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Black Clover - Watching Guide

Guide for the manga story avoiding unnecessary fillers.
1 Black Clover

Black Clover

This is fun and entertaining but nothing more, it borrows heavily from Naruto, especially in regards to plot development and characters' roles & personalities; and you may find some character designs very similar to Fairy Tail and other animes. You cannot help to be reminded that something similar happened in Naruto and this whole show seems to have been created as a way to capitalize on Naruto's story in a fantasy setting (both are made by the same studio after all). If you haven't seen Naruto, then I rather recommend you watch that first in order to avoid spoilers, as Black Clover lacks the deeper themes of stopping a war, building confidence, and excellent battle sequences.

It's not a total loss, this show has its own appeal and what it lacks in originality makes up with likable characters, comedy, and interesting powers that are tied to the characters' personalities. Although events are recognizable from other shows, they still unfold in a different way, so they are not completely predictable.

I think as many people like this show as people who hate it, based on the reviews. Personally, I think it is average but I still found it entertaining enough to watch it, but I do like the Fantasy genre a lot. If you like shounen you should give it a try for a few episodes and see if it's for you or not.

'Action, shounen, and some serious voice acting, Black Clover certainly knows how to ring fall in with style. As the fall’s newest release is unabashedly shounen, fully embracing the usual tropes (i.e. all of them) while giving Naruto and Fairy Tail a good run for their money. It might be generic as hell, but Black Clover knows exactly what it is and makes no qualms about it. The problem is a lot of people will probably do otherwise.' -atomicliberator

The dub is good.

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WATCHING GUIDE:

Sources:

Before you begin, you should know that the story is left incomplete waiting for a new season.

  • Watch Episodes 1-28 
    • Episode 28 is mostly comedy & slice of life, so skip parts as needed.
  • Skip Recap Episode 29
  • Watch Episodes 30-65 
    • Although Episode 40 is Canon, it's basically a Filler Beach Episode. You can pretty much skip the first part and all the silly games. The important part is towards the end in the conversations they have and the people they meet.
  • Skip Recap Episode 66
  • Watch Episode 67 
    • This Episode is mostly comedy & slice of life, so skip parts as needed.
  • Skip Filler Episode 68 
    • This is basically a Food Wars comedy sketch.
  • Watch Episodes 69-81
  • Skip Filler Episode 82
  • Watch Episodes 83-122
  • Skip Recap Episodes 123-124
  • Skip Filler Episode 125
  • Watch Episodes 126-130
  • Skip Filler Episodes 131-141 
    • Although some Episodes are marked as 'Anime Canon' they are just filler fluff where nothing important ever happens.
  • Optional Filler Episodes 142-148 
    • I recommend skipping.
    • These episodes start great, showing how the previous events with the Elves affected the people at the kingdom from their own perspective. The problem is that the writers didn't know where to go from there and don't provide a good conclusion to this filler arc.
    • Power Levels are all over the place, with weak people being able to defeat overpowered characters for no reason at all.
    • Cold-blooded murder is easily forgiven with no repercussions.
  • Skip Filler Episodes 149-153 
    • Although these Episodes are marked as 'Anime Canon' they are just filler fluff where nothing important ever happens.
    • This is just a weak training arc made of silly comedy.
  • Watch Filler Episodes 154-156 
    • These episodes are important for the continuity of the anime story and introduce new characters from the Heart Kingdom.
  • Skip Recap Episode 157
  • Watch Episodes 158-170
  • The story is left incomplete waiting for a new season.

2 Black Clover: Jump Festa 2016 Special

Black Clover: Jump Festa 2016 Special

Skip.

This is basically the same content covered in the first episodes of the TV Series but edited differently.

3 Black Clover Movie

Black Clover Movie

4 Black Clover: Petit Clover Advance

Black Clover: Petit Clover Advance

Skip. This is just silly comedy.

5 Black Clover: The All Magic Knights Thanksgiving Festa

Black Clover: The All Magic Knights Thanksgiving Festa

Skip. This is just silly comedy.

6 Squishy! Black Clover

Squishy! Black Clover

Skip. This is just silly comedy.

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