In Four Knights of the Apocalypse Chapter 4, Pellegarde is surprised by Percival’s magic abilities. Percival is shocked and kind of disgusted by it. He tries to shake it off his hand and attempts to “give” it to Pellegarde, who is pushed back. He describes Percival’s magic as an “enchanter type.” Pellegarde uses his magic against Percival and shoots a fireball he calls Pyre. He’s able to control the flame with his fingers. Percival is able to dodge his attack with ease. Pellegarde challenges him to do something else. Percival swats the flame with his hands. However, Pellegarde’s flame hits him anyway. The Knight tells him that his flame “will never go out” unless he stops it or the “target burns down.”
Surrounded by flames, Percival doesn’t panic. He spreads his magic around his body to protect himself. However, Pellegarde claims that it’s too late, he’s already sustained burns. Percival collapses. Suddenly, little Percival’s form around Pellegarde. The Holy Knight is confused about what type of magic Percival possesses, as the latter heals himself. Pellegarde claims his magic is the “hero” type. This proves what we already know, Percival is one of the Four Knights. What is surprising is Pellegarde wants to keep Percival alive. Percival strikes Pellegarde, demanding the fight continue.
Pellegarde is impressed with Percival’s ability
Pellegarde is impressed by Percival’s strength and determination. However, he’s still inexperienced. Donny steps in and levitates Pellegarde, giving Percival a chance to escape. Pellegarde explodes with power, regaining control over the fight. A red fox appears with Percival’s bag. It releases a spell bead, teleporting Percival and Donny. The bead transports them to the dragon’s backbone, a thirty-mile mountain growth. The Red Fox can speak and is quite rude. After telling Percival he’s a “sorry ass,” the fox tells him Pellegarde wouldn’t know where his father was. Anyway, he tells Percival and Donny the Four Knights don’t exist, yet. Each Knight will bring “four world-destroying calamities.”
If you’re familiar with the Bible and the Four horsemen of the Apocalypse, then the concept is common. The four horsemen are famine, pestilence, war, and death. Percival is one of them. It’s clear from the image that Percival is death. Considering his personality, Percival doesn’t seem like he should be a member. Will he change? Maybe the four horsemen won’t be as menacingly as the name suggests. I’m curious how Four Knights of the Apocalypse will deal with this dark premise.
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?
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.