Rune arrays 「魔言術式 Magon jutsu-shiki[1] are specially designed sequences of runes that are utilized in some forms of magic.[2] Arrays are featured heavily in Trap Magic, Seal Magic, and some types of Forbidden Magic.

Description

Simple magic circles

Rune arrays are sequences of runes and shapes, often in an overall circular design, that serve as instructions for the magic used to make them. The more complicated an array is, the more time it takes to draw.[3] Since mages draw these designs using their magic power, powerful and skilled mages are able to manifest arrays almost instantly, while weak mages require time to prepare the arrays in advance.[4] Once drawn, arrays can be placed in midair or onto another surface,[5] including a mage's body.[6][7]

Hastily or poorly drawn arrays risk failing or blowing up when activated.[8][9]

For most arrays, they disappear after a single use and have to be redrawn.[10] Certain magic tools have arrays as part of their function and design.[11][12] An array could also be physically carved into a surface, allowing for multiple reuses by mages.[13][14]

Studying mana and magic theory can help mages better understand the workings of magic and, in turn, create more complicated arrays.[15][16][9]

Mana Method

Mana Method

In Mana Method, the Heart Kingdom's unique magic technique, the mage shapes the runes and arrays from natural mana in their environment rather than purely from their own magic power;[17] however, this technique still requires the mage to have a large amount of magic power, as well as good instincts and fast reflexes.[4] As such, mages of the Fifth Stage and below are too weak to form the runes properly, and only mages of the Third Stage or higher are skilled enough to use the technique in combat scenarios.[18]

Trivia

  • Rune arrays are based on the magic circles found in various ritualistic and occult magic.

References

  1. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 254 (p. 8) and Episode 166.
  2. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 11 (p. 5) and Episode 14.
  3. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 123 (p. 6) and Episode 78.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Black Clover Manga — Chapter 292 (p. 4).
  5. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 125 (p. 2-3, 7) and Episode 79.
  6. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 129 (p. 15) and Episode 83.
  7. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 292 (p. 7).
  8. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 153 (p. 14) and Episode 99.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Black Clover Manga — Chapter 292 (p. 5).
  10. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 11 (p. 9-10) and Episode 14.
  11. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 25 (p. 9) and Episode 21.
  12. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 122 (p. 4) and Episode 78.
  13. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 266 (p. 14) and Episode 169.
  14. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 286 (p. 6) and Episode 169.
  15. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 102 (p. 6) and Episode 65, Gauche and Gordon study arrays to find a method of removing the curse on Asta's arms.
  16. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 277 (p. 9).
  17. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 248 (p. 1) and Episode 155.
  18. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 248 (p. 2) and Episode 155.

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