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After that incredibly nerve-wracking invasion on the royal capital, Black Clover lets us take a breather! Well, technically not, because I couldn’t stop laughing for most of this episode! It was just chock full of second-hand embarrassment and a whole lot of awkward!
Japanese Title: 心に決めた人
Finral encountered a problem: he arranged a goukon, but he didn’t know who to go with! After much deliberation, he decided to take Luck and Asta because he thought they were the most decent choices. However, they weren’t members of the infamous Black Bulls for nothing! Let’s just say it was a chaotic group date, from minimal to destructive.
Picking companions: Whenever the quirky members of the Black Bulls are shown one by one, I really just can’t help but laugh! Especially now that it was in the context of Finral trying to look for ‘decent’ people to come with him to the mixer! His imaginations on how the blind date would go if he brought one or the other were so funny, but not impossible! I really believe those would’ve happened, too! Come to think of it, isn’t he the most normal person in their squad? That is if you ignore his flirtatious side and womanizer tendencies. But as he really is like that, and they’re surrounded by nobles with sticks up their butts, he still fits in well with the other ‘weirdoes’. On a side note, who else has been feeling bad for Gordon? Not only in this episode, but even in the past he’s been trying to be friendly and join in on their fun, but his voice just literally won’t reach them! I hope he gets his time in the limelight next!
Awkward mess: I agree with Finral that Luck and Asta were the safer choices to go with (also because I love them to bits). But goodness gracious, I was cringing and cracking up so much at their introductions and responses! The second-hand embarrassment was so strong! Didn’t he orient the two to try and be normal? It didn’t help that the girls were also stuck-up and judgy! If I was in Finral’s position and it was just that awkward, I would’ve summoned a portal to suck me beneath the earth right there and then! Although, he was also suuuuuper embarrassing with his gaudy way of talking! It made me cringe hard, too!
Noelle, the maid: We could probably call her a stalker maid if we want to be specific. I mean, she followed someone ‘she doesn’t like’ because she’s curious/worried if he’s gonna get a girlfriend, even to the point of getting a job in the pub the mixer is happening in just to spy on them! She really is still a girl despite being a powerful mage, but also such a tsundere. The fact that no one was firing her immediately for being rude to a customer, for attacking another set of customers, breaking a plate, and being rude to her boss, it was so hilarious!
The other mixer: Suddenly seeing Sekke participating a mixer as well, and then realizing it was also going terribly awkward, I wondered if there should be a contest between his and Finral’s tables. Not to mention that, even if he was already trying so hard to snag a girl by telling lies, the girls still didn’t want to be there! I laughed so hard when Noelle shot Sekke with her water magic and the girls just gave their sign of approval! With their poker faces, too, when their whole gathering was ruined by Asta’s fight! So funny!
Hitting it off? Out of everyone, I couldn’t believe Asta emerged the winner! (Well, technically.) I was glad that, eventually, the girls found things to like in Finral and Luck (I have the same exact sentiments as Helene on what she thought of him), but wasn’t surprised they still got shot down! With Asta, though, who’d have thought he’d actually connect with the most snobbish girl in their table! She really did give off the vibe of not wanting to be there, but I wasn’t expecting that she just did it for her siblings! And yet, she was the one who wound up with a crush! Given that they were in the same boat, and he showed her his manly, good side by protecting her, it’s no wonder! Unfortunately for her, and Noelle, our protagonist is still totally devoted to Sister Lily! Oh, I hope Noelle doesn’t get her expectations too high! She ended up misunderstanding what Asta said!
: This is the group dating in Japan, where a set of guys and gals meet together and try to build a good relationship. But the goal, as you’ve seen, is usually to get a girlfriend or boyfriend. This might’ve already sounded familiar to a lot of you, especially since this type of date often appears in romance anime or manga.
How to impress a person: Despite all the hilarity that ensued in this episode, I managed to pick up a neat lesson from it! Relationships are really all about being connected in your interests and experiences, not just about impressing the other party. There’s nothing wrong with the latter, but if we stay true to ourselves like what Asta did, there’ll be a person who will connect with us eventually! And we won’t need to try so hard to impress them!
There were just so many things that excited me in this episode! For one, I was stoked with the new opening and ending sequences, but mostly the opening. Getting a glimpse of what’s to come is always such a treat! And, of course, as you may have noticed from my review, I just really enjoyed the whole chaotic breather we got!
I also appreciated that the girls they featured were all working girls standing on their own two feet, who didn’t settle just because the men were Magic Knights! Meanwhile, seeing Noelle’s cute, tsundere side again was a delight, though I hope her stronger, independent qualities will still always shine the most. As she continually realizes that she does like Asta, I want her to grow more as well, enough for Asta to notice her himself because she was becoming a super dependable fighter on her own!
Going by the preview, Asta continues focusing on getting even stronger! His ultimate goal is not to get a girlfriend, after all, but to become the Wizard King! Well, become the Wizard King, then marry Sister Lily.