I didn’t know it was possible for an episode to be disappointing yet also interesting at the same time, because that’s exactly what this week’s Black Clover episode felt like. Some aspects were entertaining and intriguing, but overall, it was a bit disappointing. Probably due to the fact that we were expecting another really huge fight, this time between the Third Eye and the three Captains, but then something else happened that made everything end in an anti-climactic way…
Licht’s subordinates and Yami’s colleagues were all raring to go at each other’s necks, waiting for the first strike. And once their fight did start, it was just so crazy that it was like a natural disaster! You couldn’t see anything from all that was happening! However, thanks to ki, Yami was able to get a grasp of the situation. Since he didn’t want to just idly sit by and let his allies do all the work, he and Asta targeted the unprotected Licht once again.
Tsundere blues:Gosh, Charlotte’s in love with Yami, out of all people! That’s so cute, especially her blushing, embarrassed face! I can totally see why since Yami’s pretty cool and strong. However, you’d also think someone as dignified as her would prefer the more responsible men, right? Then again, she’s not the only one. Noelle and Charlotte should form a ‘Why did I fall in love with an idiot?’ group, also known as the group for tsunderes! Maybe Charlotte can even teach Noelle how to hide her emotions better because Rebecca finally caught wind of her rival’s feelings a room away! Meanwhile, Charlotte was doing a good job of insulting Yami on the outside, then fretting inside afterward.
Things about Nozel:Leave it to Yami and his outcast subordinates to make fun of the most elitist Magic Knight Captain like it was nobody’s business! Just seeing that image of Nozel braiding his own hair made me laugh so hard! I’m wondering now, too, if he has his own hairstylist or just does it himself! That aside, I appreciate him a little bit more now. Yes, it’s because of Fuegoleon. Seems like they’re really close rivals, not only because they’ve been competing for years as Nozel mentioned, but also because he wanted to fight against the Eye of the Midnight Sun to avenge Fuegoleon! Too bad he didn’t get that revenge yet, though.
Loved by mana & Asta’sgrimoire:Hmm? Licht said that the three captains won’t be able to defeat the Third Eye because they’re loved by mana. Wasn’t that also how he described the people in a certain village in the fable he told Yami? If it was only Licht or one of the Third Eye, it wouldn’t have caught my attention. But he said ‘We are loved by mana.’ That’s definitely something curious. Licht also said something interesting about Asta’sgrimoire! No wonder he kept telling him to give it back, because he knew it was their ‘master’s’ grimoire! How? Why? Who? From the way he kept wondering about how a person with no magic ended up with that grimoire, it seems like any other person can also have it, not just because Asta has no magic. More and more curious.
Surprise attack!The most important highlight of the episode! I was already surprised that Yami still took the effort to finish what he started instead of leaving it all to the reinforcements. Guess the guy really is a captain for a reason! However, I got even more blown away by his and Asta’s strategy! It was like Luck’s plan versus Lotus back in the dungeon, only this time Asta detected the enemy himself using ki! That’s another show stealer from our peasant, non-magical protagonist! I honestly felt super bad for Licht being on the receiving end of Asta’s and Yami’s attacks, who were both physically powerful on their own! It looked like it really hurt! The fact that he survived that is the most surprising feat of all in my opinion, actually!
Sealing magic: Now that I think about it, Asta never landed a hit on Licht before, huh? Just thinking about if he did early on in the fight, he would’ve broken the seal on Licht’s magic and everything would’ve gone to hell! I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it’s a good thing the Third Eye were there to restrain their boss’ magic! Guess they’re not his elite team just because they’re the most powerful, but also because they keep him in check, huh? Why, though? Why does he have a seal? Why is he that powerful? Is it because he’s loved by mana? And is there a deeper reason for why his allies are frantic about his identity being revealed this early? There’s just soooo many questions.
I honestly have mixed feelings about this episode. I thought that the rollercoaster we were riding was going to continue going up so high so that when it drops, it was just going to blow us away. However, the rollercoaster finally did drop, but it ended up just being halfway long, and the rest was just a flat line heading to the exit. Now, I say I have mixed feelings because I’m not sure if an anti-climactic cliffhanger conclusion was exactly what the writer was going for. It certainly feels that way, but now my expectations for the next part of the story became incredibly high, more so since this ended in quite a curious way and we were left with a lot of questions. That next arc better deliver! Black Clover‘s writing, please don’t disappoint me now, too!
Is it really a win?
The Third Eye said they lost this time, but did the Magic Knights really win, though? The enemies got away, and if it weren’t for their enemies stopping their leader’s berserk, they would’ve all died! Well, at least they’re alive, and the kids are safe. The initial goal was to save the kids, anyway.
How did you like this episode? Let me know if you loved it or also thought it was disappointing! Our Spring 2018 anime reviews are slowly starting to wrap up too, so get to reading!