Black Clover “Those Who Have Been Gathered” Review

What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Black Clover episode 134, “Those Who Have Been Gathered”! As one story finishes, it doesn’t take long for Asta and Noelle to be dragged back into the next thing. I know some people were probably hoping that we would jump into the next stage of their training, but even episodes like this we are owed from a series like Black Clover. You come for the action and fun, but you stay for everything that is wholesome about the storytelling.

Now this episode right here would probably be the first that you might actually call filler, yet at the same time I could not object to them shifting a focus to sister Theresa. Ever since that situation in Nean which Asta, Noelle, and Gauche helped her with, this became a character who was always worth getting back to. Formidable in her own right, but also one of the kindest souls you will come across in the series. So with that said, it was nice to see that the dinner and celebration was for her. I expected something different to be the cause for celebration, and this topped anything which had come to mind. It actually only added to the overall appeal of Mereoleona and Fuegoleon. I don’t think we will ever come across a more honorable sibling dynamic that we get from these two. To go so far as to do something like this for not only the woman who helped mold them into who they are now, but to also do something for the children too? That is what you look for in the real Magic Knights.

That said, I was shocked to see that there was actually going to see a bit of trouble with this celebration. Then again, this probably would have been too soft of an episode if nothing happened aside from this. So I was taken back by the bit of trouble being a couple sibling rivalries which erupted from simple misunderstandings. Not that I’m arguing, because it was refreshing to see what happens when Mereoleona and Fuegoleon aren’t on the same page about something. We’ve seen what happens when Mereoleona gets angry. That almost always leads to physical violence. Though it was something new to see that from Fuegoleon too. Truthfully, I found their exchange exciting since now we were really seeing how far these two have come in terms of power. They know how to dish the pain, just as well as they know how to take it.

Which brings us to Theresa. There was no way you can have this madness go unchallenged in front of her. I loved that they did not waste the opportunity to show that there is nothing to underestimate about the woman who trained both of them. If they turned out this way, it’s not hard to imagine that she would be as much of a force to be reckoned with.

Aside from Mereoleona and Fuegoleon’s troubles, it was just as interesting to see this kind of behavior from Mimosa and her brother. I honestly thought something would never happen between them. It seemed as though the writers were content on everything being indirect about the two. Her brother saying one thing which is rude and vain, and her responding with something backhanded which he never acknowledges. This was a great time for the two to actually look at each other and give a genuine response. It may not have been over what you would have hoped, but at this point something is better than nothing in my book.

Regardless, I only felt as though they wasted a spot on Mimosa’s very forgettable brother. I say forgettable, because even as I write this, it is that much of a struggle to even remember his name. The two do tend to have entertaining interacts when they are stuck together, but it doesn’t quite change the fact that he never really has anything to offer a story. He’s just kind of thrown in there for the sake of highlighting the extreme naivety of royals who can’t see past their own vanity. I get the endgame, yet at the same time it doesn’t change how useless of a character he is, to us at least.

With all of that said and done, it was not a bad episode to spend on something like this. This may not be anyone getting stronger or pushing past their limits, but once more we are reminded to cherish the little things like celebrating the accomplishments of those around you. “Those Who Have Been Gathered” was another good example of what it looks like when the world doesn’t stop turning.

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