13 Anime You Must Watch if You Love ‘Black Clover’
‘Black Clover’ is an action, comedy anime filled with magic. The anime aired in the year 2017 and is still going on. The story revolves around two young boys who were abandoned as a kid at a church on the same day. They grow up together and promise each other to compete for the title of Wizard King- The Greatest magician. The show has decent visuals and is kind of entertaining. So, if you like this show and while waiting for the next episode want to watch some similar shows then feel free to go through this list. Also, don’t forget to mention your favorite pick in the comments.
Ao no Exorcist
Do you enjoy supernatural themes in anime? Are you looking for an anime similar to ‘Black Clover’ which also has a satisfying supernatural theme? Then ‘Ao no Exorcist’ might be the anime that you should definitely check out. In this anime, demons and humans exist in parallel worlds and a demon can only enter the world of humans by possessing a human. But someone like the demon king needs a powerful vessel that is why he makes sure of having an offspring.
Rin Okumura finds out that he is the son of Satan after being ambushed by a bunch of demons. Later, after his adoptive father is killed while protecting him Rin decides to become an exorcist to be able to fight Satan rather than join hands with him.
Let’s kickstart the list with an anime which revolves around magic. ‘UQ Holder!’ is an anime show which has similar structures to ‘Black Clover’. Touta Konoe is the protagonist of the series. He lives in a village and leads an ordinary life secluding him from society elsewhere. After discovering magic everything changes in the world. But the change is not necessarily good and a huge upset disrupting the balance of the world takes place. Touta does not know anything about all this since he lives away from society and spends time with his female-teacher who can use magic and a group of friends. But in a world where everything is disrupted, no one can live ignorantly and soon his peaceful life is disturbed. A bounty hunter who comes to attack his teacher mortally wounds Touta. He survives and learns that he is now a vampire. Now, he must undertake an adventure to set things right.
Let’s come back to the supernatural theme with the next anime on this list ‘Soul Eater’. It is an entertaining piece of work which has a total of 51 episodes with each episode being 24 minutes in length. The anime revolves around the students of the Death Meister Academy and their adventures. The academy is an institute which aims to raise quality death scythes for shinigami to use in battles against evil beings. But the scythes are not made from any metal or similar stuff rather they are special humans who have the ability to transform into weapons after the consumption of 99 evil souls along with the soul of a witch. Follow the daily lives of a group of students in the academy including the son of Lord Death himself.
Konjiki no Gash Bell!!
If you enjoy watching ‘Black Clover’ and want something similar to invest your time in then you might want to check out ‘Konjiki no Gash Bell!!’. It is a fun anime which has a total of 150 episodes. Don’t worry about the sheer volume of the stuff as it can be really interesting at times and might be worth your time. But yeah, there are some filler episodes which are boring and you can skip them. In the world of ‘Konjiki no Gash Bell!!’, demons must find human masters on Earth and fight other demons until only one emerges as the true victor. Takamine Kiyomaro is a guy who doesn’t care about the world but when Gash a little demon suddenly arrives in his care Takamine must learn the value of friendship and take care of Gash as his master as the latter embarks on various battles.
If you are an anime fan then you have definitely heard of ‘Naruto’ if you have not already seen it. But the sheer volume of the series puts many people off. I mean there are around 400+ episodes in the entire series including ‘Naruto: Shippuden’. But trust me it is worth investing your time in. Once you have been through the entire thing (you can skip most of the fillers though) you will understand the reason why anime is so popular. The story of ‘Naruto’ revolves around ninjas. Naruto is the protagonist and the titular character of the series. He is a knucklehead kid who doesn’t seem to possess any skills and keeps causing trouble. But his dreams are big as he wants to be one of the greatest ninjas and become the Hokage of his village.
When he was born the nine-tailed fox demon attacked his village. To save the village the fourth Hokage sealed the demon into the baby Naruto. Though the Hokage wanted Naruto to be seen as a hero people generally avoid and ridicule him. Follow the adventures of the young ninja as he goes from being a troublemaker to being the greatest hero of his generation.
Nanatsu no Taizai
Let’s jump back to the genre of fantasy and magic for the next anime on our list, ‘Nanatsu no Taizai’. In this anime, the Holy Knights of Britannia are really powerful and use their magic to protect the entire empire and its kingdoms. But it seems that a faction of these knights who are identified as the seven deadly sins allegedly decides to betray the Knights and attempt a coup to overthrow the king of Liones. But they are defeated by the Holy Knights though rumours persist of their survival. Years later, the Holy Knights themselves overthrow the king of Liones and become the rulers themselves.
Princess Elizabeth, the third princess of the kingdom decides to search for the sins so that she can regain her kingdom from the clutches of the tyrannous Holy Knights.
