new updates on the theme songs. I swear this anime is like Fairy Tail in how they change the theme songs frequently.
This year's 44th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that the Black Clover anime will enter its ninth cours (quarter of a year), and will have a new opening and ending theme song. The six-member group EMPiRE will perform the show's new opening theme song "RiGHT NOW," and Kalen Anzai will perform the ending theme song "Jinsei ha Senjō da" (Life is a Battlefield). EMPiRE previously performed the third ending theme song for the series.
was a clip show where you have characters make commentary on flashbacks through something. For Black Clover, it was letters. The new content occurred around 20 minutes deep in the show.
Trivia - Yuno has nice handwriting and writes pretty concise whereas Yuno write messy but likes to explain things into detail.
We beat the guy with a new sword. Kind of lost track of how many swords. Believed it's three swords. Asta's other sword only removed the magic but the effects of poison linger. This new sword can remove poison and negate the elven reincarnation spell. Have to wait for more info.
They attempted to death flag the father. It was too predictable.
They up the animation like they do between Asta vs Ladros and Julius vs Licht/Patry. However, this was short and low budget given how blurry it was. Asta's antimagic is a bit conundrum. The Luck elf was able to hit his sword with such force. He's able to sense Asta in a way if his mana doesn't touch something, it's Asta. You can't detect Asta because he has no mana. That was a neat way to do it.
Luck's story has more impact because they had more screentime to develop Luck and his friends desperately trying to save his life before the elf inside him could make things worse.
The only problems I had with this episode and the arc is the elves - I can't really feel sorry for them in their crusade against humans whether it's the racism wasn't executed, elves having more screen time as normal, or more humans being villainous to elves
The friendship thing is fine. Reminds me of Fairy Tail with La cooking up food to help revitalize her friends.
Bit of a set up episode, the next episodes will probably focus on Noelle's family. I do like how Noelle's relationship with her siblings is evolving. She had a lot of character development that is going to build on top of this based on the preview. She's basically a doppleganger of her mother who is just metal instead of water based magic.
New info - the older woman who was set up for an arranged marriage with Finral or Langris is the daughter of the king. That was interesting.
Compass girl's abilities over complicate things in the match. Noelle blossoms her magic just like Zatch Bell. The narrator explains in crisis, people gain new spells.
Nozzle is a big tsundere. Reminds me of Byakuya in terms of their relationship. The other two siblings were toxic. The older brother didn't stop them so it was partly his fault but he did want to protect her, prevent her from joining the battlefield.
We moved on to the Langris family though it's mostly on the brothers as Langris Elf is attacking the king. I'm surprised the King has magic. Though, it's expected he's weak. He's only there because of nepotism and noble blood.
Yet, their spotlight falls short compared to Noelle's family because we randomly cover Jack's backstory.
Jack whose ability can somehow cut through space. Because he wants to cut through everything. That was one conflict I had with Jack in terms of power progression. It felt random. I forgot whether it was PIS or CIS.
For Finral to sneak in and teleport his brother whose elven soul was seething in rage, that part makes sense at least. The episode title is spatial brothers and Finral needed that character development. Yami and Jack are there to support.
The bright side is that we get info on Patry's end goal, putting their hideout in the pedestal of the castle which will complete the elven reincarnation.
We had 2 separate battles: Dream world with Dorothy Unsworth and then Asta vs Gauche and his sister, Marie. Not sure why we need to recap Henry's backstory especially repeating the same scenes due to it's more about Henry repaying Asta.
Off topic - this is why I don't think anyone especially Asta has light speed for combat speed or reaction timing. He's fighting against the mirror guy whose attacks don't seem quick. Same with Patry.
The unexpected character development for Charmy as well most random yet clever use of the phrase "wolf in sheep's clothing" contributed to opening up the Black Clover mythos with the inclusion of dwarves. Charmy just discovered she's half dwarf.
We had 2 or 3 races: humans, elves, and demons. Now, dwarves. It's feels more fantasy now.
The series pulled a Naruto on who betray who chain/who is puppeteer who chain with the Demon coming out. Turns out Asta has a demon too. It might be the "Migi" type since it's not killing him due to Asta being defective, born without magic.
Dark Elf was a hilarious and predictable naming scheme.
I have been behind. This arc of the elves was short shafted by the devils who took the spotlight. It was just a means to accelerate the plot on Yuno and Asta's origin. Asta has a devil in his book. Julius isn't dead. Bit of a mixed reception since it lessened the impact of Julius's character.
is a flashback episode but it reuses and compiles all the flashbacks with Nero's commentary. Next episode has new content.
Last few episodes - I forgot to comment that the show opened up its mythos by expanding on the 3 countries bordering Clover. Clover is not a large country. The books has variations of Clover: 3 Leaf Clover, 4 Leaf Clover, and 5 Leaf Clover.
However, how do you do variations of Heart, Diamond, and Spade if they have to carry that theme on their magic books?
