The 286th chapter of Black Clover has really stirred up discussions among fans! After one of the rulers of the underworld was revealed to have time magic, many fans, including myself, couldn’t help but think of Julius Novachrono.
Not only is Julius extremely strong, but his magic type is very rare. Surely it can’t be a coincidence that one of the strongest devils of the underworld also has time magic?
But that would mean our beloved wizard king is a traitorous devil host! Well, not exactly…
Julius does not have a devil. However, he could be connected to Qliphoth– the time devil could have a contract with Julius’ family, or he could be the origin of Julius’ time magic.
The unnatural environment of the Clover Kingdom might also be possible for Julius’ magic.
1. Who Are The Rulers Of The Underworld?
Nacht’s flashback in Chapter 286 revealed that his family dabbled in devil summonings and forbidden magic.
His father was very impressed with him and handed him a relic belonging to Lucifugus– the devil that supports the three rulers of the underworld.
The three rulers of the underworld are revealed to have gravity, space, and time magic. We already know that Lucifero is the devil with gravity magic, while the one with spatial magic is most likely Zenon’s devil.
All that remains is the devil with time magic– a rare magic type we’ve only seen Julius possess.
2. Is Julius Evil?
In Chapter 145, during his fight against Patolli, Julius reminisced about his dislike for society’s social structure and classes. Julius believed the prejudices and discrimination held back the possibilities of magic and human potential.
As a Magic Knight wanting to change the classist society, he lived in drove him to become the wizard king.
Secretive as he may be, Julius is intensely devoted to the kingdom, and there isn’t much evidence to prove that he could be a traitor.
Using Lucifero’s strength and vast power as a point of comparison, if Julius was really hosting the devil with time magic, hiding his devil powers or any traces of it would be close to impossible.
I. Could He Be Hiding His Devil Powers?
As Dante explained in Chapter 256, devil hosts share power with their devils. Since they are in a different world, this puts a damper on the power devil hosts can use.
A devil host can use the entire extent of their devil powers if a gate is open, bringing me to my next point.
In Chapter 280, when Morris opened a gate, the Dark Triad could use 100% of their powers. At the time, Julius and Damnatio were defending the Clover Kingdom and fighting the ancient demon of the Spade Kingdom.
Julius almost ran out of power fighting the demon before Asta arrived.
Julius had no idea Asta would make an appearance at all and was willing to risk his life for his country. If Julius were really a devil host, he would’ve been the strongest person on the battlefield during the Spade Kingdom Raid.
The open gate would let him use 100% of his devil powers too. Julius wouldn’t risk his life and the Clover Kingdom to keep his devil powers hidden.
II. Has He Shown Signs Of Being A Host?
Julius has never shown signs of being a devil host. Even Damnatio’s scale magic never detected any devil powers from Julius.
If Damnatio did detect devil mana from Julius and didn’t expose him, that means he was conspiring with Julius, which would be out of character for Damnatio.
Another thing to consider is that Julius also wasn’t able to read Asta’s grimoire. It could be that he was pretending not to understand it to avoid suspicion, but Julius has shown no other signs of having a devil.
He also doesn’t have the telltale signs of a person involved with forbidden magic– wegs. Julius himself explained that horns are a sign that a person has dabbled with forbidden magic and delved into a world beyond their own.
3. Is Julius Connected To The Time Devil?
Although the chances of Julius being a devil host are slim, there’s a possibility that his powers could be connected to the tree of Qliphoth and the devil with time magic.
I. Where Does His Time Magic Come From?
Through Charlotte, we know that it is possible to have magic connected to a devil without being a host or cursed directly by that devil.
Charlotte’s cursed magic originates from Megicula, even though they aren’t directly connected, and Megicula wasn’t the one to curse her.
Julian’s time magic could originate from the devil with time magic, just like all cursed magic originates from Megicula.
II. Could He Have A Contract With The Time Devil?
Gordon’s family is known for its hacksand cursed magic abilities. Through his grandmother, we know that Gordon’s family made a contract with Megicula in the past, which was the origin of their cursed powers.
This contract also connects Gordon’s powers to Megicula but more directly, unlike Charlotte.
It’s possible that Julius’ family dabbled in forbidden magic in the past or made a contract with the time devil just like Gordon’s ancestors did with Megicula.
III. Could Julius’ Time Magic Be A Coincidence?
The Clover Kingdom has inexplicable ties with devils. Besides having multiple people dabbling in forbidden magic, the very capital of the kingdom houses a gate to the underworld!
Chapter 182 revealed that the Shadow Palace had been sealed away under Clover Castle for thousands of years, which could have played a role in the Clover Kingdom losing the protection of natural mana.
Like Lolopechka explained, losing this divine protection has given birth to irregular magic types. These irregular types have the power to defeat even devils. Lolopechka also used Julius as an example of these irregulars.
Julius could be one of these irregulars born with unnatural magic. Julius having the same magic as the time devil could be a coincidence— like many other mages in the Clover Kingdom with magic types similar to devils’.
Magic types aren’t entirely black-and-white either since there are also devils with regular fire and ice magic.
4. Does It Make Sense For Julius To Be A Devil Host?
Julius being a devil host doesn’t make much sense, and nothing has hinted at him being one in the past either.
If Julius were revealed as a devil host, it wouldn’t impact Asta’s journey much since Asta already plans on surpassing Julius– though it would make things more interesting!
Nacht has already played a part in helping Asta expand his abilities and control his devil and his devil powers.
Julius being a devil host would mean his powers way surpass anything we’ve seen so far and would definitely make it infinitely harder for Asta to surpass him.
5. About Black Clover
Black Clover is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yūki Tabata. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since February 16, 2015.
The story centers around Asta, a young boy seemingly born without any magic power, something that is unknown in the world he lives in; and his foster brother Yuno who received the rare four-leaf grimoire and has more magic power than most people! With his fellow mages from the Black Bulls, Asta plans to become the next Wizard King.Originally Written By Epic Dope