Hey all, Dani here.
It’s almost time for Cincinnati Comic Expo, and I feel like we still have so much that we need to do. Firstly, we need to pack. Secondly, I need to try and get my weekend posts scheduled or at least mostly prepped so I don’t have to stress about the blog through the long days of the con. Thirdly, I do believe we still have quite a few costume pieces and props to put together. So, it’s a lot of work.
Anyway, let’s jump into today’s Manga Monday review post.
Story and Art by: Yuki Tabata
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!
In order to heal his badly injured arms, Asta and his friends head to Vanessa’s homeland, the Forest of Witches. The Witch Queen who lives there may have the power to fix Asta’s arm, but can he pay the price she demands…?
Rating: 5 stars
What’s amusing is that I read this volume back in March 2019 and I’m just now getting around to the review, but Damian and I literally just watched this story arc in the anime in the past couple of weeks, which is pretty cool. Also, it is very helpful for my memory of what happened. That is a serious problem sometimes when you end up quickly binge-reading a bunch of manga volumes.
This particular volume deals with the major consequences of the huge showdown fight in the water temple during the last arc, where Asta’s arms were pretty much broken into uselessness. However, Asta being Asta, he isn’t ready to give up, and tries to find other ways to be useful. On the other side of things, the other Black Bulls have decided that they are going to find a way to help Asta, which means delving a little into Vanessa’s past as they travel to the Forest of Witches to meet with the Witch Queen.
I know I keep saying this, but I love that we’re starting to learn more about the other Black Bulls members, because they are all so unique and quirky, and it’s fun to just peel back the layers of their pasts to see how they got to be where they are today.
And I guess I should also say how interesting it is that certain big antagonist groups keep popping up again and again. It ends up pushing all of the characters to their limits, which leads to us learning so much more about them. I am so fascinated by this series, and actually I only have one more completed volume to review, so I should probably try to read more and catch up on the series–Damian just picked up Volume 17 recently, so I have 6 volumes to read. That’s definitely something to look forward to.
Where to Get a Copy
You can get your own copy of this volume from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local independent bookstore.
You can also check with your local library.