The Black Bulls get to attend a Star Festival. Meanwhile, Noelle and Asta go on a double date! …But who’s dating who? 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. We’re rapidly approaching the part of Black Clover where I think the series could’ve stopped, for a good period of time, and the anime is kind of making my point. This week the Black Bulls head to the Star Festival, an annual event where the Magic Knight groups are celebrated, and they announce how many stars each group possesses. More on that next week, but this week we wrap up a lingering story from the Seabed Temple arc.
Before they arrive, Asta asks Finral to bring two people to the festival–Kahono and Kiato. In a move showing just how powerful Vanessa’s mother was, he uncorks some spare blood magic and it somehow reattaches Kiato’s leg and completely heals Kahono’s voice. It’s a touching moment, considering Vetto’s attacks had nearly crushed their dreams. Now the brother-sister duo can get to work on becoming idols, while Kahono can get back to becoming filthy rich.
2. Even though she’s just as money hungry as ever, most of this episode sees Kahono working as the ultimate wing woman in an attempt to get Noelle and Asta together. She tries to get Noelle to be honest about her feelings by pretending they’re on a double date while they explore the festival, but..none of it ever really gets across to either of them. Points to the show for sneaking Sekke (Mr. Bah-ha!) into the episode trying to work the backgroun of a haunted house, only for Asta to mistake him and his buddies for the zombies who attacked the city. At least Kahono opens the door to a potential relationship by asking Asta how he feels about Noelle, but even then it feels more like Asta hasn’t figured out it’s possible for other people to like him. Sooner or later he’s going to have to get over his crush on the woman who raised him though…it’s getting creepy.
3. I wouldn’t have guessed, but it turns out Asta, Noelle, Kahono, and Kiato, make a great traveling circus. They happen upon a crying girl in the middle of the festival, and no one helps her out because she’s dressed poor and looks like a peasant. (Why’d Asta save them again?) Asta starts to get upset, but Noelle rushes to the girl’s side, aiming to help her. But since the girl’s emotional over her lost parents, Asta works to distract her–starting to juggle while rolling on a ball they won earlier in the day. Kahono gets his goal, and starts by singing a song about “Asta the Superman”, while Kiato and Noelle add on with dancing and water tricks. They finally find her parents at the end of the episode by using Kahono’s voice to send her name out all over the village–if the idol career doesn’t work out, there’s always a career as a Wal-Mart announcer.
4. Noelle has undergone such growth this season it’s pretty amazing. At the beginning of the series she nearly abandoned a village of innocent people because they weren’t royalty. Sixty plus episodes later, she’s learned her name and title mean more responsibility to the people around her, not less. We’ve already seen the King is utterly worthless. It would be cool to see someone like her climb to the rank of Queen to finish this series off.
5. Next Episode: Coming up…a battle between the Black Bulls’ Captain Yami, and the Praying Mantis’ Jack the Ripper! Seems like a weird place to have a showdown, given they’re about to be awarded stars to decide who’s the better leader, but one supposes they’ve got to do something until the big ceremony.
Black Clover is available on Crunchyroll and Funimation.