Boku no Hero Academia
The general premise of ‘Black Clover’ is a bit cliché which is why you will find so many similar anime spanning across multiple genres. Which is a great thing, since we won’t get bored by watching the same genre. ‘Boku no Hero Academia’ is a superhero genre anime. Quirks are special abilities that humans have acquired after years of evolutions. They give humans superhuman abilities. Nowadays, quirks are so common that rarely a person is quirkless. But Midoriya Izuku is an unfortunate being who is quirkless making it impossible for him to become a superhero like his idol All Might. But after a chance encounter with his idol, he learns that the latter’s quirk is something which can be passed on. Thus, Midoriya begins to train so that he can finally get a quirk and be able to join the UA High, a hero academy.
Let’s look at another shounen anime having a sheer volume which has a similar structure as ‘Black Clover’ including a similar protagonist. ‘Bleach’ has around 300+ episodes spanning across multiple arcs. It is again a really popular anime which deals with the supernatural themes and cool, badass shinigami. The story of ‘Bleach’ revolves around a teenage boy by the name of Ichigo who hs the ability to see spirits. This may look like a weird ability but it has high implications later on. Ichigo has high spiritual energy which gives him the above ability.
One day he encounters a shinigami trying to defeat a huge monster, later known to be a Hollow, but the shinigami gets hurt. To protect his family from danger Ichigo accepts the shinigami’s offer and takes her powers to defeat the Hollow. The shinigami is Rukia Kuchiki and having lost her power she cannot continue her job and stays with Ichigo instructing and training him to defeat these monsters who feed on souls or spirit energy.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Let’s now look at an anime from the mecha genre. ‘Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann’ is one of the most entertaining mecha anime. It has an interesting storyline, great characters, and beautiful artwork and visuals. The surface of Earth has become inhabitable. So, humans have started to live underneath it and have built underground villages. Nowadays, stories about the surface of Earth is nothing short of a fable. Simon and Kamina are two boys who have adventurous spirits. They want to venture out to the surface of the Earth. One day while excavating they stumble upon an ancient mecha which they call Lagann.
Fortunately, for them, this mecha helps them fend off a surprise attack from the surface. After the incident, the surface lies in plain view and the duo along with a gun-wielding female venture out to explore the surface of Earth.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’ is one of the best anime out there. If you have not watched this anime yet then do it before moving on to any other anime. It revolves around two brothers, Edward and Alphonse, who have the ability to use alchemy. Using this they want to bring back their dead mother. But human transmutation is forbidden in alchemy and for very good reasons. The boys still continue with it and learn the hard way why it is forbidden. Edward loses his right hand and Alphonse loses his body. It is only after sacrificing his right leg that Edward is able to seal the soul of his brother in a suit of armor.
After the incident the brothers set out on a journey to find the fabled philosopher’s stone which will enable them to perform human transmutation without any side effects and thus they will be able to gain their bodies back. But will they remain human enough when they finally find it?
Magi The Labyrinth of Magic
‘Magi The Labyrinth of Magic’ is an entertaining action, adventure anime which deals with magic. The anime takes inspiration from popular tales in the Arabian Nights collection. Labyrinths are mysterious places which contain great amounts of treasure in them. If one can get to one and conquer it, they can have all the wealth they need. The Magi are a rare class of magicians who are responsible for the labyrinths. They are known to guide certain individuals to these places and help them build kingdoms. Djinns rule over the labyrinths and one who conquers the labyrinth gets to use the former’s immense powers.
Aladdin is a normal magician who has the ability to summon a djinn with his flute. He embarks on a journey to explore the world during which he meets Alibaba. After an incident, the duo starts seeking the nearest labyrinth thus starting their adventure.
If you want to invest your time in a long shounen fantasy anime similar to ‘Black Clover’ then go for ‘Fairy Tail’. It is one of the best fantasy anime out there which deals with lots of magic. The anime is set in the land of Fiore where magic is pretty commonplace and is used in almost everything. Various mages band together and form guilds which take on tasks. One of the most famous guilds is the Fairy Tail guild whose members are more like a family and have great skills as a mage.
Lucy Heartfilia is a young mage who wants to join the fairy tail guild. But she becomes the victim of a kidnap attempt after an encounter with a man who tricks her. Natsu Dragneel is a mage who is a member of the fairy tail guild. He saves Lucy and offers her to join the guild. This marks the beginning of her adventures with the guild.
Hunter x Hunter
‘Hunter x Hunter’ is one of the best action, adventure anime. The anime is really fun and hooks you to the very end. It is one of the most popular and highest-rated anime of all time and I suggest you to definitely check it out. Hunter is one of the most respected and highest paying professions in the world of ‘Hunter x Hunter’. Gon’s father is a hunter who left his son to pursue his dreams. Taking inspirations from his father Gon decides to become a hunter himself and go on an adventure to look for his father. But a professional hunter is quite hard to find and also to become a hunter is not easy. He needs to take a difficult test. During his adventures, he meets several individuals who become his friends especially a boy by the name of Killua who has great skills, is not a knucklehead like Gon, and hails from a family of assassins.
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