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Black Clover Episode #111 Anime Review

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The Petit Clover after the credits was freaking hilarious!
© Yūki Tabata / Shueisha · TV Tokyo · Black Clover Production Committee

“The Eyes in the Mirror”

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)
Vanessa, Magna, Luck, Charmy, and Sally are all trapped inside Dorothy’s Glamour World spell. Everyone is freaking out except for Sally. She’s super giddy and is busy admiring the powerfulness of the spell. Dorothy proclaims that the impossible is possible within her Glamour World. She controls everything. Dorothy proceeds to ensnare everyone in a trap and creates a large, weird yet somewhat adorable creature. This can’t be good. The creature opens it’s huge mouth and devours everyone. Yup, they all got eaten. They’re dead. Relax, I’m just kidding! I know, I’m terrible. They were about to get eaten but Vanessa’s fate manipulation magic activates and protects everyone. Did I ever mention that Vanessa’s magic is busted? Because it is, just like Charmy’s magic. Speaking of Charmy, she uses her magic and has Vanessa eat her food so that she can replenish her mana.

Dorothy realizes that an endless supply of magic and absolute evasion is going to pose a problem for her. Yeah, Vanessa and Charmy’s magic together is extremely powerful, not going to lie. Magna and Luck try to go on the offensive but Dorothy easily blocks their attacks. Her dream magic is nothing to laugh at either. Dorothy counterattacks but she can’t do anything because of Vanessa’s magic. It’s a stalemate. Dorothy creates a large wave of water and flings it at the group. It’s filled with a whole bunch of blade fish and they begin eating all of Charmy’s food! That’s certainly a clever way to counter her busted magic. Sally, who seems to be having the time of her life, orders Luck to attack the wave with his lightning magic and then has Magna attack with his fire magic right after. This causes a huge explosion and the wave dissipates. The lighting chemically decomposed the water and the fire caused it to go boom. Science for the win! Sally discerns a few things from this. First, Dorothy is generating actual items she’s visualized. Second, she can’t manipulate their spells. And third, she’s still going to be tough to beat!

Everyone starts feeling sleepy. Dorothy mentions that everyone in the Glamour World eventually experiences drowsiness. Once you fall asleep, it’s all over. You won’t wake up ever again. As everyone desperately tries to stay awake, Sally wishes she had her glasses. This gives her an idea and she yells for a new pair of glasses. Surprisingly, a new pair appears in front of her! At first, I thought this meant that other people could visualize and create things in the Glamour World. However, I don’t think that’s the case. Sally explains that it’s hard to not think of something once you visualize it. She basically painted a picture of glasses in Dorothy’s mind and she couldn’t help but visualize them and create a pair. Sally then blurts out that this place needs a bunch of exits. Naturally, Dorothy can’t help but imagine numerous exits and they begin to appear all around them. I guess that means they can escape now!?

But we won’t get to find out until the next episode. Bummer. Yami and Jack are arguing over who’s going to slice up the enemy first once they find them. Haha, I love these two. Elsewhere, Asta’s group is on the defensive against Gauche and Marie. It’s taking them everything they have to deflect his attacks. Gauche is growing impatient and starts to get serious. He reflects Marie’s eyes in his mirrors scattered throughout the battlefield. Asta quickly closes his eyes. But can he dodge Gauche’s attacks with his eyes closed? Of course! He evades them with ki. Okay, but what about multiple simultaneous attacks at once? That’s not so easy for Asta. Luckily for him, his teammates got his back! They protect Asta from Gauche’s attacks which allows him to shatter a whole bunch of the mirrors. I hope he’s not superstitious because that’s a lot of years of bad luck. Unfortunately, Asta does look into Marie’s eyes in one of the mirrors and he’s immobilized.

Henry is determined to save Asta. That’s what friends are for! We’re then shown Henry’s backstory, again. Honestly, I felt like this wasn’t necessary at all. It wasn’t too long ago that we saw this exact same stuff. We didn’t forget. And to top it all off, it takes up the last five minutes of the episode. In my opinion, it soured the mood. Don’t get me wrong, I like Henry. This just didn’t connect with me. The episode ends with Henry declaring that he will save his friend. Honestly, I wonder why they don’t just formulate a plan to get Henry close enough to Gauche and drain his magic. It’d be the smart thing to do. If they can do that, they’d win easily. Probably easier said than done though.

In Summary:
This episode focused on two fights. The first half concentrated on the battle happening in the Glamour World while the second half centered around Asta’s group fighting against Gauche and Marie. Personally, I would have preferred if this episode only focused on one of the fights. As it stands, I just wasn’t feeling it this episode. In particular, the second half wasn’t doing it for me. The Glamour World stuff was pretty fun though. I wasn’t a fan of this episode’s cliffhanger. I definitely think they could have ended it on a better note. That being said, I hope the next episode is more exciting. On a side note, the Petit Clover after the credits was freaking hilarious.

Grade: C

Streamed By: Crunchyroll, VRV

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