The last recap in the Nero's commentary had some new content. I feel the trial especially them changing the animation sequence of the opening post but not the song made it less impactful. Why do the trial in the first place?
The latest episode focuses on the Black Bulls and Henry renovating the guild while the others find Yami's pets.
While the anime's ending has some weird Nero ship tease romance implications for Asta, the episode itself had Noelle being paranoid or jealous of Asta and Nero's relationship where Nero playfully pulls Asta's cheek and corrects him that Asta was her "pet."
Ep 126 is continuing the shipping romance stuff for fans who enjoy them. This time is between Yami and the captain of the Blue Roses. Animation was cute of the Blue Rose captain running through the village. Not sure if we needed the flashbacks. Yami is the type of person who probably will say if he likes a person or not. I don't think he's the dense type. Blue Rose Captain - she cannot confess to him. That's where their relationship comes to a standstill from becoming romantic.
Continues the hunt for answers behind curse magic. Thought the whole episode was going to flesh out Gordon when we see his family. Oddly enough, half of the episode focused on Noelle who visited the dream wizard to find out whether her mother died from a curse rather than from childbirth. There was comedic antics played by the dream wizard of having Asta and Silva showing the embarrassed Noelle affection.
Taka: As for anime business, I'll work on the Spring 2020 anime stuff this weekend. I will finish up the Winter 2020 banners. My apologies. I thought I will out of work due to the virus outbreak. I'm glad I'm still working at the pharmacy
Mar 20, 2020 2:08:00 GMT
Dream: Looks like California and New York are now enforcing all non-essential workers to stay home, except for necessary needs and all public gatherings are banned, at least in New York. New York's are in effect Sunday.
Mar 20, 2020 16:16:17 GMT
Dream: Far as essential workers go, the following are in the category to my knowledge: retail, pharmacies, warehouses, food suppliers, medical offices, transport, emergency personnel, banks, media. May be some differences in what is considered essential...
Mar 20, 2020 17:27:04 GMT
Dream: ...dependent on state or localities. But basically, anything that is a major need for everyday living is considered essential.
Mar 20, 2020 17:28:01 GMT
Dream: Looks like a remake of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni will be airing in July. The original seiyuu from the 2000s series will reprise their roles for the remake and judging from the animation, looks like it will have more polish to it compared...
Mar 21, 2020 21:51:24 GMT
Dream: ...to the 2000s series.
Mar 21, 2020 21:51:30 GMT
Taka: That's interesting to hear. Didn't know it was going to get a remake.
Mar 22, 2020 0:33:35 GMT
Dream: Guess I'm gonna focus on wrapping up Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken whenever it comes out today. Been one of my favorites for the season.
Mar 22, 2020 16:44:54 GMT
Taka: I need to catch up or drop/put on hold whatever series I tried.
Mar 22, 2020 21:25:15 GMT
Taka: 1 confirmed death in my hometown next to 19 confirmed cases. I heard the police are fining folks for not practicing social distancing on Facebook.
Mar 24, 2020 2:31:40 GMT
Dream: At least in New York right now, they're not enforcing it. But non-essential employers who aren't abiding by shutting down at this point will be fined and shut down at this point.
Mar 24, 2020 13:38:28 GMT
Master Menos: Had some serious personal trouble go on, but now I'm through it. On-Topic, where I'm in, everything but the stores (and possibly the restaurants) are closed down.
Mar 27, 2020 17:48:40 GMT
Taka: They closed off beaches and parks along bike paths as well as extending K-12 school closure to mid May while colleges are cancelled for the semester.
Mar 29, 2020 0:47:15 GMT
CosmicNoirTear: Everything closed on my part. I live by a bunch of shopping centers. All of the are ghost towns. Hopefully means most people where I live are taking this seriously. Also got laid off from my job two weeks ago.
Mar 29, 2020 2:46:08 GMT
Dream: My county has 6 confirmed cases. Restaurants and bars have been on take-out or delivery only for about a couple weeks now since New York's the hardest hit state. Hasn't been too different for me any who since I've been out of work and tight on money...
Mar 29, 2020 15:11:51 GMT
Dream: ...to do anything outside of getting essentials and job hunting in recent months. Though with the state pretty much on lockdown, likely gonna have a rough time finding any employer to work with in-person for a while.
Mar 29, 2020 15:13:27 GMT
El_Directo: Stay safe guys
Mar 29, 2020 20:08:55 GMT
Taka: I think the only thing not closed for mass gathering other than essential services would be funerals in my area. The mayor and staff have been pretty busy in clarifying things in press releases. Edit: my mistake. Funerals are closed.
Mar 29, 2020 21:52:25 GMT
Dream: Gonna try whipping up a review for Dorohedoro at some point tomorrow. Find that I have quite a bit to cover with the series.
Mar 30, 2020 3:39:57 GMT