Black Clover chapter 343 has been officially released, continuing the story of the highly anticipated battle between Asta and Ichika.
Black Clover chapter 343 begins with Asta being blown away by Ichika’s attack, before she uses her Dark Yojutsu to pull him back. Ichika attacks Asta with her katana, but Asta activates Devil Union negating the attack. The battle continues with Asta thinking that he can now nullify any magic or yoryoku.
Ichika then kicks Asta pushing him down a nearby waterfall, before attempting a ranged attack with the Demon-Slasher. Asta rushed towards Ichika to continue her attack after she dodged her attacks, confident that she could completely defeat Ichika. However, Ichika dodges and uses her Dark Yojutsu – a Black Star spell, which can use gravity to ‘create holes for her opponents.’
Ichika states that Dark Yojutsu works best with martial arts and fencing, and explains that he is using the Black Star on himself to make it impossible for Asta to guess his actions. She shows her confidence in Asta’s inability to capture her by scattering Black Stars across the battlefield.
Asta drew a Demon-Destroyer, then nullified all of Ichika’s Dark Yojutsu attacks. Later, the two find that they are evenly matched and that what will decide the winner here will be their difference in Zetten. Both of them started rushing towards their opponents, this time Asta thought she would win against Ichika
However, Ichika still parried Asta’s attack before kicking him into the water directly below. She stated that it was impossible for him to overtake her in a Zetten match, then disparaged Asta for his ambition to become the Magic King. She claims that someone like Asta doesn’t have the determination, faith, or real talent to become a Sorcerer King – on par with the Shogun.
Asta responds by saying that he can sense Ichika’s rage and her Ki resemblance to Captain Yami. But beyond that, Asta insists that he sees more in her heart right now. Ichika is silent for a moment before saying that he shouldn’t talk to her like he knows her very well.
As the two lunge at each other, Asta suddenly appears in perfect form for his Zetten, claiming that if he can execute it perfectly, he can win. However, Ryudo Ryuya arrives just in time to stop their fight before either of them can unleash their Zetten on the other.
Asta started to worry about the arm that Ryuya used to stop his slash earlier, but Ryuya brushed that off by saying that they were going to Fumito restaurant to get food. But suddenly, he sensed something and said, “They are here” while looking into the distance.
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At the end of chapter 343 of Black Clover it is revealed that Sister Lily has arrived in Hino Country, along with two new Paladins who appear to be previously dead characters. This ending shows us what will be a big battle between Ichika, Asta and Ryuya with Sister Lily and two new Paladins.
Overall, Black Clover Chapter 343 is a watch-worthy episode in the series, and perhaps the most enjoyable in the Hino Country subbarc to date. With Asta’s Zutten training seemingly maturing, he will almost certainly be able to use his newfound powers against Sister Lily and the Paladins in the upcoming issues.
This episode also shows that Ichika has many problems with her brother, Sukehiro. The fact that Ryuya prevents their battle in this episode also shows another power he has besides clairvoyance. Fans will likely learn more about Ryuya’s hidden powers in the upcoming episodes.
Sister Lily’s surprise visit to the Land of the Sun with two Paladins is also a great way to end this chapter. Fans seem to have a lot of speculation about these two new Paladins, as well as some theories as to why their Paladin design is slightly different from Sister Lily’s.
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