SOUL EATER – 03
When a costumed thief steals a bunch of souls, the person who chases after him is a dual pistol-wielding boy named Death the Kid. These pistols turn into his partners Liz and Patty, and the three strike a pose together to face the thief. Patty, however, doesn’t do it exactly right and gets yelled at by Kidd because he demands perfection. In fact, Kidd is so obsessed about perfection and symmetry that he doesn’t notice that the thief escapes. He’s instead too busy getting worked up over how Patty and Liz have different hairstyles, heights, and breast sizes while in human form. Liz gets pissed off because he gropes her and because her chest is smaller than her younger sister, and she depresses Kidd by pointing out that his appearance isn’t symmetrical either due to the three white stripes in his hair. After the girls make him feel a little better, Kidd contacts his father – Shinigami-sama – who notes that Kidd is already a Shinigami and doesn’t need to collect souls or raise weapons. Kidd, however, insists on precisely making his own weapons even though he’ll need double the number of souls to be able to cover both girls.
On the topic of collecting souls, Shinigami-sama sends his son to an ancient pyramid site where there is a witch reviving mummies. When he gets there, Kidd admires the pyramid’s symmetry and heads inside with Patty and Liz. While walking through the hallways though, he suddenly gets the feeling that a picture frame back at home might be leaning a little to the right, and it bothers him so much that he decides to head home to check. He leaves at an inopportune time because Patty and Liz come across hostile mummies, and the two sisters are thus forced to take turns using each other as weapons. While the two are fighting, the witch deeper inside the pyramid gets eaten by the pharaoh that she just resurrected. Patty and Liz eventually finish their fight by absorbing all the mummy souls and proceed all the way to the room where the witch was, but all that’s left of her is a severed hand. The two are then attacked by the pharaoh. Death the Kid meanwhile returns to the pyramid after having verified that the picture frame was level after all. Inside, he finds Patty and Liz being squeezed tightly by the pharaoh’s bandages, and after freeing them, he tries to face off against the pharaoh, but he can’t attack because the pharaoh’s sarcophagus is perfectly symmetric.
What ultimately saves Kidd is the pharaoh emerging from the sarcophagus to reveal a distinctly unsymmetric figure. He now has no problems using the full force of his abilities and completely destroys his opponent. In the aftermath, Kidd is distraught that the symmetric pyramid ends up collapsing, and to make matters worse, Shinigami-sama takes away all the souls he collected as punishment for that.
As much as I’ve complained in the past about Miyano Mamoru being overused and ubiquitous (though not as much as Fukuyama Jun), he really does a good job in the role of Death The Kid – better than I expected even. His voice just fits naturally into role, particularly for the mood swings that Kidd has.
In any case, this easily ends up as my favorite episode of the three prologue ones, but that doesn’t come as too big a surprise because I already liked Death the Kid the most from what I’ve read of the manga. He brings new meaning to the term obsessive-compulsive disorder with his obsession with perfect symmetry. Patty and Liz are fun to watch too – they don’t even need him around to be able to kick some ass. With the prologue now finished though, the focus shifts back to Maka and Black*Star for the beginning of the actual story, and if the preview is any indicator, there’s one big graveyard battle to look forward to.