The newest episode of Black Clover is like 70% recaps and 30% new content, but I thought it was still fun and worth watching! It did a good job of reminding us of what has happened in the past, and the new content had simple yet interesting scenarios that brought additional background on certain things!
Japanese Title: 道
Word of Asta and Yuno’s achievements as Magic Knights have reached their village, and their family in the orphanage couldn’t have been any prouder! Meanwhile, at the Black Bulls base, Noelle had a drinking session with Nero (so technically just with herself) as they reminisced about Asta’s recklessness. We also found out that the usually quiet Gordon Agrippa has actually been hiding a secret that also involves Asta.
Pride of the village: My heart swelled at the realization of how far Asta and Yuno had already gone within just months in strength, experience, and hardships! That’s why I fully understood the pride the Father and Sister Lily felt for them! At the same time, I couldn’t also help but want to gloat over Asta’s achievements to them, if I had the chance! A lot of people, including them, didn’t believe he could make it just because he didn’t have magic nor gotten a grimoire immediately, and yet now he’s already been promoted within the Magic Knight ranks! He’s literally exceeded everyone’s expectations about a lot of things! Thanks to him and Yuno sending their salaries, their orphanage seemed to be faring much better, too!
Very best friend? Gordon finally did get his chance at the spotlight like I asked for last week! I’m so happy to know that he was one of the few who had believed in Asta from the start, and thought he was really cool; we just weren’t made aware. What surprised me and made me laugh was that he was so impressed with Asta that he dubbed him his very best friend! Sadly it’s one-sided, though. It was also funny how he dubbed Yuno his best friend as well, just because he was Asta’s best friend! You know, the usual mindset that if you both have a mutual friend, that means you’re friends as well, even if you’ve never talked before! (Which makes some think that it’s not strange to add them on Facebook, at all.) To be honest, watching Gordon dote on/stalk Asta on multiple occasions, I found myself thinking it was kinda cute of him! And yet, he also looked so creepy, especially when he grinned so widely! What an ‘interesting’ character he is. I hope we get to see more of him in the next episodes! It’d be nice if he and Asta became proper friends!
Worrying: I found it heartwarming that Noelle has been worrying about Asta all this time, especially since he’d been reckless a lot of times in the past. Now, I know that you don’t need to like someone romantically just to be worried about them. But at this point, seeing her stalk him in the previous episode, constantly denying that she cares for him, and blasting him away when he saw him half-naked from training, you really can’t deny that she likes him terribly. Even this was obvious to Nero, who seemed to be having second-hand embarrassment just by looking at her complain! Oh Noelle, such a tsundere.