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Asta, the main character of Black Clover, is an extremely optimistic character. In fact, his optimism is so great it becomes a minor annoyance. Yet, it’s actually that same optimism that makes Asta an engaging character to watch because we want to see him struggle to reach the top. I never want to see him lose hope on his journey.

Our hero Asta is elated after receiving his magical grimoire because it brings him one step closer to his dream: becoming the most powerful wizard in the world. However, most people around him laugh at his dream because he can’t use magic. Ever the optimist, though, Asta trains hard and sets out to the capitol city to face his next challenge: becoming a Magic Knight.

Asta’s optimism is showcased in the first episode of the series when he declares he’s going to be the Wizard King no matter what. From there we see a few of the struggles and the hurdles he’ll have to over come to reach that goal. But, it’s actually in following two episodes that we begin to understand why Asta’s optimism is important for the story: It drives him and everyone around him to do and be better. This principle is key to the story because in order for Asta to achieve greatness, those around him, particularly his brother, Yuno, need to accomplish great feats as well.

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Because Asta is magically handicapped by comparison to everyone else in the world, he has to work harder and ignore the criticisms of those around him. It creates an environment where he has to be positive and forward thinking or else he won’t be able to reaffirm his self worth. Yet, characters like Yuno recognize Asta’s dedication and understand how serious he is because he’s basically saying through his actions, “I can do it. Watch me do it. What’s your excuse for not doing it?”

This ultimately means those around Asta have to put more effort into achieving their dreams as well—if Asta claims he can do and does, where does that leave them? This is why Asta’s always yelling (roughly translated), “I’m not done yet.” The phrase isn’t just pure optimism, but an affirmation to himself and those around him he’s on the right path.

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The second episode demonstrates the power of Asta’s words though a nice flashback. In the flashback we see Asta and Yuno’s past and what drives them. Near the end of the flashback, though, we see Asta fight an adult to retrieve Yuno’s pendant. While Asta’s clearly overpowered by the adult, we hear him utter the words, “I’m not done yet.” But, where the focus should be on Asta we’re actually shown Yuno’s reaction. Granted it’s a dumbfounded look. However, in that moment Yuno understands Asta can and will do what he says. Thus, the episode shows us Asta’s optimism pushes Yuno into greatness as well as Yuno says he, to, will become the Wizard King.

Asta’s optimism even extends to the minor characters he interacts with as well. For instance, in the latest episode, Asta tells a young orphan boy he can do great things if he puts his mind to it. Yet, the boy doesn’t believe Asta, stating, “Poor orphans shouldn’t have dreams.” It’s a very pessimistic attitude as it infers the boy has no agency in what he can and cannot do. Asta, on the other hand, is one who fundamentally believes his destiny is his own to create and he shouldn’t give up on anything before he tries. If he fails that just means he tries harder or finds a new avenue to pursue his dreams. It’s a strong message for the boy, and we see the change in his attitude after speaking with Asta. The boy no longer thinks a mediocre life is waiting for him and now believes that he, too, can carve out his own destiny despite the naysayers.

Asta’s optimism is his true power over other characters and viewers. He makes you believe he can achieve his dreams no matter what stands in his way. That’s why we want to see him continue on his journey.

Black Clover is streaming on Crunchyroll.

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