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Black Clover Episode #102 Anime Review

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"Two Miracles"
© Yūki Tabata / Shueisha · TV Tokyo · Black Clover Production Committee

“Two Miracles”

What They Say:
In a world where magic is everything, Asta and Yuno are both found abandoned at a church on the same day. While Yuno is gifted with exceptional magical powers, Asta is the only one in this world without any. At the age of fifteen, both receive grimoires, magic books that amplify their holder’s magic. Asta’s is a rare Grimoire of Anti-Magic that negates and repels his opponent’s spells. Being opposite but good rivals, Yuno and Asta are ready for the hardest of challenges to achieve their common dream: to be the Wizard King. Giving up is never an option!

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The end of the previous episode seemed to be setting up a fight where the team of Asta and Yuno would be squaring off against the enemy that attacked Hage village. I was excited and ready to witness some good action since we didn’t get any last week. But alas, it wasn’t meant to be…again. And just like last week, we were being fed information that we already knew. The majority of the episode featured flashbacks of key moments that happened throughout the series since its inception. To put it bluntly, this was mostly a recap episode. Disappointment intensifies.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed. To be fair though, these flashbacks at least served a purpose and I could see what they were trying to accomplish. Sister Lily reminisces about the letters that Yuno and Asta had written to the village. Through her eyes, we get to see just how much Yuno and Asta have grown since they first became Magic Knights. We also get see just how happy all of the villagers are for their success. Asta and Yuno are the pride of Hage village. This paired up nicely with the heartwarming moment at the end of the previous episode. While I’m not the biggest fan of recaps, this one wasn’t so bad. And hey, it’s always nice to have a refresher every now and then. Black Clover has been going on for a while and not everyone can remember everything that has happened.

That being said, there was some new content near the end of the episode! The flashbacks helped to show how important everyone in the village is to the duo and vice versa. Father Orsi is in pretty bad shape and Asta wants to help him immediately. However, a formidable foe stands in their way. Asta asks Yuno to take on the enemy alone which he agrees to because he feels he could win by himself anyways. With that resolved, Asta quickly hurries to the Father’s side and attempts to cure him with his anti-magic sword. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work because the spell has already gone into effect and the poison is circulating through his body. Father Orsi seems to accept that his fate is inevitable and gently places his hand on Asta’s cheek, telling him that he’s proud of how much he’s grown and to take care of everything for him. Asta refuses to accept this and yells at the Father that he can’t die yet. Suddenly, Asta’s grimoire produces the sword that he managed to take back from Licht in their battle. Asta hopes that this sword can help him turn the situation around. The moment he touches the sword, however, Licht’s memories flash through his mind and an overwhelming amount of power begins to consume him as the episode comes to a close. New ability perhaps? You have my attention!

In Summary:
The trend of slowing things down continues. The last two episodes have really slowed the pace down and I can only hope it’s because they’re gearing up to deliver some exhilarating action. I can’t be too disheartened about all the recap either. I did have a feeling that after the awesomeness that was Episode #100 that the animators probably needed a break. Animators have it rough and they definitely deserve a break every once in a while. The ending did get me hyped up again and I’m looking forward to seeing what Asta’s new ability could be. Bring on the fighting!

Grade: C

Streamed By: Crunchyroll, VRV

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