SOUL EATER – 04
Soul wakes up one morning to find Blair on top of him, and unfortunately, Maka walks in right as Blair is smothering him with her chest. This leads to her kicking him out of the window, and she’s still angry during class later. Soul eventually changes the subject to how Maka’s teacher Sid recently died and how it’s connected to a certain zombie targeting the students. Maka doesn’t believe that the rumors are about Sid, but this changes after she and Soul are sent to see Shinigami-sama along with Black*Star and Tsubaki. Shinigami-sama wants them to take part in some supplementary lessons because they have so far failed to collect any souls, and these lessons center on them going after Sid. It seems that Sid no longer fears death after becoming a zombie and wants the students to experience the same thing, though Shinigami-sama also explains that there’s someone pulling the strings from behind the scenes. In addition, if the four fail these lessons, then they’ll be expelled.
The group thus heads out to the Hook Cemetery, and though Sid is initially nowhere to be found, he eventually pops out of the ground and grabs Maka. Soul fortunately saves her, and the battle begins after Sid fails to convince the group to become zombies. Wielding his own gravestone as a weapon, Sid smashes Black*Star into the ground, but Black*Star gets back up and makes an impressive counterattack in the form of a kick to Sid’s chest. Sid then changes his target to Maka, however she is able to barely avoid his Living End attack and kicks him in the face. Soul then urges Maka to match her soul wavelength to his, and though this is something they’ve never successfully done before, she is willing to try. The two thus perform a Resonance of Souls that transforms Soul into a huge witch-hunting blade, but right as Maka attempts to attack with it, she trips and nearly kills Black*Star instead. When she subsequently tries to take a normal scythe slash at him, Sid disappears.
Black*Star realizes that Sid has dived underground, and he has to protect Maka when Sid suddenly springs back out to launch a surprise attack. Since Sid continues to go underground, Black*Star decides to use a technique called Trap Star that spreads Tsubaki’s chains all around in a star pattern. He also concentrates so that he can hear Sid’s soul wavelength, and he is ready when Sid pops out of the ground again. The chains allow him to completely tie up and capture Sid, though the side effect is that Maka gets tied up too. Watching from back in Death City are Shinigami-sama and Death the Kid, and with the battle over, they discuss who the person behind all this is. Shinigami-sama begins by explaining that the current best weapon – Maka’s father Death Scythe – had a partner before Maka’s mother. This partner was the strongest student to ever graduate: Dr. Franken Stein. Maka and company also find this out and now show up at Dr. Franken Stein’s lab with Sid in tow.
Just when I thought they couldn’t top the fights that they’ve already shown, they go and do exactly that. Heck, it’s not just one special ability showcased here – both Maka and Black*Star get to shine. I admit I got DBZ vibes when Maka and Soul did the Resonance of Souls, but it was still cool to see her with a blade like that. It’s a shame she misfired so spectacularly, but at least Black*Star eventually got the job done. Speaking of which, Maka’s voice actress has been steadily growing on me, and although there are certain points where I still find it a bit weird sounding, it doesn’t bother me nearly as much as it used to.
Maka also looks like she might be the one who gets most of the focus next week in the fight against Dr. Franken Stein, especially with the revelation at the end about Dr. Franken Stein being her father’s first partner instead of her mother. Incidentally, all the talk about Maka’s mother made me curious about what she’s like. I assume she’ll show up in some shape or form sooner or later (probably later). Anyway, from the preview, it seems that Dr. Franken Stein has a fairly unique fighting style that employs his office chair, and I’m interested to see how far that’ll take him.