Welcome to Anime VS, where I take two anime series that are similar in plot, style or genre and compare them to decide which is worth your time!
The competitors in this edition of Anime VS are:
My Hero Academia VS Black Clover
As the time of Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, and all the other old favorites passes behind us, the spotlight falls on two new popular shows. It’s a battle between shounen anime!
My Hero Academia takes place in modern Japan, but the world is a little different than the one we know today. Many humans around the globe are being born with superpowers, otherwise known as “quirks.” Some people with really powerful quirks become superheroes, and the main character, Izuku “Deku” Midoriya, wants nothing more than to be like All Might, the top hero. Even though Deku was born with no quirk, All Might admires his ambition, and grants him the power he needs to enroll at UA High, a school for heroes in training. During his time at UA, he and his classmates must learn to control their powers while simultaneously dealing with the constant threat of villain attacks.
Black Clover takes place in a medieval fantasy world, where similar to My Hero Academia, many people are born with magical abilities. Asta, a young, ambitious boy from a small village, wants to become the Wizard King (the title is self-explanatory) even though he possesses no magic. When boys turn 14, they receive a grimoire, which is a personalized spellbook, and at first, Asta doesn’t receive his. He is teased for possessing no magic, but when his grimoire finally appears, he begins his journey to become the Wizard King alongside his talented childhood friend, Yuno, starting with joining the elite group known as the Magic Knights.
Like other shounen, both main characters start with nothing, but are granted power for showing bravery and perseverance. They both want to become what is considered the most important person in the world, but instead of seeking power for personal gain, they want to use it to help others. While both shows are compared to older shounen anime (for example, Deku is sometimes referred to as “Green Naruto”), they both also have unique elements that give them a new, fresh feeling.
Asta tends to be an “act now, think later” kind of person. On the other hand, Deku is level headed, and always thinks before he acts to make sure he’s doing the right thing as often as possible, which is something we don’t always see in main characters. In Black Clover, most of the focus is on Asta and his two or three friends. On the other hand, My Hero Academia takes a lot of time to show us the life of almost every student and teacher that appears frequently. Because of this, the number of likeable main characters is higher than in Black Clover. Everyone has a favorite character in the My Hero Academia universe, and there are over 20 to choose from. Even with so many good characters, there is a healthy balance of how much each character is focused on so it doesn’t get overwhelming.
While both shows have elements of cliché shounen anime heavily embedded into their stories, the modern setting and larger group of main characters in My Hero Academia makes it more interesting overall. Needless to say, both shows have plenty of love and emotions packed into them, but My Hero Academia is simply the better of the two.
The winner is: My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia is on Season 3 with 59 total episodes, and it airs one episode per week on Saturdays. Black Clover is on Season 1 with 47 total episodes, and it airs one episode per week on Tuesdays.