Black Clover Franchise has a complete understanding of the likes and dislikes of Shonen anime fans. In Shonen it is expected that the main character’s parents should be out of the picture. On top of that, they can’t be some nobodies. So, after learning about Asta’s mother, fans were pleased to find out it had a connection between some of the unanswered questions in Black Clover related to Asta’s devil.
By the end of its 170 episodes long run, the show has managed to cement itself as one of the best anime of this generation. Between the initial 50 episodes or so of the show, a popular opinion among fans was that it was good, but not on par with a Shonen anime like My Hero Academia. I believe this opinion is not relevant anymore seeing just how gripping the story has become after the appearance of The Dark Triad and the revelation of Asta and Yuno’s past. We can be certain that Black Clover is a legendary long-running Shonen anime in the making!
Before we move on to the past life of Asta’s devil we need to know some things about the devils and their world, along with where we stand in the current story.
Also, I will try to avoid major Manga spoilers, but proceed only if you are caught up till the 170th episode of the anime. Or else you are in for some major revelations in the series. So, spoilers ahead, you have been warned.
The season has ended with a cliffhanger where Yami is forcefully abducted by the Dark Triad. Although, our favorite badass sensei did not go down without a fight, as he pushed past his limits—again! To defeat one of the top devil-possessed in Dark Triad, but all hope was crushed when the strongest one showed up. As all the Black Bulls were heavily fatigued due to the battle against Dante, they couldn’t do anything about it.
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All About The Devils in Black Clover
Devils in Black Clover are seen as inherently selfish and evil beings. This sentiment holds true for almost all the devils encountered in the show thus far. Demons in Black Clover are an ancient race of seemingly immortal beings. As we saw in the case of Zagred who was a high-ranking demon that was manipulating humans ever since the time of the very first Wizard King Lumiere, he even managed to fool the elves as well, all for the purpose of his reincarnation.
Devils are extremely powerful, and they can’t be damaged by normal magic attacks from a fairly powerful mage. Only the mages at the pinnacle of their craft can damage them, let alone defeat them. All the Devils envy the world of humans, as they all want to be in the human realm as the Underworld is just too boring. But that does not mean they want to be like humans, actually, they think that they are far superior beings, they just want to have fun in the world of humans (their definition of ‘fun’ is very twisted). The devils are divided into four different ranks, low ranking, mid-ranking, high ranking, and the highest-ranking/ Qliphoth devils.
The Underworld (Demon World)
This is a world exclusively inhabited by devils. The place is as depressing as it gets, it’s dark, it’s cold, it’s lifeless. The underworld is ruled over by three Highest Ranking Devils. Each of them has mastery over one of the three overpowered magic types, which are Gravity, Space, and Time. In addition to that, there are numerous high-ranking devils that serve under them, not to mention many devils from the lesser ranks. Now, let’s put the power of these rulers in perspective, Zagred was not even the highest-ranking demon. Nonetheless, it took two legendary entities of history, the king of Elves and the first Wizard king, along with insanely powerful magic captains and squad members to barely defeat that guy.
The underworld consists of seven levels, sealed and connected by the Tree of Qliphoth. There are a total of 10 Qliphoth or highest/supreme ranking devils, residing in these 7 levels of the underworld and generally, the demons cannot move between levels. Moreover, the deeper you go the stronger the devils tend to be and on the deepest level, there are the aforementioned three rulers of the underground, one of them is Lucifero.
Why do Devils come to the Human World in Black clover?
To be perfectly honest, I get the sense that they come to feel something. They achieve this in extremely sadistic ways. We have seen Megicula and Zagred derive pleasure from experimenting on other beings and watching them suffer. Although, it’s also reasonable to assume their intentions include taking over the world. In their eyes, ruling over the kingdom does not matter unless they are physically there, not via some proxy like a Devil Host.
Who are Devil hosts or Devil Possessed?
Devil hosts or Devil Possessed are the beings who have made a contract with the devil. This can be of a variety of different types with three main ones.
