Four Knights of the Apocalypse Chapter 3: Percival versus the Black Knight

As Donny gets bandaged up, Percival and Elva take a bath together. The scene is creepy and mostly an opportunity for fanservice and groping. However, there is a comedic payoff when Elva and Donny reveal that like Percival they’re just sixteen. Percival seems younger than his age, so Elva allowed him to see her naked thinking he was a little boy. I don’t know why anyone would let a strange boy see them naked, but you know anything makes sense in the name of fanservice. Anyway, Four Knights of the Apocalypse Chapter 3, “Clues of the Father,” introduces us to the Black Knight, Pellegarde.

Elva mentions that Percival is “born” to be a Holy Knight, except he doesn’t have any magic. As the village celebrates Percival, he asks them if they’ve seen his father Ironside. Unfortunately, none of them have heard of the Holy Knight. Suddenly, the Black Knight appears floating from above. Pellegarde accuses Ironside of lying about his son’s death, assuming he was “looking out for his own offspring.” Katz upset at Pellegarde’s insensitivity, grabs the Black Knight. This is only important for two reasons. First Katz towers over Pellegarde but can’t move him and second, the Black Knight doesn’t hesitate to attack him. Percival demands to know his father’s location. If necessary, he’ll use force.

Percival attacks Pellegarde barehanded. Unlike Katz, he’s able to move him back. Pellegarde promises to tell him if Percival defeats him but if he beats him, Percival is coming with him. The Black Knight wants to raise him. As Pellegarde gets the upper hand, Percival uses unknown magic. This chapter is mostly just set up for the next one, but it made me curious. Why Pellegarde would want to raise Percival?

My Hero Academia Chapter 313: Deku unleashes a new Quirk on Lady Nagant.

Deku prepares to use Fa Jin for the first time.

My Hero Academia Chapter 313, “High-Speed Long Range Mobile Cannon,” opens with All Might struggling to fight off his attackers. He quickly deduces his assailant’s intend to kill him and separate him from Deku. Despite his weakened body, All Might maintains his presence. When the villains dismiss him, they’re shocked when he tells them to “stand aside.” All Might made promises to himself, Deku, and his mother. He’s conscious of the fact that Deku has suffered under the burden of being the next All Might. Elsewhere, Deku and Lady Nagant square off. In typical Deku fashion, he analyzes Nagant’s position. However, he doesn’t consider the possibility All For One gave her another Quirk.

Deku’s advantage

Armed with her new Air Walk ability, Lady Nagant is able to change her position to get a better vantage point. I’ve said this before, but it remarkable how strategic Deku is. Compared to other Shonen heroes, Deku is significantly more deliberate in his fights. Many heroes like Naruto, Luffy, and Goku are fighting geniuses, but they are using their guts more than they use their minds. Deku uses the new information and readjusts his tactics. He activates the Sixth’s Quirk, Full Blast. He’s reminded by En, not to use too much smoke. What separates All For One and Deku is not just the number of Quirks, but the relationship they have to them. All For One stole the Quirks he has and he uses them as means to an end.

Deku is the first user of One For All that has access to the previous user’s Quirks. Unlike All For One, the Quirks aren’t chosen, the users are. Furthermore, they’re not the most powerful Quirks, but useful, especially with Deku’s strategic mentality. One For All also has the “unconscious realm.” Here, Deku and the past users can communicate instantly. This brings me to my prediction. I believe All Might must die at some point. Whether All For One or Shigaraki kills him won’t matter. As much as this would be a devastating moment for the My Hero Academia series and Deku, All Might would live on in the unconscious realm. Until then, Deku will continue to master his Quirks with the help of past users.

Four Knights of the Apocalypse Chapter 2: Percival’s ignorance is a threat.

Percival struggles to leave “Finger of God,” both physically and mentally. As he climbs down he recalls the warmth and safety he found with his grandfather. The safety he had came at a cost. Percival became isolated, resulting in ignorance of the larger world, even his father. Percival doesn’t know what money is, what a wolf looks like, and he doesn’t have any friends. This ignorance sets Percival to be taken advantage of. He’s too trusting and it can both be enduring and dangerous.

