Yūki Tabata’s Black Clover started toying with the existence of devils since the beginning of the manga itself.
A few months back, the manga introduced the devil of World Soul magic, and thus began the new line of antagonists in Black Clover. However, the shocking point was that the reason behind the ridiculously overpowered anti-magic of Asta is a devil itself!
With the release of chapter 268, we finally have more information on the Anti Magic Devil, as well as his connection to Asta.
1. Who is Asta’s devil?
Asta’s devil is Liebe, who is also known as the devil of anti-magic. After being attacked by Lucifero, his adoptive mother put him in a five-leafed grimoire that Asta later acquired.
As a devil without any mana, the Anti Magic Devil was the lowest-ranked and was subjected to the higher-ranked devils’ torture and bullying.
One day, he was thrown up to the gate of the afterworld by a high ranking devil. While others expected his body to shatter, the Anti Magic Devil passed through the gate due to his lack of mana and entered the human realm.
After being hunted down by humans for being a devil, the Anti Magic Devil collapsed and was ready to welcome death. The next time he opened his eyes, he was in a bed, with his wounds all taken care of.
As it turns out, he was saved by Asta’s mother called Lichita. Due to the latter’s body that absorbed all vital energy and mana of anyone nearby, she lived alone in a cottage located far away from the village.
The Anti Magic Devil’s lack of mana meant that he was the only person who Lichita could stay near without causing him harm, and Lichita was the only person who had ever cared for him.
Due to this, Asta’s mother named the Anti Magic Devil Liebe and made him her son, which also makes him Asta’s brother.
2. How Did Liebe Get Anti-Magic?
In the latest chapter, Asta’s mother finally made an appearance, and we got to know about her relationship with the Anti Magic Demon, and the events leading to Asta’s abandonment, and her death.
However, with one secret out of the bag, another presents itself. While we now know quite a lot regarding Asta, we know almost nothing about the Anti Magic Demon, i.e., Liebe’s past.
The most frequent question the fans have at this moment is, how did Liebe get anti-magic? With the theorists of Black Clover racking their brains, there are two possible answers to this question.
I. Theory 1 – Dark Magic
The first theory states that Liebe did not have any magic (not even anti-magic) when he was a child, which was proved when he passed through the otherworldly gate and spent time besides Lichita.
However, after Lucifero tried to possess him, Lichita put him within a five-leaf grimoire, and he was stuck there for years on end.
Due to this, just like how Patri became a dark-elf, Liebe transformed, took control over his dark side, and awakened anti-magic.
II. Theory 2 – Licht & Lichita’s Magic
The second theory shares the same basis; however, the reason behind him awakening anti-magic is different.
Licht’s grimoire possessed sword magic, which could absorb, negate, and reflect magic with the help of swords.
After Lichita used her magic to “store” Liebe in Licht’s 5-leaf grimoire, her ability to absorb all mana and life forces combined with its sword magic to create anti-magic.
This then became a part of Liebe, thus giving birth to his name – the Anti Magic Devil.
3. Other Devils in Black Clover
Devils are creatures in the Black Clover universe that reside in a world other than humans. They are malicious creatures with mana even on par with the strongest of elves.
All Devils start their life in the afterworld, where their ranks are decided from birth. In their realm, a strict hierarchy is followed where the higher-ranked and stronger devils bully the weak. In particular, the devils love to target humans; unfortunately, it isn’t easy for them to enter the human realm.
However, as the series progressed, a few have managed to do so. Currently, six devils have been seen in the series, with only four of them having solid identities.
I. Zagred – The Devil of World Soul Magic
Zagred — the devil of World Soul magic or Kotodama magic was officially the first devil to be introduced in the series. His Kotodama magic allows him to “make anything happen” anything he speaks.
It was him only who orchestrated the massacre of elves five hundred years ago and was the primary antagonist of Elf Resurrection arc.
II. Liebe – The Devil of Anti-magic
Liebe is the devil of anti-magic who resides in Asta’s five-leaf grimoire. He has no magic and has been able to negate any and every magic whatsoever.
With the latest chapter, it has been revealed that he was Asta’s mother’s adoptive son, thus making him Asta’s brother. However, it seems that both of them are unaware of their relationship.
He bears a grudge against the devils, and especially Lucifero, who caused Lichita’s death, and has sworn to exact revenge.
III. Megicula – The Devil of Curse Magic
Megicula, the user of Curse magic, is a high-ranking devil who serves Vanica, a member of the Spade Kingdom’s Dark Triad.
He is extremely interested in conducting various experiments with magic. Due to his curious nature, Megicula is highly unpredictable and whimsical.
He cruelly experiments on humans using his Curse-Warding Magic to see what effects it would have on them.
He is the one who has placed deadly curses on Acier Silva, Lolopechka of the Heart Kingdom, and water spirit – Undine.
IV. Lucifero – The Devil of Gravity Magic
Lucifero is the strongest devil and the most vicious and ferocious demon in Black Clover. He is a high-ranking devil who possesses Dante – the King of the Spade Kingdom and a member of the Dark Triad.
He uses otherworldly magic, which has yet not been introduced – which can heal a fatal wound in mere seconds. Lucifero has shown to have some different characters as compared to the other known devils.
Instead of two wings and two horns (weg), Lucifero possesses four wings and four horns — fitting for the devil who possesses a king!
Furthermore, it was revealed that Lucifero was the devil who tried to possess Leibe, and presumably, the one who threw him into the human world.
4. How Can a Devil Enter Our World?
It is believed that devils can be found lurking in the shadows of the human world – like the Kotodama devil five hundred years back. There are three ways to enter the human world, with the last one being exclusive to Liebe.
I. Contract With Humans
One way a devil can enter the human world is if a human uses Forbidden Magic and a sacrifice to summon it and form a contract. However, this contract can only be voluntary, as otherwise the world would be filled with devils.
There are specific unofficial prerequisites to this contract, such as the need for a ritual and negative emotions or desires within the human hosts.
The Dark Triad used this method to allow Lucifero and Megicula to enter the human world.
II. Grimoire of Despair
The second way to enter the human world is by acquiring a five-leaf grimoire. The clover leaves each represent faith, hope, and love. Within the fourth leaf dwells good luck, and in the fifth leaf resides the devil.
When the holder of the four-leaf grimoire is filled with deep despair and hatred, his grimoire turns into a pitch-black five-leaf – the grimoire of despair.
By possessing this grimoire, the devils can enter the human realm, despite not possessing a physical body.
III. Liebe’s Special Case
The last way a devil can enter the human world is if it possesses no magic power. Only be being manaless can they physically breach the border between worlds.
When Liebe was thrown up to the afterworld gate by a high-ranking devil, his body did not shatter, and instead, he passed through the gate due to his lack of mana and entered the human realm.
Due to the rarity of manaless devils, only Liebe can traverse the worlds this way.
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. With his fellow mages from the Black Bulls, Asta plans to become the next Wizard King.Originally Written By Epic Dope