Black Clover episode 18 review
Mars has been defeated, but not killed. He’s instead paralyzed by a binding spell, which works about as well as you can expect it to. Obviously not very long, as he escapes from it within a mere half-episode. Then he goes to try to get revenge, and Noelle is his first victim.
This obviously infuriates Asta, who is Noelle’s designated love interest. He attacks back at Mars, using his “anti-magic non-magic magic.” And he borrows some of Noelle’s magic while he’s at it. What happens in the end? Well, that’s a bit of a cliffhanger, but suffice it to say that Noelle, Asta, and Mars are all in grave danger.
(As a bit of an aside, I’ve softened my stance on this week’s Jojo episode. While I still was disturbed by it, I’ve come to the realization that it wasn’t meant to be as disturbing as I took it to be. That being said, it still makes me queasy.)
Character of the episode: Noelle
Episode rating (out of four stars): ***
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? episodes 4-6 review
Lili from Is It Wrong is basically Felt from Re:Zero. They are absolutely the same exact character. They’re both thieves, they’re both kind of tomboyish, they’re both super-emotional, they both get really angry really easily for really no good reason at all. So when I watched these 3 episodes which for the most part jettisoned Hestia in favor of Lili, I felt like I was watching Re:Zero all over again.
Felt I mean Lili earns Bell’s favor early on, and they start going into dungeons together. All the while, Lili is stealing from Bell and taking more than her fair share. Bell is too naive to notice – this is one of the key parts of his character. He defends her when she’s threatened, he saves her when she’s left to die, he does whatever he can to rescue her. And at the end of episode 6, after he’s saved her once again, she becomes hysterical and lets him know how stupid he is.
Honestly, I enjoyed the dynamic between Hestia and Bell a lot more than these two together, but in any case it was still enjoyable. Sadly I’m already halfway through the 13 episodes. This series is just flying by and it’ll be no time before I’m on to the next one.
Episode 4 rating (out of four stars): ***
Episode 5 rating: **1/2
Episode 6 rating: ***