Four Knights of the Apocalypse Chapter 2 makes not of showing that Percival is a powerhouse. Obviously, to survive on his own he must have the strength to do so. He still lacks the rigid and specific fighting style knights possess. When Percival and his new companions arrive to defeat a wolf terrorizing a village, they’re overwhelmed by the giant beast. Donny flees, appearing to leave Percival to fight alone. Percival is eager to rescue the family in danger, reciting his grandfather’s oath he springs into action.

Percival is still a raw fighter

However, Percival lacks the skills to fight effectively. Draped in his grandfather’s oversized cloak, Percival is clumsy, pinning the cloak down with arrows shot from his bow. Shockingly, Donny, who was previously presented as selfish, returns and saves Percival from being slashed. Percival now angry overpowers the wolf with his raw strength. This fight is indicative of what Percival is at this point. He’s “raw” young, innocent, and filled with potential. The wolf is the familiar of a mysterious Holy knight.

I’m really into this series. Percival is a fun character and I find him to be silly. Four Knights of the Apocalypse art style is reminiscent of Dragon Ball Z. Percival does remind me of a young Goku. This series doesn’t explore new ground but it’s not necessary. What is important is the characters. So far, Percival is the draw. He lacks the refined fighting and social skills, necessary to do well in this world. His ignorance is his biggest weakness so far. This series is a shonen of course so expect action scenes, and with Nakaba Suzuki’s art, I can’t wait.

Four Knights of the Apocalypse Chapter 1: Percival begins his hero’s journey.

Cover of Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse manga.
Cover of Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse

Four Knights of the Apocalypse – Author Nakaba Suzuki – Action, Adventure – Shonen

After the end of The Seven Deadly Sins, the series author Nakaba Suzuki announced the sequel series, Four Knights of the Apocalypse. The series focuses on Tristan, the son of Meliodas and Elizabeth, and introduces a new character, Percival. Chapter 1, The Boy Sets Out on Adventure, opens with 16 years old Percival chasing down a “roc bird.” The giant, bluish beast is killed when Percival’s grandfather, Varghese impales it with a pitchfork. Percival grabs it by the neck and tumbles off a cliff. This scene works to show both the strength of Percival and where that power comes from his family. Varghese is a hulking figure. Despite his jovial personality, he has a massively muscular body. He has taught Percival everything the boy knows, from hunting to cooking to fighting.

Percival has reached a milestone. He’s turning sixteen. Varghese is shocked when his grandson tells him he has no interest in adventure. Varghese tells him of the Aerialian Island created by the Goddess Race, Britannia, the cruel mage living in a “twisty tower,” an inescapable forest, and a “knight who rows the skies.” Varghese is hoping to inspire his grandson’s sense of adventure and by extension excite us, the readers. Percival is satisfied to just live with his grandfather. Drunk, Varghese recites what he calls an “old creed,” “Your eyes will judge the wicked. Your mouth will speak the truth. Your heart will be filled with justice. And your sword will crush all evil.” Percival has heard it so many times, he’s able to recite the rest.

Percival takes an oath

I expect that this oath will motivate Percival’s life in the future. He’s eager to accept the job and protect his grandfather. That night, Percival allows himself to dream of going on an adventure. He’s so excited that he runs around the island until he falls. He wants to go, but he won’t leave his grandfather. Percival wakes up the next morning still outside. He overheard something over his shoulder, it’s the knight who rows across the sky. The knight asks for his grandfather by name, claiming he’s an old friend. Ignorant, Percival points to the location of their house and marvels at the knight’s phantom ship.

“Your eyes will judge the wicked. The mouth will speak the truth. Your heart will be filled with justice. And your sword will crush all evil.”

If your familiar with the Hero’s journey then this chapter is predictable. The hero’s journey is “the common template of stories that involve a hero who goes on an adventure, is victorious in a decisive crisis and comes home changed or transformed” (Wikipedia). The journey begins with a “call to adventure” and followed by a “refusal of the call.” The hero usually accepts the call after “help by a mentor figure.” Percival has crossed both, the only thing left is the acceptance. Suzuki has alluded to the reason for Percival’s reluctance, the presence of his grandfather, Varghese. If he’s going to go on that journey his grandfather can’t be around. Before the Knight heads to the house, he calls Varghese a “cruel man” for keeping something from Percival. The comment stays with Percival and he becomes concerned.

