5 Point Discussions – Black Clover 22: “Wild Magic Dance”

by Sage Ashford

The Magic Knights work to repel the zombie invasion on their city! And Asta faces off against the creator of the zombies. Remember, if you like this article and 5 Point Discussions, please share it on Facebook or Twitter! It really helps. And if you’ve got any comments or questions, please hit me up @SageShinigami.

1. So the Magic Knights didn’t have a great showing last week. They showed disrespect for their fellow members, and were caught with their pants down when it came to protecting the city from threats from other countries/rogue groups. But this week makes up for it, as we get a glimpse of what the Magic Knight Captains and co-Captains are capable of. It’s obvious the zombie apocalypse is never coming to this world, as they lay waste to what looks like dozens of zombies in mere seconds. Each Knight gets their own chance to show off the techniques that got them this far in the first place, and while I felt like it dragged a bit, it felt necessary.  They were so useless last week that without a scene like this it almost makes you wonder how they got their jobs to begin with.

2. The biggest focus though goes on the Vermillions, the best of the royal families. Asta’s newest rival Leopold spends much of the episode proving why he doesn’t stack up to Yuno–he’s just chasing the guy instead of trying to do his own thing. But at the same time, he’s much more entertaining–joking around while immolating every enemy in sight. After this arc we won’t get to see him for awhile, but it’s good to have a few characters in the story roughly Asta’s age, since he spends so much time surrounded by adults when Noelle’s not around.

3. Speaking of, Noelle has a personal crisis this episode. Seeing her family again, she reverts back to the girl she was when first introduced–lacking confidence in her own abilities because she’s not at the same level as the other Silvas right now. Fortunately, Fuegoleon is around to give her a good chop to the head and explain why the Vermillions will always be the best royals while also giving Noelle a code to live by: there’s nothing wrong with being born weak…so long as you don’t stay that way.

This helps Noelle snap out of the stupor she spends most of the episode in and finally do her part as a member of the Black Bulls. This is something we’re going to see continue, as the Vermillions play a strong part in the growth not just of Noelle, but Asta and (to a lesser extent) Yuno as well. They’re a family that truly believes in meritocracy rather than the illusion of it, and as a result look down only on those who refuse to try.

4. Most of Asta’s battle this week is against Rades, a person filled with hate for both the Magic Knights and the Clover Kingdom. Aside from creating generic zombies, Rades has the ability to generate special ones with unique techniques.  He starts out with one that can inflict curses that amplify small scratches into gaping wounds that never stop bleeding, then eventually summons one capable of using lightning. Asta spends most of the episode defending a young girl from the curse zombie, but once Noelle finally takes the battlefield, he’s able to obliterate that one and “graduate” to the next threat. Rades actually seems incredibly strong, which makes you wonder why he was ever kicked out of the Magic Knights to begin with. Hmm…

5. Next Episode: Once again, I recommend checking out the Petit Clover for the week. It’s a bit geeky and centers around getting a Japanese joke, but it’s really cute. Anyway, the next episode looks like it’s either skipping a lot of developments from the manga…or they’re going to cover a lot of stuff really quickly. I can’t say more without giving it away, but it does show Fuegoleon taking the main stage to fight Rades. As a lover of characters with flame powers, I can’t wait.

Black Clover is available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Hulu.