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Black Clover Episode #134 Anime Review

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Nothing of importance happened. And you know what? That's fine.
© Yūki Tabata / Shueisha · TV Tokyo · Black Clover Production Committee

“Those Who Have Been Gathered”

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)
Asta and Noelle have been dragged to the Vermillion residence by Mereoleona. Mimosa and her brother are also there for some reason. Why are they here? It must be something important. Maybe they’re receiving special orders regarding the Spade Kingdom!? Fuegoleon informs everyone that they’re attending a very important meeting that will affect the future of the kingdom. They can’t tell anyone. Wow, this sounds like serious stuff. What is this meeting all about? Well, this meeting is to celebrate Lady Theresa’s fifteen years in the sisterhood. I’m sorry, what? How does this affect the future of the kingdom? She’s currently raising children who are the future of the kingdom. Okay, but why aren’t they allowed to speak of this? It’s not as if Fuegoleon said they can’t talk about this with anyone, it’s just that there’s really no reason to tell others. Basically, they’re just having a party. It’s not a secret mission at all.

Fuegoleon and Mereoleona are extremely indebted to Ms. Theresa. She tutored them when they were younger while still fulfilling her duties as a Magic Knight. She’s a badass granny, that’s for sure! Asta knows that firsthand. Also, she calls the Vermillion siblings Mereo and Fueggy, haha. Fantastic. Anyway, this party is to celebrate her lifelong achievements. Fancy food is brought out for everyone. Ms. Theresa isn’t a fan of fancy meals but she agreed to attend this party because they agreed to also feed her kids. Right on the cue, the kids from the orphanage all rush into the room. Asta greets Marie and some random little kid isn’t too happy about that. Hmm, he looks familiar? Isn’t that Gauche? Except he’s a kid!? Probably got Grey’s help with that. He just can’t stay away from his little sister, huh?

Fuegoleon reveals the reason why he invited Asta and crew to the party is that he needs them to perform party tricks for Ms. Theresa. Sure, why not? Noelle does water tricks which is a big hit with the kids. She ain’t no Aqua though. Asta balances plates on his swords which the kids also love. Ms. Theresa forces Fuegoleon to do a party trick and he…prepares three eggs in three different ways. It’s actually quite impressive but all the kids find it boring. Poor Fuegoleon. Mereoleona grabs all the kids with her magic and just flings them around. This makes the kids cry. I’m not surprised. I’d be scared, too. Clearly, the Vermillion siblings aren’t good with kids. Ms. Theresa remarks that they haven’t changed. They were certainly a handful when they were younger. In fact, Fueggy couldn’t control his mana and set things on fire. Mereo pokes fun at her brother for that and adds that he used to cry about it, too. Yeah? Well, Mereo once got so worked up that she lit her own clothes on fire. This conversation is giving Noelle some peace of mind. It took her a while to control her mana. Compared to others, she was just a late bloomer. Randomly, Asta compares controlling mana to getting over wetting the bed. And now Noelle is embarrassed. She slaps Asta for that! Asta has no idea why he just got slapped, haha.

In a hilarious scene, Mereoleona and Fuegoleon start throwing embarrassing childhood stories at each other. However, they both remember certain things going differently. This sets them off and they begin trading blows with each other. Shouldn’t someone stop them? Nah, they’re fine. Ms. Theresa says that siblings fight all the time. Just let them go at it. Out of nowhere, Mimosa and Kirsch start trading blows as well. Things have really gotten out of hand now! Luckily, Ms. Theresa manages to put a stop to all that fights at once. She really is one badass granny. She scolds all of the siblings. She also proceeds to whack Mereo and Fueggy with a giant fire hammer. That looked like it hurt. Gauche gets caught in the crossfire and Marie comments that he deserved it. That definitely had to hurt Gauche. Fuegoleon apologizes for their shameful behavior. He asks that they be allowed to do something nice for her again. She doesn’t think it’d go well but she’ll happily accept their feelings. Perhaps they can throw her a celebration in 85 years after a hundred years of service? Dang, she’s planning to live a while!

In Summary:
Nothing of importance happened. And you know what? That’s fine. This was a nice, lighthearted episode. I enjoy seeing those every now and then. And hey, it featured the Vermillion siblings which is always a plus for me. I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed this episode as much if they weren’t in it. In fact, I wouldn’t mind more Mereoleona episodes. Although, it looks like the next episode is going to revolve around another mixer. Oh boy, that should be…interesting. Also, stop skipping Petit Clover!

Grade: C+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll, VRV

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