What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Black Clover episode 137, “Charmy’s Century of Hunger, Gordon’s Millennium of Loneliness”! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t as hyped up for this episode as some others. Charmy and Gordon are great characters, but at the same time it is hard to believe that just focusing on these two could produce a worthwhile episode.
So with that said, I was impressed by the story they were willing to tell with Charmy. I half expected that this would just be a goofy adventure which indulged in her quirks, but there was surprisingly much more to it than that. They actually went with a story which took advantage of her greatest skill. That being her ability to replenish people’s mana reserves with her food. When this first became a thing, I was shocked. I didn’t think this could be a thing, and I was thrilled that they decided this was something worth taking a chance on. It only made sense that during this period she would try to find a way to do more with that skill. To find a way to improve the speed and efficiency of replenishing mana.
The determination from Charmy was admirable. She is one of the first outside of Noelle who has been seen actually training herself, and it made a difference to see Charmy working at this from the ground up. Where things went wrong here was pretty ridiculous, but the message they were trying to send about her motivations was sound. It made sense that she would be working towards discovering what kind of passion her food needed most from her to best serve the Black Bulls.
As for Gordon’s half of the episode, I welcomed the time it seemed they wanted to take to give him room to get stronger. If there is anyone in the Black Bulls who has been neglected on that front, it has been Gordon. Quite consistently too if I might say. Unfortunately, I was left disappointed that they didn’t actually do anything new with Gordon. This was supposed to be the time for someone like him to show that there is more to him than being the guy who struggles standing out or being a heavy-hitter. As the guy who also uses poison magic, you would also think that he might be one of the most lethal. Yet here he is with most of the focus placed on getting over the idea that he maybe needed to be alone in order to reclaim the strength he once had. I get the purpose in what they wanted him to realize about himself, but at the end of the day I like to think I represent the viewers who want to see growth in terms of being useful against a demon.
If there was one good takeaway from his story, it was how willing they are to stick with this version of Gordon who everyone can actually hear and understand. That was only ever going to be funny for so long.
Overall, Black Clover “Charmy’s Century of Hunger, Gordon’s Millennium of Loneliness” left me with some mixed feelings, but it wasn’t a bad episode. There were places where it could have been better. However, at the very least you could say it fills you with some confidence that neither will betray who they are at the core for the sake of getting stronger. Though doesn’t mean we shouldn’t see some surprises in the form of improvements once that six month deadline hits.