Send off: I was especially proud of Asta in this episode but incredibly disappointed in the people around him! They didn’t even have an ounce of belief that he’d pass the exam! The guy already got his own grimoire, but they still thought he’d fail and surely come home quickly. I can’t wait to see the look on their faces once Asta becomes a full-fledged Magic Knight with Yuno! That’ll show them, especially Nash! I get that he’s just probably concerned about his ‘older sibling,’ but he didn’t have to rain on his parade like that! Fortunately, Asta’s an optimistic idiot who believes in himself more than anyone else does, so he wasn’t the least bit unnerved or discouraged! That and the fact that he’s leaving for the exam with Yuno, because I think that if he was going off alone, no one would’ve bothered organizing a great send-off party for him like the one they had together!
More training on the road: Who else was expecting that the two would ride something like a caravan on the way to the capital? Cause I did. I didn’t think they’d walk all the way there! Though, given that their orphanage is already dirt-poor as it is, I guess travel expenses would really be out of the question, huh? Plus, at least they maximized their travel time by training at the same time! Since they were together, it meant giving it their best for the duration of their journey! I quite enjoyed that montage! Another thing I didn’t expect was that the capital city was on top of a mountain! I wonder if it gives the knights a better vantage point of the kingdom.
Themes & Trivia
Self-confidence: If we’re going to be honest, having the amount of confidence in yourself that Asta does is a rare thing! We can actually learn a thing or two from him, even though his belief in himself already seems bordering on silly. Imagine, if he let the opinion of his peers get to him, we wouldn’t have Black Clover! But since his self-confidence and determination are his best assets, though the situation is against him and no one thinks he can succeed, the chances that he will are still high! Remember that if you don’t believe that you can do something, you’ve already failed!
Healthy competition: Aside from having friends who support you through thick and thin, I also think it’s good to have friendly competition with them, especially if you have skills in common! This will keep you aiming for improvement like with Asta and Yuno, who don’t want to be left behind by the other! However, remember that there is a difference between trying to be the best and pulling someone down, okay? That’s why it should be a healthy competition!
This was quite a peaceful episode, just preparing us for the future events. It was still pretty entertaining, though, and still supported the story well by featuring minor details! I mean, if a story was all plot but not fleshed out, it’d get pretty boring, don’t you think? I feel like we’ll get into high-gear starting with the next episode anyway, so maybe this breather will be our last one for a while?
On a side note, sorry guys, but we’re stuck with Asta’s vibrato yelling. Guess we’ll have to get used to it eventually.
Prove what you can do!
I’m super excited to find out what the exam will be like, as well as seeing the people Asta and Yuno will meet in the exams! Just how powerful and scary are they?