I don't have to become the strongest.
- Episodes: 87+
- Genre: Action, Comedy, Magic, Fantasy, Shounen
- Airing Date: October 2017 – ongoing
- Studio: Studio Pierrot
Black Clover Preview (No Spoilers)
Yuno and Asta are both orphans that grew up in the village of Hage, far away from the capital. Upon turning fifteen years old, all children attend a ceremony where they receive their grimoires. Yuno receives a rare four-leaf clover grimoire while Asta doesn’t get one at all as he finds out that he doesn’t possess any mana. However, during a scuffle outside where a mage attempts to steal a grimoire, a five leaf black clover grimoire appears in front of Asta, and he pulls out a mana-nullifying sword from it. After taking care of the rogue mage, Yuno and Asta train and decide to head to the capital to take the trial to join the Magic Knights as the first step in their competition to see who becomes the next Wizard King.
Finral Roulacase Highlights (Spoilers Beyond This Point)
1. He’s an Encouraging Senpai.
One thing that Finral loves to do is remind everyone that he has seniority. While he tries to use it to his advantage, no one really falls for it—except maybe Asta. When push comes to shove, Finral is there to back his squad. In episode 41, he encourages Noelle to do her Dragon’s Cradle spell and tells her that he’ll catch her if she falls. In episode 48, both he and Vanessa gain confidence and motivation boosts from Asta and redouble their efforts to help him fight Vetto, which encourages Asta to give it his all, even after both of his arms are crushed.
2. He’ll Do Anything For His Squad.
After Asta tells his squad that even the best magic healer can’t fix his arms, Finral warps his squadmates to various places in their search to find a cure for Asta. Upon his return to the Black Bulls’ base, he and Noelle make a plan to get Fanzell Kruger, Dominante Code, Mariella, and Asta and go into the Witches’ Forest to ask the Witch Queen to cure Asta’s arms. There, they all meet up with Vanessa and a giant battle ensues. Although he’s scared, Finral realizes that he needs to man up and do better.
3. He Tries to Better Himself.
For most of Finral’s life, he’s been told about how much of a failure he is and how he’ll never match up to his younger half-brother, Langris. After Asta’s arms are fixed, he trains hard to do well in the Royal Knights Selection Exam. There, he shows off that he’s a new mage and willing to go the extra mile to help better his squad, and himself. He knows that he doesn’t have to become the strongest mage out there, he just wants to “make the Black Bulls the strongest squad.”
4. He Stands Up to Family.
Finally, Finral goes up against Langris during the Royal Knights Selection exam (episode 80). Langris doesn’t believe his kind brother can defeat him and has absolutely no qualms about killing his older brother, telling him “don’t blame me for whatever happens.” Finral isn’t shaken and even asks his teammates to leave his brother to him. A great battle between two opposite spatial magic users ensues and Finral doesn’t give up until he becomes comatose in the very end.
5. He’s Kind.
The most defining feature of Finral is that he’s kind. He’s kind to the point of everyone taking advantage of him by using his magic as instant transportation. However, one of Finral’s weaknesses is that he doesn’t have a truly offensive spell. During the Royal Knights Selection, he tells his brother “I managed to change after meeting my friends,” and shows off a new spell that transports whoever the spell touches to a different location without hurting them.
Finral is intent on becoming a strong Magic Knight while still retaining his kindness and being someone others can look up to. While he’s not the strongest or smartest mage, Finral proves that kindness and effort can go a long way. As a senpai, he’s one of the best out there and someone to aspire to be (womanizing aside). If there’s a Finral moment we missed, comment down below to let us know. Think there’s a better senpai out there than Finral? Tell us who you’d choose to look up to instead!