While Asta's is dumbfounded or speechless, we transition in the half of the episode to Yami's story of how he first met William Vangeance. Before the episode preview was shown, I didn't think they had a rivalry. It didn't feel like one.
With the episode preview, it establishes that we are entering an arc to flesh out Yami and William's relationship.
Mereoleona arrive to retrieve or kidnap in a comedic sense the chosen mages for the Royal Knights: Asta, Noelle, and Luck. Finral is also one but he's recovering. In his place, is another mage with similar powers.
A big reveal - Zora is a Black Bull. Fitting since he's trouble maker just like everyone else.
Raia's flashback didn't really click in with me. Licht's wife looks like Mimosa.
We get backstory on Henry who has been a long time Black Bull member. Yami never introduced him either, but at least this one had a reason. Anyone who approaches Henry gets their magic sucked even more. Except Asta. He is alive thanks to the guild providing him mana in the house. His story would be sadder than Finral's because basically, his family abandoned him to die. No, Black Clover didn't want to show that.
Missed opportunity there.
A big CG fight ensues
It was a good episode
Henry breaks the mold because he's not a troublemaker or a loner. Yami just added him because he didn't want to take someone's home after someone died in it.
It was pretty much one sided. While we introduced Mana Skin during Mereoleona's training camp at the volcano, we introduced a higher level technique, Mana Zone which is using the Mana in the air to increase your stats such as reaction, speed, strength and spells
There was some good animation that looked like the time from Vetto's fight. The fight was pretty short or maybe it will continue in the next episode
Anyways, we get another glimpse of Raia's relationship with Licht. I don't get why he's "disloyal" for his title
I hope it's not another attempt to make us sympathize like how it failed for me for Vetto's death
The name of the episode and his backstory were all death flags. Granted backstories for Black Bulls and within Crystal tournament were for building characters. Poor Julius dies because he has to protect his people
It feels weird because both Licht and Julius used up a lot of mana for a spell that covered the entire Clover Kingdom. Licht was able to still move. He either had more mana or Julius's time magic reverse not only the spell but Licht too
Going to miss Julius since he and Asta represent that mages could be mages not by their nobility but by their merits.
Licht used the same magic that killed his people. Weird karma
Can't think of any con for this episode
Julius was holding back because he couldn't harm Vangeance's body. He was trying to capture Licht. I can't tell if he was being more careless.
Actually one con was in the animation. Animation was great. Choreography depends if you combat. It was more Julius dodging Licht's attacks. They used CG for the simplified background of the castle parts that were torn apart.
Was trying to keep track of all anime discussion threads I comment on
For this episode, a lot happen
Julius is still dying and Yami calls for help. They really take a long time to get a medic. Bit of bad writing here since Julius still had a long time to talk to Yami about meeting him and everything. I think Julius might appoint Yami as the new Wizard King. Out of all the Magic Knights shown, Yami is the most capable despite his personality quirks.
Weirdest thing happen next - we find another person who looks like Licht.
And Yuno grew elf ears. No hints but I think the folks who wield four leaf clovers might be elf exclusive
The significant plot point was Fuegeleon (I have trouble spelling and remembering these names) waking up and he has the spirit of fire, Salamander which allowed him to defeat the elven vice captain.
The episode adds a lot of foreshadowing which I don't see in Black Clover usually. Shonen anime adaptations can do this because they have the manga source material. There's something special about royalty that separates them from commoners in this franchise as well as "awakening" for mages.
Taka: Virtual anime conventions - this year has been taking twists and turns. People are making adjustments. I think I spend over 100 dollars every time I go to Anime Expo each year (counting in total of badge cost, food, transportation, and merchandise).
Jul 2, 2020 2:14:05 GMT
Taka: I'll be saving money. Though, the pandemic has caused a lot of folks to have reduced hours, took time off, or laid off. Most folks' disposable income is a bit tight.
Jul 2, 2020 2:15:07 GMT
Dream: Done with TTM. See if I can get a review for it up sometime tonight.
Jul 2, 2020 20:46:41 GMT
almatorran: Good day everyone!
Jul 4, 2020 13:15:43 GMT
Taka: Happy 4th of July to those who live in the states!
Jul 4, 2020 18:24:21 GMT
Dream: With Appare Ranman resuming in a few weeks, guess I'll cream through whatever episodes were released before its delay to see if I'll stick with the remaining ones this season.
Jul 6, 2020 21:05:53 GMT
El_Directo: I'm just gon say this here. Anyone who hasn't seen god of highschool episode 1 should go check it out now! it fudging hype af!!! This is the era of webtoon/manhwas to make their name and shine.
Jul 6, 2020 22:11:05 GMT
Sona😈𝕿𝖍𝖊𝖂𝖎𝖈𝖐𝖊𝖉𝕺𝖓𝖊: Who plays trivia murder party around here?
Jul 7, 2020 11:58:30 GMT
Taka: So Tenchi Geminar has a school full of mostly girls just like Infinite Stratos and many harem shows.
Jul 8, 2020 6:50:40 GMT
Dream: Yeah. After Tenchi Muyo, Masaki Kajishima dabbled into several other harem titles, some of which not being based in the Tenchi timeline, which all have the same resolution of where the male lead "has them all." But they aren't really as popular.
Jul 8, 2020 14:20:06 GMT
Taka: I need to finish Geminar and GXP. Just cancel FUNimation which leaves me until July 23rd unless there are at least 3 shows that catch my eye from this season.
Jul 9, 2020 3:27:17 GMT
Dream: Believe GXP was pulled from Funi's streaming site last year because their digital rights to the series expired. But you should still be able to stream War on Geminar on their site.
Jul 9, 2020 13:36:38 GMT
Taka: Darn, for some reason I thought it was still there. I finished Geminar. Well, I guess I proceed and watch the rest of those OVAs on CR.
Jul 10, 2020 1:37:08 GMT
Taka: I think I can write a review on Geminar. I wished I made a discussion thread and kept notes on it. I tend to forget small details and make mistakes when interpreting character actions.
Jul 12, 2020 17:34:16 GMT