Without a doubt, Black Clover is one of the most popular anime airing right now, and with its latest Spade Kingdom arc, it has established its place as a defining piece of work.
While the show has introduced many characters, Asta, the protagonist, has left an everlasting impression on us. However, the reason for that might not necessarily be positive.
When Asta was first introduced, instead of his quirky hair, or short stature, what caught our attention was his voice. Loud and obnoxious are the two words any fan would use to explain it, and with good reason. His voice sounded like a screech, or even more accurately, that of a chalk scraping on a blackboard.
These comments were not even the fans being ruthless and hating on the new show, but it was honestly that intolerable. If the creators had to make the main character memorable, surely there were better ways than this?
Why exactly did they consciously choose to give Asta this particularly annoying trait?
1. Why Does Asta Yell So Much?
Asta was 15 years old when the series began, and like any child who dreamt of becoming the Wizard King, he was full of ambition.
To a kid, just simply having a goal will not suffice; they will want to let the world know about it. Due to this exact reason, Asta couldn’t contain his enthusiasm and had to yell and scream every time he talked.
The desire to be the center of attention and make oneself known was inherently strong in him at that time, which was perfectly portrayed by his voice and manner of speaking. Other than this, there is also another reason for Asta being voiced in that manner.
Asta yelled so much because, from the very beginning, he was meant to be portrayed as an annoying little kid with no potential, who would later surprise others by showing his tenacious side.
I. Will Asta Ever Stop Yelling in Black Clover?
The writer wanted Asta to be a loud and energetic person, so the directors and voice actors couldn’t write it out of his character entirely. Asta never stops yelling in Black Clover; however, he does tone it down a lot after the first fifteen episodes.
For instance, like any other shonen anime, Asta is going to yell and shout while fighting, and will even have random outbursts of enthusiasm from time to time. However, it isn’t as common as before and is definitely much less annoying.
II. Does Asta’s Voice Get Less Annoying Later On?
From the moment the series aired, one of the major complaints that people had was about Asta’s voice, and in particular, him yelling every minute.
The character’s Japanese voice actor, Gakuto Kajiwara, who was relatively new to this industry, was criticized by some for making Asta’s voice irritating and loud, which took away some of the enjoyment from the show.
Many casual viewers dropped the show because of this very reason; however, as the show progressed, the ones who stuck with it had nothing to regret.
Asta’s voice does indeed get less annoying later on. Kajiwara’s voice acting becomes much better, and now perfectly fits who Asta is as a character, i.e., a loudmouthed, energetic, 15-year-old with big plans.
2. Is Black Clover Worth Watching Despite Asta’s Voice?
Black Clover is absolutely worth watching, despite the comments on Asta’s voice and bad animation. While the series had a slow start, it picked up the pace and served us with a great storyline and incredible fight scenes.
With a diverse cast of characters, each with their unique personalities and talents, watching them clash and develop bonds is one of the best parts of the show.
While the power of friendship may be an overrated concept, Black Clover somehow manages to use it perfectly, all the while making sure that the main characters have substantial powers other than that.
Consisting of one of the healthiest rivalries, power systems, and plotlines, not watching Black Clover just because of Asta’s voice (which becomes extremely bearable), is a mistake that no anime fan should ever commit.
3. About Black Clover
Black Clover is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yūki Tabata. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since February 16, 2015.
The story centers around Asta, a young boy seemingly born without any magic power, something that is unknown in the world he lives in. With his fellow mages from the Black Bulls, Asta plans to become the next Wizard King.