Both King’s Game and Black Clover decided to eat a lot of their second episode run time with extended flashback sequences. In the case of Black Clover it was to establish a relationship between the two main characters that had already more or less been established and could have been shown clearly in less than half the time they spent on it. In King’s Game we get to see the first King’s Game that Nobu was a part of.
The issue being, we already knew how that game ended. He’s the only survivor so we do not care nor plan to get invested in anyone we see in the flashback. We already know how the game works as we’ve seen it through the first episode and they’ve clearly established that you die as a consequence of failing an order. And we already knew Nobu was traumatised from the experience of the first game. So what were we actually supposed to get out of that?
Flashbacks need to expand on what we know about the character or the plot and all this one did was confirm that the King’s Game is real and it sucks and the audience already knew that. Actually, what this flashback really did was ensure the plot in the story we’re actually watching only progressed by a tiny little increment as we have Natsuko first pretending to be a damsel in distress and then showing that she’s totally psychotic and manages to get the whole class hating Nobu again.
While I’m still pretty into the idea here and wanting to see more of the story, the cracks in this narrative are showing up really quickly and they need to start filling some of them in or this is all just going to fall apart.
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