5 Point Discussions – Black Clover 60: “Defectors’ Atonement”

by Sage Ashford

Fanzell and his family battle against the army of the Diamond Kingdom. Do they stand a chance? Remember, if you like this article and 5 Point Discussions, please share it on Facebook or Twitter! It really helps. And if you’ve got any comments or questions, please hit me up @SageShinigami.

1. It feels weird to see the Midnight Sun talk about the karma they’re revisiting on the Clover Kingdom when the Diamond folks are so, so much worse. They take innocent children and throw them into battle royales–not the “good kind” with chicken dinners, Thanos, and the appropriation of black culture, the bad kind where your teacher suddenly tells you you have to murder all your classmates. They regularly attack innocent villages for the sake of encroaching on other people’s lands and taking their resources. Now, as it turns out, their king is dying, but they’ve noticed the queen of witches is ageless. So they’ve arrived to kidnap her and learn the secret to her immortality.  Ugh.

2. While Fanzell distracts the Diamond Kingdom by wiping out a bunch of their hooded scrubs, his wife Dominante and student Marielle come up with a different plan. Marielle organizes the witches into an army that can overwhelm the Diamond Kingdom’s numbers, while Dominante alters the tiny guardian golems into suicide bombs that explode on contact. It’s some surprisingly competent thinking, and doesn’t require Fanzell or Domina to win the fight entirely on their own.
The episode frames this entire battle as a way of atonement for the protagonists’ actions, and in Marielle’s case this is absolutely deserved. A few flashbacks show her killing otherwise innocent people who simply wanted to live their lives and avoid being used as weapons. But Fanzell? Near as we can tell, he didn’t suddenly grow a conscience–he’s been training people to  use their powers to protect from the very beginning. It seems more like he thought he was doing the right thing only to learn what the Diamond Kingdom actually wanted his students for and defected.  He even tried to free all these students, but got overpowered by superior numbers–he did everything he could once already, so his guilt complex feels a tad misplaced.

3. On the bright side, it turns out he was able to reach more than one person.  Fanzell goes at it with Ladros for a bit, but gets laid out once Ladros reveals he had his body augmented to absorb magic and redirect it. Unable to injure him and having seriously powered him up, Fanzell has to watch as Ladros rains down lasers on the witches, injuring or killing many of his own soldiers with reckless abandon.  Fanzell just barely saves his wife and student, but with no strength left, it takes Mars to show up and protect them all.

4. While Mars saves Fanzell and his family from Ladros, they’re still forced to flee, as Ladros’ ability to absorb magic is pretty overpowered in a world where everyone uses magic to fight.  He comes up with two plans to defeat Ladros–overloading the ability to absorb magic, or…anti-magic. It’s incredibly coincedental that he would bring up anti-magic, but it works out since Asta’s in another area of the forest. With some rocket powered punches they knock Ladros in that direction, and we’re uniting both groups a lot quicker than anyone might’ve guessed otherwise.

5. Next Episode: Mars and Fanzell together have a plan to take Ladros out, but it’s going to involve Asta, who’s still throwing down with Fana…though at this point it’s become more of a comedy bit since Salamander’s been taken down.  It looks like Mars is finally going to come face to face with his long-lost friend–but will she even remember him?  Also, does Ladros last more than two seconds against a guy who’s power is brute strength and anti-magic?
Black Clover is available for streaming on  Funimation and Hulu.

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