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Manga Review: Black Clover Vol 16

Hey all, Dani here.

So, I just read Volume 20 of this series last night, and it was exceptional, which makes it feel weird for me to step back a few volumes to write up this review. But that’s what I get for letting my manga reviews accumulate so much. I believe I read this particular volume during Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon in October 2019, so it’s a fairly recent read, but at the same time I think I’ve probably read close to 100 books since then, so I’m going to do my best to stick to the events of this volume, and hope that I don’t end up talking about other volumes instead.

Let’s jump into the review.

Black Clover Vol 16

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Pages: 200

Publisher: VIZ Media, LLC

Publication Date: July 2, 2019

ISBN: 1974705137 (ISBN13: 9781974705139)


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!

With the Black Bulls hideout under attack, it’ll be up to some of the lesser-known members of the brigade to protect their home. Meanwhile, the leader of the Midnight Sun battles against the Wizard King!

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

Okay, so this volume wraps up the attack on the Black Bulls hideout, so we get to see plenty more from Grey, Gordon, and Henry, which is fantastic. Can I just say that Henry might just be my new favorite? Mmm…no, I’m still a massive Yami fan-girl. But I do think Henry is just so precious, and it was nice to see him coming out of his isolation after so long.

Plus we get some more details into Yami and the Wizard King…who, wow, faces a rather interesting situation with the leader of the Midnight Sun. Okay, yes, was the revelation of the traitor not a complete shock? No, it really wasn’t a huge surprise, as many had expressed their opinions and doubts about this individual before, but it was nice for the truth to finally come out. But honestly I feel really bad for Yami in this one; how different things might have been if he had gotten there just a few minutes earlier. Now I guess it’s time to watch Yami surpass his limits, because we know he’s going to do it.

But this all definitely brings more of the reasoning for this conflict between humans and elves to light, and frankly, I understand why Licht is doing what he is doing. There have been, and continue to be, some pretty crap humans in the world. Of course, I can’t help but think if there’s anybody who can help shine a light on the decent members of humanity, it’s going to Asta and the rest of the Black Bulls. Much in the same way that Natsu and the Fairy Tail guild manage to turn enemies into allies and friends in “Fairy Tail,” Asta and the Black Bulls (and a few other Magic Knights) have a way of never giving up and finding a way through all the turmoil they have faced.

I think this volume definitely does a good job of wrapping up a couple of the smaller sub-plots while also swinging the characters into the next plots and sub-plots.

Where to Get a Copy

You can grab your own copy of this book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local independent bookstore through IndieBound.

You can also check with your local library.

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