Initially, I thought this episode of Black Clover was going to be super serious since Yami and Licht were facing off against each other. Boy, I was so wrong! Certain scenes felt like they were playing on overused tropes, and because of Yami’s personality, this chapter ended up becoming comedy!
Japanese Title: 光魔法VS闇魔法
Licht and Valtos suddenly appeared to rescue Sally previously, which ended up with Gauche, Neige, and Sister Theresa being skewered by Licht. Before Asta ended up seriously injured though, Yami and Finral came to provide assistance as well! Now it was a battle between the leaders of the two groups, who also held light and dark magic respectively!
Reinforcements!: Yami and Finral came just in the nick of time, literally! If they were even a second too late, Asta would’ve been dead, and Black Clover would’ve ended. However, thedire mood was killed by Yami ‘joking’ a lot! Whether it’s cause he didn’t take his enemy seriously or to somehow say that everything would be okay, it proved effective in boosting morale! Asta immediately wanted to stay and watch his captain fight! Gauche and Finral also just left with Neige and Sister Theresa, which could mean they had confidence in their captain handling the situation. Speaking of which, I’m still in denial, hoping that the sister will be okay! Though, the words she said before she passed out already sounded like her last words…Please still be okay, Sister Theresa!! Gauche doesn’t want you to die either, despite his usual nasty attitude towards you!
Licht: The boss of the Eye of the Midnight Sun has finally made his proper appearance, and it just got me asking so many questions! Why is his left hand bandaged so much? What did he mean when he told Asta to give back the Five-leaf Clover grimoire? Was the fable he told about him and his clan? Is that why he thinks the strong are the victims of the battlefield (which, interestingly, is the total opposite of Mars’ point of view), and why his group wants to wreak havoc on the Clover Kingdom? To get revenge? If that’s the case, then it’s no wonder he treasures his subordinates so much; he even cried for Sally in front of his enemies! You don’t see an evil villain cry for defeated minions every day, nor go berserk because they got hurt!
Yami: Now we know why YamiSukehiro has the only Japanese sounding name among the characters, who have Western names. He came from the Land of the Rising Sun, which we all know is what Japan is also called. I was so surprised when he told us this because I thought Black Clover’s world only had those four kingdoms based on suits of cards! Could it be that the geography of their world resembles our own? Do all countries have magic and grimoires? In any case, Yami was shipwrecked far away from home when he was still young; that must’ve been a horrible experience! However, despite all the hardships he went through, especially for being a foreigner, now he’s a Magic Knight Captain who could chat while going toe to toe with a powerful opponent, as if they were just talking about the weather! Even the way he mixes physical and magical attacks, I don’t think anyone else does that! I agree 100% with Asta: Yami’s incredibly cool!
A new lesson: I couldn’t help but laugh so hard when Yami suddenly decided to teach Asta how to use ki in the middle of a very important fight! It was like having a tutorial in a game, but instead of the player learning when the enemies are still low-leveled, it was during the final boss fight! It didn’t help that Yami was still being attacked while he was teaching Asta, and he was deflecting all of them without even looking! Then again, that’s called teaching by example, I guess? He even used Valtos‘ attempt to help his master as a training ground for Asta! I’m so sorry, but I cackled so loudly when Asta successfully returned his attack to him, right in the gut! Such a pity! On a serious note, at least Asta can now also sense things, just like how the other mages sense mana, despite not having any magic himself! What a very useful technique his captain taught him! He learned it pretty fast, too, which is impressive!
Themes & Trivia
Henohenomoheji: The drawing on young Yami’s face probably seemed familiar to a lot of you, but you never really knew what it was exactly, until now! It’s a face usually drawn by Japanese children using hiragana characters: he (へ) is an eyebrow, no (の) is an eye, another he (へ) for the other eyebrow, and another no (の) for the other eye, a rotated mo (も) for the nose, one more he (へ) for the mouth, and then ji (じ) for the face. Though, the mouth shown in the storytelling seems like a different character, doesn’t it?
Ki: Originally known as Qi or Ch’i in Chinese, the concept of this is quite broad, especially since it differs from culture to culture. It could refer to the flow of energy, or be the vital force in any living thing.
Ah, thank God,the fight scenes were more dynamic and eye-catching this time around! There were a lot of hiccups in the art, maybe because they were aiming for the dynamic shots, and I know it’s not easy to have both. I think I prefer this than having amazing art with stiff action scenes, anyway. Besides, there were still some cool visuals, especially whenever Licht was shown to be so scary! I also really liked the flow of the story in this episode as well! The comedic parts never once ruined the momentum of the seriousness, but actually made it more enjoyable, in my opinion! It’s a breath of fresh air, especially since the previous episodes were so dark.
Fight back with your captain!
Licht has dealt more damage to Yami so far. I hope the Black Bulls captain won’t let him get away with just a scratch! Show him what those muscles are for!
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