Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King Parent Guide
This feels less like a feature film and more like an extended TV special.
Parent Movie Review
The Clover Kingdom has long been ruled and its magic controlled by a Wizard King, chosen from the ranks of the Wizard Knights who protect the kingdom. Asta (Gakuto Kajiwara), a boy born with no magic, has his eyes set on this illustrious position. But when a previous Wizard King Conrad (Toshihiko Seki), long thought to be dead, returns seeking vengeance on those who wronged him, Asta and all of the Knights must join together to defeat their most dangerous opponent yet.
When a movie based on a TV show comes out, the first question is always “will I still enjoy it if I haven’t seen the show?” In this case the answer is going to be no. I would consider this less a movie and more an extra-long episode of the show. The anime series has over 150 episodes spanning four years, which is a lot of lore and characters to get to know. The movie offers some basic plot background, so I was able to partially follow the action, but overall, the story was incomprehensible without the preceding television show.
The extensive series lore doesn’t make this a bad movie. It’s just not designed to stand alone. The animation is rich and detailed, and the action sequences are fantastically choreographed. There are also some interesting philosophical differences between the villains and protagonists that could make for some good discussion.
This is not an anime production for young children, as there is a fair amount of violence. Parents and caregivers should take the TV-14 rating seriously. For fans of the series, I imagine this is a satisfying continuation of the story, with many characters uniting as they return from various quests. But for people like me who have never even heard of the series, it’s going to have to be a pass.
Directed by Ayataka Tanemura. Starring Marie Iitoyo, Gakuto Kajiwara, Miyuki Sawashiro. Running time: 110 minutes. Theatrical release June 16, 2023. Updated June 16, 2023
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Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King
Rating & Content Info
Why is Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King rated TV-14? Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King is rated TV-14 by the MPAA for language.
Violence: There is fantasy violence throughout. Characters use various types of magic to battle each other, with the intent to cause harm. A character is stabbed through with a sword and some blood is shown.
Sexual Content: None.
Profanity: The script contains four mild and moderate expletives and some insults such as “moron” and “idiot”.
Alcohol / Drug Use: None.
Page last updated June 16, 2023
Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King Parents' Guide
What is Conrad’s goal? How do his methods undermine the legitimacy of his argument? Can you think of other ways he could pursue his goal?
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For standalone anime movies you can try watching Ponyo, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Howl’s Moving Castle, The Red Turtle, Weathering with You, Ride Your Wave, and Bubble. Mature anime fans who are interested in darker and more complex themes might enjoy The Deer King with its stories of forced labor, war, and plague.