Asta and Leopold are forced to face off against all the assailants of the city at one time! Can they hold their own with the other Magic Knights away? 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. “Wounded Beasts” picks up on the cliffhanger from last week with Asta facing down a group of mysterious mages that arrived to retrieve the exhausted Rades. Asta gives an inspiring, John Cena-esque speech about how his life has always been about adversity and overcoming the odds, and even this won’t be able to keep him down. He’ll succeed in any situation and blah blah blah. His new rival Leopold agrees, and suddenly we’re off to the races, with these two young and already exhausted mages trying their best to bring down several other mages on the same level as Rades, a guy neither of them could bring down together.
It goes well for a few minutes, until one of the mages decides to actually cast a spell from his grimoire instead of just slinging spare magic. He gets serious, and immediately Asta and Leopold wind up skewered by arrows composed entirely of air. Down and out, things look completely hopeless for our heroes. Which…yeah, good.
Asta’s totally an idiot in this scenario. Rades had been defeated. Fuegoleon is bleeding badly and in dire need of medical attention. Asta himself has suffered massive blood loss, and Leopold exhausted his mana fighting Rades’ zombies. Everyone’s drained, and the villains actually try to escape. It’s only when Asta moves to stop them that things escalate and they wind up facing an entire group. For what? Fuegoleon’s pride? To protect the city? What would protect the city now is letting all the villains leave. He pushes the issue and gets some back up, but this new round of battle should never have happened in the first place.
2. As Asta is about to be killed, the other Magic Knights return! Even though they’d been teleported off, working together they manage to create a chariot of their powers to get them back only minutes after they were teleported miles away. Though this group isn’t nearly powerful enough to battle this many high level Magic Knights, the one thing they had confidence in was the Knights being so cocky they’d never work together. That should be a stupid plan, but apparently it wasn’t, as the Knights are SO annoyed at the idea of working together you get the sense they almost didn’t do it. I can understand a friendly rivalry between guilds, but the way these guys reacted it feels more like legitimate enmity. No wonder they got outsmarted so easily.
3. There’s no way any group comes out of this arc looking smart, to be honest. The story itself isn’t bad, but the characters are all walking around carrying idiot balls so heavy I’m surprised they can walk. As the Magic Knights show up, the group finally introduces themselves as the Eye of the Midnight Sun–they start out in a brief skirmish with the Knights before escaping…with our main character in their clutches!
As they leave, they start berating Rades for being stupid enough to challenge Fuegoleon in the first place, who still brushes them off as nuisances. This group could’ve really done what they wanted if they’d executed their plan properly, but instead they had to bring an idiot who wants to fight one of the highest ranked mages in the nation while having less than half his skill or experience. But with Asta in their clutches, things are looking especially bad for our hero, until…
4. We’ve been building the Wizard King up as an all powerful character since the start of the show, and this episode we finally see what he’s made of. While all the other Magic Knights were busy taking forever just to stop a low level horde of zombies, the Wizard King already found the base of the Midnight Sun! As they’re still distracted from the guy’s unexpected appearance, he kills two of their number before any of them can blink. The remaining warriors do their best to stop him, but he proves himself worthy of his title by freezing them all in place. A man named Julius Novachrono has time powers–go figure.
He frees Asta, and it almost looks like things are wrapped up, as he plans to take everyone back to Clover Kingdom to be interrogated. …Until someone else appears on the scene. Uh-oh.
5. Next Episode: We’re actually not doing too bad for pacing now. This episode basically wraps up most of the “action” part of the Royal Capital arc, with next episode showing how the Wizard King briefly deals with the leader of the Midnight Sun organization before they move on to an epilogue of sorts and showing our heroes attempt to recover from the damage inflicted.
It’s weird to say coming up we’re about to get into the best parts of Black Clover, now that we’re literally at the halfway point of the series, but that’s where we are right now. The first couple arcs of this are meant to set up the universe, its heroes, and its villains, and now we’re finally able to start telling more stories about these characters.
Black Clover is available on Crunchyroll and Hulu.