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Black Clover Episode #121 Anime Review

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Just remember, if you mess with a bull, you get the horns.
© Yūki Tabata / Shueisha · TV Tokyo · Black Clover Production Committee

“Three Problems”

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)
At the end of the last episode, we learned that Julius was still alive! He’s got some explaining to do. Yami thought he was definitely dead. How is still alive? I think we’re all dying to find out! Julius remarks that his magic finally kicked. He’s been storing time into a certain magic item that contained about thirteen years’ worth. I guess that’s why he looks like a teenager. He had to take a bet and see if it’d actually work. Looks like his bet paid off! Yami is glad he’s alive. William doesn’t know what to say. He’s responsible for a lot of the mess they’re in. Julius makes it known that betraying that kingdom is a serious crime but he won’t let him sit idle during this time. He feels responsible since he appointed William as a captain. There are going to be lots of people who resent him but Julius knows he’s suffered a lot. He wants to know if William can endure the people’s hatred and move forward? William wholeheartedly pledges his allegiance to the Wizard King, again. I do think that Julius let him off a bit easy. Don’t ever forget what he did.

Yami, Asta, Noelle, Mimosa, and Secré are called to a meeting. Who’s the young teenager that called them here? Oh yeah, it’s Julius! Everyone but Yami is shocked to learn that the teenager is the Wizard King. He wants to address three problems. The first problem is that the Wizard King is gone. Yami hilariously points out that no he isn’t it, he’s right here. Julius explains that most of his magic is gone and all that’s left of his grimoire is a single page. At least he’s alive! However, he won’t be able to fight without his magic and his influence over the greedy nobles has been weakened. That sounds like serious stuff and all, but Asta wants to know how he’s still alive!? We already learned that he used magic store technology left behind by ancient mages. The magic item is called Swallowtail! Sound familiar? Secré Swallowtail. Yup, it was named after her. We get a flashback of Lumiere and Secré building the first prototype for Swallowtail. She wants to know what they’re going to call the magic item but Lumiere tells her it’s a secret. D’awww. The feels, the feels. Secré is happy that their invention helped save the life of someone who carries on Lumiere’s legacy.

Julius goes crazy and starts asking Secré about her magic. Ah yes, the same old Wizard King. He may look younger but he’s still the same magic-loving guy. Back to the three problems, what are the other two? Julius comments that he’s keeping those a secret. Why bring them up then!? He predicts that one of two things will happen. One, that the Clover Kingdom will be destroyed by the neighboring countries. Or two, Asta dies. Maybe both. Well, none of those options sound good. Yami points out that the Wizard King’s predictions are usually spot on and starts praying for Asta, haha. Julius confirms that a devil is the source of Asta’s black power. Yami adds that it’s gross and creepy. Never change, Yami. Asta’s black horn is proof that humans ventured into the forbidden realm of a world beyond theirs, a world inhabited by devils. Julius refers to it as a curse called weg and Asta isn’t the only Magic Knight that has it. Secré has two horns so it’s clear she’s also in that boat. She turns back into a bird and rests on Asta’s head. Julius is amazed by her magic!

Okay, but what about those neighboring kingdoms? At the moment, the Clover Kingdom’s forces have been exhausted like never before. Add in the fact that Julius is weakened and morale is low, it’s the perfect opportunity for one of those kingdoms to strike. First things first, they have to let everyone know that people were being possessed by a devil. Julius agrees but informs Asta that the Magic Parliament will probably put the power of his devil on trial to find it guilty. He’s the perfect scapegoat. Not cool, not cool at all. Also, the Magic Parliament is composed of only nobles and royalty. As you can imagine, they don’t take kindly to peasants. At the center of it all is the House of Kira, the current king’s royal family that has the most authority. Speaking of the king, he’s not dead. Before he could fall to his doom many episodes ago, an unsuspecting Sekke broke his fall. The king is extremely grateful! Sekke feels like his luck is finally turning around! And then they get attacked. So much for his good luck, huh? Four robed assassins try to kill the king but they’re stopped by a man named Damnatio Kira. Damn, that’s one heck of a name. His magic appears to shrink other people’s magic. I guess you can say he damns his enemies? I’ll stop now.

Several days go by and the Magic Knights are rebuilding the capital. While Asta and Secré are helping people, they get asked to testify about what happened to the Magic Parliament. Asta believes that he can talk things out with them and agrees. Don’t do it Asta, it’s a trap! When they enter the Magic Parliament building, they get handcuffed immediately. See, I told you. The nobles start trashing talking them and it’s clear that prejudice and discrimination run rampant through their ranks. The man judging them is none other than Damnatio. Damn, that sucks. Okay, I’ll stop for real now. Asta declares he’s innocent and Damnatio whispers into something into his ear. He informs him that this trial is only going to end in two ways, either Asta is convicted as a devil or the Magic Knights are going to pay for their sins. But he’s innocent! Since Asta won’t admit he’s the devil, it’s time to make people pay for their sins. Damnatio brings out Gauche’s little sister, Marie. Wow, that’s low. Since there’s no proof of a devil, she has to die for causing harm to the Magic Knights. THEY’RE ACTUALLY PLANNING TO KILL HER RIGHT NOW! That’s messed up. A pissed off Asta blocks them and remarks that he won’t acknowledge their justice as the episode ends.

In Summary:
The devil who manipulated humans and elves into killing each other was a tough opponent. Now Asta and company must fight an opponent tougher than that, politics. I do not envy them. So much prejudice and discrimination. Man, can’t we all just get along? That’d be swell. Why people gotta hate? I know what Damnatio is doing. He’s forcing Asta to be the scapegoat in order to keep stability in the kingdom. It doesn’t make him any less of a jerk. Damn you, Damnatio! You damn jerk. Damn! But just remember, if you mess with a bull, you get the horns.

Grade: B-

Streamed By: Crunchyroll, VRV

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