The first one is a contract in which the devil is the dominant one, this is suspected in the case of Dark Triad. The second is done via the Devil Binding Ritual that was employed by Nacht to subjugate his four devils. This ritual is performed in a particular place where you summon and defeat the devil to bind him in a contract that enslaves him. The third and the last one is a very special case that only Asta could have conceived into being. This is the Devil Befriending Ritual, where the process is identical to the second one but the contract is in equal terms with your demon.
The amount of power a host can summon from a devil is limited by two factors, the first gate between the worlds and the strength of the human host’s body. Asta is not limited by this because his devil resides in the human world, more specifically inside his five-leaf grimoire.
All About Asta’s Demon: How is he so different from other devils?
Now let us shift our focus to the demon who possesses Asta, our favorite loudmouth protagonist. And after learning more about him, you would find that he falls short of nearly all the stereotypes associated with a devil. This particular devil does not have a huge supply of Mana or any Mana at all for that matter. In addition, it is evident in the story that he is at least stronger than Zagred—but he should be a lot weaker than him as he is way below him considering the rigid demon hierarchy.
Although perhaps the most prominent difference lies with his behaviour—the demon has shown compassion and love. We have already discussed above that Devils are more egocentric than the most selfish of human beings. He has displayed these positive traits on multiple occasions, but this was most prominent when he befriended Asta and considered him as equal (devils believe they are superior).
Additionally, when Asta was fighting with his devil he notes that the devil is not fighting seriously at all. He came to this conclusion by reading the devil’s Ki, which was devoid of killing intent.
Asta’s Demon Real Name and True Powers
Liebe is a name that directly translates to ‘love’ in german. A name given to him by the only person in the world who cared for him, Lichita.
Liebe has the power to wield Anti-magic, and so far he is the only creature in the world with this ability. It’s unclear if the powers of Leibe are connected to the death of Lichita. Some have speculated that the Anti-magic powers are bestowed upon Liebe by her. Perhaps, she accidentally or knowingly sealed the combination of Lucifero’s and her own powers to strengthen her foster demon child. But that’s just a theory, we are yet to see any conclusive proof of this. So far, we have to assume the powers Liebe has are his own.
Now that we have that covered, let’s try to power scale Asta’s devil. Although to be honest it is impossible to have a conclusive answer since we do not know much about the other demons. Moreover, his powers are kind of an overpowered wild card that is super effective in most situations. He has an ability to negate all magic, which is a power every other relying on. His anti-magic, not a form of magic as it can’t be replicated by magic copying spells.
Asta’s Demon Past Life
Since we already know, the Underworld is a dreadful place where the only source of entertainment is bullying the weaker ones. As mentioned previously, the demons with the most Mana are on the upper levels of the hierarchy. And this was horrible news for someone like Liebe.
He had not manifested his anti-magic yet, so he was literally like a helpless little innocent kid among the cruellest of beings. And on top of that, since Liebe was born without a single trace of Mana, he was technically inferior to all the devils in the Underworld. You cannot imagine the suffering he faced from the moment he opened his eyes to that cursed land. He was a plaything of all the devils in the realm, until one day the bullies had enough of their twisted fun, so they decided to get rid of him. One of them grabbed him by his little head and decided to throw him on the gate.
Normally, this would kill or at least seriously injure anyone else regardless of his strength. Yet, young Liebe passes through the gate and reaches the human world. This miracle occurred only because he had no magic, and thus the gate had nothing to seal away. The innocent devil was already done with his life, he was so beat up that he failed to consider that humans might be afraid of a devil. Hardly some time has gone by and he is already getting chased by the magic knights, and in a final ditch effort, he escapes for his life. After a while of running away Liebe has lost the will to live, he does not want to live in this cruel world anymore. The saddest part is that he is content with dying, and he says his prayers as his consciousness fades away, and he falls on the cold hard ground.
But, he regains consciousness someone had bandaged and placed comfortably on a soft bed. This, someone, was a kind woman named Lichita. Who saw Liebe as just a helpless little kid who had nowhere to go. And she speaks the memorable line, (which Asta also says in the future):
“ Just because somebody’s a devil doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a bad guy!!! ”
Liebe and Lichita life had become better than ever, this mother-child relationship was almost too good to be true. Liebe, for the first time in his life, found someone that cared for him. Lichita had finally found one that cured her loneliness. It seemed like some higher power had planned this, nothing short of a miracle. But this is Anime and this lovely backstory quickly turned into a tragedy.
