Four Knights of the Apocalypse Chapter 4 and 5: Percival is death

The cover of Four Knights of the Apocalypse Chapter 4.
The cover of Four Knights of the Apocalypse Chapter 4.

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.


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?


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