles

Touma vs Asta




Suggested by Sonic It’s time for a battle of anti magic users. Asta has his twin swords which nullify all magic and can also repel it while Touma does this by hand. The main difference here though is that Touma’s only real power is in his hand so Asta can ditch his swords and just make this a hand to hand brawl. At that point there really isn’t anything that Touma can do to keep up. Asta is a whole lot stronger and faster not to mention the fact that he can also read ki. Asta wins.

Asta Battles, Battles, Gauche Battles

Gauche vs Asta



Gauche may have some pretty solid mirror magic at his disposal, but it won’t be enough to do any real damage to Asta. Asta’s too fast and his sword completely negates magic so that puts Gauche at a huge disadvantage from the start. He’s just out of luck here. Asta also has his demon mode which he could use if necessary, but I don’t think it’ll come to that. Gauche will go down before Asta’s superior power. Asta wins.

Asta Battles, Battles, Zatanna Battles

Zatanna vs Asta




Suggested by iKnowledge Zatanna is a powerful spellcaster, but this is a rough matchup for her. Asta’s swords can negate/reflect all magics. She can still use her spells to throw objects at him which aren’t made of magic, but he’ll be able to either dodge them or slice them apart anyway. Asta’s physical strength is incredibly impressive and will really serve him well in this match up. Zatanna just won’t be able to keep this match to mid-range where she would have a chance. Asta wins.

Asta Battles, Battles, Mirio Battles

Mirio vs Asta


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Mirio has a lot of strength which he has honed over the years. Coupled with his ability to phase through objects he is a very talented fighter. That will let him put up a good fight here, but he will still be unable to take on an opponent as fierce as Asta. Asta has tremendous levels of speed at his disposal and he can really dish out the pain. In terms of physical strength I’d likely give Asta the slight edge as well. He’ll never give up and that’s bad news for his opponents. Asta wins.

Asta Battles, Battles, Mineta Battles

Asta vs Mineta


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Mineta is definitely one of the worst Hero Academy characters if not the worst. His ability to stick to objects will rarely ever be combat useful so right off the bat you know that he’s not going to be very productive in a Shonen Jump show. His best and only option in every fight is to panic and that’s exactly what he will do here. He is absolutely no match for Asta and a single blow will win the day. Mineta will learn the difference between heroes and students. Asta wins.

Asta Battles, Battles, Sora (Digimon) Battles, Tribute Battles

Sora (Digimon) vs Asta


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This is a tribute to the 4th Digimon Tri film. Sora’s dilemma was unfortunately not handled quite as well as some of the others. It’s hard to feel quite as bad for her and maybe that’s because her issue is about getting recognition from someone else. As they said in Madoka Magica, you have to be careful when fighting for someone else because then things get tricky. Asta fights for everyone, but he does it for himself at the end of the day. He can easily speedblitz Sora and her Digimon. Asta wins.