One day the ruler of the underground Lucifero managed to track Liebe. He thought this was the perfect chance to finally come to the human world by taking over Liebe’s body. But, Lichita couldn’t let it happen, she had already parted with one of her kids before (that kid was Asta, more on the below). She grabbed Liebe and naturally absorbed all of Lucifero’s mana. Angered by this, Lucifero stabs her right through her chest. But out of parental love for Liebe, she never let go until Lucifero had gone. On the brink of her death, she musters up her power and seals Liebe away in a five-leaf grimoire she had found with her magical ability that allowed her to seal objects without mana into other objects. This was done to ensure that Liebe grows up to be stronger, without the threat of him being possessed by Lucifero again.
This incident had shattered little Liebe’s heart, he was consumed with unimaginable levels of grief and rage. On one side was Lichita, a woman who had treated him as her own child, everything good that had ever happened to Liebe was thanks to her. And on the other side were the creatures responsible for all the bad that had happened to him, and now they have taken her as well. So, in a moment of burning rage, he vows to kill all the devils in the world, the creatures that have taken everything from him.
Who is Asta’s Mom?
The name of Asta’s mom is Lichita. She was a warm kind-hearted lady with an unbreakable spirit and an unmatched open-minded worldview. It is quite comforting to know that both of her qualities are inherited by her son. Although, unlike her son, she had the magic of her own which was weird in its own way. She had two different or somehow connected magical abilities. The first one was passive, and she had no control over it. Power or a curse that absorbed the Mana of anyone that comes near her. This ability is similar to Henry’s who also absorbs mana from people around him, but it’s important to note that Lichita’s one was much more powerful. Coming back, her second was a handy ability to seal objects within other objects.
The mana sucking ability of hers conditioned her to live all alone. This was the reason she had to abandon Asta to the church in the Forsaken Land, as she assumed she would hurt her own child by being with him. Obviously, this was an extremely hard decision for a loving mother to abandon her only child for the greater good. Despite that, she was always smiling with a glowing face. Sadly, she is no longer present in the current timeline, since her life was claimed by one of the rulers of the underworld named Lucifero.
This happened while she was defending her foster son Leibe from him while he was trying to take over his body for his incarnation in the human world. She gave her life and sealed Liebe in a five-leaf grimoire, halting the possession. Thereby, not only did she save her son’s life but the entire world, as we know if Lucifero had somehow crossed the Underworld. Humanity would have been finished! (These words were said by Black Bull’s Vice-Captain)
How did Asta get possessed by a Devil?
We already know that it had been sealed inside the five-leaf grimoire. And the grimoires themself chose the users who have the most affinity with them. Since Asta was the only person in the Kingdom who had no magic at all, he naturally attracted the devil who had anti-magic. Because Anti-magic flows in the body like normal mana does when activated. This means the magic users would probably be poisoned if they tried to wield Anti-magic.
Is Asta’s Devil the Strongest out of all Devils?
The short answer is no, he is not some infamous god of devils. He is not the strongest out of all the devils that inhabit the underworld. That said, he does have the potential and willpower to become the strongest devil in the world. Actually, his goal of killing all devils requires him to become the strongest. To accomplish this, he has the perfect ability, Anti-magic. An ability that allows him to destroy the effects of all the rulers of the underworld.
What is the relationship between Asta and his Devil Liebe?
It’s an interesting relationship to say the least, certainly not what anyone was expecting that’s for sure. We expect the sealed demons to be hateful and most importantly super overpowered infamous legends, maybe it’s just because we all have watched Naruto. But, Asta’s devil has room to grow; he is around the same age as Asta, not some ancient being that is all-knowing.
So, their relationship is quite simple, they are basically brothers as they are sons of Lichita. And under their contract, they are two equals with a common goal, the destruction of the strongest devils. For Asta, they are the one who tried to kill innocents and managed to kidnap his sensei. For Liebe, they are the vile creatures who took the life of his foster mother. Asta does not know about his past yet, it’s unclear why Liebe hasn’t informed him.
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