Percival begins his hero’s journey

The Knight attacks Varghese from behind, sending him flying through the house. The knight accuses him of “betrayal,” and Varghese responds by calling him the betrayer. They clash until the knight makes a cross in the air with his finger. The seemingly subtle gesture blows a cross-shaped hole in Varghese. Percival interferes, attacking the knight with rocks. When Varghese grabs the knight from behind, he’s defeated. The Knight then uses his cross attack to crave a cross into Percival’s chest. Enraged, Percival continues to attack but is violently kicked away. Varghese calls the knight by his name, Ironside, and asks why he’s come. The Knights received a “foreboding prophecy” predicting the ruin of King Arthur. The prophecy is called the “Four Knights of the Apocalypse.” Ironside is on a mission to kill anyone that might be among these four and Varghese seems like a possible candidate.

Percival and Varghese are battered and bloody. They apologize to each other for their failure. Percival couldn’t protect his grandfather and Varghese lied to his grandson. Terminally injured, Varghese tells Percival the truth. Ironside is Percival’s father. Before he dies, Varghese sets Percival on his journey, fulfilling his role in the hero’s journey. He also makes clear to the audience what Percival’s mission is, find someone to protect and as his father why. Four Knights of the Apocalypse Chapter 1 is an interesting opening to the sequel to the Seven Deadly Sins. Personally, I didn’t get into the Seven Deadly Sins series, particularly the manga. I have seen some of the movies, and season 1 of the anime. At the moment of this review, the series is at chapter 15, but I’m excited to read it.

Source: Wikipedia

The Top 3 moments from My Hero Academia manga chapter 308

Deku faces an old foe with new abilities

3. Deku’s learning his other abilities

When I first saw the smoke surrounding Deku, I thought it was because of Muscular destroying the buildings. Turns out it was the Quirk of the sixth user of One For All, En. His Quirk was Smokescreen. It allowed him to generate clouds of smoke to blind his opposition. However, En tells Deku that it can backfire. The user can make it difficult for them to see and allow their opponent to “get the drop” on them. Finally, this Quirk has no “offensive potential” and cannot become an “ultimate move.” While some might consider One For All to be broken, I think being stocked with a lot of “weak” Quirks like Float and Smokescreen makes it more balance.

Considering Deku’s tendency to use strategy with his strength, it’s a more suitable Quirk. If you compare this with how All For One collects his Quirk’s (focuses on Power), this contrast can prove to be the difference when they meet. Deku also has Danger Sense and Blackwhip Quirks. These two quirks used together reminded me of Spiderman. Hikage Shinomori used Danger Sense and Daigoro Banjo used Blackwhip. We have yet to see the second and third users, Quirks, but when Deku masters them he will be a force. En’s advice to Deku is to use the Quirks as “tools” to put together in a plan.

2. Trying to understand villains

Nana Shimura asked Deku if he could kill Tomura. Deku’s answer was basically no. He hoped to reach the tortured Tomura. In this chapter, he asks Muscular “why do you rage like this?” Muscular responds that he doesn’t want any regrets. He wants to “indulge in fun” whenever he can. Deku accepts he can’t get through to Muscular and defeats him. The question is, what answer would Tomura give? Assuming he’s in control of his own body at that point. I don’t Deku would kill him but that might not be necessary. Especially if the remaining abilities One For All has stored up could allow him to capture Tomura.

1. The return of formerly incarcerated villains

When Deku and Muscular meet for a second time, I instantly thought of when Gohan encountered Freiza and destroyed him with one punch. It’s useful to bring back past enemies to show how strong the hero has gotten. We don’t know if Muscular has been KO’d, but he’s definitely been used to allow Deku to show off his growth. However, I’m disappointed that we didn’t get to see Grand and Turtle Neck fight. I know that My Hero Academia has a massive roster of heroes, but it would be fun to see other heroes battle. I think the release of all those prisoners could allow the heroes more opportunities to fight. While Dabi may have caused a setback for the hero community, he has also created an opportunity for the upcoming heroes to prove themselves.