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Black Clover Episode #170 Anime Review

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After 170 episodes, the Black Clover anime has come to an end.
© Yūki Tabata / Shueisha · TV Tokyo · Black Clover Production Committee

“The Faraway Future”

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)
I always had a feeling that Asta’s devil would have a similar story to him. And you know what? I was right. The episode begins with a flashback of the devil’s life. From the moment they’re born, devils have an established spot in the pecking order based on their magic power. Since Asta’s devil had no magic power, he was at the bottom. The strong oppress the weak. The weak oppress those weaker than them. Sound familiar? All devils wish they could go to the human world. They can’t because of the underworld gates though. One day, Asta’s devil was thrown into the gates by a stronger devil who I think is actually Lucifero. Instead of being crushed by the gate, he instead passes through it and ends up in the human world. His lack of magic made this possible.

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

Asta’s devil may have escaped the hell that is the underworld, but life was any better in the human world. As you would expect, humans fear devils. Thus, he was constantly chased by humans with powerful magic. Eventually, he accepted that he was going to die. Poor devil. I feel bad for him. He’s just a kid at this point. On the verge of death, he’s saved by a human named Licita. Yeah, she’s the woman the resembles Asta. By the way, she has an interesting magic ability. As long as something lacks mana, she can put it into and take it out of containers. Also, her body robs magic and life from whatever’s near her. Well, dang. That’s an interesting combo. And to top it all off, she’s in possession of a 5-leaf grimoire. Licita sympathizes with the devil. People are scared of her, too. That’s why she lives alone far away from villages. She feels their meeting is destiny. After all, the devil isn’t affected by her life-stealing magic. She’d love it if he was her child! Licita is certainly an interesting person, huh?

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

Needless to say, she changed the devil’s life. Just because he’s a devil, that doesn’t automatically make him a bad guy. In fact, he’s a good guy in Licita’s eyes! Why? Because he saved her from the suffering of being alone. D’awww. She even gives him the name Liebe. Finally, I can stop calling him the devil! Sadly, good things don’t last forever. One random day, Lucifero takes over Liebe’s body. What a jerk! No wonder he hates him so much. Licita saves him but at the cost of her own life. The world can be truly cruel. But before she dies, she seals Liebe into the five-leaf grimoire. Liebe’s last words to her were “mom.” Anyone else got something in their eye? Anyway, does this make Liebe and Asta brothers? Well, I’m still assuming that Licita is Asta’s mother. But she died so…I’m not sure anymore.

Back in the present, Asta can sense Liebe’s sadness. He decides to accept Liebe’s feelings and fight him seriously. Liebe is confident he’s going to win. What can Asta do with one arm? A lot, actually. Even without magic and only one arm, Asta is putting up one hell of a fight against Liebe. Liebe doesn’t understand. How can he be this strong!? I’ll answer that in a bit. But first, we have to understand where Liebe is coming from. He’s been seeking revenge against Lucifero and the other devils ever since he got sealed in the five-leaf grimoire. Basically, he’s living for revenge. To him, all devils are pieces of crap and they must be killed. Asta is finally starting to understand where Liebe is coming from. But you know what? He’s also determined to win. Liebe isn’t just fighting some guy with no magic. He’s fighting a guy with no magic who’s fought countless powerful warriors! We get a cool scene where Asta has a flashback of all of his tough battles while the first opening song plays in the background. I love that song! Asta has been training his butt every day. He’s not going to lose now. In the end, Asta is able to defeat Liebe using Captain Yami’s katana.

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

With Liebe’s defeat, the devil-binding ritual is complete. Nacht instructs Asta to make a contract with Liebe that will give him complete dominance over him. Instead, Asta asks Liebe to be his friend, haha. Classic Asta. Nacht thinks that making an equal contract with a devil is a dumb idea. But Asta is determined to be friends with Liebe. After all, he has helped him this entire time. He wouldn’t be where he is today without Liebe’s help. In Asta’s eyes, this is a devil-befriending ritual. Liebe thinks Asta is an idiot but he can’t help but smirk. He accepts Asta’s contract and shakes his hand. He even tells him his name. Liebe also remarks that Asta is definitely Licita’s kid. I have so many questions! Although, I do think I have a general idea of what happened with Licita and Asta. But that’s a story for another time! Now that the contract is complete, Nacht is ready to help Asta become the strongest in just two days. Everyone else is also going to train like crazy in the next two days to get stronger as well. Will it be enough to defeat their enemies? Only time will tell.

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

In Summary:
After 170 episodes, the Black Clover anime has come to an end. Will it come back? Who knows? I’m sure it’ll return someday soon though. In the meantime, we have the movie to look forward to! Anyway, this anime has been a wild ride, that’s for sure. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the anime when I first started watching it. I just wasn’t feeling it and Asta’s voice really, really, REALLY annoyed me. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one that felt this way. And honestly, I never thought it would get much better. Even after 40ish episodes, I only thought it was an okay show. But after that, the anime started to find its stride, slowly but surely. It took a while but dangit, I eventually began to like Black Clover. And the rest, as they say, is history. I’m glad I didn’t give up on the anime. Did you know that I even thought about dropping it? If you don’t know me, I rarely drop shows. Once I start a show, I usually finish it. Again, I’m glad that Black Clover was able to turn it around. Granted, it still disappointed every now and then but you just have to accept the ups and downs with long-running series like this. That being said, here’s to hoping that the Black Clover anime returns sooner rather than later!

Grade: B+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll, VRV

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